Recorded at ASTR, Sarah, Pannill, and Elizabeth Hunter (subbing in for Harvey) talk about Sharon Marcus's new book The Drama of Celebrity, meritocracy in academia, and ASTR 2019 including the demo of the VESPACE virtual reality eighteenth-century theatre project.

Here are links to some of the things we talk about on this edition:

  • Sharon Marcus’s The Drama of Celebrity

  • The forum on Meritocracy in the Chronicle Review

  • The program for ASTR 2019

  • VESPACE, a virtual reality project to construct an eighteenth-century Parisian fairground theatre


Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey talk about the decline of movie theatre audiences, theatre etiquette, and Waterwell Theater Company's new project, The Flores Exhibits.

Here are links to some of the things we discuss in this edition:

  • This summer’s New York Times feature on the future of movies

  • Endcrawl’s blog piece on movie theatre attendance

  • Lisa Janiak’s essay on the hand-wringing about audience behavior

  • Waterwell Theater Company’s new project, The Flores Exhibits


In the first edition of the new academic year, Harvey, Pannill, and the now-Canadian Sarah talk about Rebecca Kastleman's article about Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights in the new Modern Drama, recent perspectives on the job market, and ATHE 2019 in Orlando. Plus Harvey recounts witnessing a protest at a recent production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Links to some of the things we discuss in this edition:

  • Rebecca Kastleman’s article on Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights in Modern Drama

  • The new issue of Theatre Topics dedicated to graduate education

  • The conference program for ATHE 2019

  • The Anthem: Homunculus podcast/musical on Luminary


Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey discuss the new book, Postdramatic Theatre and Form, Patrick McKelvey's article, A Disabled Actor Prepares, and the uses and abuses of the term performative.

Here are links to some of the things we talk about on this edition:

  • Postdramatic Theatre and Form, the new book edited by Shane Boyle, Matt Cornish, and Brandon Woolf

  • “A Disabled Actor Prepares,” Patrick McKelvey’s new article in Theatre Journal

  • Twitter thread about abuses of the term “performative”

  • Daniel Bessner and Michael Brenes condemn “alt-ac” initiatives in the Chronicle

  • The “Heidi game” video


In this edition Sarah, Harvey, and Pannill talk about slavery in contemporary plays by Suzan-Lori Parks and Jeremy O. Harris, the recent essay in the Chronicle about academic books that won't die, and Big Dance Theater's 2016 piece Short Form. Plus Sarah explains Heidi to Harvey and Pannill.

Here are links to some of the things discussed in this edition:

  • Lorraine Daston and Sharon Marcus’ essay “The Books that Wouldn’t Die”

  • Big Dance Theater’s piece Short Form at ontheboards.tv


Live from the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces at Brown University, Sarah, Harvey, and Pannill talk about Simone Browne's book Dark Matters, John Fletcher's article on deepfake videos, and the Netflix interactive film Bandersnatch. The co-hosts are joined in the fourth chair by conference participants including:

Elise Morrison, of Yale University

Nick Porcino of Facebook Reality Labs

Kamal Sinclair, Director of the Sundance Institute's New Frontier Labs Program

David Allen of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Heidi Boisvert, Director of Emergent Media Technology at CUNY

Lori Landay, of Berklee College of Music

Here are links to some of the things we talk about in this episode:

  • Simone Browne’s book Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

  • John Fletcher’s article on Deepfakes in the recent Theatre Journal

  • Bandersnatch

  • Tommy DeFrantz on an episode of Love It or List It


In the first edition of 2019, Harvey, Sarah, and Pannill discuss Michelle Carriger's article on Gothic Lolita fashion communities, Fortnite, the floss, and choreographic intellectual property, and the state of the market for paper editions of plays.

Here are links to some of the things we discuss in this edition:

  • The CFP for ASTR 2019

  • Michelle Carriger’s article, “‘Maidens Armor:’ Gothic Lolita Fashion Communities, and Technologies of Girly Counteridentity”

  • The NYT article on Fortnite and the floss

  • Coverage of the Drama Book Shop closing and rescue

  • Richard Halpern’s book, Eclipse of Action

  • ASAP/Journal’s forum on apocalypse, climate change, and arts of the present


This edition of On TAP is dedicated to ASTR 2018. Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey talk about what led up to the decision to replace the conference with a scaled-back forum in San Diego, and we host a virtual awards ceremony to honor the recipients of ASTR's annual awards. We also share our drafts. 

Here are links to some of the things we talk about on this episode:


In this edition, Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey discuss Bess Rowen's article about affective stage directions in the new Theatre Journal, Noe Montez's recent report on job market statistics, and the prospect of a digital model for a major conference in our field. We also talk about the ASTR 2018 conference jeopardy.

Here are links to some of the things we talk about in this edition:

  • Bess Rowen’s article “Undigested Reading: Rethinking Stage Directions Through Affect”

  • Noe Montez’s address to the 4th Symposium of Doctoral Programs in TAPS

  • Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer’s anthology, Performance Studies in Canada

  • Brian Herrera’s #theatreclique roundup with links to tributes to Ntozake Shange and María Irene Fornés

  • Phil Burgers’ short film, The Passage


The co-hosts discuss the virtues and drawbacks of peer review, the NTLive streaming presentation of Julie, directed by Carrie Cracknell, and the ethics of training undergraduate students for the arts in today's job market. 

Links to a few of the things we discuss in this edition:

  • Mieke Bal’s essay, “Let’s Abolish the Peer Review System”

  • Info on the NTLive presentation of Julie, the new adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie

  • The 2004 New York Times article, “The Julliard Effect: Ten Years Later”

  • Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo’s book, Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship