CFP: Imagined Theatres Emergency Issue

Type of post: Association news item
Posted By: Glen McGillivray
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020
Theatres and arts institutions around the world have closed their doors and shuttered lights, interrupting premieres, runs, and rehearsal processes. Festivals are postponed, seasons suspended. Courses and workshops reliant on intimate, immediate contact must navigate remote access and exchange.
The theatre is closed, yet the theatre keeps performing. Performances work their way out in our private thoughts or distanced conversations, in makeshift configurations across media.
As communities fragment into socially distant parts, we propose a festival of imagined theatres alive to this state of emergency. Imagined Theatres began as a platform for artists and thinkers of the stage to explore acts that resources, conventions, or the contours of reality deemed impossible or impractical; that landscape has shifted drastically over the last months. Imagined Theatres also originated out of a need to experience performance while living far from the people who make it; we are all living in that place now. Share your performances with us and we will together stage an impossible gathering.
This special issue of Imagined Theatres will be released on a rolling basis over the coming months of our common crisis. Submissions will be reviewed by our editorial team as they come in, and published on an accelerated schedule every few weeks as long as necessary. This ongoing issue will not interfere with the publication schedule of future editions of the journal, including a forthcoming issue devoted to performance curation (co-edited by Ron Berry and Anna Gallagher-Ross) and Chile (co-edited by Alexandra Ripp, Adam Versenyi, Anne García-Romero, Pía Gutiérrez Díaz, and Mauricio Barría Jara). Published work may engage with the current emergency directly or it may not—our purpose is to present a space for performance.
Who We Are
Imagined Theatres is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal and archive dedicated to imagining what might be possible and impossible in the theatre. We publish scripts, scores, stories, manifestoes, and essays, in prose, in verse, and in other media. These texts are paired with a critical response, or “gloss,” extending the argument or view of each imagined theatre in new directions. Imagined Theatres supports creative criticism, meaning creative work that acts critically and criticism that acts creatively. 
Who Can Submit?
We encourage submissions from artists, scholars, writers, performers, directors, choreographers, musicians, designers, students, teachers, programmers, and spectators. You need not have a publication record. Authors who have published with us in the past are also welcome to share their work again.
What Should A Submission Look Like?
We encourage the publication of short works (a page or less), though there is no prescribed word limit. Prospective authors are encouraged to explore the website, as well as the book Imagined Theatres: writing for a theoretical stage, for a sense of possible approaches, bearing in mind that these are merely suggestions. We emphasize the written word, but are open to submissions that take advantage of the digital form in interesting ways.
As mentioned above, each text is paired with a critical response, or “gloss,” extending the argument or view of each imagined theatre in new directions. You are welcome to submit both a theatre and its gloss if you would like. You are also welcome to submit independent glosses that respond to previously published texts; in this instance, please let us know which text you are referencing. Otherwise, once a theatre is accepted the IT editorial team will help you find a gloss writer to respond to your work.
How to Submit 
We accept submissions via email at All submissions should include contact information, a brief contributor’s bio, and the word “submission” in the title of the email.
Please send your work as an attachment in one of the following formats:
·       Word document (.doc) files
·       Rich Text Format (.rtf) files
·       Text (.txt) files
·       Portable Document Format (.pdf) files
·       JPEG, TIFF, PNG for image files
There are no submission fees, publication fees, or page charges for this journal. All work must be original; copyrighted images or media will not be published.
For more information, please write