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Dream Acts: Performance as Refuge, Resistance, and Renewal

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July 24 - 27, 2014

Scottsdale, Arizona
Fairmont Scottsdale
Princess Hotel

In 2014 we come together in a setting that seems impossible – the desert, in July! – and yet speaks to the human capacity to dream, imagine, transform, and overcome. At the same time, the geopolitical landscape of Arizona offers us a chance to reflect on our responsibilities as artists and educators to the land, to the multiple histories it harbors, and to the next generation of artist/activist/citizens who have charged us with nurturing and shaping their dreams. The historical DREAM Act speaks to this charge. But the conjoining of dreaming to action engages the particular work of performance. ATHE 2014 invites you to take inspiration from the desert to consider how performance dreams forth the possible from the impossible, offering opportunities for refuge, resistance, resilience and renewal.

Fully Integrated Online Schedule

Visit the Sessions Page.

Conference Program Addendum

Check here for cancellations, additions, and schedule changes.

The sessions that had been scheduled in Casitas 5232 and 5320 have all been moved to different locations due to mechanical problems with the air conditioning in those rooms. Check this addendum for those location changes.

The 2014 Conference Program Book is here!
(Click on any of the links below to view .pdf pages.)

Welcome Letters from ATHE President Henry Bial and ATHE Vice President for Conference 2014 Sonja Kuftinec

ATHE's Mission and Goals
ATHE Governing Council
ATHE Focus Group Representatives and Conference Planners
2014 Conference Committee

ATHE Leadership Institute ® Pre-Conference Workshop

ATHE’s Professional Development Committee, chaired by Vice President James Peck, and Co-Directors Barbara O. Korner, Penn State University, and Mark Heckler, Valparaiso University, present the 14th ATHE Leadership Institute ®. The ATHE Leadership Institute® begins on Tuesday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. Designed for new and aspiring theatre chairs and administrators, this workshop matches participants with leaders in the field who have several years of experience as chairs, deans, directors, and provosts. (All of the institute information is available at the link above this paragraph.)

Information for First Time Attendees

2014 Conference Keynote Presentation and All-Conference Reception: Luis Alfaro with Tiffany Ana Lopez (Thursday, July 24 - 6 p.m.)

2015 Conference Information
Annual Membership Meeting and All-Conference Forum: Saturday, July 26 - 10 a.m.
2014 ATHE Annual Awards Ceremony: Thursday, July 24 - 5 p.m.

ATHE proudly salutes its nine award winners in this plenary.

  • Ellen Stewart Career Achievement Award for Professional Theatre: Luis Valdez
  • ATHE Career Achievement Award for Academic Theatre: Harry Elam, Stanford University
  • Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education: Gretel Geist Rutledge, Michigan State University
  • ATHE Excellence in Editing Award: Harvey Young, Northwestern University
  • ATHE Award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement: John Somers, Freelance Theatre-Maker
  • ATHE Award for Outstanding Book: Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson for A Race So Different: Performance and Law in Asian America
  • ATHE Award for Outstanding Article: Jennifer Parker-Starbuck for "Animal Ontologies and Media Representations: Robotics, Puppets, and the Real of War Horse" (Theatre Journal 65:3, October 2013)
  • Jane Chambers Playwriting Award: Gina Young for FEMMES: A Tragedy
All-Conference Plenary: Friday, July 25 - 10:15 a.m.

Dream Activism and Pedagogies for a Changing America

The American Dream has long been aligned with national westward expansion, in the desire both to settle and occupy as well as to generate and convert local economies and ways of life. This panel proposes an alternative direction for dreaming: starting from indigenous perspectives and on-the-ground activism in Arizona and moving through institutions of higher education. Panelists share local models of production and activist engagement that meet a new imperative in the classroom: to understand and respond to the shifting demographics and economic conditions that affect our students, our jobs, our universities and the state of the field. “Dream Activism” proposes models for sustainable movement-building to envision new ways to teach and practice theater in higher education around the country.

Panelists will include: Tomás Stanton, Co-Founder of Phonetic Spit, Phoenix; Raquel Rubio, University of Arizona, Tucson; Barclay Goldsmith, Borderlands Theater, Tucson; Dulce Juarez, ACLU, Teatro Nopalero and DREAMer activist, Phoenix; Catherine Cole, University of California, Berkeley; Respondent Patricia Ybarra, Brown University and ATHE President-Elect

Videos: Lines and Ormiguero by Phoenix filmmaker Efrain Robles

Moderator: Tamara Underiner, Arizona State University, Tempe

Remarks from Tamara Underiner
Remarks from Catherine Cole
Remarks from Patricia Ybarra

Exhibit Hall, Exhibitors and Advertisers
Performances

Refuge : Hidden Stories - Transit Performance - Wednesday, July 23 | 7 - 9 p.m.
Vessel presents Spectrum: Community Waterfall - Friday, July 25 | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Vessel presents Unreal City: Remixes of the Arizona Landscape - Saturday, July 26 | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Intimate Acts: Banned Play Readings - Saturday, July 26 | 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

 

Paid Workshops

Teatro Grottesco - Movement and Gesture as Genetic Cultural Memory - Thursday, July 24 | 1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Teatro Grottesco - Silent Story-Telling - Friday, July 25 | 12 - 3:15 p.m.
Luis Alfaro - Getting Your Hands Dirty: A Playwriting Workshop - Friday, July 25 | 2:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Kinan Valdez - Theatre of the Sphere: An Ancient American Approach to Activist Theatre - Saturday, July 26 | 2:15 - 5:30 p.m.

All-Conference Schedule and Concurrent Session Listings

The 2014 Conference Brochure is now available!

Click on any of the links below for the electronic version of the brochure.

All-Conference Programming Schedule

 

Welcome from Vice President for Conference 2014 Sonja Kuftinec

The 2014 Conference Committee and 28th Conference Highlights

Highlights include: Keynote Presentation by Luis Alfaro, Ten Focus Group Debut Panels, Four Paid Workshops, and Conference Performances.

First time-attendees: If you are a first-time attendee, the Conference Orientation session on Thursday, July 24, from 1:30 - 3 p.m., will help familiarize you with the flow of the conference sessions, the not-to-be-missed keynote, and awards ceremony, as well as an introduction to ATHE’s 22 Focus Groups, the grassroots foundation of this organization. Click this link for more information for first-time attendees.

Keynote Address by Luis Alfaro and interlocutor Tiffany Ana Lopez exploring theater's place in times of crisis 
Thursday, July 24 | 6 - 7 pm.

All-Conference Plenary: Dream Activism and Pedagogies for a Changing America
Friday, July 25 | 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. 

Conference Performances
Vessel presents Spectrum: Community Waterfall - Friday, July 25 | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Vessel presents Unreal City: Remixes of the Arizona Landscape - Saturday, July 26 | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Refuge : Hidden Stories - Transit Performance - Wednesday, July 23 | 7 - 9 p.m.
Intimate Acts: Banned Play Readings - Saturday, July 26 | 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Visit the Intimate Acts: Banned Play Readings Forum to help create the Intimate Acts on display on Saturday, July 26. Please note: You must be signed in as an ATHE member or participation-only registrant to participate in a forum.

ATHE Leadership Institute® Pre-Conference Workshop
ATHE’s Professional Development Committee, chaired by Vice President James Peck, and Co-Directors Barbara O. Korner, Penn State University, and Mark Heckler, Valparaiso University, present the 14th ATHE Leadership Institute®. The ATHE Leadership Institute® begins on Tuesday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 24th. Designed for new and aspiring theatre chairs and administrators, this workshop matches participants with leaders in the field who have several years of experience as chairs, deans, directors, and provosts. (All of the institute information is available at the link above this paragraph.)

Arizona State University (ASU) Tour of Innovative Programs
ATHE Leadership Institute® Alumni and all ATHE Conference attendees are invited to participate in the Arizona State University Tour of Innovative Programs and lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. Registration includes bus transportation to and from the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel to Arizona State University and the Leadership Institute® luncheon. Registration cost for this special offer is $50.

ASU, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the School of Film, Dance and Theatre are known for their innovation and push to break new ground. This interactive tour will include multiple stops, with opportunities at each for demonstrations and question/answer sessions with representatives of each program. Attendees will rotate through each program in small groups.

Focus Group Pre- and Post-Conferences

ATHE’s Focus Groups use the annual conference as a mechanism for focusing on their disciplinary-specific topics in pre- and post-conference offerings. This year, the following groups will host pre- or post-conferences: Association for Asian Performance; Association of Theatre Movement Educators; Black Theatre Association; Design, Technology and Management; Directing Program and Acting Program (joint); Dramaturgy; Latina/o Focus Group; LGBTQ Focus Group; Interactive Theatre Subcommittee and Theatre as Social Change Focus Group (joint); Performance Studies Focus Group; Playwrights and Creative Teams Focus Group; Theatre as a Liberal Art and Theatre History (joint); Women and Theatre Program; and the Professional Development Committee.

ATHE Focus Group Membership Meetings
ATHE’s Focus Groups will hold membership meetings on Friday and Saturday from 12 - 1:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8 - 9:30 and 9:45 - 11:15 a.m. These special interest groups like Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Black Theatre Association, Latina/o and others, are your entryway to ATHE.

Playwriting and Other Performances
Staged performance has always been an integral element of ATHE conferences. Throughout the four days of programming, attendees can partake in a variety of presentations including the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Staged Play Reading, the Playwrights and Creative Teams (PACT) New Play Development Workshop Showcase, and the SETC Getchell Award Winning Play Showcase.

Paid Workshops
Paid Workshops offer conference participants a 3-hour concentrated block of time to focus on a particular theatrical approach or technique, be it playwriting, silent story-telling, gesture as cultural memory, or ensemble activist theatre. The four workshops offered for a fee this year have limited registrations and registrants are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Register early to reserve your spot.
Teatro Grottesco - Movement and Gesture as Genetic Cultural Memory - Thursday, July 24 | 1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Teatro Grottesco - Silent Story-Telling - Friday, July 25 | 12 - 3:15 p.m.
Luis Alfaro - Getting Your Hands Dirty: A Playwriting Workshop - Friday, July 25 | 2:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Kinan Valdez - Theatre of the Sphere: An Ancient American Approach to Activist Theatre - Saturday, July 26 | 2:15 - 5:30 p.m.

ATHE Focus Group Debut Panels
Debut panels from ATHE’s Focus Groups offer new scholars the opportunity, some for the first time, to present at this conference. The following focus groups are hosting debut panels: Acting Program; American Theatre and Drama Society, Black Theatre Association, and Latina/o Focus Group (joint); Directing Program; Dramaturgy; Music Theatre/Dance; Performance Studies Focus Group; Religion and Theatre; Theatre as a Liberal Art; Theatre History; Women and Theatre Program and LGBTQ (joint).

ATHE Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, July 26 | 10 - 11:45 a.m.
The Annual Membership Meeting offers members an opportunity to meet the Governing Council, thank outgoing officers, and hear from the ATHE President about the state of the Association. Participate in dreaming the future of ATHE while enjoying a cool fruit smoothie! Don’t miss the opportunity to win a free 2015 conference registration or a two night stay at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal!
Many returning institutions and companies will greet Scottsdale conference attendees in the Exhibition Hall starting with the Opening Welcome Reception on Thursday, July 24 from 7:15 - 9 p.m., immediately following the keynote address. On Friday and Saturday during the lunch break from 1:15 - 2 p.m., authors will be available to sign books. Raffle drawings will occur at the same time.

Enjoy Delicious Treats in the Exhibit Hall

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning - Coffee, tea, and baked goods
  • Friday during Raffle Drawing - Hummus and pita chips and yogurt parfaits
  • Saturday during Raffle Drawing - Assorted energy bars and whole fruits

Raffle Prizes

(Raffle drawings in Exhibit Hall, 1:15 - 2 p.m. Friday 7/24 and Saturday 7/25)

Ecumenica Journal

Two individual free subscriptions to Ecumenica Journal (one year)

Scholar’s Choice

One copy of African American Theatrical Body and 8 books from Intellect Books, including a hardcover edition of Clown Through Mask: The Pioneering Work of Richard Pochinko as Practised, by Sue Morrison; from Intellect Live performing arts book series, a hardcover edition of Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey, by Dominic Johnson; Throwing Body into the Fight: A Portrait of Raimund Hoghe, edited by Mary Kate Connolly; Manifesto Now! Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics, edited by Laura Cull & Will Daddario; and from Intellect’s Playtext series: Carnival Texts, Three Plays for Ensemble Performance; Octave Mirabeau - Two
Plays; Invisible Country - Four Polish Plays; Russia, Freaks and Foreigners - Three Performance Texts

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

6 pack of acting books and plays from Methuen Drama and The Arden Shakespear, including Voice into Acting, Acting Stanislavski, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Coriolanus, A Jovial Crew

Theatre Communications Group

2, one year TCG Individual Membership (including a subscription to American Theatre magazine)

University of Michigan Press

Simming: Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning, by Scott Magelssen; Animal Acts: Performing Species Today, edited by Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes

M.A. in Applied Theatre (CUNY School of Professional Studies)

Learning through Theatre: The Changing Face of Theatre in Education, Third Edition, Edited by Anthony Jackson and Chris Vine

 

The Conference Committee curates key aspects of the annual gathering, including plenary sessions, keynote speaker, paid workshops, and determining the schedule of panels.

2014 Conference Committee

Sonja Arsham Kuftinec, University of Minnesota, Vice President 2014 Conference
Lionel Walsh, Vice President-Elect for 2015 Conference
Natalie Alvarez, Brock University Canada
John Fletcher, Louisiana State University
Patricia Herrera, Richmond University
Kelly Howe, North Central College
Angela Marino, University of California, Berkeley
Karen Jean Martinson, Chicago State University
Tamara Underiner, Arizona State University
Harvey Young, Northwestern University

Conference Planners

ATHE Focus Group and Committee Conference Planners work closely with the conference committee to review and plan conference programming. You can find a list of Conference Planners and their contact information at this link.

Find out more about the 2014 Conference Committee and its activities.

Click here to view the mid-year report (2012-2013).

 

2014 Exhibitors and Advertisers

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