Without Borders:
Dramaturgy in the New Decade

June 2021 • Mexico City, MX

Sin Fronteras:
Dramaturgismo en la Nueva Década

Junio de 2021 • Ciudad de México, México

The Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) has grown over 30+ years to become a multi-country service organization for artists working as dramaturgs and in many associated fields in the performing arts and beyond. 

In 2020, during Crossing Borders Pt. 3: On the (Digital) Threshold, LMDA held its first fully digital and bilingual conference and, in partnership with HowlRound, reached audiences in 38 countries around the world. After crossing the digital threshold, and incorporating all the learned skills and tools, we are pleased to announce LMDA’s conference 2021 theme:

Without Borders: Dramaturgy in the New Decade

LMDA’s 2021 annual international conference will take place in México City, hosted by the newly established LMDA México and with the support of the Coordinación Nacional de Teatro of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL).

This in-person gathering will be livestreamed for those who want to attend but cannot join us in Mexico City. Similar to the 2020 event, the 2021 conference will mix online synchronous and asynchronous content with an in-person gathering. 

LMDA’s mission with this ground-breaking gathering is to ignite a global conversation about the impact / purpose / process / evolution of dramaturgy in the new decade. This conference will ask participants to examine how dramaturgy lives, breathes, and changes during/after the social, political, and economical adjustments that COVID-19 has brought to our lives.

Call for Proposals

The deadline for digital asynchronous and in-person proposals has been extended until April 15th, 2021.

“Without Borders: Dramaturgy in the New Decade” seeks proposals for conference sessions including panels, roundtables, workshops, and other dynamic conversations about what constitutes the idea of “dramaturgy without borders.” We are interested in engaging with artists from around the globe to explore ways in which dramaturgy is practiced.

Building upon the previous “Crossing Borders” conferences, we invite attendees and presenters to explore how dramaturgy has transformed in your country, region, and organization by asking:

In what ways does dramaturgy continue to…

  • reimagine and explore storytelling, creative processes, performance, and the design of theatrical events when borders disappear or are no longer limiting collaboration and creation?
  • activate innovative approaches to performance, theatre, and interdisciplinary collaboration in the performing arts and beyond?
  • instigate and curate conversations that actively respond to current circumstances within your institutions and communities?
  • demand and facilitate inclusion on your stages and throughout our practice?
  • disrupt and interrogate programming and decision making about what happens on stage?
  • cultivate new audiences and foster new artists?
  • pursue political engagement and facilitate direct political actions?
  • push against borders as physical and social constructs that negatively impact the way theaters solicit, produce, and commodify art and artists?
  • aesthetically, culturally, and/or politically reach across remaining borders?

“Without Borders: Dramaturgy in the New Decade” will feature digital asynchronous content available from June 1st 2021, digital synchronous content on June 17th and 18th, 2021, and an in-person gathering and presentations that will take place from June 26th to 29th, 2021 at Centro Cultural del Bosque in Ciudad de México, México.

Proposals for the asynchronous digital content, proposals for the synchronous digital content and proposals for the in-person gathering in Mexico City will be accepted through April 15th, 2021, 11:59 PM EST. All accepted applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by April 30th, 2021.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: all application deadlines (synchronous, asynchronous and in person proposals) have been deferred to April 15.

Panels and presentations of the conference 2021 will be available in English and Spanish through simultaneous oral interpretation and/or closed captioning.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Brenda Muñoz, conference coordinator, at lmdamexico@lmda.org

If you don't receive an acknowledgement of your application within 7 days, please contact lmdanyc@gmail.com.

HOT TOPICS - Call for Presenters

The University Caucus of LMDA will continue its tradition of sponsoring a HOT TOPICS session during the digital synchronous portion of our annual conference in June 2021. Hot Topics invites all LMDA members (not just academics!) to share a provocative question, assertion, issue, or project with which they are currently passionately engaged, in order to initiate conversations and collaborations, or to address pressing issues for our community. 

The catch? 

Each presenter has only 5 minutes! The strict time limit allows for multiple presentations and follow-up conversations. Presenters should prepare their 5-minute speeches carefully to introduce their topic and welcome others to join in discussion following all presentations. 

For the very first time in the history of Hot Topics, this year panelists will be able to do their presentations in English and/or Spanish and all the conference attendees will have access to oral simultaneous interpretation in both languages.  

To submit a HOT TOPICS proposal (or if you have questions about this format), contact Jane Barnette, Vice President for University Relations, at jane@ku.edu. Proposals include your name and any affiliations, your topic title, and a 30-word (maximum) summary of your talk’s content.

LMDA’s Playwrights Under the Radar Session - Call for Presenters

LMDA will present its Playwrights Under the Radar session during the digital synchronous portion of this summer’s annual conference in June 2021, and you are invited to participate. This is a great way for you to spread the word about one of "your" playwrights -- maybe one you've worked with or want to work with, or maybe one whose plays you just love -- but who may not yet be on the national or international radar.

Using the popular Hot Topics format, each presenter will get five minutes to sing the praises of their chosen playwright. Ideally, this playwright has had several successful, but local productions. You believe this playwright deserves a bigger stage and brighter spotlight. Now you can tell us why.

For the very first time in the history of Playwrights Under the Radar, this year panelists will be able to do their presentations in English and/or Spanish and all the conference attendees will have access to oral simultaneous interpretation in both languages.

If you're excited to tell the world about your little-known, but awesomely talented playwright, sign up now. We have only a dozen spots available, and the deadline for signing up is April 15th.

To sign up, or to hear more about Playwrights Under the Radar, please email Bryan Moore (orionbcm@yahoo.com).


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