Calls for Papers, Panels, & Publications

Call for Contributors: Fences Study Guide

The August Wilson Society (AWS) invites contributors willing to enthusiastically assume various roles in constructing an online Study Guide—just in time for the upcoming film adaptation of Fences. The AWS Study Guide supports the Society’s mission to keep August Wilson’s life and legacy ever in the forefront for current generations. To that end, the Guide will serve as a multi-faceted yet practical teaching tool that bears our distinct signature. The Guide will provide high school and college students as well as general readers and theatre lovers a foundational understanding of the various cultural, historical and social implications of the film, with emphasis on the play as antecedent and ultimately the primary text.

The editors seek contributions regarding the following: 

- Graphic Designer (for a study guide cover image—please submit a jpeg file) 

- Biography on Wilson

- Background of the Pittsburgh Cycle

- Background of the Hill District, with emphasis on employment and housing and so-called ‘Urban Renewal’ in Post-WWII America

Fences from stage to screen (with emphasis on Wilson’s declaration of “I want a black director”) 

- African retentions within Fences

- The Past as Present in Fences (implications of slavery, Jim Crow, Great Migration, etc.) 

- Black men’s realities in the 1950s

- The impact of WWII on African American soldiers

- The status of education in Post-WWII America, with emphasis on the Black community

- Care for the mentally ill in Post-WWII America

- The exploration of themes and metaphors: fences, baseball, death, etc. 

- A select bibliography for must reads and further reading

- Suggestions for class based projects

- Reviews of the film

We also welcome contributors to offer additional topics not listed above for consideration and possible inclusion in this Study Guide. 

If you are interested in contributing, please email the following information to Artisia Green ( and Chris Bell ( full name, title, institutional affiliation, and topic(s) of interest or suggestion. 

The deadline for complete submissions is January 2, 2017. The study guide will go live on January 9, 2017. 

Submitted essays should be 3-5 pages in length (1500-3000 words), double spaced, 12 pt. font, 1” margins, and should be drafted in accordance with the third edition of the MLA Handbook (please use footnotes). Entries should be clear, concise, objective, informative, and accessible to both high school and college students as well as a general readership. If graphics are included (which are encouraged), please provide copyright information.

Fences Study Guide

The August Wilson Society, c/o Artisia Green and Chris Bell

Staging Lydia: Dramaturgy, Directing & Design in the Plays of Lydia Diamond

 Edited by Denise J. Hart

Foreword by Kathy Perkins

Call for Book Chapter Proposals for "Staging Lydia: Dramaturgy, Directing & Design in the plays of Lydia Diamond" 

(Northwestern Press 2018) Edited by Denise J. Hart

Staging Lydia is an anthology that seeks to contextualize the work of notable seasoned African American woman playwright Lydia Diamond for a broader academic and professional audience. This anthology will include chapters from both scholars and professional theatre practitioners. It will serve as a resource in institutions and spaces that serve undergraduate students and professional practitioners seeking a comprehensive examination of the works of Lydia Diamond. 

Written and edited by theatre scholar, educator and dramaturge Denise J. Hart, Staging Lydia positions the work of Lydia Diamond as an important African American playwright making a significant contribution to the diversification of the American Theatre canon. The volume will include an in-depth interview with Diamond and key collaborators who’ve impacted her playwriting career. Diamond is the author of 6 published plays and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In addition to being produced in regional theatre houses, her play Stick Fly was produced on Broadway by Alicia Keys in 2012 under the direction of Kenny Leon. 
Northwestern Press will release he volume in 2018.

Breakdown of Manuscript
• Foreword by Kathy Perkins
• Introduction by the editor, Denise J. Hart
• 12 chapters (essays) ranging from 5000 to 6000 words in length
• 8-10 practitioner interviews for a chapter on collaborators who have worked on Diamond’s plays

Essay Topics - the anthology will examine Diamond’s work through the lens of dramaturgy, directing and design. Authors are encouraged to form essay topics that spring from their specific interest in and relationship to Diamond’s work.

Submissions - authors are invited to submit an abstract, due no later than December 16, 2016

Each proposal submission must be in Microsoft Word format and include: title of paper; abstract (250 words maximum), author’s affiliation(s) and email address. Email your submission to:

Editor – Denise J. Hart, a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard University. Hart is a prolific playwright, dramaturge and educator. For the past 16 years she has served the academic population at Howard University where she founded the Playwrights-in-Process Visiting Playwrights series and where she was instrumental in the development of Obie Award Winning playwright, Nikkole Salter’s ground breaking play, “Repairing a Nation” and through a partnership with the Lark Play Development Center, she assisted with the play development and translation from French to English of award winning French playwright, Kofi Kwahule’s “Melancholy of Barbarians.”  Hart is also a founding charter member of the August Wilson Society, housed at Howard University. She is an active member of professional theatre organizations, including: American Society of Theatre Research, Dramatist Guild, Black Theatre Network, SAG, Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas, Association of Theatre in Higher Education and serves as the Secretary of the board for the Black Theatre Alliance of ATHE

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 16, 2016 Email submissions to

New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts [tentative title]

Edited by Anne Fliotos & Gail S. Medford

New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts

Editors Anne Fliotsos and Gail Medford (Teaching Theatre Today: Pedagogical Views of Theatre in Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd. ed. 2009) seek essays addressing the many changes we face in teaching theatre in higher education in the 21st century. Geared toward university students preparing to teach as well as current faculty and administrators, we seek a firm practice-based approach that also reflects current research and/or case studies. Although we welcome historical context in the introduction to each essay, our focus is on new and proven methods that theatre educators may use to engage and encourage student success. We welcome essays from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K, as well as the U.S.

  • The preferential deadline for proposals is November 1, 2016.

Find the full proposal here.

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