CFP Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

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The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of The Assoc. for Theatre in Higher Education
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Official Call For Papers – "Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel"

The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of The Association for Theatre in Higher
Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the "Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging
Scholarship Panel in Music Theatre/Dance" for the 2010 ATHE conference in Los Angeles, CA (August 3–6, 2010). This annual panel is held in memory of Dr. Bruce Kirle, a longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance focus group. Dr. Judith Sebesta will serve as the respondent. Dr. Sebesta, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Lamar University, is co-editor of Women in American Musical Theatre (McFarland, 2008), and currently serves as chair of the ATHE Nominations Committee and performance review editor of Theatre Journal.

Papers may address any area in the purview of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus group, which includes opera, operettas, musicals, dance theatre, performance art with music or dance elements, and pedagogy in music theatre and dance. Submissions are open to graduate students and scholars who have not presented at a national conference, as well as established scholars who have not presented or published in the areas of music theatre or dance.

To be considered for this panel, please email your 10-12 page paper and contact information as an MS Word attachment by January 30, 2010 to Jason Fitzgerald via email at Please remove your name from anywhere in the body of the essay, and include a cover page with your name, paper title, affiliation and contact information.

Submissions will be vetted by a committee comprised of select MT/D officers as well as senior faculty in the field. Three of the essays will be chosen for inclusion on this competitive panel. The selected authors are expected to attend the conference in August to present their papers. They will receive a year-long subscription to the journal Studies in Musical Theatre (Intellect), and their essays will be published in the journal. Papers selected will need to be shortened for their presentation at the conference, but will be published in their full-length form. Selected authors will also receive a complimentary copy of Bruce Kirle's Unfinished Show Business, generously donated by his family. If you have any questions, please email Ronald Zank at For more information on the ATHE conference visit