Theatre Symposium

The Conference: Theatre Symposium is an annual weekend conference focusing on a single scholarly topic. International attendees gather to present papers and to discuss and explore the topic as a group, thus creating an intimate opportunity for the sharing of ideas, concepts and opinions. The annual event is held in various locations throughout the Southeast and is organized by the individual who will act as the editor for the ensuing journal.

The Journal: Selected papers presented at the conference are reviewed by the editorial board, further edited, and published for the next volume of Theatre Symposium, a scholarly journal published annually by Alabama Press and available on EBSCO. Individual members of SETC receive a copy of Theatre Symposium as a benefit of membership.

26th Annual Theatre Symposium

Conference Dates: April 7-9, 2017
Location: Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Paper Submission Deadline: January 9, 2017
Pre-Registration Deadline: March 24, 2017

In Other Habits:  Theatrical Costume

The theme for the 26th annual Theatre Symposium is “In Other Habits: Theatrical Costume.” Theatrical costumes exist in an inescapably intimate relationship with the actor’s body, and contribute significantly to visual meaning-making on stage. What can close analysis of stage clothing reveal about both the intentional creation of meaning, and the underlying assumptions embedded in theatrical practice and costume production?

SETC’s 2017 Theatre Symposium will focus on the interplay of theatre and costume. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyses of historical costumes or costume designs
  • The relationship of costume to the actor’s body
  • The cultural significance of specific costumes
  • Systems and sites of costume production
  • Costume and the creation of character
  • Seminal costume designs and designers
  • The theorization of theatrical costume via phenomenology, semiotics, or other philosophies of meaning-making

2017 Keynote Speaker: Michele Majer

Keynote speaker Michele Majer will present insights into the topic and will also provide a conference response. Professor Majer is a member of the faculty of the Bard Graduate Center, and the editor and a contributing author of Staging Fashion, 1880-1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke.

Call for Papers

Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in Volume 26 of the SETC’s annual Theatre Symposium journal.

The conference fee of $150 includes registration, conference materials, selected meals and coffee/snack service during the event.

Please send maximum-one-page abstracts by January 9, 2017 to Sarah McCarroll, Editor, at Please use “LastName TS Abstract” as your subject line. Abstracts should include complete contact information (snail mail, email, phone).

Past Events & Publications

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Past Issues of Theatre Symposium

1 Commedia dell’Arte Performance
2 Theatre in the Antebellum South
3 Voice of the Dramaturg
4 The Reemergence of the Theatre Building in the Renaissance
5 Drama as Rhetoric/Rhetoric as Drama
6 Crosscurrents in the Drama: East and West
7 Theatre and Violence
8 Theatre at the Margins: The Political, the Popular, the Personal, the Profane
9 Theatre and Politics in the Twentieth Century
10 Representations of Gender on the Nineteenth-Century American Stage
11 Constructions of Race in Southern Theatre: From Federalism to the Federal Theatre Project
12 Elizabethan Performances in North American Spaces
13 Theatre in Transit: Tours of the South
14 Theatre, War and Propaganda
15 Theatre and the Moral Order
16 Comedy Tonight!
17 Outdoor Drama
18 The Prop’s the Thing: Stage Properties Reconsidered
19 Theatre and Film
20 Gods and Groundlings: Historical Theatrical Audiences
21 Ritual, Religion, and Theatre
22 Broadway and Beyond: Commercial Theatre Considered
23 Theatre and Youth
24 Theatre and Space
25 Cross-cultural Dialogue on the Global Stage