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Theatre Journal

Co-Editors :

Sean Metzger, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and
Laura Edmondson, Dartmouth College

74 (2022)
For seven decades, Theatre Journal's broad array of scholarly articles and reviews has earned it an international reputation as one of the most authoritative and useful publications of theatre studies available today. Drawing contributions from noted practitioners and scholars, Theatre Journal features social and historical studies, production reviews, and theoretical inquiries that analyze dramatic texts and production. Theatre Journal is an official publication of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).
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Peer Review Policy

Theatre Journal is a fully peer-reviewed journal published through Johns Hopkins Press in affiliation with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). We feature original contemporary and historical studies and theoretical inquiries that analyze theatre and performance (6,000-9,000 words) as well as Performance and Book reviews. The work should be original, and we do not accept simultaneous submissions. Theatre Journal publishes two general issues and two special issues per year, in March, June, September, and December, Submissions to general issues are on a rolling basis, and submissions to special issues should respond to the calls for papers.

The review process is as follows:All submissions are read by the Editor and Co-Editor who make the first decision to reject, send back for revise and resubmit, or send out to peer review. Rejections are sent with Editor feedback. Essays are sent to two peer reviewers and the process is anonymous.

Our guidelines for Peer Reviewers are as follows:    

As you prepare your review, please consider the following:

  • How would you characterize the author's argument?
  • Does the author make a substantial enough case for the significance of this essay?
  • What are the major points?
  • What are the strengths of the article?
  • What are its weaknesses?

Theatre Journal seeks to publish the best articles in theatre studies, essays that are on the cutting edge and that push the field forward.

Given these criteria, what critical revisions would you recommend?

Revisions are reviewed by both Editors who, at that point, make a formal invitation for publication. Authors are usually alerted if the submission is not going to peer review within one to two months. If essays are sent out for peer review, authors can expect to hear back within 4-5 months. Once accepted, essays are usually published.


Sean Metzger, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television


Laura Edmondson, Dartmouth College

Performance Review Editor

Patrick Maley,  Independent Scholar

Book Review Editor

Jason Fitzgerald, University of Pittsburgh

Online Content Manager

Margherita Laera, University of Kent

Associate Editors

Philip Auslander, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020
Susan Bennett, University of Calgary, 2020
Sue-Ellen Case, University of California, Los Angeles, 2020
Catherine Cole, University of California, Berkeley, 2020
Tracy C. Davis, Northwestern University, 2020
Elin Diamond, Rutgers University, 2020
Jill Dolan, Princeton University, 2020
Bishnupriya Dutt, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2020
Harry J. Elam Jr., Stanford University, 2020
Penny Farfan, University of Calgary, 2020
Jean Graham-Jones, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2020
Chiel Kattenbelt, Utrecht University, 2020
Ric Knowles, University of Guelph, 2020
David Krasner, Five Towns College, 2020
Josephine Lee, University of Minnesota, 2020
Susan Manning, Northwestern University, 2020
Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, Royal Holloway, University of London 2020
Janelle Reinelt, University of Warwick, 2020
Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv University, 2020
David Román, University of Southern California, 2020
David Saltz, University of Georgia, 2020
Catherine Schuler, University of Maryland, College Park, 2020
Brian Singleton, Trinity College Dublin, 2020
Andrew Sofer, Boston College, 2020
Carol Sorgenfrel, University of California, Los Angeles, 2020
Stacy Wolf, Princeton University, 2020
W. B. Worthen, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2020

Managing Editor

Bob Kowkabany

Assistant Editors

Hannah Bredar, University of Michigan
Clara Wilch, University of CaliforniaLos Angeles

Founding Editor

Barnard Hewitt, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Inquiries concerning performance reviews should be addressed to the Performance Review Editor:

Patrick Maley, Performance Review Editor
Theatre Journal

Inquiries concerning book reviews should be addressed to the Book Review Editor:

Jason Fitzgerald, Book Review Editor
Theatre Journal

Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • Association for Asian Studies
    • Bibliography of Asian Studies (Online), 1998
  • Clarivate Analytics
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    • Current Contents
    • Web of Science
  • De Gruyter Saur
    • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
    • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
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    • Academic Search Complete, 3/1/1994-
    • Academic Search Elite, 3/1/1994-
    • Academic Search Premier, 3/1/1994-
    • Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson), vol.35, 1983-vol.62, no.4, 2010
    • Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson), Mar.1983-
    • Current Abstracts, 1/1/2000-
    • Education Index Retrospective: 1929-1983, 10/2/1961-5/1/1978
    • Education Source, 10/2/1961-5/1/1978
    • Gender Studies Database, 1/1/1985-
    • Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), 3/1/1955-12/1/1978
    • Humanities Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), 3/1/1983-
    • Humanities Index (Online), 1983/03-
    • Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), 3/1/1955-12/1/1978
    • Humanities International Complete, 3/1/1994-
    • Humanities International Index, 3/1/1994-
    • Humanities Source, 3/1/1955-12/1/1978
    • Humanities Source Ultimate, 3/1/1955-12/1/1978
    • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text, 1/1/1982-
    • MasterFILE Complete, 3/1/1994-
    • MasterFILE Elite, 3/1/1994-
    • MasterFILE Premier, 3/1/1994-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), 3/1/1983-
    • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 3/1/1994-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/1995-
    • Women's Studies International, 1/1/1985-
  • Elsevier BV
    • Scopus, 2002-
  • Gale
    • Academic ASAP, 03/1989-
    • Advanced Placement Fine Arts and Music, 10/1980-
    • Book Review Index Plus
    • Gale Academic OneFile, 03/1989-
    • Gale Academic OneFile Select, 03/1989-
    • Gale General OneFile, 03/1989-
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    • Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines, 10/1980-
    • InfoTrac Custom, 10/1980-
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  • OCLC
    • ArticleFirst, vol.45, no.1, 1993-vol.63, no.3, 2011
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  • Personal Alert (E-mail)
  • ProQuest
    • Arts Premium Collection, 12/1/1966-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Music & Performing Arts Collection, 12/01/1966-
    • Performing Arts Periodicals Database, 03/01/1989-
    • Periodicals Index Online, 12/1/1966-10/1/1968
    • Professional ProQuest Central, 03/01/1989-
    • ProQuest 5000, 03/01/1989-
    • ProQuest Central, 03/01/1989-
    • Research Library, 03/01/1989-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • Children's Book Review Index   (Active)  (Print)
  • Abstracts of English Studies   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Chicano Index   (Ceased)  (Print)

Source: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.

Published quarterly

Readers include: Scholars and educators in theatre studies and performing arts at over 1,500 colleges and universities; practitioners in the performing arts; general readers interested in the field of drama; all members of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Print circulation: 621

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