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Thursday, February 16, 2012

CFP: ATHE 2012 Interactive Theatre and Theatre and Social Change Pre-Conference, Feb 27th

This group has kindly invited me to give the keynote lecture for the pre-conference, so disability performance will be pretty central to the event (in particular work developed out of a theatre training course for people with developmental disabilities in Melbourne, Australia; the approaches of Dandelion Dance Theatre in Oakland, CA; and the Olimpias' Journey to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, a participatory performance). It would be great if more disability studies people could join us in Washington, D.C.!
Best, Petra

*Calling all Interactive Theatre Artists!*

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*ATHE 2012 Interactive Theatre and Theatre and Social Change Pre-Conference*

*Hyatt Regency Washington, DC on Capitol Hill*

*Interactive Performance and Social Change: Civic engagement and rehearsal
for action*

*July 31-August 2, 2012*

Do you do interactive theatre work and would like to lead a workshop?  Do
you have an example of your interactive theatre work that you wish to share?
Does your work fit into the theme, ?Interactive Performance and Social
Change: Civic engagement and rehearsal for action??  Do you know someone
who fits the above description?

*WHAT:* *We are looking for a variety of artists, artists-scholars, and
practitioners who engage in a variety of interactive theatre work to
present workshops and short performances of Interactive Theatre work for
the joined Interactive Theatre and Theatre and Social Change Pre-conference
in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.*  The attendees will be
fellow artists/scholars connected to the higher education community.

*Interactive Theatre (IT) work may involve script development, devising, IT
audience participating techniques, cultivating the skills of the
post-performance dialogue, facilitating challenging dialogue, applied
theatre techniques, pedagogy and efficacy of IT work, IT with youth, IT in
varying settings and demographics, etc.*

* *

The Pre-Conference is being offered by the Interactive Theatre
Sub-committee (under the Advocacy Committee) of the Association for Theatre
in Higher Education (ATHE) and Theatre and Social Change ATHE Focus group.

*FORMAT OF WORKSHOPS*:  intended for 20-30 (approx.) participants to engage
in hands-on material they may be able to bring back to their community in
some manner.  Workshops may include a performative element, but needs to
focus on an interactive workshop.  Each 70-75 minute workshop should
include handouts, resources or reference list.  REFLECTION: Each workshop
will be followed by a facilitated reflection activity for participants in
order to actively process the workshop.  Selected Workshop Leaders will be
asked to work with the Facilitation Leaders to best conduct this reflection
process.  Please note the theme of the Preconference:* Interactive
Performance and Social Change: Civic engagement and rehearsal for action.*


Performances must fit into a one hour time frame, including a Question and
Answer period.  This may include an example of a work in its entirety or an
excerpt from a longer piece as long as the chosen example is understandable
and the context of the work clearly explained.  *Please do not use videos
of past performances*.  Presentations should interactively engage 20-30
(approx) participants with a demonstration of IT work connected to the
pre-conference theme.  There will be volunteers to assist your set up and
break down.  Please note the theme of the Preconference:* Interactive
Performance and Social Change: Civic engagement and rehearsal for action.*

*Submission Details:*

1.      Indicate whether you are submitting a WORKSHOP or PERFORMANCE

2.      Short bio, 200 words or less.

3.      List of all other participants? names, if any.

4.      Resume, CV, or website.

5.      Description of either your workshop OR performance example of your
work including a/an:

a)      short explanation of how the proposed workshop reflects the
Pre-Conference theme

b)      brief breakdown of how you plan to use the time

c)      outline of your plan to engage with the participants interactively

d)     brief description of take home materials (required for workshop)

e)      list of any technical needs such as LCD projector, screen, open
space, CD player, etc.

6.      Email submission to Cheryl Kaplan Zachariah at
** and write ?IT SUBMISSION? in the subject line of your

*Deadline for Submissions is Monday, February 27th by midnight.*

*Offers will be made by March 12, 2012.*

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer stipends at this time, but the
registration fee for the entire pre-conference (including the key-note and
on-site performance) will be waived for all presenters. Please feel free to
pass this along to any interested parties.  Please direct any questions to
Cheryl Kaplan Zachariah at

Cheryl L. Kaplan Zachariah
Instructor, Writer, Director, Dramaturg, Theatre Arts Integration Specialist

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Petra Kuppers
Associate Professor
English, Art and Design, Theatre, Women's Studies
Faculty Affiliate with the Center for World Performance Studies and Matthaei Botanical Gardens
University of Michigan
435 S. State Street, 3216 Angell Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
mobile: 734-239-2634
Artistic Director of The Olimpias,

New books!
Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape, on Olimpias practices (Palgrave, August 2011,
Somatic Engagement, an edited collection of artists on the poetics, politics and publics of embodiment (Chain Links, October 2011,

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