The Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago will host a gathering of scholars and theatre artists from around the world to explore the history of Chicago theatre over the last half-century and the future of Chicago as a leading center of international theatre. Titled Chicago--Theatre Capital of America: Past. Present. Future, and scheduled for May 18-22, 2011, the event will focus on Chicago’s rise as a center of theatrical creativity, innovation, and influence over the past 50 years and explore the future of theatre in an atmosphere of rapidly increasing technological development and global communication. A wide range of presentations, panels, workshops, and performances will highlight the event.
A Call for Papers has been issued inviting theatre scholars and practitioners to propose presentations on a wide range of topics. The deadline for proposals has been extended to OCTOBER 1. Emerging scholars are especially encouraged to participate. In addition, a lineup of distinguished featured speakers is being assembled. Featured speakers confirmed so far include Richard Christiansen, author of A Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in Chicago; Martha Lavey, artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre and board president of the Theatre Communications Group; Todd London, artistic director of New Dramatists and co-author of Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of The New American Play; Lisa Portes, head of DePaul University's MFA directing program; Harvey Young, director of Northwestern University's interdisciplinary doctoral program in theatre and drama and author of Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body; and British theatre critic Michael Billington of The Guardian. In a 2004 article in The Guardian, Billington wrote:
Online registration for the symposium will be posted in mid-September at www.colum.edu/theatresymposium. Early registration costs $95, or $60 for students.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2010
E-mail proposals to: email@example.com.