CFP: Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel

ATHE’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group:Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel

The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in HigherEducation (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the “Bruce Kirle Memorial EmergingScholarship Panel in Music Theatre/Dance” for the 2011 ATHE conference in Chicago,IL (August 11-14, 2011). This annual panel is held in memory of Dr. Bruce Kirle, alongtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance focus group. Dr. David Savran will serveas the respondent. Dr. Savran is the Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre atthe CUNY Graduate Center as well as the editor of The Journal of American Theatre andDrama. His most recent book, Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making ofThe New Middle Class, was published in 2009 by the University of Michigan Press.
Papers may address any area in the purview of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus group,which includes opera, operettas, musicals, dance theatre, performance art with musicor dance elements, and pedagogy in music theatre and dance. Submissions are open tograduate students and scholars who have not presented at a national conference, as wellas established scholars who have not presented or published in the areas of music theatre or dance.

To be considered for this panel, please email your 10-12 page paper andcontact information as an MS Word attachment to Sarah Ellis via e-mail by January 30, 2011. Please include a cover page with yourname, paper title, affiliation and contact information, and remove your name from thebody of the essay.

Submissions will be vetted by a committee of select MT/D officers as well as seniorfaculty in the field. Three of the essays will be chosen for inclusion on this competitive panel. The selected authors are expected to attend the conference in August to presenttheir papers. Selected authors will receive a complimentary copy of Bruce Kirle’s Unfinished Show Business, generously donated by his family. In the past, papershave been published in the journal Studies in Musical Theatre (Intellect); pendingconfirmation, we hope to continue this relationship with the journal in 2011.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Bryan M. Vandevender For more information on the ATHE conference visit


About Sarah Bay-Cheng

Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College. Co-host for the On TAP (Theatre and Performance Studies) podcast at Editor for the book series Avant-Gardes in Performance (Palgrave). Sporadically blogging about theatre, performance, and digital culture. twitter: @performaddict
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