"(Em)powering the Profession: Best Practices in Black Theatre and Performance" CFP deadline: 3/31/10

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Black Theatre Network
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This 24th annual conference invites scholars, students, directors, teachers, and actors to share best practices to empower the artistic, economic, and educational engines of Black theatre. The BTN encourages panels, workshops, projects, and interdisciplinary papers that contemplate strategies for the survival of Black Theatre into the next generation.

Proposals may broadly interpret the conference theme along (but not confined to) the following strands:
• Reshaping identity and performance
• New Images in Theatre in the 21st Century and Beyond
• Cyber-Power/Cyber-Practices
• Redefining the Power of Black Theatre
• Teaching Dramatic Literature that Engages Youth
• Skills Building for the Next Generation of Artists
• The Multicultural Theatre of HipHop
• Empowering Social and Creative Change
• Effective Models for Acting, Directing, Design, and Tech
• Effective Production Strategies during a Recession
• Black Theatre History as a Tool to Build Inclusive Classrooms and Curricula
• Emerging Models for Teaching Plays
• Powerful Partnerships in the Profession and the Academy

July 30 – August 2, 2010
Los Angeles, California
Wiltshire Plaza Hotel

Please submit an abstract of your paper, panel, or workshop (400 words or fewer) by March 31, 2010, to Dr. La Tanya L. Reese Rogers, Conference Committee Chair, at LReese@udc.edu for consideration.

Accepted presenters will be notified by April 7, 2010. Submissions postmarked after the notification date will be considered for substitutions. All presenters are expected to register for the conference by June 30, 2010. Visit the website for details: www.blacktheatrenetwork.org

Include in your abstract: your name; co-presenter's name; full contact information, including phone number and e-mail address; institutional or theatre affiliation (graduate students should identify themselves to receive benefits); the title of the proposed presentation; room set-up requirements (if offering a workshop or lecture); A-V equipment needs; special needs, if any; and length of session (if offering a workshop). At the conference, all papers should be limited to 15 minutes.

Dr. La Tanya L. Reese Rogers
Black Theatre Network Conference Committee Chair
University of the District of Columbia
Department of English
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

Direct other questions about the conference to the on-site coordinators:
Prof. Kathryn Ervin, kervin@csusb.edu
Prof. Andre Harrington, aharring@csusb.edu