Each April, a reflective weekend conference at the Museum draws attendees from across the country. It features American popular culture scholars, theatre historians, former troupers, intriguing research and lively discussion. Participating in the joy of a bygone era makes this conference different from any other theatre history program.

CALL FOR PAPERS:

“ACT 4”

The conference will focus on the variety of entertainment that toured the heartland of America. Papers may include but are not limited to:

TENT REP     CIRCLE STOCK     TAB SHOWS

OPERA HOUSES     SHOW BOATS     MINSTEREL SHOWS

“UNCLE TOM’S CABIN” SHOWS

Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

The 2017 Conference is
April 21, 22, and 23, 2017

The Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana invites submissions for papers, performances, or panel discussions that explore the sites and sounds of rural American entertainment forms. We particularly encourage submissions relating to tent shows, circle stock, showboats, Lyceum, and Chautauqua, but also welcome submissions about such topics as minstrelsy, circus, vaudeville, repertoire, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Shows, and freak shows. The conference is open to anyone interested in theatre history, performance, popular culture, or any other aspect of rural entertainment. It features theatre historians, popular culturalists, former troupers, intriguing research, lively discussion, and performances.

For a complete list of past conference topics click here.

To print a registration form click here.

NOTE: When booking a room at Best Western, mention the Theatre Museum to receive a 10% discount. Mention the Theatre Museum at Super 8 to get a Queen room for $59 plus tax or King/Double room for $64 plus tax.

A $250 scholarship will be awarded to the best paper presented by a college student or a graduate student.

The deadline for papers is: April 9th 2017

Via email: theatremuseum@yahoo.com

Via postal mail:
The Theatre Museum
405 East Threshers Road
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641