CFP: ATDS Debut Panel – Deadline: April 20


Emerging Scholars Panel – American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS)

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2012 Conference

Washington DC, 2-5 August 2012

Hyatt Regency Capital Hill

“Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate”

ATDS is pleased to announce its fourth annual emerging scholars panel, “Curtains Up,” introducing new scholarship in American, Black, Latina/o and Latin American Theatre and Drama.  We invite new scholars who have not yet presented at a major national conference to submit papers. These papers can treat any aspect of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. While all submissions are encouraged, we particularly recommend submitting paper thatalso address the conference theme in some way.

To be considered for this panel, please email your 8-10 page paper and contactinformation as a single Microsoft Word attachment to Megan Sanborn Jones ( by 20 April, 2011.  Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, affiliation and contact information in the same attachment, and remove your name from the body of the essay.  Essays will be evaluated on their originality, the quality of their writing and research, and their critical/theoretical sophistication.

Submissions will be vetted by a committee of select ATDS scholars. Two of the essays will be chosen for inclusion on this competitive panel. The selected authors areexpected to attend the conference in August to present their papers. Winners will receive a year-long membership to ATDS, which includes subscription to the journal The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, as well as a $200 cash award.  Successful applicants will be notified by 1 May 2011.


Contact Megan Sanborn Jones ( with any questions

For more information on ATDS visit

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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