Black Theatre Network 31st Anniversary Conference - 2017

July 28-31, 2017 Winston-Salem, NC

Black Theatre Network 31st Annual Conference – 2017

Look at us NOW! A look back to the future

Black Theatre Network (BTN) is seeking panel/roundtable proposals, papers, workshops and presentations from scholars and professionals based on this year’s theme, “Look at us NOW! A reflection of our past, present and future in terms of black theatre aesthetics, performances and practices.” The BTN conference invites and encourages panels, workshops, projects, and interdisciplinary papers that contemplate strategies for the survival of Black Theatre into the next generation. Proposals may broadly interpret the conference theme along with (but not confined to) the following strands: Presentations should highlight (but are not limited to) the most current concepts, practices, challenges and works in the following areas:

The Political State Black Theatre and Social Justice (Black Lives Matter)
Management, 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 Educational Theatre, pedagogy, curricula and inclusivity in the classroom Contemporary approaches to production as (playwright, director, actor etc.) Hip-Hop Theatre, solo performance and new theatre forms Audience Development, Black Theatre and social media New Works (Page-to-stage, development, presentations, readings, etc.)

At the center of this conference is YOU. In times of few resources and limited artistic opportunities, the BTN anticipates that conference participants will find renewal in the communal sharing of practices that work and scholarship that engages.

Submission info: Applicants should submit abstracts and panel proposals (250 words or less) no later than Friday, March 15th.
Presentation and performance applications must include the applicant’s name, professional affiliation, contact information (including email), presentation format (lecture, demonstration, performance, etc.), a preferred title of the session, and description of the presentation/performance. Paper proposals should include a 200-250-word abstract with paper title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, postal address, email address and phone number on the upper left corner of the page. Panel proposals should include (1) a copy of each panelist’s 200-250-word abstract with paper title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, postal address, email address and phone number on the upper left corner of the page, and (2) a succinct, 50-word rationale for the grouping of the papers. The BTN member proposing and moderating the panel should also include their contact information (including email), presentation format (paper readings, round-table discussion, etc.), and a preferred title for the session. Also include specific technology needs for your presentation.

All conference participants must register to attend the conference. Proposals and questions should be submitted to Andre Harrington, Vice President and Conference Coordinator at Submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW This year’s conference in Winston-Salem NC will include: STUDENT QUEST: special workshops and activities for student members.

YOUNG SCHOLARS: Cash prizes for research and design; and presentations from the winners. See both the “S. Randolph Edmonds” and “Judy Dearing” Call for Entries.