Call for Submissions

Submissions Due: March 1 2017

The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS), in coordination with the Black Theatre Association (BTA), is pleased to announce its ninth annual emerging scholars “Curtain Up” ATHE panel.

Papers submitted may treat any aspect of theatre, performance, and drama of the Americas, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. While all submissions are encouraged, we particularly recommend submitting papers that reflect ATHE’s 2017 conference theme of “Spectacle: Balancing Education, Theory, and Praxis.”  For a full description of this year’s theme, see

Please note: This is not a “debut” panel.  Submissions are welcome from any scholar currently enrolled in a graduate program. The Black Theatre Association will also issue calls for emerging scholars for participation in this jointly coordinated debut panel.

To be considered for this panel, please email to Laura MacDonald, ATDS Awards Committee Chair, at by March 1 2017:

* a cover page with your name, paper title, affiliation and contact information
* your 8-10 page paper (sans name and contact information).

Please type “ATDS Emerging Scholars Panel” in the subject heading.

Essays will be evaluated on their originality, the quality of their writing and research, and their critical/theoretical sophistication. Submissions will be vetted by a committee of select ATDS scholars. The selected author is expected to attend the conference in August to present his or her paper. Winners will receive a year-long membership to ATDS, which includes subscription to the journal Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas, as well as a $200 cash award. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15 2017.

Contact Laura MacDonald with any questions.  For more info on ATDS, or to join or renew membership, see