CFP: American Theatre and Drama Society (11/1/06; ATHE, 7/26/07-7/29/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Mark Cosdon

(Apologies in advance for cross-postings!)

American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS)
at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
July 26 =96 29, 2007, New Orleans, Louisiana

=93Regenerations: Theatre and Performance as a Regenerative Force=94

In 1842, a witness to the burning of the St. Charles Theatre reported in=20
the New Orleans Bee:

=93We gazed in mute amazement of the terrific sight until the colossal=
of Tragedy, which adorned the front of the building caught on fire, and the=
mask of her dramatic sister, Comedy, was likewise in flames.... From the=20
extended arms of Tragedy the fire glowed with surprising effect. When the=20
blaze died away, after having consumed the outer painting, her hands were a=
coal of fire, red as Lady Macbeth's after dipping hers in the blood of=20
Duncan; whilst the face of Comedy was as Lady Teazle when discovered in the=
apartments of Joseph Surface. They were the last mementos of the exquisite=
and sublime representations we had witnessed in the Temple, and when they=20
fell from their pedestals, we turned with a moist eye and heaving bosom; we=
had witnessed the last scene of the St. Charles. The curtain had fallen to=
rise no more, and the glory of the drama has vanished forever.=94

Yet, phoenix-like the St. Charles Theatre was rebuilt the following year by=
impresario Solomon Smith. Subsequently, New Orleans re-emerged as one of=20
the United States=92 leading cultural centers, a position unshaken until the=
devastations wrought by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Just two years after Hurricane Katrina, in 2007 the American Theatre and=20
Drama Society will convene in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Historically, the Crescent City has alternately embraced and grappled with=
issues of rebuilding, re-growing, repetition, re-imagining, and=20
referencing. Post-Katrina, these themes are all the more immediate. New=20
Orleans, an eminently theatrical city of deep contrasts, divides, and=20
cultures, prompts a myriad of scholarly enquiries.

The same themes of rebuilding, re-growing, repetition, re-imagining, and=20
referencing that resonate so strongly in New Orleans recur throughout the=20
history of American theatre. As scholars, we have re-imagined our field in=
countless new ways, re-inventing ourselves as scholars and artists with=20
each successive transformation of the theatrical, intellectual, and=20
cultural landscape that surrounds us.

The American Theatre and Drama Society encourages the submission of papers=
and panels addressing any of these themes of rebuilding, re-growing,=20
repetition, re-imagining, and referencing. In addition to the =93usual=94=
papers and panels addressing these topics, ATDS also welcomes proposals=20
that move =93outside the box=94 of the traditional panel format=
talkbacks, etc.).

ABOUT the American Theatre and Drama Society: ATDS is an incorporated=20
international organization promoting the study of the U.S. theatre and its=
relationships to diversified social and cultural life. It encourages the=20
study of American plays, actors, designers, critics, audiences, and all=20
others historically or contemporaneously associated with writing,=20
producing, and enjoying U.S. drama, and it encourages the study of=20
relationships among theatrical and dramatic forms in the U.S., the Americas=
at large, and non-Western Hemispheric cultures.

1. Completed proposals (with all panel members assembled) may be submitted=
directly to ATHE at <> by November 1, 2006.=
Please forward a copy of your completed proposal to=20
1. (ATHE cannot accommodate AV needs submitted after November 1 without=20
substantial cost to the individual presenter.)

2. Individual paper proposals may be submitted to ATDS Conference Planner,=
Dr. Mark Cosdon, at Please note that individual=20
proposals must be submitted by OCTOBER 9, 2006. Abstracts (250 words) must=
include paper title and contact information, and must specify any AV needs.=
ATHE does not accept individual paper submissions -- DO NOT submit your=20
individual proposal on the ATHE website. (Again, AV needs must be submitted=
by November 1. ATHE cannot accommodate AV needs submitted after that date=
without substantial cost to the individual presenter.)

3. Members of ATDS wishing to identify colleagues to create panels prior=20
to the November 1 deadline are encouraged to use the ATDS listserv:=20
ATDS_at_LISTSERV.COFC.EDU to circulate questions or possible panel topics.

4. Presenters wishing to create multidisciplinary panels must contact the=
Focus Group Conference Planners for each of the THREE groups they propose=20
as sponsors (note that the new ATHE requirement specifies 3 supporting=

5. Presenters proposing programs outside of the traditional panel format=20
are asked to be specific in their proposals concerning the structure and=20
number of participants so that ATHE can be notified about space/time needs.

6. Presenters who wish to submit grant requests for AV support (or other=20
items) are encouraged to contact the Focus Group Conference Planner in=20
advance of the November 1 deadline.

7. ATHE will notify the ATDS concerning accepted or rejected panels by=20
mid-February. Panelists should expect to hear from the Conference Planner=20
or their Panel Chair by early March.


Please note that preference will be given to ATDS members. If you are=20
interested in joining ATDS, please visit the website at=20
<> for a membership application or contact=
ATDS President Dr. John Frick at

Questions? Please contact Dr. Mark Cosdon at or=20
review the information on the ATHE website at=20
<> for additional conference information=20
and for submission forms.

Mark Cosdon, Ph.D.
Communication Arts and Theatre Department
Box 45
Allegheny College
Meadville, PA 16335
(814) 332-2304

"I forget what eight was for." =20

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