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Please join us for our annual business meeting at ATHE, Saturday Aug. 5, 11:15 AM- 12:30 PM, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, when we will recognize the following honorees.

ATDS Betty Jean Jones Award

A career award honoring an individual who has achieved excellence as a college/university teacher and/or scholar, and has served as a mentor in the profession

David Savran, The City University of New York

 ATDS John W. Frick Book Award

This award recognizes outstanding works that expand and challenge the field of American theatre and drama.

Hillary E. Miller, California State University Northridge
Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York
(Northwestern University Press)

 ATDS Vera Mowry Roberts Award for Research and Publication

This award recognizes the year’s best essay in ajournal or edited collection.

 Patrick McKelvey, Florida State University
“”Ron Whyte’s ‘Disemployment’: Prosthetic Performance and Theatrical Labor” published in Theatre Survey 57:3 (September 2016)

ATDS Faculty Travel Award

Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, University of Pittsburgh

For the presentation of her paper “As if this river wrapped its long body. . . “: Pools of Stillness and Silence in Works by Kia Corthron and Marisela Treviño Orta,” at the ATHE/ATDS panel Dramaturgies of Silence and Stillness: Contemporary American Women Playwrights Refigure Spectacle. Friday Aug. 4 7:30 – 9 pm

 ATDS Graduate Student Research Award

Vicki Hoskins, University of Pittsburgh
To conduct archival research for her dissertation “How Playbill Changed the Narrative: Gender Dialogues in Musical Theatre” 

ATDS Publication Subvention Award

Andrew Gibb, Texas Tech University
For his monograph Californios, Anglos, and the Performance of Oligarchy in the U.S. West (SIU Press, forthcoming, 2018)

ATDS Emerging Scholar Award

Carrie Winship, University of Missouri
Carrie’s paper, “The Spectacle of a Life: Naomi Iizuka’s War of the Worlds,” will be presented at the BTA/WTP/ATDS “Curtain Up! Emerging Scholars” panel at ATHE, Sat. August 5, 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm


ATDS Members Honored at Kennedy Center

ATDS lifetime members (and Betty Jean Jones Award recipients) John Frick and Laurence Senelick are named Fellows of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, April 23 2017. John Frick is pictured with his nominator, Fellow Kim Marra and Laurence Senelick with his nominator Fellow Barry Witham. Marra and Witham are also ATDS members.

Fellows John Frick and Kim Marra

Fellows Barry Witham and Laurence Senelick

Investiture in the College is one of the highest honors bestowed on educators and professionals of America’s educational and theatre community. The primary purpose of the College is to promote and encourage the highest standards of research, writing, and creativity in educational and professional theatre through honoring distinguished service and notable accomplishment by individuals of recognized national stature.