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Pre-Conference Events

ATHE’s Focus Groups use the Annual Conference as a mechanism for focusing on their disciplinary-specific topics in pre- and post-conference offerings.

ALL Conference Attendees Welcome

Border Crossings: The Art and Theory of Contemporary Circus | Session 2930 | Room - Jolliet

Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Description | With Quebec the center of the circus renaissance, ATHE 2015's Montreal setting offers an ideal opportunity to explore the relationship between circus and theatre. This day long workshop begins with a panel discussion on trans-disciplinarily in European and American circus, followed by a visit to Cité des Arts du Cirque, to tour of some of Montreal’s rich circus facilities, with presentations on site by experts in the field: l’École Nationale de Cirque (National Circus School), Cirque du Soleil, and TOHU

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Site | Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, l’École Nationale de Cirque (National Circus School), Cirque du Soleil, and TOHU

To Register Contact| Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva at, Bowdoin University

Women and Theatre Program

Acts and States of Translation: The Shifting Languages of Feminism, Theatre, and Performance | Session 2307 | Off-site

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 8:00 AM-10:00 PM

Site | McGill University

Contact | Lindsay Cummings

Theory and Criticism

Theory in Practice: A Pre-conference Workshop | Session 2012, Room - Chaudiére | Session 2013, Room - Matapédia

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Site | Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Contact | Christin Essin

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

LGBTQ Focus Group Pre-Conference | Session 1010 | Room - Harricana

Description | The LBGTQ Focus Group will continue our tradition of annual pre-conferences, as well as the practice of a cabaret/salon to welcom all the focus groups together to witness, share, and create before the main conference begins. Our pre-conference will include a walking tour of the Historical Gay Village of Montreal, dinner in the city, and a retun to the conference hotel for a keynote speaker(s) and cabaret/salon.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 1:00 PM-11:30 PM

Site | Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Contact | Cassidy Browning

Association for Asian Performance

Annual AAP Pre-Conference 2015 | Sessions 313, Room - Gatineau | Session 314, Room - Richelieu | Session 315, Room - Gatineau | Session 316, Room Hochelaga 6

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Site | Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Contact | Jennifer Goodlander

American Theatre and Drama Society

Acting Forms and Pedagogies | Session 299 | Room - Saint-Charles

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Site | Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Contact | Anne Fletcher and Jim Cherry

American Theatre and Drama Society

Mentorship in a Time of Transition and Flux: A Pre-Conference for Non-Tenure Track, Pre-Tenure, and Mid-Career Faculty | Session 214 | Room - Saguenay

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:00 PM-8:00 PM

Site | Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Contact | Anne Fletcher

Acting Program and Directing Program

Best Practices in Auditioning & Casting | Session 123, Room - Hochelaga 1 | Session 124, Room - Saint-Maurice

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Site | Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Contact | Boone Hopkins

Performance Studies Focus Group

Vital Memories | Sessions 1216 A, Room - Matapédia | Session 1216 B Bersimis

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Site | Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Contact | Jasmine Mahmoud

Dramaturgy Program

A Meal to Remember: The Dramaturgy of Dining - "Flavors and Aromas of Old Montreal" Walking Tour | Session 811, Off-site in Old Montréal

Description | Participants in this walking food tour will experience "the delicious cultural and historic culinary charms of the oldest district of Montreal." A professional tour guide will share Montreal's history, while shops provide tastings along the way.

Participants will meet/begin in the Lobby of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 8:30 AM-1:00 PM

Site | Offsite in Old Montréal

Contact | Bryan Moore

Playwrights and Creative Teams

Dramaturging Montreal: Embracing issues of country, isolation, and assimilation to inspire playwriting and curriculum reform

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Inspired by the ATHE theme and Quebec motto “Je me souviens,” the PACT Preconference will explore the dramaturgy of Montreal. Heather Helinsky is a dramaturg that playwrights have recognized as “especially adept at freeing energies in unexpected ways” and will be leading our pre-conference event. We will begin by exploring plays by Montreal writers; then, we will adventure out into the city itself for site-specific writing exercises. Our site-specific sessions will have participants writing plays, collaborating with colleagues, and envisioning new curriculum. We plan on partnering with theatre scholars Erin Hurley of McGill, Patrick Leroux of Concordia, Montreal dramaturg Alison Bowie, as well as local museums, theatre spaces, and historic sites. We hope by investigating the work of Montreal playwrights and exploring the narratives of the city itself, we will raise questions of how we can better engage the history of our own communities to create new works that instigate change.

To register for this event email PACT Co-Conference Planner Ingrid De Sanctis at . Early bird registration is $50.00 before June 26th then the fee will be $60. Payment will be expected on the 29thof July in Montreal before the event begins.

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