Black theatre network 32nd conference

Liberation Theatre: When Black Theatre Works!

July 26 – July 30, 2018 ~ Memphis, Tennessee

Black Theatre Network (BTN) is seeking panel/roundtable proposals, papers, workshops and presentations from scholars and professionals based on this year’s theme, Liberation Theatre: When Black Theatre Works!  A responsive reflection of our past, present and future in terms of making sure black theatre aesthetics, performances and practices matter.  Presentations should highlight (but are not limited to) the most current concepts, practices, challenges and works in the following areas:


  • The Political State as we live it now
  • Black Theatre and Social Justice (Black Lives Matter)
    Missions and curations of black theatre companies (Selections and special events for current seasons).
  • Past to Present: The history of protest in black theatre
  • Empowering the community through theatre
  • Challenges and new practices in design and staging and technical applications
  • Pedagogy and curricula 
  • Contemporary approaches as a playwright, director, actor, etc. 
  • Educational Theatre
  • Hip-Hop Theatre
  • Black Theatre and social media
  • New forms of performance
  • New Works (Page-to-stage, development, presentations, readings, etc.) 


Submission info:

  • Applicants should submit abstracts and panel proposals no later than Friday, March 15st.
  • Applications should be submitted through the following link:


In honor of a pioneering black theater scholar and in the interest of encouraging research and scholarship in Black Theatre, BTN has sponsored The S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition since 1988. The submitted papers are adjudicated by a panel of BTN's published scholars, and the award winning writers are invited to present their work at the annual conference.

For details & submission information for the 2018 32nd Annual S. Randolph Edmonds competition, click here


The Black Theatre Network established this award in 1996 in honored of pioneering costume designer Judy Dearing to encourage African American students focused on elements of theatrical design. The awards are presented every other year with the other major awards.

For details & submission information for the 2018 Judy Dearing Design competition, click here.