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Theatre Topics
Author Guidelines

Address editorial correspondence to:

Gwendolyn Alker, Editor, Theatre Topics
Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10003


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

Megan Sanborn Jones
Department of Theatre & Media Arts
Brigham Young University
D-581 Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC)
Provo, UT 84602


Theatre Topics is a peer-reviewed publication committed to publishing subjects of current interest, written in accessible and well-defined language, for a general audience of theatre educators and practitioners. Subjects of interest include acting, advocacy, community-based theatre, design, directing, dramaturgy, and theatre pedagogy, with an emphasis on articles that reflect the intersection of theory and practice. The journal is published three times a year (March, July, and November) and is sponsored by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

All submissions should be sent to the Managing Editor, Bob Kowkabany, at

Theatre Topics accepts submissions in the following three formats:

Peer-reviewed article A double-spaced MS Word file 4,000–6,000 words in length should be sent as an attached MS Word file. In order to facilitate blind peer review, a separate file should contain a title page with author’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and institutional affiliation. Only the article title should appear at the head of the article file. The author’s name and/or institution should not appear in the article file itself.

Note from the fieldBriefer articles, no more than 4,000 words, are also accepted. Notes can be more creative in nature, and focus on personal or practical experiences. Unlike peer-reviewed articles, the author need not include a detailed theoretical frame. Notes will not be sent through the peer review process but will be evaluated by the editorial staff. Examples include personal essays, interviews, conference round tables, and dialogic formats. Performance reviews will not be accepted.

Book Reviews The journal publishes reviews of works relevant to theatre pedagogy and praxis. Interested reviewers for Topicsshould send a resume and a letter indicating areas of expertise to the Book Review Editor, Megan Sanborn Jones, at Also, please consult the Theatre Journal Books Received list for an ongoing list of books we wish to have reviewed.  These appear twice annually in issues of Theatre Journal. Commissioned book reviews will be provided more detailed guidelines. 

Before submitting, all authors are encouraged to look at previous issues of Theatre Topics to make sure that their work fits the scope and style of the journal. All submissions should conform to the requirements of the MLA Handbook, and should be submitted as an e-mail attachment. A “Works Cited” format is used. Illustrations, when available, are encouraged. All images must be sent as separate .jpeg or .tiff files. Images must not be embedded within the text. The journal acknowledges receipt of files by e-mail within 1–2 weeks. Once articles have been acknowledged, response time averages 4–5 months. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

Theatre Topics

Theatre Topics is the official journal of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Volume: 26 (2016)
Frequency: 3 issues
Print ISSN: 1054-8378
Online ISSN: 1086-3346