2010 Mid-America Theatre Conference March 4-7, 2010

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Mid-America Theatre Conference

Announcing The 31st Annual
Mid-America Theatre Conference
Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
Cleveland, Ohio
March 4-7, 2010

Going Public

The 2010 Mid-America Theatre Conference will be held at the beautifully restored Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. Designed by John Eisenmann and George H. Smith and financed by John D. Rockefeller and other wealthy Clevelanders, the Arcade was constructed in 1890 to emulate the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. Like other European arcades, the Galleria invited public gathering, interaction, idling, passing through, experiencing, and detached spectatorship—what Walter Benjamin would famously write about as flânerie: the civilized individual's interaction with the public.

Apropos of this space, For MATC 2010, we invite scholarly and creative work circulating around the ideas of Public—broadly construed: How have our discipline and art engaged with issues of audience, citizenship and public life? What is the public face of academic theatre in the community? What crises and opportunities do we face in the areas of public funding and other subsidies? What are the intricacies and complexities historically surrounding public and private life, and how have these been dealt with on the stage? How do we in the academy balance our commitment to art and service with the demands of public-ation? How do we effectively and competitively public-ize our programs to prospective students?

Go to the MATC website http://www.wiu.edu/matc/ for Calls for Papers:

Acting & Directing Symposium
Pedagogy Symposium
Playwriting Symposium
Theatre History Symposium
Emerging Scholars Panels
Articles-In-Progress Workshop

Questions: contact the Conference Planner
Scott Magelssen
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Film
338 South Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH, 43403-0180