Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0214. Friday, 11 March 1994.
Date: Sunday, 06 Mar 94 23:45 EST
Subject: PSFG of ATHE Call
Are you interested in Performance Studies?
Are you a member of ATHE?
If so, please read and respond to the following message.
The executive committee of ATHE's Performance Studies Focus Group has
recently become aware that ATHE's official list of members of our group is
incomplete. We are attempting to compile a complete list in order to assure
that all of you who wish to be part of the Performance Studies Focus Group
will be on our mailing list before we mail out our spring newsletter and that
you will also be registered as part of this group in ATHE's records.
If you are an ATHE member, there is no additional cost for joining this focus
group, nor does joining this focus group affect your membership in any other
focus group; membership simply registers your interest in performance
studies and places you on our mailing list so you will receive information
pertinent to our participation in ATHE and its annual conference and in other
related activities. (If you are not an ATHE member yet, but wish to join, I'll
be glad to tell you how to receive membership information.)
Whether you think you are already registered with ATHE as a member of this
focus group or you are deciding today to join this focus group, we need to
hear from you. Simply send me an e-mail at
subject line: PSFG OF ATHE
and give me your name, address, and institutional affiliation. I'll be sure
you are on our list of members, and you'll receive our spring newsletter with a
postcard to send to ATHE c/o THEatre SERVICE to register your
membership with them.
If you want to know more, read on---
Who are we?
The Performance Studies Focus Group
- seeks to widen our vision of performance, studying it not only as art but as
part of historical, social, political and cultural processes.
- combines approaches from the social sciences, critical theory, historio-
graphy, and the arts regarding expressive behavior, the arts and culture;
- promotes creative dialogue between the theories and practices of diverse
- facilitates the lively exchange of ideas; promotes collaboration and
At this year's ATHE conference in Chicago, July 27-30, we are the primary
sponsors of five panels:
- Performing Communities/Community Performance
- Performance Studies: Research, Methodology and Publishing
- Performing Objects
- Contested Identities: Performance as Discourse on Race, Class, Gender and
- (De)Signing Women: The Real, the Virtuoso, the Drag
[Other focus groups have indicated their interest in PS by cosponsoring these
We are also co-hosting a reception/party with TDR.
In addition, we are cosponsoring twenty-two panels (acronyms for primary
focus group sponsors are in brackets):
- American Noh-How: Japanese Techniques, American Directors [AAP]
- Cannibalizing the Self: The Voracious "Feminine" in Japanese Theatre
- Between the Indigenous and the Western Avant-Garde: Environmental
Staging in Contemporary Asian Performance [AAP]
- Storytelling as Homespun Entree to Acting [AP]
- Design and the Multicultural/Diverse Performance [DT]
- Analogue Theatre Meets Digital Production: "Star Odyssey" on the Las
Vegas Strip [DT]
- Passing in Performance: Subversion in Race, Gender and Sexual Identities
- Religion as a Performative Act [RT]
- The Medieval Impulse in Contemporary Performance [RT]
- Spirituality: Theatre and the North American West [RT]
- Conversions: Secular Spaces/Sacred Sites [RT]
- Absence(s) and Presence(s): (Re)constructing the Holocaust in Tadeusz
Rozewicz's THE TRAP [TASC]
- Taking on the Right: Political Theatre in the United States in the 1930's,
1960's and 1990's [TASC]
- Community Performance: Necessary Theatre Where You Live and Work
- Tactility and Vision: Ocularcentrism and the Body [TC]
- Performance as Methodology: Speaking from the Body [TC]
- Contemporary Russian Theatre: Classics, Commerce and the Avant-Garde
- 20th Century Directors [TH]
- Cultural Crossroads: Native American Theatre, Drama & Performance [TH]
- The Methodological Moment: Experiments in Theatre Studies [WT]
- Medical Sightseeing: Excursions through the Female Body [WT]
- Subverting Public Programming: A Workshop [WT]
As you can see from these panel titles, performance studies is a vibrant,
eclectic field. I personally find the field fascinating, elastic enough to
allow me to pursue many of my diverse interests. And teaching my course
"Performance Theory and Drama" at the University of Maryland at College
Park is certainly one of the most exciting ventures of my academic career.
I hope you'll be part of the Performance Studies Focus Group. Send me an e-
mail and you'll get the spring newsletter with a postcard to send to ATHE.
Or if you wish, though you will not receive our spring newsletter because we
won't have your name and address, you can register with ATHE as a member
of the focus group by writing directly to:
c/o THEatre SERVICE
P.O. Box 15282
Evansville, IN 47716-0282
Of course, you can also contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for
for PSFG executive committee: