ATHE’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group: Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel

The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the “Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel in Music Theatre/Dance” for the 2011 ATHE conference in Orlando, FL (August 1-4, 2013). This annual panel is held in memory of Dr. Bruce Kirle, a longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance focus group. Dr. William Everett will serve as the respondent. Dr. Everett is Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He is also the author of such books as The Musical: A Guide to Research (Routledge, 2004), Sigmund Romberg (Yale University Press, 2007), and Rudolf Friml (University of Illinois Press, 2008), as well as a contributing co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (Cambridge University Press, 2002; second edition, 2008) and co-author of The Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical (Scarecrow, 2008).

Papers may address any area in the purview of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus group, which includes opera, operettas, musicals, dance theatre, performance art with music or dance elements, and pedagogy in music theatre and dance. Submissions are open to graduate students and scholars who have not presented at a national conference, as well as established scholars who have not presented or published in the areas of music theatre or dance. Scholars must not be scheduled to present on Music Theatre/Dance topics at another national conference prior to the submission date. Papers may not be cross- submitted to other ATHE panels; however scholars may propose different papers or serve on other ATHE panels.

To be considered for this panel, please email your 10-12 page paper and contact information as an MS Word attachment to Bryan M. Vandevender via e-mail at by February 1, 2013. Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, affiliation and contact information, and remove your name from the body of the essay.
Submissions will be vetted by a committee of select MT/D officers as well as senior faculty in the field. Three of the essays will be chosen for inclusion on this competitive panel. The selected authors are expected to attend the conference in August to present their papers. They will receive a year-long subscription to the journal Studies in Musical Theatre (Intellect), and their essays will be published in the journal. Selected authors will also receive a complimentary copy of Bruce Kirle’s Unfinished Show Business, generously donated by his family.
If you have any questions, please e-mail Kati Donavan at For more information on the ATHE conference visit