ATHE's Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group: Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel

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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 2011 ATHE conference in Chicago, IL (August 11-14, 2011). This annual panel is held in memory of Dr. Bruce Kirle, a longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance focus group. Dr. David Savran will serve as the respondent. Dr. Savran is the Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center as well as the editor of The Journal of American Theatre and Drama. His most recent book, Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of The New Middle Class, was published in 2009 by the University of Michigan Press.

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. Scholars must not be scheduled to present on Music Theatre/Dance topics at another national conference prior to the submission date. Scholars must not cross-submit their Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship paper to another ATHE panel; however, scholars may propose a different paper for other ATHE panels.

To be considered for this panel, please email your 10-12 page paper and contact information as an MS Word attachment to Sarah Ellis at by January 30, 2011. Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, affiliation and contact information, and remove your name from the body of the essay.

Submissions will be vetted by a committee 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. 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 e-mail Bryan M. Vandevender at For more information on the ATHE conference visit