CFP – BTA/ATDS joint panel (ATHE)



“African American Theater and Drama Since 1987”

ATHE Conference 2012

August 2-5,

Washington, D.C.

As a part of a special set of coordinated panels at the ATHE conference titled “ATDS @ 25: Looking Forward, Looking Back,” on behalf of the American Theatre and Drama Society, I (Soyica Colbert) am curating a session to be submitted as a multidisciplinary panel sponsored by the American Theater and Drama Society (ATDS) the Black Theater Association (BTA) and another Focus Group to be determined.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, ATDS plans to present a series of sessions designed to chart the chronological, topical, and historiographic progression of our discipline.


I invite submission of proposals for papers for possible inclusion in this session on the late-Twentieth Century and Early Twenty-First Century Black Theater and Performance.


Possible topics may include:

• Developments in Black Theater after the Black Arts Movement Period

• Black Theater in the Americas

• Black Playwrights on Broadway

• Black Theater and Performance, Where Have We Been

• The Future of Black Theater

Proposals should be no more than 250 words and should be submitted to me at BY OCTOBER 15. Abstracts must include paper title and contact information and must specify any AV needs.

Proposers will be notified of inclusion in the session proposed to ATHE by Oct. 23 but please note that preliminary acceptance of inclusion does not guarantee acceptance by the ATHE Conference Committee.

ATHE will notify ATDS concerning accepted or rejected panels by late February.

ATDS looks forward to celebrating our 25th Anniversary with all of you in our nation’s capital during the ATHE Conference, August 2‐5, 2012.

About the American Theatre and Drama Society: The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) is an incorporated organization dedicated to the study of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. ATDS also encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice. ATDS recognizes that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. To this end, ATDS welcomes scholars, teachers, and practitioners world‐wide. For more information, please visit the ATDS website at


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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