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February News & Updates

Posted By Sarah Bay-Cheng, Bowdoin College, Sunday, February 5, 2017


Greetings! Welcome to new members of the Digital Research and Scholarship member group for ASTR. If you’re new to the group, be sure to check out past posts for information about our shared zotero libraries, tools, resources, and other information related to digital research and scholarship in theatre and performance studies. 


Award for Excellence in Digital Scholarship - deadline extended to February 15

The submission deadline for the ATH-ASTR Award for Excellence in Digital Scholarship has been extended to February 15, 2017. Details for nomination and submission are available on the ATHE and ASTR websites. The award is presented in alternating years at either the ATHE or ASTR conference. For 2017, the award will be presented at the ASTR conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Please feel free to contact me with any questions (


Theatre Journal Special Issue on “Theatre, the Digital, and the Analysis and Documentation of Performance”

The most recent issue of Theatre Journal focused on theatre and digital methodologies is now available in hard copy. Congrats to all of the DRS members who contributed material to the issue and to editor Joanne Tompkins. The online version (with color images!) is available here. 


IFTR/FIRT Working Group in Digital Humanities in Theatre 

The deadline for presentation proposals to the IFTR Digital Humanities Group has now just passed (January 31); however, if you’re attending IFTR in Brazil this year (10-14 July), you may be interested in attending the presentations of the group. You can contact conveners Nic Leonhardt: & Franklin J. Hildy: with questions. 


ASTR Working Group Proposal submitted

Kalle Westerling and I have submitted a proposal for the 2017 ASTR conference in support of Digital Research and Scholarship. If the proposal is approved, we will be soliciting submissions. We’ve proposed the previously used format of simultaneous presentations (i.e., an electronic, interactive poster session) for group projects. We’ve also proposed a particular focus on digital data management, privacy, and security. Stay tuned for more details. 


The Theatre Times - digital theatre news

If you haven’t had a chance to check out this new website and theatre new aggregator, The Theater Times is an excellent new resource for contemporary theatre and performance from global perspectives. Built with a network of regional and topical editors from around the globe, The Theatre Times offers the and exceptional range of theatre and performance criticism. It’s regularly updated with new material and demonstrates the potential of performance criticism in digital formats. The site was covered at length on the last episode of On TAP: Theatre and Performance Studies Podcast and I highly recommend checking out the site either online or through its accompanying app.  


Of particular interest among the recent posts, is Marie-Heleen Coetzee’s review essay, Synaesthetics”: Gopala Davies’ Explorations In Intermediality.” Focused on South African Indian actor and director Gopala Davies’ production of Les Cenci: A Story About Artaud, Coetzee describes the interplay of stage and screen space in Davies’ aesthetic. Elsewhere, a search for “digital” yields an impressive overview of material ranging from video games to virtual reality performances to reviews of recent scholarship. 


Rereading the site, I was reminded of the National New Play Network New Play Exchange. The site’s mission statement describes its function as “a cloud-based script database, enhanced with a robust search-and-filter mechanism, crowd-sourced recommendations of plays, and the connectivity of a social networking site. The NPX lets writers share scripts and helps theaters discover and evaluate them in a more streamlined, targeted way than ever before. It's a neutral platform built for the common good of the entire new play sector—writers, producers, and everyone in between who enjoys new work—and its goal is ambitious: to revolutionize the way playwrights and theaters connect field-wide.” 




That’s all the news for this month, but I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with a feature on a DRS Member project or publication. If you’d like your work featured in this section, of if I've overlooked important info to share with this group, please send a message with relevant links to me at


In the meantime I remain,

Digitally yours,


Sarah Bay-Cheng

Tags:  awards  conferences  news  scripts  shows 

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