Black Theatre Association Post-Conference Gathering - Call for Participants

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Call for Participants
Black Theatre Association (BTA)
Post-Conference: "Dialogues in the Desert"
following the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2014 Conference
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel — Scottsdale, AZ
July 27-28, 2014

Submissions Deadlines:
March 7th: please email a 100-200 word abstract, or your short play script, to Jonathan Shandell, BTA Conference Planner, at

The Black Theatre Association (BTA), a Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), invites your participation in our post-conference event, "Dialogues in the Desert." In lieu of our biennial pre-conference, this post-conference will allow BTA members to connect, converse and to share their artistry and/or scholarship with one another—in a more intimate and personable environment than the ATHE conference usually allows.

This year's post-conference will be focused on creating, facilitating and deepening those vital conversations —which we often regrettably find ourselves too geographically dispersed and over-committed to pursue effectively—around our work as artists, teachers and scholars of theatres of the African diaspora. How can we more meaningfully engage with our colleagues about the challenges we confront on our stages, in our classrooms, across our campuses and through our scholarship? Our post-conference will allow us to hear and respond to each other's voices.

We seek any and all proposals for participation in this post-conference designed to foster dialogue connected to black theater and performance. We are particularly interested in:
Short play scripts for an evening of readings and discussions;
Proposals for "on your feet" performance workshops that might engage with a key text, or build conversation in some other way through group participation and physical engagement;
Suggested topics, formats, potential speakers and facilitators for roundtable sessions;
Other ideas to get people talking, through formats that depart from the typical experiences of the ATHE conference.

There will be no registration fee for the post-conference. However, participants and other attendees will need to extend their stay in Scottsdale through Monday, July 28th. The group hotel rate for the ATHE Conference will be available for Sunday night, July 27th.

Please use BTA's email list to discuss ideas with other BTA members and develop proposals. If you are already a subscriber, send your message directly to To subscribe yourself to the list, send an email to Please also visit BTA's Facebook page:

The Black Theatre Association (BTA) is an organization composed of scholars, graduate students, and theatre artists of differing ages, races, colors, genders, national origins, religious beliefs, shapes, and sizes. Our unified interest in the critical study of Black theatre from a global perspective informs our collective desire to inform and promote the experiences of people of the African diaspora, as expressed in various forms of drama and performance.

Black Theatre Association Officers, 2013-14

Patrick Sims, President/Focus Group Representative

Jonathan Shandell, Conference Planner

Eunice Feirrera, Secretary

Baron Kelly, Member-at-Large

Maisha Akbar, Member-at-Large

Khalid Long, Graduate Student Representative

Tabitha Chester, Associate Graduate Student Representative