ATDS at ALA 2014

American Literature Association
25th Annual Conference
May 22-25, 2014
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.


Panel Theme: “Influence on/of American Playwrights”

The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) would like to invite proposals for 15-20 minute papers that examine the ways in which a modern/contemporary American playwright (loosely defined as post-1970) has been influenced by previous American playwrights for the 25th Annual American Literature Association Conference.  While this panel is presented as part of a series of “Influence on/of…” panels and roundtable discussions in collaboration with the Susan Glaspell Society, Arthur Miller Society, Eugene O’Neill Society, Thornton Wilder Society, and Edward Albee Society, the ATDS panel will expand this premise of “Influence” to include all American playwrights—broadly construed—historically and geographically.


We welcome proposals that explore the impact of one specific playwright on another playwright’s work, that consider new interpretations (by other playwrights) of a major American playwrights’ work, that interrogate diverse genres or time periods, or that expand the definition of “influence” through examinations of artistic or production practices.  The ALA conference will be held on May 22-25, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.


ATDS encourages graduate students as well as established scholars to submit 250-word proposals by January 24, 2014 to Dr. Valerie Joyce (


Proposals should include the following items:

–       Name, Title (student, faculty, independent scholar) and Academic Affiliation

–       Contact Information (email address)

–       Title of Paper

–       Abstract (please limit abstracts to 250 words)

–       A brief CV

–       Audiovisual Requests


All presenters must be current members of ATDS or join the organization by March 31, 2014.

Please see the ALA website for the complete call: