ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group

02 May, 2014

Call For Papers, Deadline: June 1st, 2014

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group
of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

American Society for Theatre Research / Theatre Library Association
2014 Conference, November 20-23, 2014
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore MD

The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.

In 2014, we invite papers on the practice and theory of Original Practices (“OP”), the movement in Shakespearean performance attempting to recapture some of the ways of working of Shakespeare and his theatrical contemporaries; papers might discuss individual productions, the work of individual figures in the field, or broader theoretical, cultural, and historical issues. Papers raising the evolution of OP from their early modern "origins," through a variety of recovery/restoration efforts, to the present, are welcome, as are papers addressing this issue across performance media. Contributions to this year's SPRG working session will be considered for inclusion in a planned book project that will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016, by examining OP in theory and practice.

Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group’s conveners, Catherine Burriss (California State University, Channel Islands), Franklin J. Hildy (University of Maryland), Robert Ormsby (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Don Weingust (Center for Shakespeare Studies, Southern Utah University / Utah Shakespeare Festival) and W. B. Worthen (Barnard College, Columbia University), and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the conference session, papers will be discussed first within subgroups, after which the subgroups will come together to exchange ideas.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and 100-word academic biographical statement, including current affiliations, if any, by June 1, 2014, to

More information about ASTR and the Baltimore conference is available at

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