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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