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Scene Changes: Performing, Teaching, and Working through the Transitions




Tuesday, August 6, 2019

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Association for Asian Performance Pre-Conference

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

ATHE Leadership Institute® - Day 1

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

ATHE Leadership Institute® Opening Reception

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Acting and Directing Programs Pre-Conference

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Jane Chambers Anthology Book Launch Party

8:00 PM – 9: 30 PM

Operations Committee Meeting


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

ATHE Leadership Institute® - Day 2

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Acting and Directing Programs Pre-Conference

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Women and Theatre Program Pre-Conference

8:00 AM – 3:15 PM

Association for Asian Performance Pre-Conference

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Focus Group Representatives' Meeting

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Governing Council New Member Orientation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Governing Council Meeting

1:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Joint Meeting of Focus Group Representatives and Governing Council

3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

A Cowboy in Repose: Memorializing Sam Shepard

Asian Theatre Journal Lecture

Changing the Scene: Pedagogical Interventions in Musical Gender Performance in the University Theatre

Expect Respect: Storytelling and the Student Voice

Re-Ignite Your Intro to Theatre Class with Innovative Assignments!

Theatre as a Liberal Art: Africanist Aesthetic in Pedagogy and Performance Practices

Theatre Skills in the Corporate World

Transatlantic Musical Theatre: Examining Similarities and Differences between Musical Theatre in the United States of America and Europe

Transitions to Tomorrow: Intersections of Performance and Sci/Tech

4:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Change of Scene Excursion I (offsite: pre-registration)

Change of Scene Excursion II (offsite: pre-registration)

5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Changing Direction: Developing Feminist Leadership in the Rehearsal Room

Culture Change or Choreography: How to Bring Appropriate Intimacy Protocol into All Aspects of the Work

Discovery in Practice and Pedagogy

Entrances and Exits: Traversing the Changing Landscape of Applied Theatre Facilitation

Fling open the Prison Door: Transitioning to a Free Jaw

Flipping the Script: Scene Changes in Performance Juries

Out of the Basement: Onto the Stage

Sociology of Dictator Movement in Multimedia Theater

Teaching and Producing and Assessing: Oh My!

The Next Act: Approaches to the Problem of the Canon in Undergraduate Education

"'The play's the thing': Working through the Transitions in PACT's Play Development Process"

Thinking Shakespeare-Barry Edelstein

Western Theatre in Global Contexts

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Black Theatre Association Graduate Student Reception

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

New Play Development Workshop (NPDW) and Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award (JREPA): Meet the Teams


Thursday, August 8, 2019

7:15AM – 7:45 AM

ATME Warm-up

Graduate Student Meet & Greet

7:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Exhibit Hall Coffee and Breakfast Breads

7:30 AM – 11:15 AM

ATHE Leadership Institute® - Day 3

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Committee Meetings

Awards Committee Meeting

Electronic Technology Committee Meeting

Finance Committee Meeting

Professional Development Committee Meeting

Research and Publications Committee Meeting

Concurrent Sessions

2019 ATHE Conference Orientation

Best Practices for Advising the Student-led Production Company or Drama Club

Creating Spaces! Changing the Scenery of the Modern Theatrical Landscape by Amplifying a Diverse Range of Voices

Deans and Chairs - An Open Conversation

Discovering the Clown

Graduate Student Subcommittee (GSSC) Mental Health Workshop

Identity Lost: The Paradox of Becoming Young Again

Improvisation as a Pedagogy for Civic Engagement

Interaction, Immersion, and Liveness

Restaging Islam: The Changing Landscape of Middle Eastern Theatre and Politics

Stories of Transition: An Introduction to Playback Theatre

Transformational Spaces: When Scene Changes in Our Lives Revolutionize Our Artistry

Transitional Histories: Change and Meaning-making in the Americas

VASTA Debut Panel

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Paid Workshop A: Intimacy for the Stage for Performers

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

NPDW Rehearsal

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

JREPA Rehearsal

9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Membership and Marketing Committee Meeting

Concurrent Sessions

A Problem of Presence: Understanding Changes in Religious Ideology through Theatre

Accents in Musicals: What‟s a Voice and Speech Coach to Do?

Changes of Theme Park Scenery: Dramaturging Dapper Day, SeaWorld, Rivers of Light, and the Century of Progress

Cultivating Leadership: Tools for Leading Departments and Programs

Decolonizing Institutional Norms: Syllabi and. . .

Doric Wilson Memorial Panel on LGBTQ Theatre

Drama Therapy and Community Engagement across the Lifespan

Negotiating Transitions: A Psychophysical Approach

Now and Then: Revival and Revision, Time and Change in Musical Theatre

Representational Pivots: Looking Back on Transitional Moments in American History and Theater

Scene Changes In the Era of Me Too

Sexuality Onstage in the #MeToo Era

Susan Glaspell's Free Laughter and the Politics of Social Change

The Annual, Vetted Emerging Scholars Panel for the Performance Studies Focus Group

Theory and Criticism Kickoff Long Table: “Why Theory? Why Now?”

Training for a Changing Landscape: Integrating Civic Engagement in Theatre Education

Transitions in Framing the Teaching and Learning of Black Theatre: Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance

Transitions: From Studio to Stage

Two-Year College Summit

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Lunch Break

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

ATHE Leadership Institute® Closing Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

But It Doesn't Exist, Yet! Audition Techniques for Casting Devised Productions

Embodying Muslim Intersectionality: Diasporic Performance and Transitional Narratives of Difference in the U.S.

Filling American Gaps: Changing Dramaturgies of Audience and Space

Finding Presentness in Transition: An Exploration of Rodenburg's Second Circle

Full-Length Performances of Dis-ease within a Plague

LGBTQ/WTP Early Scholars' Panel

Meisner Work: Innovative Applications

Michael Chekhov's Artistic Frames

Publishing an Article in an Academic Journal

Restructuring the ATHE Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

Shakespeare: Recent Innovations in Casting

Shifting the Scenario: Land, Location, and Encounter

Things Change: Theatre, Objects, and the Museum

Unities of Action Roundtable Series: Transformations of Form

What is the Role of the Generative Artist in an Academic Theatre Program?

Who has the Right to Tell a Story in a Transitioning World?

"Without Reason": Harnessing Devising Processes for Transition and Transformation in Collaborative Theatre-making Practices

12:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Paid Workshop B: Fornés Playwriting Workshop

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Adjudicated Acting Exercises Session 1

Assignments that Work: Best Teaching Practices in the Design/Tech/Management Classroom

Bunny: Godmother of Title IX

Changes, Transitions, and Growth: How to Show up and Do Better

Changing the Scenery on Musical Theatre History

Devising Feminist Structures for Playwriting

Dramaturgy Focus Group Debut Panel

Making the Invisible Work of Improvisation Visible: Advising, Refining and Defending the Value of Improvisational Performance with Campus Improvisation Groups to Foster Positive Change

New Scenes: Transdisciplinary Collaboration in Action

Nurturing Chaos and Discombobulation in Actor Training

Performing Liberation beyond Stonewall

Scenic Shifts: The Encuentro Theater Festival and the Latinx Theatre Movement (2014-2019)

Seen Changes: #MeToo Performance on the Global Stage

Shifting Objects: Props, Puppets, and Stage Transformations

Theatre and Social Change Focus Group Debut Panel

Transitional Coalitions: The CRAFT of Implementing Revolutions in Pedagogy and Practice from the ATHE 2018 Plenaries

Transitions in Theatre History Pedagogy: Practice, Compression, and Method

Transitions: Redefining the Theatre Paradigm for the Future

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Adjudicated Acting Exercises Session 2

Casting a Movement: The Welcome Table Initiative—Roundtable Discussion

Change of Scene: Noh and the West

Creating Ensemble: Building an Inclusive Campus Environment with Applied Improv

Devising and Directing Theatre with Underserved Populations

Directing Focus Group Debut Panel

Ditching the Table: Physical Exploration as a Starting Point for a Rehearsal Process

Expanding Latinx Identities

Intersectional Frontiers in Theatre Movement and the Sciences

Micro-Histories, Macro-Stories: Reconstructing History through Theatrical Events

Scene Changes: Love them or loathe them, we can‟t live without them.

Seen Changes: #MeToo Performance in the United States

Staging Transitions from the Classroom to the Hospital Room

Step Aside, Scarlett Johansson: Case Studies of Trans-Centric Performance and Spectatorship

Survival of the Fittest: May the Theatre Department Survive

Theatre and Politics: How Drama/Theatre Has and Can Shape Social and Political Transitions

Then and Now: New Readings, New Meanings, and Enduring Problems in American Musical Theatre

5:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Awards Ceremony

7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Keynote Address, Bill Rauch

8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Keynote Reception


Friday, August 9, 2019

7:15 – 7:45 AM

ATME Warm-ups

Graduate Student Coffee Session

7:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Exhibit Hall Coffee and Breakfast Breads

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

NPDW Tech Rehearsal #1

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

All-Ages Programming (young audiences): Prince(cess)

Concurrent Sessions

Applied Theatre and Drama in a Changing World

Beyond YouTube: Transitioning Digital Performance to the Archive

Changing Approaches to Gender Representation in Musical Theatre

Confronting Polarized Scenes in Activist Performance: Bridge-burning, Bridge-building, and Beyond

From Class to Ensemble: Games for Transformation

Hey, Look Over Here!: Transitions as Functional, Spectacular, and Full of Creative License in Musical Theatre Productions

Introduction to Graduate Studies in a Shifting Field: Scholarship, Practice, Pedagogy

Never Forget: Teaching the Holocaust through Theatre

Reclaiming Shakespeare Scholarship in the Acting Classroom

"Shouldn't You Be Writing?": Queer of Color Performative Research beyond the Word

The "Achieving the Dream" Movement: A Seismic Scene Change for Two-Year College Theatre Programs

The Changing Nature of Consent in Actor Training Today

The Justice Project: Analyzing Impact of Youth-Led Theatre, Storytelling, and Dialogue for Social Change

Transforming Rape Culture: A Roundtable on Anti-Sexual Violence Praxis and Performance on Campus

Transitions in Technology, Mobile Apps that Can Revolutionize your Creative Practice

8:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Jane Chambers Award Rehearsal

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Paid Workshop C: Intimacy for the Stage for Directors

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

JREPA Tech Rehearsal

9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

All-Ages Programming (high-school ages audiences): And Then Came Tango

9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Changing Perspectives: Exploring the Intersections of Identity in Queer Musical Theatre Spectatorship and Performance

Changing Scenes through Actor Training: Rethinking the Methods of Connecting Black Character Work and European Acting Techniques

Changing Scenes of Political Belief in Performance

Community Engagement and High Impact Practices in Two-Year Colleges: How Theatre Programs are Serving our Campus Communities

Curtains Up! BTA/ATDS Emerging Scholars' Panel

Designing Audience Experiences: Practices and Approaches for Teaching Experiential Performance in the University Classroom

Excellence in Translation: The Inaugural Orinda Award

Four Physical Approaches to Poetically Staging Transitions in Naomi Izuka's Anonymous

Historiography of Hero(es)

Intentional Inclusivity: Creating Accessible Theatre in our Communities

Latinx Acting Praxis: Transitions in Pedagogy and Performance

Never Trust Technology You Cannot Do Without: How Innovation Will Change the Way We

Experience Theatre

Publishing a Review in an Academic Journal

Scenes of Whiteness

Solo Performance with Seniors

The Creature Methodology: A Postnormal Practice in Times of Change

11:30 AM – 12:45 AM

Membership/Business Meetings

AAP Membership Meeting

Acting Program Focus Group Membership Business Meeting #1

American Theatre and Drama Society Membership Meeting

Association of Theatre Movement Educators Business Meeting #1

Black Theatre Association Focus Group Business Meeting #1

Directing Program Focus Group Business Meeting #1

Dramaturgy Focus Group Membership Meeting #1

Design and Technology Management Membership Meeting

Latinx, Indigenous and the Americas Focus Group Membership Meeting

LGBTQ Focus Group Membership Meeting

Music Theatre/Dance Membership Meeting

PACT Focus Group Meeting 1

Religion and Theatre Focus Group Membership Meeting

Senior Theatre Research and Performance Business Meeting

TASC Business Meeting

Theatre as a Liberal Art (TLA) Membership Meeting

Theatre History Focus Group Membership Meeting

Theory and Criticism Focus Group Business Meeting

Two-Year College Business Meeting

Voice and Speech Trainers Association Focus Group Business Meeting

WTP Business Meeting #1

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

All-Conference Plenary I

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

2020 Conference Planners Meeting #1

Animating the History of Theatre: An Exhibit and Immersive Experience Exploring Performance through Art

Enter Baby: Parenting through the Transitions of Graduate School

Graduate Student Research-in-Progress Forum

Improv-Comedy in Transition: Teaching to Change the Scene from “Boys‟ Club” to Inclusive Play

Practice and Change in Asia

Presence, Performance, Environment: Being with Change

Re(imagining) the Syllabus

Social Scene Changes: Theatre as a Platform for Religious, Political, and Cultural Shifts

Spotlight on New Works: Discussion of Newly Published Books from the ATDS, BTA, and LIA Focus Groups

Survival Guide for Small Theatre Departments

The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

Theatre and Changing Landscapes of Disability Rights

Transitioning through Research

Unities of Action Roundtable Series: Theory or Practice?

The Games We Play

3:45 PM – 7:00 PM

Paid Workshop D: Tectonic Theatre Project Moment Work Level 1

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award Performance

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

A Changing Scene: How and Why to Deconstruct the Dance/Theatre Divide

Be a Star: Theatre Games for Astrophysicists

Between the Scenes: Theatrical Set Changes and the World's Mutability

Come and Meet, Those Dancing Feet!: Evolution and Meanings of Dance in Musical Theatre

Dr. Paul Jackson Memorial

Exploring, Creating, Representing: the Diverse Performing Body

Graduate Student Subcommittee (GSSC) Membership Meeting

“I don‟t like that for me.”: Selling Gen Z (and their parents) on a Liberal Arts Theater Degree

Las Ultimas: The Artistic Journey of Five Young Latina Theatre Artists on the Border

Religion and Theatre Emerging Scholars' Panel

[Re]Presenting the Past: Theatre History, Pedagogy, and Performance

Scene Change: Performance as Change-Agent in History, on Campus and in Community

Theatre Skills across Non-Arts Professions

Trans and Non-Binary Roles for Trans and Non-Binary Actors

Theoretical Currents/Theatrical Circulations: Changing Scenes in Race and Performance

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Dinner Break

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Black Theatre Association (BTA) Networking Dinner

Graduate Student Subcommittee (GSSC) Evening Social

LGBTQ Focus Group Social Mixer

Two-Year College Program DINNER OUT!

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Free Performance: After Orlando


Saturday, August 10, 2019

7:15 AM – 7:45 AM

ATME Warm-ups

Graduate Student Coffee Session

7:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Exhibit Hall Coffee and Breakfast Breads

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

NPDW Tech Rehearsal #2

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

All-Ages Programming (very young audiences): When Pigs Fly and dig

Concurrent Sessions

Culturally Competent Pedagogy and Practice in the Age of MAGA and BREXIT

Beyond "Closing the Loop": Using Assessment Results to Affect Change

Beyond Fidelity: Scripting, Re-turning, and Queering Canonized Theaters against Changing Cultural Scenes

Changing Policies and Practices of Theatrical Intimacy and Violence

Changing the Shakespearean Scene: Transitions and Adaptations

Conference Committee Sponsored Session: After Orlando

Contingent Labor and Teaching Artist Meeting

Cultivating Wellness in the Classroom: Working with the Fluctuating Transitional Nature in Student Mental Health

Learning Outcome Assessment and Studio-Based Programs

Modern Imagination

Performing Stigma, Transforming Society

Scene Changes: The Human Voice/ The Voice of The People/ Multiple Languages; Points of Intersection La Voz Humana/ La Voz de la Gente/Lenguajes Múltiples; Puentes para Intercambio

Tenure and Promotion Transitions: Navigating the Process as a Music Theater/Dance Professor

The Black Arts Movement and/in the Twenty-First Century

Theatre as a Liberal Art (TLA) Debut Panel

9:45 AM – 11:45 AM

All-Conference Plenary 2

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Lunch Break

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Membership/Business Meetings

Acting Program Focus Group Membership Business Meeting #2

American Theatre and Drama Society Business Meeting

Association of Theatre Movement Educators Business Meeting #2

Black Theatre Association Focus Group Business Meeting #2

Directing Program Focus Group Business Meeting #2

Dramaturgy Focus Group Membership Meeting #2

Playwriting and Create Teams Focus Group Meeting #2

Performance Studies Focus Group Membership Meeting

Theatre and Social Change Follow-Up Meeting

Theatre as a Liberal Art (TLA) Business Meeting

Women and Theatre Program Focus Group Business Meeting #2

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

ATHE Annual Membership Meeting

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

2020 Conference Committee Meeting #1

Bridging the Divide: Finding Common Ground between Christianity and Atheism in the Theatre

Disability, Performance, Pedagogies

Membership and Marketing Open Forum

Orlando Directs: Annual Workshop with Regional Directors Part 1 of 2

Performing Community: Healing Practices

“Performing Latinx Identity”: Dialect Coaching Latinx Plays-- Embodying the Linguistic Sound of Home

Power Shifts: Re-Patterning our Thinking through Performance

Quiet Resistance

Shifting the Landscape: Institutions of Blackness in Theatre, Performance, and Academia

The Future is Digital: Using Technology in General Education Theatre Courses

Theatre History Focus Group Debut Panel

Theories of Design, Theories for Design

Trans and Queer Possibilities and Potentialities in Performance, Ritual and Theater

Unities of Action Roundtable Series: In our Classrooms and for our Audiences

Vision of “Nowness”: A Roundtable about Noteworthy Happenings in Musical Theatre's Current Season

3:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Jane Chambers Award Performance

New Play Development Workshop: Showcase of Ten-Minute Plays

Paid Workshop E: Tectonic Theatre Project Moment Work Level 2

5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

2020 Conference Committee Meeting #2

45 Minutes from Coontown: A Reading and Discussion

American Playwrights Queering Memory

ATME Scholar-Artist Debut Panel

Honoring the Legacies of Older Performers: An Inter-disciplinary, Inter-generational Discussion

"How can they See with Sequins in Their Eyes?": Promoting the Musical

Making Theatre Politically: Adapting to the Change in Scene Using the Work of Bertolt Brecht

Meeting for Mentorship: Leading Effective Educational Production Meetings

Orlando Directs: Annual Workshop with Regional Directors Part 2 of 2

Scene Change/Social Change: Performing the Resistance

Scene Changes at the Threshold: Performance at the Borders of Time, Place, and Culture

Theoretical Currents/Theatrical Circulations: Changing Scenes in Feminist and Gender Studies

6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Dinner Break

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Free Screening: The Rest I Make Up


Sunday, August 11, 2019

7:15 AM – 7:45 AM

ATME Warm-ups

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Coffee and Breakfast Breads

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

2020 Conference Planners Meeting #2

Being Seen/Being Scene: Repositioning Identity in Actor Training

Getting Physical: Encouraging Physicality in Young Actors

Graduate Student Teaching Demo/Feedback Session

Shifting Science: Technology on Stage as Perception and Pedagogy

Staging Political Transformation: Exploring Liminal Performances of Social Change

Sustaining the Liberal Arts Theater Department's Relevance in the Age of Emerging Media

Sympathy for Exú Dress Rehearsal

Tenure and Promotion for Dramaturgs and Playwrights

Written Assignments in the Theatre Classroom

9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Changing Theatrical Landscapes

Children and Contemporary Theatre

Dramaturgy as Public Criticism

Heading towards a Better Society through Theatre: A Comparative Study on How we can Shape our World through Theatre Arts

Heightened Listening: Experience Transition

Immersing Online Students in Experiential Learning of Theater and Performance

Pursued by a Bear: A Multidisciplinary Workshop in Dynamic Transitional Storytelling Part 1

Reconsidering Transition: Performance, History, Methodology

9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Scavenger Hunt Wrap-Up

The Evolution of Process

The Rest I Make Up: Documenting the Legacy of Maria Irene Fórnes

Transitioning Michael Chekhov's Techniques

Tuition to Fruition: Professional Fulfillment from Pedagogical Success

Vying for the Iron Throne: Power, Gender, Death and Performance in HBO's Game of Thrones

William Inge Theater Festival: Past, Present, and Future

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Collaborative Models of Applied Theatre

Eco-Theatre: Creating a Scene for Social and Environmental Change

Pursued by a Bear: A Multidisciplinary Workshop in Dynamic Transitional Storytelling Part 2

Social Change and Self-Care: A Practitioner Roundtable

1:00 PM


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