CALL FOR ESSAYS AND INTERVIEWS - book series: "PERFORM: Succeeding as a Creative Professional"

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Jason Dorwart, PhD, Oberlin College

This is a call for essays and interviews for a book titled “Alternative Careers for the Stage,” a new book in the "PERFORM: Succeeding as a Creative Professional" series, which will explore possibilities for making use of a theatre education.

To be published by Focal Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis

Contributors to this book will share their perspectives on professions and theatrical work available to individuals educated in theatre, closely examining career paths that fall outside of the traditional acting, directing, designing, and stage-managing paths. I am particularly interested in inclusion & diversity and the book will have an international perspective.

The book will have 30 contributors, approximately 15 essays and 15 interviews. Essays and interviews will be 3,000 words. The book will have five chapters with the following titles: "Getting Started"; "Sticking It Out"; "Finding Success"; "Getting Ahead"; and "Starting Again." First-person narratives, magazine style articles, informational lectures, research summaries, and interviews with high-profile industry professionals are welcome as long as the primary context of the submission fits within one of the five chapter titles listed above.

Appropriate contributors and interviewees for the book could include:

  • Ushers, stagedoorpersons
  • Adaptive Arts Teachers
  • Accessibility Coordinators
  • Arts Administrators
  • Arts camp leaders
  • Arts Journalists
  • Box Office Managers
  • Business Managers
  • Company Managers
  • Casting Directors
  • Development Directors
  • Directors of Audience Services
  • Directors of Community Engagement
  • Directors of Education
  • Drama Therapists
  • Dramaturgs
  • Event Coordinators
  • Group Sales Managers
  • Grants Specialists
  • Haunted House workers
  • House Managers
  • Literary Agents
  • Literary Managers
  • Press Agents
  • Prison Theatre Program facilitators
  • Publications Coordinators
  • Publicists
  • Religious Arts Instructors
  • School Program Outreach Coordinators
  • Talent Agents
  • Talent Managers
  • Theatre for social change/Applied Drama
  • Theatre Historians
  • Volunteer Coordinators

This series serves as supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate students that professors across disciplines in the arts can use to accompany their primary textbooks. The books have a conversational tone and serve as career development to help students understand how to navigate the industry and vocational possibilities in theatre. Specifically, this series addresses business as opposed to craft and offers insights into the day-to-day realities of theatrical professions as well as long-term planning strategies to build and sustain a career.

The first three books in the series were:

• Directing for the Screen

• Writing for the Screen

• Acting for the Stage


Researchers, practitioners, scholars, and theatre professionals covering theatre are invited to submit a 250-word proposal and brief bio on or before Sept. 30, 2019. Proposals should indicate "essay" or "interview" and should explain what the piece will cover (five to ten main points), the name and profession of the interviewee, if relevant (and any connection to that individual), why the contributor is suited to write and/or interview about this topic, and any unique experience and input the contributor or interviewee can offer readers about the subject.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by email by Oct. 20, 2019 and will receive guidelines as well as the contributor agreement, interview release, and permissions form. Full essays and interviews are due February 29, 2020.

Jason Dorwart, PhD, Oberlin College