As we end July, we are right around the corner from the 2016 ATHE conference, Bodies @ Work: Performance, Labor and ATHE @ 30. I could not be more excited! Anniversary years are a time to reflect on the Association and the role of theatre and performance more generally in a changing and challenging world. The conference features a robust set of conversations, performances and presentations that get to the heart of how we work and what we work to change in our artistic and theoretical practices. It is a crucial time for us to imagine differently. If you have not yet taken a close look you can see the conference schedule here.
We share our anniversary year with The Black Theatre Network, and we have made a concerted effort to think deeply about our shared concerns in our programming and future planning. We invite you to engage in this partnership with us. BTN conference details can be found here.
Given recent world events, we have also made an effort to think about ATHE advocacy. VP for Advocacy Kareem Khubchandani invited Dr. Kashif Powell to host a webinar titled, The Politics of Performance and the Black Lives Matter Movement. For those of you who missed it, it is available here. We are looking forward to offering more webinars for our members related to all aspects of theatre and education.
I hope to continue to speak with as many of you as possible about ATHE’s continuing work as an advocate for theatre in higher education in this challenging time.