Last Chance to Submit a Proposal for ATHE 2017


Last Chance to Submit a Proposal for ATHE 2017

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites proposals for Single Focus Group Concurrent Sessions, Multidisciplinary Concurrent Sessions, Preconference Events, ATHE Committee Meetings, Focus Group Business Meetings, and Committee Meetings. The conference will be held August 3-6, 2017 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

All proposal submissions must be submitted through the ATHE website proposal system.

Deadline to Propose all Sessions, Meetings, and Preconference Events for the
2017 ATHE Conference in Las Vegas:
 Deadline is Today, November 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM CDT
Please click here to Apply to Propose a Session, Meeting or a Preconference Event

Deadline to Apply for Grants for 2017 Sessions or Preconference Events
(including any applications for conference passes or day passes):
 Deadline is Today, November 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM CDT
Please click here to submit an ATHE grant proposal

For more information, check out our conference website.

Spectacular Stars of the Page and Stage: Call for ATHE 2017 Award Nominations

Who do you consider a “spectacular” artist, teacher, or scholar? Whose work do you seek out and admire, whether on stage or in scholarship? Whose achievements most inspire you to “reach for the stars” and strive for excellence in your own work? Here is your opportunity to honor that individual’s accomplishments.

ATHE gives four prestigious awards recognizing the outstanding lifetime or career achievements of individuals whose excellent work has made a sustained and meaningful impact on the fields of educational and professional theatre:

Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education
Career Achievement in Higher Education
Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre
Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement

To nominate a “superstar” for one of these awards, please submit one letter of nomination and solicit up to ten letters of support. More information on criteria and the details of each award is located on the ATHE website. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017.

ATHE awards excellence in scholarly projects published in the last year:

Outstanding Book
Outstanding Article in a Scholarly Journal

The deadline for submissions for Outstanding Book is December 31, 2016 and the deadline for submissions for Outstanding Article is February 15, 2017.

ATHE recognizes excellence in editing of an individual project, or in sustained excellence for a lifetime body of work. These categories are awarded every other year, with publications from the previous two years eligible. In 2017 we will be honoring career excellence in editing:

Excellence in Editing

The deadline for submissions for Excellence in Editing is February 15, 2017.

ATHE honors excellence in Playwriting via two awards:

Jane Chambers
ATHE Excellence in Playwriting

The deadline for submissions for the ATHE Excellence in Playwriting Award is November 1, 2016. The deadline the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award is March 1, 2017.

ATHE and ASTR will also honor excellence in digital scholarship:

Excellence in Digital Theatre and Performance Scholarship

The deadline for submissions for Excellence in Digital Scholarship is February 15, 2017.

More information on nomination processes for all awards can be found on the ATHE website.

Call for TLA Debut Panel Submissions

ATHE’s Theatre as a Liberal Arts (TLA) focus group invites and encourages submissions for our Debut Panel at the 2017 ATHE Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. We welcome new and emerging scholars, artists and teachers to consider submitting their work. TLA particularly encourages applicants to consider proposals which include teaching demonstrations or other pedagogical emphases.

Members eligible to participate in the Debut Panel include junior faculty and graduate students in higher education who have not yet presented at an ATHE conference.

Please email a one-page description of your proposal (ie. Teaching demonstration with goals and expected outcomes, procedures, materials and space requirements) to TLA Focus Group Representative Shawna Mefferd Kelty. If you have questions, feel free to contact Shawna Mefferd Kelty or Janice Pohl (TLA Conference Planner).

Call for TLA Resource Bank Submissions

The Theatre as a Liberal Art focus is creating a resource bank of teaching materials and would like to extend an invitation / reminder to any TLA members that wanted to share any of the work they presented at the 2016 Chicago conference can email their handouts, resources, syllabi, etc. to Julia Schmitt at and she will upload your materials to the website.

VASTA Heads to Singapore

Next year, the VASTA Conference will be held in Singapore, where we will connect with colleagues in the region to study “The Art of Storytelling”. VASTA is always keen to work with other ATHE focus groups on projects throughout the year, but also through combined member presentations at our annual conferences. Please keep connected via our website and contact Rene Pulliam at with ideas on collaboration for the ATHE and VASTA conferences.