Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

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Call for Papers
ATHE's Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group:
The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

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 Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance at the 2014 ATHE conference in Scottsdale, AZ, July 24–27, 2014.

This annual panel is held in memory of Dr. Bruce Kirle, scholar of musical theatre and longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group. Dr. Mary Jo Lodge, Associate Professor of English & Theater at Lafayette College, will serve as this year's respondent. In addition to her work as a director, choreographer, and designer, Professor Lodge has published on the subjects of television musicals, women in musical theatre, and women and popular culture. The recipient of a 2013–2014 Fulbright Fellowship, she is currently working on the book project ON BURSTING INTO SONG AND OTHER PERILS OF THE MUSICAL at University of Roehampton in London.

Paper submissions may concern any area within the purview of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group, which encompasses opera, operetta, musical theatre, dance theatre, performance art with music or dance elements, and pedagogy of music theatre and dance. Submissions are open to graduate students and scholars who have not yet presented at a national conference, as well as established scholars who have not previously presented or published in the areas of music theatre or dance. Scholars must not be scheduled to present on music theatre or dance topics at any other national conference prior to the submission date, and papers may not be cross-submitted to other ATHE panels for the 2014 conference. Scholars may, however, present or serve on other panels at this conference.

For consideration, please e-mail your paper, 10 to 12 pages in length, as a Microsoft Word attachment to Donatella Galella at by February 1, 2014. Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information, but remove your name from the body of the essay.

A committee of select MT/D officers and senior scholars will select three papers for inclusion on this competitive panel. The authors selected will be expected to attend the July conference and to present their papers there. They will receive a yearlong subscription to the journal STUDIES IN MUSICAL THEATRE (Intellect Books), and their essays will be prepared for publication in that journal. Presenters will also receive a complimentary copy of Bruce Kirle's UNFINISHED SHOW BUSINESS, generously donated by his family.

Please direct any and all questions to Brian Valencia at For more information on the ATHE 2014 conference, visit