ATDS Sessions at ATHE

American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) Sessions
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference

August 3-6, 2017 – Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino – Las Vegas, NV

Submission Deadlines:
October 14th (abstracts for individual papers only: submit to Ariel Nereson at;
November 1st (complete panel proposals: submit to ATHE at

ATHE 2017—Spectacle: Balancing Education, Theory, and Praxis

For ATHE 2017, hosted in the U.S. home of spectacle, Las Vegas, ATDS invites both individual paper abstracts and full session proposals that explore the spectacular in performance across the Americas. Proposals that consider spectacle as theory, practice, and/or pedagogy in drama, theater, dance, and popular entertainment across media are welcome. Colleagues may also submit proposals that deal with other engaging topics, though preference will be given to proposals that reflect the ATHE 2017 theme. Papers and panel submissions are welcomed from all colleagues, and ATDS members are especially encouraged to submit. To learn more about membership benefits, please visit the ATDS website:

In addition to the traditional format of panels and papers, ATDS welcomes proposals for interactive, site specific, or other alternative-format presentations. Presenters submitting proposals outside of the traditional panel format are asked to be very specific in their proposals concerning the structure and number of participants so that ATHE can be advised about space/time needs.

The Fine Print: Additional Proposal Submission Information
Individual paper proposals should be submitted to ATDS Conference Planner, Ariel Nereson (, who will group submissions into cohesive panels for consideration by ATHE. Individual proposals must be submitted to Ariel Nereson by OCTOBER 14, 2016. Abstracts (250 words) must include paper title and contact information, and must specify any A/V needs. ATHE does not accept individual paper submissions, so DO NOT submit your individual proposal on the ATHE website. Individuals wishing to identify colleagues to create panels prior to the November 1st deadline should use the ATDS listserv: ATDS@LISTSERV.COFC.EDU or the new ATDS focus group page on the ATHE website: to circulate questions or possible panel topics.

Completed panel proposals (with all panel members assembled) must be submitted directly to ATHE ( by NOVEMBER 1, 2016. Please forward a copy of your completed proposal to Ariel Nereson ( Include all requests for A/V, guest passes, or conference grants. ATHE permits two conference presentations per participant.

Multi-focus session proposals must be sponsored by a minimum of two (2) ATHE Focus Groups and/or Committees. It is your responsibility to contact each Focus Group Conference Planner or Committee Chair prior to the submission deadline to gain approval of all sponsoring Focus Groups and/or Committees. For contact information and additional details on proposal submissions visit ATHE’s website: and click on the “Conference” tab. This information is also available on the ATDS site’s “Conferences” page: