Thursday, July 8, 2010

IATC's Critical Stages Issues Call for Contributions

The International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) is presently preparing the third edition of its web journal, Critical Stages.

The editorial board of Critical Stages, headed by Maria Helena Serodio (IATC honorary secretary general and professor at Lisbon University), as well as the journal's publisher, IATC president Yun-Cheol Kim, issued a call for contributions.

Kim writes: "Please contribute your articles, reviews, interviews, essays to the third edition of our web journal Critical Stages, which will be published in October, 2010. I would like to have as many countries represented in this international journal. The first two issues attracted so many visitors, more than 25,000 each, and I am sure we are doing the right thing with this journal to meet the expectations from the world theatre community toward us. Deadline for articles is August 31. You can visit the site at and find the style and other guidelines on the front page."

ATCA members are invited to contribute.

For your convenience, the guidelines are as follows:
1) The review should concern a relevant performance during the current U.S. theatre season that would justify international attention, i.e., "that would be important for international critics and scholars to know about."

2) A double-spaced MS Word article file, 2,000 to 2,500 words (or 15,000 characters) in length should be submitted as an e-mail attachment. If written in English, the article should include an abstract – not longer than 200 words. If written in French, it should include an abstract in English.

3) The title of the article only should appear at the head of the article file. The author’s name and/or institution should not appear in the article file itself.

4) A separate file should contain a cover letter with author’s name, title of the article, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and professional affiliation.

5) The writer will have to provide at least three (3) high-resolution digital photographs (JPEG), as well as other types of illustrations.

A photo of a performance should include: title of the performance, name of the playwright (if there is one), name of the director, name of the company, theatre venue, date of the première of that performance, names of the actors (clockwise from top left) and photographer's credits. All necessary permissions for images should be provided. These photos can be in the form of an e-mail from the company, or documentation that you have procured the images from an official web site. In case the performance attended by the reviewer does not coincide with the opening night, the reviewer should somewhere register this fact in her/his text, but without interfering with the general information referring to that production (so that it should match the date recorded in national and international date bases).

6) All writing submissions will be reviewed by members of the editorial board of Critical Stages. This peer-review process will determine the suitability of the articles for publication. Reviews will selected on the principles of geo-political balance and quality of writing.

7) No fee will be offered for the contribution. At the moment, Critical Stages is, and will be, operated on a voluntary basis. (If and when the journal is able to generate enough revenue in the near-future, we will, of course, gladly pay for the contributions.)

8) The editorial board will be unable to read submissions of a different length or formatting from these stated guidelines.

9) Critical Stages is seeking original reviews, not reprints of reviews that have been published elsewhere. We ask that articles first published in Critical Stages include reference to the web address of the journal when they are republished elsewhere.

10) The deadline to submit the review is August 31, 2010. Please send your articles or any questions to Yun-Cheol Kim ( or Maria Helena Serodio (

In this time of globalization, the members of the editorial board of Critical Stages are irresistibly curious as to what is happening in theatre around the world, and to learn the context of local performances. We hope you share our enthusiasm and will contribute your reviews, essays and articles to Critical Stages.

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