Call for Conference Papers/Proposals - "Impossible Theatre" 43rd Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference

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Call for Papers
October 15, 2022
Minnesota, United States
Subject Fields: 
Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Teaching and Learning, Graduate Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC) will be holding its 43rd Annual Meeting at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, MN on March 9 through 12, 2023!

We are seeking proposals for paper and co-paper presentations, round-table discussions, organized panels, workshops, performances, and hybrid presentations that can be linked to the theme IMPOSSIBLE THEATRE broadly construed, from the perspective of historians, scholars, teachers, producers, directors, actors, playwrights, choreographers, movement specialists, scenographers, technicians, designers, dramaturgs, stage managers, and spectators. 

Proposals might engage:

  • Histories of impossible theatres--real, theorized, hoped for
  • Plays set in impossible places; with impossible characters, and that are impossible to produce
  • Impossible pedagogies: before, during, and after COVID
  • Technologies and methods that make the impossible possible

We are especially interested in submissions from first-time MATC submitters, early career scholars, international scholars, scholars of the global majority, graduate students, and non-academic practitioners!

See below — or visit the MATC website at — to find individual calls for papers for the all-conference papers, pedagogy symposium, playwriting symposium, practice/production symposium, theatre history symposium, articles-in-progress and pitch-your-book workshops, and emerging scholars panels.

Most symposia have deadlines of October 15, 2022.

The Mid-America Theatre Conference commits to advancing intersectional equity, inclusivity, and diversity; creating a conference that is welcoming and fully accessible; and to disrupting historical systems of exclusion within MATC and the broader academic and theatrical worlds.

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