CFP – ATDS Student Fellows ATHE Pre-Conference

American Theatre & Drama Society Graduate Student Fellows Pre-Conference – Call for Papers

“Professional Development: Presenting, Publishing, and Interviewing”

July 30-31, 2013; Courtyard by Marriott, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

The American Theatre and Drama Society is delighted to announce an exciting new professional development initiative designed especially for graduate students.  On the two days prior to the 2013 ATHE conference in Orlando, ATDS will sponsor a pre-conference. This gathering will match graduate student fellows working in theatre of the Americas with expert faculty mentors and engage in intensive work on professional development, conference presentations, publications, and the job search.

The pre-conference will include the opportunity for fellows to present their scholarship to faculty experts and to receive feedback on their work, as well as one-on-one discussions with experienced editors. Participants can present papers accepted for other panels (at ATHE or other conferences) or their current research as long as they deal with American subjects. We will also coordinate several sessions on professional development, including CV preparation, interviewing techniques, alternate career paths for PhDs in theatre, and more.

The event will take place in the Courtyard by Marriott, Lake Buena Vista, a short distance from the ATHE conference hotel. ATDS will fund shared rooms for the graduate student fellows; fellows may upgrade to single rooms for a fee. Our participants may also take advantage of our pre-conference group rate during ATHE if they choose ($99/room).

Graduate student fellows will also receive one complimentary year of membership in ATDS – including a subscription to the Journal of American Theatre and Drama – and ongoing mentoring after the pre-conference ends. The registration fee for the pre-conference is $75.

To apply, send the following to Dr. Beth Osborne (bosborne@fsu.edu):

  • Complete, conference-length paper (8-10 pages) on any subject dealing with American theatre
  • Current Bio or CV
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member familiar with your work. (Recommendations may be emailed directly by the faculty member to bosborne@fsu.edu or sent via mail to Dr. Beth Osborne, 540 W. Call St., 239 FAB/School of Theatre, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1160.)

All materials must be received by March 30, 2013. Fellows will be notified no later than May 15, 2013.

Preference will be given to ATDS members OR those applicants with letters of recommendation from ATDS members, but we encourage anyone interested in this opportunity to apply. If you would like to enjoy all of the membership benefits of ATDS – including your own subscription to the Journal of American Drama and Theatre – please visit the website (www.atds.org) for an application or contact ATDS Membership Secretary Stuart Hecht (hecht@bc.edu).

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.

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