The 16th Annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Student Theatre Conference Impetus / Action / Reaction

deadline for submissions: 
February 10, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Student Theatre Conference / UW-Madison
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The 16th Annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Student Theatre Conference

Impetus / Action / Reaction


Call for Papers, Discussion Panels, Workshops, and Performances

April 7th & 8th, 2017

The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Union South


The UW-Madison Theatre and Drama Graduate Student Organization (TDGSO) will sponsor the Graduate Student Theatre Conference on April 7th and 8th, 2017. The theme for this conference is based upon the instigation and methodology that leads to performative action, both on stage and in our communities.


Theatre is a place to begin, a place to take action, and a place to contemplate and analyze our society and our work. This year we hope to highlight this process, the creative and generative process that keeps theatre moving forward. Every part of this process is important: the idea, the call to action, the creation and evolution of the text, and reflection on that process. This process signifies not only what happens inside the theatre, but what the theatre is capable of inspiring beyond its walls.


Possible topics may include but are not limited to:                                                                                       

            Innovative Performance Methods or Styles

                        Performance Art in Practice and Process

                                    Writing, Researching, and Staging Original Works

                                                Technology that Inspires Performance

                                                            Community Activated Performance and Methodology

                                                                        Devised Activities and Workshops

Art and Performance Driven by Cultural or Political Events

The Role of Art and Performance in Contemporary Activism

            Theories of Revolutionary Texts and Performance

Audience Involvement and Integration

Re-Imagining and Re-Interpreting Texts

The Aesthetics of Devised Work

Historical Reactions to Theatre Production                                                                                                  



TDGSO invites a broad range of submissions that explore and interpret those moments that lead to performative action, as well as those moments that integrate reaction to performance. We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtable sessions, workshops and performances. All practitioners and scholars are encouraged to apply.


We welcome presentations from graduate students in all areas including art and art history, literature, education, theatre research, history, foreign language and literatures, performance studies, cultural studies, and theatre—acting, directing, design, and technology, etc. Graduate students from all universities and departments are encouraged to submit their abstracts.


Please submit an abstract or plan for your presentation of 500 words or less by Februrary 10th, 2017. Your submission should include the following information: title of proposal, presenter’s name, university and department affiliation, 75-word bio, any technology and workshop requests, and email address. Applicants will be notified by February 15th, 2017.


Proposals and questions may be directed to

Please include the words “Conference Proposal” in the subject line of your email.

We look forward to your submissions!