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.

29th Annual Theatre Symposium

Topic: Theatre and Race
Call for Papers: Coming Soon | Abstracts due Jan. 6, 2020
Tentative Conference Dates:
April 3-5, 2020
Conference Location: Agnes Scott College | Decatur, GA

We look forward to announcing more details for the 2020 Theatre Symposium conference.

Recap: Theatre Symposium 28

Thanks to everyone who attended our 28th annual Theatre Symposium conference. Academics from Florida to Washington state met April 12-14, 2019, on the beautiful grounds of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, to share their work on the topic of “Theatre and Citizenship.”

Dr. Charlotte Canning of the University of Texas at Austin delivers her keynote address, “Theatre and Citizenship: Are and of Right Ought to Be.”

Dr. Charlotte Canning of the University of Texas at Austin delivered an opening keynote address that traced the long history of theatre’s role in defining citizenship in what is now the United States. Papers delivered over the course of the weekend addressed citizenship through examples drawn from modern day Confederate pageants, the digital realm, and Muppet performances, to name but a few.

Some of this year’s presentations will appear in essay form in Theatre Symposium, the annual publication that accompanies the conference. Those attending the 2020 SETC Convention in Louisville, KY, will also be able to hear a sampling of this year’s papers in the annual “Highlights of Theatre Symposium” panel.

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
26  In Other Habits: Theatrical Costume
27  Theatre and Embodiment