Black Theatre Association - 13th Annual Debut Panel

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Black Theatre Association (BTA)
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Curtains Up: Conversation Among Emerging Scholars
Black Theatre Association (BTA) Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
July 24-27, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona

*Dream Acts: Performance as Refuge, Resistance, and Renewal

The Black Theatre Association (BTA), a focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), seeks essay submissions for its 13th Annual Debut Panel.

BTA will hold joint sessions with the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) and the Latino/a Focus Group (LFG) in order to foster communication across our interrelated disciplines.

BTA encourages all graduate students and assistant professors working on black theatre and performance studies who have never presented at ATHE or a national conference to apply. Papers may consider any aspect of black dramatic criticism, theatre history, plays, playwrights, performers, directors, designers, or any other topics related to black theatre and/or performance.

The highest quality papers will be selected by our distinguished panel of theatre/performance studies scholar judges. The selected essays will receive specific feedback from judges to help authors strengthen their work for national conference presentation.

Please include your name, paper title, affiliation and contact information on the first page of your essay. Essays will be evaluated for originality, the quality of writing and research, and critical/theoretical sophistication. Accepted panelists will present their papers at the 2014 ATHE conference, July 24-27 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

All essay submissions should be 8 to 10 pages in length, typed, double-spaced (including block quotes), and use either Chicago or MLA style citations.

***Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 14, 2014***
Receipt of your submission will be confirmed via email, and you will be informed of the judges' decisions on or near May 1, 2012.

Please e-mail your completed essay submission as an MSWord attachment to Khalid Y. Long, BTA Debut Panel Coordinator, at Please type "BTA Debut Panel" in the subject heading.