November 19, 2013
Bowling Green State University
Department of Theatre and Film
212 Wolfe Center for the Arts
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Dear ASTR GSC Membership:
Thank you so much to all who attended to ASTR Graduate Student Caucus General Meeting on Saturday, November 9, 2013. I enjoyed getting to know our membership both personally and professionally. Everyone came to the meeting with positive energy and a hopeful outlook on the future of our organization. I look forward to working with our graduate student leadership in the GSC Executive Cabinet and GSC Program Committee to bring about those exciting changes that many of you yearn to see in the ASTR organization.
Graduate students comprised of an estimated 62 percent of registered members at ASTR Dallas 2013. While we have seen an increase in graduate student participation in plenaries and working sessions than at previous conferences, we have farther to go in terms of creating a more defined presence within the organization. The ASTR Executive Committee including, President Heather Nathans (Tufts University), is committed to working with our graduate student community in creating opportunities for career development and mentorship inside the academy, as well as in the larger theatre community.
Thanks to former GSC President Kellyn Johnson (UC Santa Barbara) and the 2012-2013 Executive Cabinet, we have seen many exciting changes that have united our collective membership. One of my goals for the coming year is to continue working towards initiatives that highlight the participation of graduate students, while also finding effective ways to positively contribute to our American Society for Theatre Research community.
In the next month, I will meet with the Executive Cabinet and the Program Committee Chairs to discuss your proposed initiatives and develop an action plan for 2014. Please feel free to send any ideas (large or small) to firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome your input and look forward to hearing from you! Have a terrific holiday season!
President and Rep. to the Executive Committee,
American Society for Theatre Research Graduate Student Caucus (ASTR GSC)
"I am standing in a field with colleagues who value community, generosity and support. The conversations are communal and generous. The process of sharing is sensual...and although some of us only meet once a year – it’s as if we never say goodbye...”
- Michelle Cowin-Mensah
Special Session: You’re Standing in a Field
ASTR Dallas 2013