Theatre in the Wild:
Performance Outside the Proscenium

July 21-24, 2022 • Online & Philadelphia, PA, USA

On the Traditional Lands of the Lenni-Lenape

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. Similar to the 2021 event, the 2022 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 work outside of the traditional “theater” space. This conference will ask participants to examine how space impacts the dramaturgy of the work, and how work lives, breathes, and evolves in different locations. For example, we will be discussing digital theatre, touring shows, cabaret, circus, online performance, outdoor theater, site specific work, burlesque, museum performance, installation performance, and more.

Call for Proposals: December 1, 2021-March 15, 2022
Watch our website and listserv for further information beginning December 1.

“Theatre in the Wild: Performance Beyond the Proscenium” will seek proposals for conference sessions including panels, roundtables, workshops, performances, and other dynamic conversations. We are interested in engaging with artists from around the globe to explore ways in which dramaturgy and new work creation is practiced. For example, we will be discussing touring shows, cabarets, online performance, outdoor theater, site specific work, museum shows, circus, installation performance, and more.

“Theatre in the Wild: Performance Beyond the Proscenium” will feature digital asynchronous content available from July 20, 2022, digital synchronous content on July 21, 2022, and an in-person gathering from July 22-24, 2022 in Philadelphia, the traditional lands of the Lenni-Lenape, some of which will be live streamed.

  • Proposals for the asynchronous digital content and proposals for the in- person gathering will be accepted December 1-March 15, 2022, 11:59 PM EST. All accepted applicants will be notified of the committee's decision in April 2022.
  • For Asynchronous Digital Content ONLY: You will be responsible for assembling the content and submitting it to LMDA as a video in a format which we can post for members, preferably mp4. The video will be due by July 8, 2022. Content will be available to registrants by July 20.
  • If you would like to participate in the Hot Topics, Playwrights on the Radar, or the General Meeting synchronous digital sessions, watch the LMDA listserv and newsletter for proposal deadlines.
  • Volunteers will be needed to help both before and during the Conference. Volunteer forms will be available in the fall of 2021. Watch this website and the listserv for details.

Save the Dates

  • September 2021 
    • Informational Packet Released
    • Begin planning your trip
  • October 2021
    • Call for Volunteers released
  • December 2021
    • Call for Proposals for Activities released
  • January 2022
    • Join/Renew LMDA Membership
  • March 2022
    • Conference Registration begins, Early Bird Discount through mid-May;
    • Whova Online Tutorials, Learn how to get the most out of the App; 
  • May 2022
    • Early Bird Discount Ends, Regular Registration Fees Begin; 
    • Whova Online Tutorials, Learn how to get the most out of the App
  • July 2022
    • Purchase Gala ticket by July 14, if you wish to attend on the Sunday night of the Conference
    • Whova Online Tutorials, Learn how to get the most out of the App
    • Conference & Gala


Independence Foundation
Honorary Producer
Gayle Smith
Honorary Producer
National New Play Network
Session Sponsor
Session Sponsor
A3 Artists Agency
Session Sponsor
Playwriting with Purpose
Session Sponsor
Salamander Street Press
Session Sponsor
Gurman Agency
Session Sponsor
Broadway Play Publishing
Session Sponsor
Page By Page
Session Sponsor
Playwrights Canada Press
Session Sponsor

Community Partners

Directors Gathering • Dramatists Guild, Philadelphia Region • University of Pennsylvania, Professional Development and Continuing Education • FringeArts • Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books • Parent Artists Advocacy League • New Play Exchange
Learn more about becoming a conference sponsor!

Conference Chair: Jacqueline Goldfinger
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