LMDA Conference 2012: Going Local (Imagining Atlanta)

Alliance Theatre / Kennesaw State University
Atlanta, GA
June 28 - July 1, 2012

In 2011, the LMDA conference took the theme “The Dramaturg as Public Artist,” challenging dramaturgs to use their skills in institutional and audience outreach to imagine a truly "public" role for themselves. The 2012 conference will expand upon this conversation by using the city of Atlanta as a case study for how dramaturgs and other artists can serve the community in truly public and innovative ways. Attendees will immerse themselves in the local ecology of Atlanta, traveling to sites around the city to speak to the community’s artist-leaders. Dramaturgs will then be challenged to ask: How do we see our own communities reflected in Atlanta, and how can we adapt the local lessons we learn here back to our own communities?

Download the conference brochure here!



In the coming weeks, additional details about the conference schedule and events will be made available via the conference wiki (access granted on request).

Thursday, June 28
at Woodruff Arts Center

12:00-5:00PM Registration
1:00-2:30PM Intergenerational Dramaturgy
3:00-5:00PM University Caucus
5:00-7:00PM Dinner on your own
5:00-6:30PM President-Elect Pool Party  



Cocktail Reception

Keynote: Pearl Cleage


Friday, June 29
at Various Sites

8:30AM-12:00PM Registration
10:00AM-2:30PM SITE VISITS (choose one)
  Kennesaw Mountain / Southern Museum tour (bus leaves at 9:30)
  Goat Farm tour (music, visual arts, dance, theatre & performance)
  1906 Riot Tour
2:00-3:30PM Late Registration

Coffee and Tea / Meet and Greet

3:00-5:00PM Plenary Session: Think Locally, Act Dramaturgically (Responses to Site Visits)
5:00-5:30PM Coffee and Tea / Meet and Greet
5:30-7:00PM Dinner on your own
7:00-7:45PM Pre-show cocktails at Living Room Lounge
8:00-10:30PM Showcase of Atlanta Theatre

Saturday, June 30
at Woodruff Arts Center

8:30-11:30AM Registration
9:00-10:15AM OPEN SPACE on Race & Class: Large Group Session
10:30-11:45AM OPEN SPACE: First Breakout Sessions
12:00-1:30PM Lunch: Regional Caucuses
1:45-3:00PM OPEN SPACE: Second Breakout Sessions
3:00-5:30PM Annual General Meeting
6:30-9:00PM Annual Awards Banquet: Mary Mac's
9:30PM The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party at Alliance Theatre Black Box

Sunday, July 1
at Woodruff Arts Center

9:30-10:00AM Coffee and Tea / Meet and Greet

Rethinking the LM and the D
• New Work Roundtable
Dramaturging the Institution       Roundtable

11:45AM-1:00PM Wrap-Up Session





Conference attendees will choose one of four Site Visits for Friday Morning. All Site Visits include a stop for lunch. More details about each visit available soon.

  • Southern Museum and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Enjoy a vigorous hike up Kennesaw Mountain and follow either the self-guided cell phone tour or your friendly tour guide as you learn about the historic events of the battle fought here from June 19, 1864 through July 2, 1864. Your visit to Kennesaw ends with a tour through the Southern Museum. Experience the dramatic history of railroads and the War between the States at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History!
  • Goat Farm Arts Center. (FULL) Voted “Best Visual & Performing Arts Center on the Rise” by Atlanta Magazine in 2011, the Goat Farm Arts Center is a mid-Victorian industrial site with twelve acres of pastoral grounds, converted to a major visual and performing arts center. The Goat Farm is also home to resident performance companies the gloATL, Saiah Arts International and The Collective Project Inc., and the site contains a cafe/library, an on-site organic farm, and live/work space for more than 350 artists The Center’s vision is “to push culture forward through comprehensive support of the arts.” An incubating center for risk-taking work, the Goat Farm “does not operate on public funding, donations, or grants.”
  • 1906 Riot Tour. (FULL) Travel back in time with this walking tour of downtown Atlanta, which will takes you into an almost forgotten moment in history. Travel back to September 22, 1906, the day a race riot broke out, a violent incident that lasted for days and had to be stopped by state militia. Historians say as many as 40 African Americans were killed, but the incident was suppressed by local media and was neither taught nor commemorated until recently.



Conference participants will receive a $129/night conference rate at the W Atlanta Midtown. The hotel is just two blocks from the Woodruff Arts Center, where most of the conference events are taking place. The deadline to take advantage of the conference rate is June 8, 2012! The $129 rate is for single or double occupancy, so if you want to share a room with another conference participant, post a note on the LMDA listserv or email the conference team at lmda2012conference@gmail.com! With our conference rate, the W is also offering LMDA free wireless access and a low $10/day parking fee.

To make your reservation, click here.


[Until June 4]
$225 Individual/Institutional/Spotlight Member
$125 Student Member
$300 Non-Member

[after June 4]
$300 Individual/Institutional/Spotlight Member
$150 Student Member
$400 Non-Member

[Members Only]
$75 per day

One banquet ticket is included in your registration.
Additional tickets for guests are available for $45