Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium

PTRS Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium Villanova Theatre MA Masters in Theatre conference
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Thank You! PTRS 2017

Thank you to all the moderators, presenters, organizers and attendees for PTRS 2017: New Plays and New Play Development!

PTRS Theme 2018

We will announce our 2017-2018 PTRS Theme in September 2017!


About PTRS

The goal of the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium is to provide a forum for theatre scholars and practitioners to share their research and enter into a dialogue about current trends in theatrical practice and scholarship. The Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Alexandra King, Graduate Research Scholar and Coordinator of this event.


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The Villanova Theatre Department also publishes an academic journal called Praxis in conjuction with PTRS.

Praxis publishes issues containing peer-reviewed academic papers initiated at the annual PTRS. Each issue contains papers presented at the previous year's conference.

PTRS Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium Villanova Theatre MA

Past Conferences

Conference Theme: New Plays and New Play Development

Keynote Speakers: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Gavin Witt, Balitmore Center Stage

Conference Theme: “‘Our Day Will Come’: Reclaiming the Feminine in Irish Theatre.”
Keynote Speaker: Garry Hynes, Director and Artistic Director (Druid Theatre Co and Abbey Theatre)

Conference Theme: Rewriting Histories: Rewriting the Past and the Plays of Sarah Ruhl
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Ruhl, playwright

Conference Theme: Woman in Theatre: Celebrating women's contributions to American theatre as artists, scholars, and leaders
Keynote Speaker: Emily Mann, Playwright, Director, and Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre

Conference Theme: Ethnicity, Identity, and Hybridity; The work of the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Asian and Asian-American Playwrights
Keynote Speaker: Tisa Chang, Producing Artistic Director of the Pan Asian Repertory Theater

Conference Theme: The Work of Elizabeth LeCompte, The Wooster Group, The Avant Garde, Textual Intervention, and Experimental Theatre Collectives
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth LeCompte

Conference Theme: The Work of Anna Deavere Smith,Critical Cultural Performance, Performance Ethnography and Autoethnography
Keynote Speaker: Anna Deavere Smith

Conference Theme: The Limits of Performance
Keynote Speaker: Richard Schechner

Conference Theme: Production Concept and Performance Analysis
Keynote Speaker: Blanka Zizka, Artistic Director, Wilma Theatre

Conference Theme: Media Criticism and Theatre Practice
Keynote Speaker: Toby Zinman, Theatre Critic, Philadelphia Inquirer


Conference Theme: Theories of Performance and Practice
Keynote Speaker: Dina Amin, Ph.D., Modern Languages/Theatre at Villanova University