Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas

ATDS is partnered with Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas,* the oldest theatre periodical in the United States. Theatre Annual is published each fall at the College of William and Mary under the supervision of Richard Palmer. The 2016 issue was edited by ATDS’s incoming president Dorothy Chansky. In 2017, Ilka Saal serves as Editor while Meredith Conti serves as the journal’s book review editor.

ATDS members receive this annual publication as a membership benefit.

2018 Issue

For the 2018 issue, we invite articles on the topic of Theatre of Protest/Theatre of Revolt. We are interested in essays that examine theatre productions and performances from/in the Americas that seek to intervene in moments of social, political, economic crisis by putting topical issues up for debate, disseminating information, provoking discussion, challenging audiences to implement change. Papers may address the complex intersection of politics with questions of form and public in any period, considering performances past and present.

While the 2018 issue seeks to foreground the topic above, essays are welcome on any subject that fits the journal’s mission. Please note that the focus on theatre and performance largely precludes essays that focus on literary criticism.

Please note: the deadline for 2018 article submissions has passed.

Book Reviews

Scholars wishing to write book reviews for Theatre Annual are invited to send an inquiry to the book review editor, Meredith Conti at University at Buffalo, SUNY ( If accepted, reviewers are asked to prepare their manuscripts in conformity with the guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style without footnotes and submit them as a Word attachment.  Reviews should be 750-800 words for a review of a single book, 1000-1200 words for a two-book review, and 2500 words for a five- or six-book review essay. 

Submission deadline is March 15, 2018.

Publishers may send review copies to Meredith Conti, Theatre Annual Book Review Editor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University at Buffalo – North Campus, Alumni Arena Rm. 285, Buffalo, New York, 14260.


*Theatre Annual’s title changed in 2015 from Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies.