ATDS Session at MLA

130th MLA Annual Convention
Vancouver, 8–11 January 2015

The 2015 convention will be held in Vancouver from 8 to 11 January. Sessions will take place in the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Performances of Memory and Forgetting

8:30–9:45 a.m., West 210, VCC West

Program arranged by the American Theatre and Drama Society

Presiding: Peter Reed, Univ. of Mississippi

1. “Remembering Shakespeare in The African Company Presents Richard III,” Joyce Green MacDonald, Univ. of Kentucky

2. “Placing ‘History’ Onstage: Refashioning the Pocahontas Myth in Barker’s The Indian Princess and Barnes’s The Forest Princess,” James Holsinger, West Virginia Univ., Morgantown

3. “Muscle Memory: Theater History and Forrest’s Laboring Body,” Matthew E. Rebhorn, James Madison Univ.

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ATDS John W. Frick Book Award 2015

ATDS John W. Frick Book Award for the Best Book in American Theatre and Drama published in 2014

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Purpose: The American Theatre and Drama Society’s John W. Frick Book Award honors the best monograph published each year on American theatre and/or performance, recognizing that notions of “America” and the United States encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $200 and be recognized at the annual ATDS membership meeting at the ATHE Conference (July 30-August 2, 2015, in Montreal). For more information about ATDS, visit http://www.atds.org.

Evaluation and eligibility: Books will be evaluated on the basis of originality, critical rigor, and contribution to the field of American theatre and drama. Books must exhibit a copyright date of 2014. Edited collections, anthologies, and plays are not eligible.

Nominations: The author, the publisher, or any member of ATDS may submit nominations.

Submissions: Please submit 1 copy of the book each to:

  1. Amy E. Hughes (Chair, Frick Award Committee), Department of Theater, Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
  1. James Fisher,3516 Regents Park Lane, Greensboro, NC 27455
  1. Ariel Nereson, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Box 598, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
  1. Harvey Young, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University, The Wirtz Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Room 215A, Evanston, IL 60208-2430

Questions? Please contact Dr. Amy E. Hughes at hughes@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

Notification: The award recipient will be notified by May 1, 2015.

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Call for Nominations: John W. Frick Book Award

ATDS John W. Frick Book Award
for the
Best Book in American Theatre and Drama
published in 2013

Deadline: February 15, 2014

Purpose: The American Theatre and Drama Society is delighted to call for nominations for the John W. Frick Book Award, recognizing the best book published on American theatre and/or performance in 2013. (ATDS recognizes that notions of “America” and the United States encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another.) The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $200 and be recognized at the annual ATDS membership meeting at the ATHE Conference (July 24-27, 2014, in Scottsdale, AZ). For more information about ATDS, visit http://www.atds.org.

Evaluation and Eligibility: Books will be evaluated on the basis of originality, critical rigor, and contribution to the field of American theatre and drama. Books must carry a publication date of 2013. Plays, edited collections, and anthologies are not eligible.

Nominations: The author, the publisher, or any member of ATDS may submit nominations.

Submissions: Please submit 1 copy of the book each to:

1. Amy E. Hughes (Chair, Frick Award Committee), Department of Theater, Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210

2. James Fisher, Head, Department of Theatre, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 201 Taylor Building, Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

3. Felicia Londré, UMKC Theatre, 4949 Cherry Street, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64110-2229

4. Ariel Nereson, Dept. of Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh, 1617 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Questions? Please contact Dr. Amy E. Hughes at hughes@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

Notification: The award recipient will be notified by May 1, 2014.

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ATHE Summary & Response Series: “Playing with Feminism: Susan Glaspell’s “Woman’s Honor” as Social Satire of the Sexual Double Standard”

This week, we are continuing our ATDS at ATHE 2013 Summary Response series. If you would like to write up a post, please email me, Lauren Beck, at L-Beck@u.northwestern.edu.

I am happy to introduce our second guest blogger, Megan Geigner (Northwestern University). 

Session: “Playing with Feminism: Susan Glaspell’s “Woman’s Honor” as Social Satire of the Sexual Double Standard”
Friday, 2 August 2013

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ATHE Summary & Response Series: “Playing Well with ‘Others'”

Greetings ATDS members and friends. It was wonderful to see some of you at ATHE in Orlando. This year ATDS sponsored (or co-sponsored) 21 sessions, a fantastic preconference, and a preconference cabaret. Many of us also met up at the yearly ATDS membership meeting where we shared news, both happy and sad, and presented awards.

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Dorothy Chansky receives the Betty Jean Jones Award.

A few ATHE participants have volunteered to write blog posts summarizing and responding to some of the ATDS sessions in order to extend the conversations and share with those who could not make it. If you would like to write a guest post for the ATDS blog on an ATHE session, please email Lauren Beck at L-Beck@u.northwestern.edu.

The first installment in the ATDS at ATHE 2013 series is by Kathryn Edney (Regis College) and Donatella Galella (CUNY Graduate Center).

Session: “Playing Well with ‘Others’: Post-60s Popular Black Musicals
Saturday, 3 August 2013

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Officer Reports for 2012-2013

ATDS Officer Reports for 2013 are now available online. This link will take you to the site where you can download the reports. Or click on the individual links below to download a single report.

President’s Report – Mark Cosden
Financial Report – Andrea Nouryeh
Addendum to Financial Report – Tracey Chessum
Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Black
Membership Report – Stuart Hecht
Conference Report – Jim Cherry
Electronic Initiatives Report – Lauren Beck
Graduate Representative’s Report – Nicole Berkin

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ATDS Graduate Students at ATHE 2013

ATDS Graduate Representative Nicole Berkin has shared this impressive list of graduate students presenting on ATDS panels at this year’s ATHE.

Nelson Barre, National University of Ireland, Galway
Paper: “Drinking with the Cast: The Price We Pay for Inclusion in Once”
Panel: Economy of Spectatorship: The Site of Performance as Pedagogical and Commercial Playground
Paper: “Memory in the Menagerie of Human Possibility: Chekhov Lizardbrain at Play”
Panel: Playing with Audience Expectations: Unexpected Pleasures in the Audience

Michael John Boynton, University of Maryland
Paper: “Nerd Slam Poetry: Play, Participation, and Identity Formation”
Panel (Coordinator): “Community Building, Community Playing”

Jessica Drew, Indiana University
Paper: “Performing Destruction: Monster Trucks and the Myth of America”
Panel: “Community Building, Community Playing”

Donatella Galella, CUNY Graduate Center
Paper: “A Raisin in the Shade: Revisiting the (Un)Popular Musical”
Panel (Coordinator): Playing Well with “Others”: Post-60s Popular Black Musicals
Paper: “Arena Stage and Circulating National Theatre in the 60s”
Panel: Playing the National Stage: How Arena Stage Contributed to a National Theatre Culture

Brian Granger, University of California, Santa Barbara
Paper: “How Many Critics Does It Take to Find a Popular Black Musical?: The Strange Historiography of The Wiz”
Panel: Playing Well with “Others”: Post-60s Popular Black Musicals

Dwayne Mann, Northwestern University
Paper: “What Color Is the Road to Oz?”
Panel: Playing Well with “Others”: Post-60s Popular Black Musicals

Michelle Salerno, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Paper: “Friendly Enemies and Anti-Germanism during the Great War”
Panel: Playing in the Margins: Outsiders in Modern American Theatre

Christopher Silsby, CUNY Graduate Center
Paper: “Scottsboro Limit(ed): Re-Staging Racial Tragedy as Broadway Minstrelsy”
Panel: Playing Well with “Others”: Post-60s Popular Black Musicals

Elynne Whaley, Northwestern University
Paper: “Our Stage Work is Grand and Our Lives Can Be Made Beautiful”: Forging Transnational African American Professional Performer Legacies in The Colored American Magazine (1900-1909)”
Panel: Curtains Up! ATDS Debut Panel

Ji Hyon (Kayla) Yuh, CUNY Graduate Center
“Are They Supposed to be Blacks?”: Race in the (Inter)national Productions of Dreamgirls
Panel: Playing Well with “Others”: Post-60s Popular Black Musicals

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CFP: EAAS Conference, America: Justice, Conflict, War

 The Hague, 3-6 April 2014

www.eaas.eu/conferences/eaas-biennial-conferences/info-2014-the-hague

Workshop 23: Teatrum Belli: Theater in Times of Spectacular Warfare

Chairs: Ilka Saal, University of Erfurt, Germany; Barbara Ozieblo, University of Málaga, Spain

This workshop investigates the function of theater with regard to war. In particular, it aims to examine to what extent theater still matters at a time when the already intrinsic theatricality of warfare (teatrum belli) has, due to a persistent mediatization in the course of the 20th century, become enhanced to such a degree that war itself emerges as the perfect spectacle. Does the theater still matter in times of spectacular warfare or has it been erased by the theatricality of war?

Furthermore, what do we make of the growing conceptual and aesthetic affinity between theater and war? Besides relying on a similar sense of dramaturgy, mise-en-scène, and division of labor into producer, director, actor, and spectator, both draw attention to their own theatricality, frequently using means based on similar technology (computers, screens, virtual reality). Likewise, a neat division of the two into fact and fiction no longer holds. Cultural critics such as Virilio, Baudrillard, and Zizek have shown, how with regard to production and spectatorship, modern warfare has become increasingly derealized. Likewise, spectators in theater rarely remain untouched by the theatrical experience: they are assaulted by rational and emotional arguments, inundated by the aesthetics of cruelty, agitprop, or multimedia spectacle, which require cognitive as well as emotional efforts and sometimes leave us dazed, confused, helpless. There is even the threat of actual warfare entering the theater, as seen in the Moscow hostage crisis in 2002. How, then, can we relate these two disruptive forces to each other – conceptually, aesthetically, politically?

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Faculty Travel Award Deadline Approaching –> 4/20/2013

AMERICAN THEATRE AND DRAMA

FACULTY TRAVEL AWARD

 Deadline:  April 20, 2013

Purpose: To provide an award in support of faculty travel in the field of United States theatre and drama (recognizing that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another). Funds may be requested for travel to conferences to present research at an ATDS-sponsored panel* (this could include MLA, ALA, CDC, ATHE, MATC, and various international conferences where ATDS hosts panel sessions).

Eligibility: Faculty members at any rank who are members of ATDS are eligible to apply for this award.

Award Amount: $400.00

 1.   A 500-word proposal detailing your Conference Presentation, including an abstract of the paper and invitation/notice of acceptance from the panel organizers.

2.   An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.

Submit applications via email to Dr. Sarah Stevenson at sarahlansdale@yahoo.com

Awardee will be notified by May 30, 2013.

*Important Note: This year’s faculty travel award is designated for supporting travel for conference presentations.  But stay tuned!  In alternate years, it will instead be designated to support faculty travel to conduct research. 

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AMERICAN THEATRE AND DRAMA SOCIETY GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD

 Deadline: April 20, 2013 

Purpose: To provide support for graduate student research in the field of United States theatre and drama (recognizing that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another). Funds may be requested to support travel related to archival or ethnographic research.

Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in a graduate program in theatre/performance studies is eligible, as well as those in ancillary programs. Students need not be members of ATDS to apply.  Please note that the applicant must still be in graduate school during the proposed time of use for the award.

Award$400.00 + a one year membership to ATDS

Application Process:  Please submit the following materials via email to Dr. Valerie Joyce at valerie.joyce@villanova.edu by April 20, 2013.

1.      A one-page proposal (double-spaced, 12 pt. font) detailing your Research Project (archival or ethnographic research), providing an explanation of your research goals, the relationship of the research to any larger projects (such as a dissertation or article in-progress), and the significance of the project to the field of United States theatre and drama.

2.   An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.

3.   Two letters of support from faculty mentors familiar with your work. Letters from ATDS members are especially welcome, but not required. Letters should be e-mailed directly to Dr. Valerie Joyce at valerie.joyce@villanova.edu.

Awardee will be notified by May 30, 2013.  

 

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