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2020 Annual Conference


Combustion ⇔ Energy ⇔ Resilience ⇔ Drive ⇔
Resilience ⇔ Energy ⇔ Combustion


Join us virtually!

Week One: Humanizing the Digital; July 20 - July 25
Week Two: Envisioning Resilience; July 27 - August 1

ATHE is committed to hosting a virtual conference that will support the multiple needs of our members, including responding to the present moment; providing space for presentation and feedback; and conducting the annual business of the organization.

The conference will include material over two weeks: July 20-25 and July 27-August 1. Focus Group and Committee business meetings will be spread out between Monday and Wednesday and concurrent sessions will be programmed between Thursday - Saturday, with the bulk of conference taking part during the pre-scheduled conference meeting. We don’t expect anyone to join for all the time, and we’re anticipating that some material may be accessible to conference attendees asynchronously to allow you to engage as you wish. 

All Conference Programming: Call for Participation

While saddened that we won't be able to see each other in person to share with the culturally relevant city of Detroit, we now feel called to action, providing the space for us all to respond to our current national situation. We aim to look ahead, together, to our new reality, longing for community while staying safe in place. Submission forms will be available soon to apply!

Driving towards Connection, Humanizing the Digital Pedagogy

Spring 2020 presented a challenge to move theatre and performance classes online. While roadblocks abounded, innovation did too. We invite you to submit successful lesson plans, exercises, assignments, discussions, and other classroom techniques to share with the membership during this plenary. Presenters will have 7-10 minutes to share their specific example of innovative online pedagogy. Submit your interest through this ATHE Google Form.


Driving towards Connection, Envisioning Resilience in Performance


Theatre across the globe faces difficult choices for how to best connect with their audience while staying safe. Some academic theatre programs produced Zoom performances and/or radio plays in the last few months, professional theatre released past productions on YouTube, artists turned to virtual reality, and still other theatre practitioners debuted new ways of doing live performance. We invite you to submit instances of your innovations of performance and practice in the COVID-19 era that have been successful. Presenters will have 7-10 minutes to share their specific examples during this plenary. Submit your interest through this ATHE Google Form.

Questions about the plenaries? Reach out to the Conference Committee via email.

We will continue to update this page with more information about our upcoming conference. 

2020 Conference Committee

Mary Anderson, Wayne State University
Megan Geigner, Northwestern University
Nicole Hodges Persley, University of Kansas
Jeanmarie Higgins, Penn State
Jake Hooker, A Host of People Company, University of Michigan and Oakland University
Baron Kelly, University of Louisville
Alicia Tafoya, University of Central Oklahoma
Annette Thornton, Central Michigan University
Beliza Torres Narvaez, Augsberg University
Sebastian Trainor, Penn State
Ann Haugo, Illinois State University, Vice President for Conference 2021
Chris Berry, La Guardia Community College (Black Theatre Network partner)
Josh Abrams, ATHE President (ex-officio)

Vice President for Conference 2020
CarlosAlexis Cruz







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