Stevenson University Hosting Comparative Drama Conference, April 3-5

March 28, 2014 7 AM

Stevenson University will host the 38th annual Comparative Drama Conference, April 3-5 at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This international, interdisciplinary event is dedicated to all aspects of theater and drams scholarship, including textual and performance analysis.

This year’s featured speaker is Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang, who will deliver his keynote address, Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

“Stevenson University is delighted to join with the conference to unite more than 175 leading scholars from around the world for a weekend dedicated to academic collaboration in the fields of English, Theatre, and the Classics,” said Laura Snyder, Stevenson Professor of English Language and Literature, and the Comparative Drama Conference Director. “We are even more pleased that, through this conference, we are offering our faculty, our students, and our community the opportunity to interact with influential contemporary artists.”

In addition to nearly 60 panels on everything from Euripides to Shakespeare to Broadway, the conference will include three Staged Readings, two Plenaries (Fifty Years of Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil and Author Meets Critics: Ric Knowles’ Theatre and Interculturalism), and three Special Sessions (Cabaret and the Avante Garde, Teaching Tips and Trade Secrets, and The Theatre of David Henry Hwang). The full conference schedule can be found at:

The Comparative Drama Conference was founded by Dr. Karelisa Hartigan at the University of Florida in 1977. Every year, approximately 175 scholars are invited to present and discuss their work in the field of drama. The conference draws participants from both the humanities and the arts. The papers delivered range over the entire field of theatre research and production. Over the past 37 years, participants have come from 32 nations and all 50 states. Each year a distinguished theatre scholar or artist is invited to address the participants in a plenary session.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.