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187 Appendix C Societies of Interest to Dramaturgs The American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) ( is a U.S.-based organization created in 1956 to foster “scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary.” In practice, ASTR is a central clearinghouse for scholars of the theater in the Americas. ASTR is the organization for American theater historians and theorists, and gives out a variety of theater-research grants and awards each year. ASTR hosts an international conference every November, and publishes the top-ranked journal Theatre Survey. ASTR also keeps a detailed database of doctoral programs in theater studies. Dramaturgs form a vocal and visible subset of this community. ASTR also hosts an e-mail-based discussion list-serv, which is very active and provides a forum for extended discussions about history, research, and course planning: for more information, e-mail ASTR at You need not be a member of ASTR to join the list-serv. The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) (http://www.athe. org) is a large, established society composed primarily of faculty and graduate students involved in theater at colleges and universities from around the world, although the association is majority American. ATHE sponsors two list-servs, offer resources for promotion and tenure guidelines, maintain an academic job bank, and publish Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics (the latter is particularly concerned with dramaturgy). The organization hosts a national conference in late July, which may be anywhere in the United States, and a leadershipdevelopment program that helps train professors for administrative posts. The conference features a dramaturgy focus group, usually administrated by members of LMDA. The International Association of Critics of Theatre (IACT) (www.aict-iatc. org) is an established not-for-profit nongovernmental organization, established under UNESCO, and based in Paris that brings theater critics from all over the Chemers Appendix.indd 187 2/9/10 7:47:48 AM world to foster the discipline of theater criticism. The association is concerned with methodologies, ethics, professional rights and interests, and cultural exchange among critics. IACT hosts a world congress every two years and symposia and seminars that meet more often. It particularly works to foster young critics and maintains an exchange network of theater periodicals that includes and also maintains lists of links to online resources (journals, institutes , individuals, associations, awards, and festivals) for critics and dramaturgs from all over the world. The International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) (http://www.firt-iftr. org/) is a global community of researchers. The annual conference takes place in July, may convene anywhere in the world, on any theme, and attracts scholars from across the planet. They also host the IFTR World Congress, which meets once every four years, and smaller themed conferences. IFTR is composed of working groups that develop research themes and provide leadership and continuity. Working groups focus on topics like research methodologies, performance practice, stage forms, cultural studies, and theater technologies. On the Web site are links to associated theater-research societies from around the world. IFTR gives members support in obtaining grants, establishing databases, communicating with governments, and creating their own theater-research societies . They publish the top-ranked journal Theatre Research International. The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) (http:// is a branch of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that dedicates itself to advocacy in the field of national performing arts education. The festival provides leadership in creating education policy and programs , commissions work specifically focused on students, offers professional development for teachers, fosters outreach programs, and maintains several performing-arts databases. The festival functions as a year-round program divided into eight regions. In each region, participating schools enter productions that are considered for awards in playwriting, design, and dramaturgy (in cooperation with LMDA). The dramaturgy-award postmark deadline is in early December. The festival also invites “guerrilla dramaturgs” to collaborate on the fly with developing plays for the festival. With the Eugene O’Neill Institute , the festival also sponsors the National Critics Institute (NCI), which pairs student critics with professionals at the festival. Student critics write reviews of the festival’s works and may be selected to attend the national playwriting conference at the O’Neill Theatre Center. Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) (www.lmda. org/blog) is the central organization for dramaturgs operating in the Western Hemisphere. This group includes America’s most prominent dramaturgs and...


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