Athe News – March


ATHE Conference 2017 registration will open early April.

For planning purposed please note that there will be a small increase in the conference rates for our ATHE 2017 conference. This year the rates will be:

Early Bird Standard Onsite One Day
Full Time Member $365 $385 $395 $325
Part Time Member $275 $315 $340 $275
Organizational Member $335 $355 $385 $255
Additional Org Member $345 $365 $395 $265
Student/Retired Member $185 $215 $245 $210
Adjunct Faculty $185 $215 $245 $210
Nonmember $465 $505 $540 $385
Partner $335 $385 $395 $325

While we would prefer not to raise rates, we must do so to keep up with inflation while continuing to provide the same level of service that our members expect, especially in terms of media availability and hospitality. Normally, ATHE raises conference rates across all categories every other year to meet these rising costs. However, we delayed these increases in 2015, thus we are now due for a slight increase.

ATHE leadership is proactively working to keep the cost affordable for all members through the following strategies:
– Creating a new adjunct category for membership so as to address the changing economic realities of our field;
– Keeping our rates stable for graduate students, retired and adjunct employees;
– Finding ways to cut costs for the conference while still providing the quality conference experience members have become accustomed to by carefully considering venues for future conferences and other cost-saving measures;
– Initiating a sponsorship program to underwrite media, programming and receptions.

We take the role of being responsible stewards of the membership’s dues and conference fees very carefully. We are not a for profit organization so all of the money that comes into ATHE gets put directly into the conference, the operations of the organization, and other ATHE initiatives that benefit its members. As always, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Best regards,
Patty Ybarra on behalf of the ATHE GC

Call for Papers

ATHE Theory & Criticism Graduate Student Essay Contest
The Theory and Criticism Focus Group seeks papers for its Graduate Student Essay Contest. The contest presents an exciting opportunity for an emerging performance and theatre studies scholar. It introduces the writer of the winning essay to the ATHE conference and provides them with a showcase for their work. With these goals in mind, the contest prizes are intended to lift financial burdens, offer feedback on the student’s work, and afford them books and journals connected to their particular interests.

The winning scholar will receive:
– ATHE 2016 conference fee (pending approval)
– The opportunity to participate in a Theory and Criticism-sponsored roundtable
– A one-year’s subscription to the Routledge journal of their choice
– A Routledge book of their choice
– A mentoring session with a senior scholar at ATHE 2016

Submissions due: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Submissions can address any aspect of theory or criticism relating to performance, theatre, or dramatic literature. Essays should be unpublished and conference length (no more than 4000 words).

Papers will be judged on originality of research and argument, sophistication of engagement with theory and criticism, and quality of writing. The judging panel is comprised of Theory & Criticism focus group officers. A winner will be announced on May 6, 2017.

Please send submissions to:
Dr. Gibson Cima, Georgetown University

Dear Friends and Colleagues


The NJTF/HTII at UM Miller Center welcomes and invites your participation in the 3rd annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Play Readings to be held on Sunday, 4/23/17 and Monday, 4/24/17, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah).

In our first 2 years our event honoring the victims and survivors involved theaters, universities, Jewish organizations and embassies in 11 states. Each selected a play of their choosing from our NJTF/HTII Holocaust Theater Catalog ( All followed their readings with a conversation or panel discussion that included their audiences. These simultaneous events affirmed the unique power of theater in Holocaust awareness and education. This year we also honor the late Elie Wiesel, who unbeknownst to many was also a playwright. Three scenes that he wrote, titled Dialogs are yours with the blessing of his widow and translator, Marion Wiesel and the Elie Wiesel Foundation. NJTF will send you Dialogs at your request, upon registration. Lincoln Center Library, in New York and UM Miller Center, in Miami have already committed to readings honoring this great man. We hope you will join them.

Please go to and find Remembrance Readings to register your organization. Any play or playwright you choose will be in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Wiesel. This project is greater than any one institution and invites collaboration among Artists, Educators, Holocaust Memorial Organizations and all people who collectively wish to use theater as an artistic and moral compass that educates and inspires current and future generations.

Thank You,
Arnold Mittelman
Founding Director, NJTF/HTII at UM Miller Center
For additional information or questions, please contact:
NJTF Outreach Coordinator Justine Shayman


CALL FOR DRAMATURGS, ACTORS, AND DESIGNERS (as Scenographic Dramaturgs) FOR THE Las Vegas, 2017, New Play Conference Events: 

ATHE’s Playwrights Program is seeking actors, dramaturgs, and designers to work with the annual New Play Development Workshop and ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting Staged Readings at the ATHE Conference in Las Vegas, August 2-6, 2017.

EVENT #1–NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: Directors, dramaturgs, designers, and actors are invited to submit applications to work with one of the eight 10-minute scripts selected for the New Play Development event. Each playwright will be assigned a director, a dramaturg, a designer (who will function as a scenographer during the development process) and a group of actors; these creative teams will work on the scripts throughout the four-day conference for an average of two to three hours per day (attendance at the rest of the ATHE conference is possible and encouraged). The Workshop will culminate in a public, script-in-hand reading of the plays in a SHOWCASE OF SCRIPTS on Sunday morning, August 6.

EVENT #2 –ATHE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PLAYWRITING SHOWCASE PRESENTATION: (full length ATHE AWARD WINNER) will also be a script-in-hand reading of the play selected as this year’s award winner. Participants for this event will need to be available for several hours of rehearsal daily from Wednesday evening, August 2 through Saturday, August 5.

These New Play Events afford playwrights, actors, directors and dramaturgs, and designers the opportunity to work with artists from all over the United States and Canada who are experienced in dealing with original material and to have their work presented at the conference.

Applicants should send letters of application and a brief resume which indicates, in particular, the applicant’s experience with original scripts. (Actors include a photo.) The letter of application should also include mailing address and telephone/fax/e-mail numbers for now and for the summer, should that be different from your current information. Email applications preferred. If you send by overnight mail, be sure to waive the need for a delivery signature.


Applications should be sent to Judith Royer, 7847 Flight Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Phone, (310)