Following ratification by the membership, ASTR’s revised Bylaws have been updated on the website.

The Society’s business proceeded calmly in advance of the current COVID-19 disruption that has thrown us all off kilter. Most of the news that I have to share concerns things I’d like you to keep an eye out for.

At our midwinter Zoom meeting, the Executive Committee approved the election slate proposed by our hardworking Nominating Committee. We’re now gathering information from the nominees and expect to post the slate in early April along with instructions for members to add further nominations by petition if they so wish. Voting will begin in early May.

The application/nomination deadline for the next round of Publication & Presentation Prizes is April 20.

The 2020 Program Committee is wrapping up the first phase of their planning process, which naturally must reckon with limitations of time and space that preclude accepting all worthy proposals for plenary presentations. Those selected to convene working sessions for 2020 will circulate a call for participants in April, with submissions due in May. (You can select three, in order of preference—providing these alternatives makes it possible for the planners accommodate as many people as possible.)

ASTR Secretary Scott Magelssen was one of eleven representatives of academic organizations in theatre and performance studies meeting for a second leadership summit in Chicago early in March. This group has remained in active communication since its first meeting in January 2019 and has proven to be an informal but vital resource for sharing information. The disruption of our academic programs began ramping up shortly after this meeting, ASTR’s Executive Committee decided to hold its spring meeting on Zoom rather than in person, and most of us face the challenge of finishing the academic year online. ATHE’s website is hosting an open-source information clearinghouse about teaching online. To contribute, send your own guidelines and other resources to —in hosting these materials online, ATHE will include citations of where they originated and maintain records of authors/intellectual property. I’m encouraged by this cooperation and marshalling of (rather than duplicating) resources, and I encourage you all to participate in this collective effort as you find suitable.

I’ve also been alerted to many valuable resources through social media, and I’m pleased to let you know that ASTR now has an official Facebook page and Twitter account. (And just in creating these hyperlinks, I found more useful information!) I look forward to the virtual communications that will keep us connected during this pandemic and to the opportunities for face-to-face greeting that I hope will return soon.

Marla Carlson
ASTR President