In this edition, Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey welcome Noe Montez of Tufts University to talk about the quantitative features of the TAPS job market. We also discuss the Aesthetic Perspectives framework published by Americans for the Arts and Heiner Goebbels essay Research or Craftsmanship.

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Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey respond to listener questions. We share some of our biggest writing influences, opine on peer-review, and offer advice for emerging scholars. Plus, one tweet makes Harvey giggle, and a lucky listener wins an On TAP coffee mug!


In this episode, Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey discuss Julia Walker and Glenn Odom's article about Performance Studies and Modernist Studies, the place of applied theatre in TAPS, and 2017-18 season announcements from regional theatres. We also end up talking about the movie Arrival.

Links to some of things we discuss in this edition:

  • Julia Walker and Glenn Odom's article in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, "Comparative Modernist Performance Studies: A Not So Modest Proposal."
  • Anne Basting's profile at the MacArthur Foundation website.
  • The MA program in Applied Theatre at CUNY.
  • American Theatre magazine's page listing Regional Theatre season announcements.


In this edition, Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey welcome Jennifer Parker-Starbuck of the University of Roehampton in London to talk about TAPS in the UK. We also talk about the future of the NEA during the Trump presidency and David Hare's comments about "director's theatre" from Europe.

Links to some of the things discussed in this edition: 

  • Harvey Young's essay on arts funding and Republican leadership in Washington. 
  • Recent New York Times articles on the White House budget document proposing elimination of the NEA, and on arts programs responses.
  • Excerpts from a controversial interview with playwright David Hare. 
  • Duska Radosavljevic's response to Hare. 


In this first edition of 2017, Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey discuss Branislav Jakovljevic's book, Alienation Effects, the publication TheTheatreTimes.com, and uses of social media in theatre and performance academia.

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With special guest Henry Bial of KU, the co-hosts talk about Theatre Studies vs. Performance Studies in 2016, the ramifications of the Presidential Election for the profession, and the statistical tools administrators use to gauge academic output.

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Sarah, Pannill, and Harvey get together to discuss the 2016 job market, Emma Rice's departure from Shakespeare's Globe in London, and the ASTR conference in Minneapolis. This edition was recorded in Minneapolis, just before the 2016 election in the US.