The American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) is a U.S.-based professional organization that fosters scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary.

Dr. Sandra Richards Receives 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award

ASTR's Distinguished Scholar Award is given each year to a scholar whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the field of theatre, dance, opera, and/or performance studies. Click the button below to read Professor Richards' acceptance speech and Harvey Young's opening remarks.

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2018 Annual Conference — "Arousal: Theatre, Performance, Embodiment"

Arousal is a crucial element of what performance does and how performance means. Whether we are painfully or pleasantly aroused, performance moves and changes us. Join us in San Diego from November 15–18, 2018!

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José Esteban Muñoz Tageted Research Working Sessions

To commemorate and celebrate the late performance theorist José Esteban Muñoz, these working sessions aim to foster and forward intersectional work that attends to and includes people of color, LGBTQ communities, disability communities, and scholars without institutional support.

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Important Dates

2018 Conference Registration Now Open
Join us November 15-18 in San Diego, CA! Early bird discount ends October 15.


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2020 Conference Proposal Process
Applications due by September 14.

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