Theatre Annual


A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas

Call for Articles

2017 Issue 

Theatre Annual is the oldest theatre periodical continuously published in the United States. It is dedicated to examining theatre and performance of the Americas. We construe “America” broadly to include North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Articles may treat work in these geographic areas or work from these areas that is presented elsewhere in the world. We welcome articles on the history and ethnography of performance, drawing from such areas as theatre studies, performance studies, popular culture, music, anthropology, communication, dance, philosophy, folklore, history, and areas of interest that cross disciplinary lines. Please note that the focus on theatre and performance largely precludes essays that focus on literary criticism.

 For the 2017 issue, we invite articles on The Americas in Transnational Performance. We are interested in essays that examine theatre productions and performances from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean, that probe and transgress the boundaries of the nation state in order to draw attention to the complex flows (past and present) of cultures and people and their myriad interactions in borderlands and contact zones beyond the ideology of nationhood. We also welcome papers on performances that take a critical look at the confluence and intersection of transnationalism and globalization as well as at forms of empire and imperialism.

While the 2017 issue seeks to foreground the topic above, essays are welcome on any subject that fits the journal’s mission.

 Submissions should follow the guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style (endnotes, no Works Cited list, single space between sentences). Authors should submit articles as Word attachments to the editor, Ilka Saal, American Literature, University of Erfurt, Germany using the email address In order to assist in the anonymous peer review process, the author’s identity should not be revealed in the manuscript except on a separate title page that should also include full contact information (academic affiliation, mailing address, home, cell, and work telephone numbers, and email address). Articles should be 5,000-6,500 words long including notes. Illustrations are highly desirable; authors are responsible for securing rights. Submission deadline is December 15, 2016. Please allow eight weeks for a response.

Theatre Annual, founded in 1942 by the Theatre Library Association, is now published in the fall of each year by The College of William and Mary in Virginia in association with the American Theatre and Drama Society. For more information onTA: JTPA, see  For more information on ATDS, see