Grad Student Presentations in Theater & Performance

deadline for submissions: 
April 22, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
contact email: 

Present at ATHE!Check out our Call for Papers/Presentations for 2021 Grad Student Subcommittee, including:

  • Teaching Demos (Academic and Artistic)
  • Practical Skills
  • Research-in-Progress Forum (Pecha Kucha Style)

Deadlines April 22!

Graduate Student Teaching Demonstration Sessions: Academic and Performance

The Graduate Student and Pedagogy Subcommittees of the ATHE Professional Development Committee invites submissions for two Graduate Student Teaching Demonstration Sessions at ATHE 2021. In these sessions, graduate students will have an opportunity to demonstrate an example of their teaching, so that they can receive feedback on their pedagogical skills and areas for improvement from our faculty panelists. These respondents will be chosen based on the focus of the graduate students’ teaching demonstrations. Audience members can also learn tips and tricks for teaching by watching the demos and participating in the feedback portion.

To better serve our graduate students, we are offering two sessions for 2021. The first session will center on more Academic content: lectures and strategies geared towards teaching theatre history, literature, criticism, dramaturgy, etc. The second session will center on more Performance content: lessons and workshops geared towards teaching acting, directing, movement, design, etc. There can obviously be some significant overlap here, and the session coordinators will work to place students with appropriate responders for their content.

Please submit a 200-250 word abstract of the lesson you plan to teach with citations for any borrowed work, along with a brief bio.

If you are interested in being included in the Academic pedagogy session: send your information to panel co-chair James Brandon at jbrandon@hillsdale.edu by April 22nd.

If you are interested in being included in the Performance pedagogy session: send your information to panel co-chair Stacey Cabaj at stacey.cabaj@lmu.edu by April 22nd.

Re-training: Graduate Student Practical Skills

The Graduate Student Subcommittee of the ATHE Professional Development Committee invites submissions for the Graduate Student Practical Skills Panel. This panel is designed to give graduate students professional development training experience. Graduate students of all backgrounds are invited to apply for this panel. Each grad student selected will be assigned a topic of interest to graduate students soon to navigate the job market. Each participant will have time over the summer leading up to the conference to research their topic and will present in a virtual demonstrative panel during the conference. Prior knowledge of the assigned topic is not required.

If you are interested in participating in the practical skills panel, send your information (name, contact information, reason for interest) to panel co-chair Angela Duggins at angela.duggins@siu.edu by April 22nd.

Graduate Student Research-in-Progress Forum

The Graduate Student Subcommittee of the ATHE Professional Development Committee invites submissions for the Graduate Student Research-in-Progress Forum at ATHE 2021. This session offers the opportunity for graduate students at any stage of their degree program to present their current research. These presentations are designed to crystallize the key questions of a research project, not necessarily to describe a completed one. This session will be an opportunity for graduate students to encounter each other’s research and promote possible collaborations and feedback. Presenting graduate students will receive feedback from respondents, notable scholars in the field.

Presentations may explicitly engage with the conference theme, “RE-ATHE,” but that is not a requirement for participation. Presentations should be in Pecha Kucha format, using 20 slides for 20 seconds each. See http://www.pechakucha.org/faq for more information on this format.

Please submit a 200-250 word abstract of your research and a brief bio to GSSC Co-Chair Elizabeth Schiffler at eschiffler@g.ucla.edu by April 22nd.