CFP: Black Theatre Association @ ATHE

Black Theatre Association (BTA)
Call for Papers
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress—Orlando, FL
August 1-4, 2013

Submissions Deadlines: 

  •  November 1st for complete panel proposals — online at
  • October 10th for individual paper proposals — please email a 200-word abstract to Jonathan Shandell, BTA Conference Planner, at

The Black Theatre Association (BTA), a Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), invites complete panel proposals and individual abstracts for ATHE’s 2013 conference.

In light of the conference location in Orlando and the theme, “P(L)AY: Performance, Pleasure and Pedagogy,” BTA is particularly interested in panels and papers that explore questions of play and playfulness within the performance, study and teaching of black theatre, and considerations of the prices artists and audiences pay for their play.  Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Comedy, satire, parody and farce in black drama.
  • Black theatre and the economics of the entertainment marketplace.
  • Playful pedagogical approaches to difficult conversations about race in performance
  • New players redefining black performance: Tyler Perry, Christian performance artists, post-black playwrights, or others.
  • Black theatre artists engaging with younger audiences.
  • Linguistic and rhetorical strategies: signifyin(g), improvisation, “the dozens,” etc.

Proposers must submit all requests for anticipated audiovisual needs, conference grants, or guest passes with proposal submission.  Please note: ATHE limits all participants to 2 presentations at each conference.

You can use BTA’s email list to discuss panel ideas with other scholars and artists and to solicit contributors for panel proposals.  If you are already a subscriber, send your message directly to  Or send your message to BTA Secretary Eunice Ferreira:

The Black Theatre Association (BTA) is an organization composed of scholars, graduate students, and theatre artists of differing ages, races, colors, genders, national origins, religious beliefs, shapes, and sizes.  Our unified interest in the critical study of Black theatre from a global perspective informs our collective desire to inform and promote the experiences of Black people as expressed in various forms of drama and performance.  If you are interested in joining BTA at no cost, please visit our website at  Or, visit and click on BTA under the Focus Groups tab.



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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