Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel

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Music Theatre and Dance Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education
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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 2012 ATHE conference in Washington D.C. (August 2 - 5, 2012). This annual panel is held in memory of Dr. Bruce Kirle, a longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance focus group. Dr. Elizabeth Wollman will serve as the respondent. Dr. Wollman is Assistant Professor of Music at Baruch College of the City University of New York. She is author of the book The Theater Will Rock: A History of the Rock Musical, From Hair to Hedwig.

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. Papers may not be cross-submitted to other ATHE panels; however scholars may propose different papers or serve on 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 Tracey Elaine Chessum ( by January 30, 2012. 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 Tracey Chessum ( or Chris McCoy ( For more information on the ATHE conference visit