CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue for December 2023: A Theatre Journal Anniversary

Call for Papers

Special Issue for December 2023: A Theatre Journal Anniversary

We are delighted to announce that we will mark the 75th volume of Theater Journal with our December 2023 issue. To commemorate this event, Theatre Journal calls for short essays of 3000-5000 words that explore the impact of key articles or special issues published over the life of the journal. Anniversary issues often aspire to speak to the past, present, and future of a discipline; in that spirit, we encourage authors to use the journal as a point of departure for thinking through their hopes, desires, and generative critiques regarding the field of theatre and performance studies. What might the journal look like in another 75 years? 

To help prompt some reflections about the journal’s past and present, below are the following lists:

  1. Top 30 most-cited articles that have appeared in the journal, based on Google Scholar and Web of Science.
  2. The top 20 articles that have received the most “hits” online, according to John Hopkins University Press.
  3. A list of special issues dating back to the earliest years of the journal.

Regarding the first two lists, we fully recognize that search engines and algorithms are hardly neutral arbiters regarding an article’s significance, impact, and originality. We provide these lists simply in the interests of generating ideas and conversation.

In honor of the occasion, this issue will be co-edited by Sean Metzger and Laura Edmondson. As always, we welcome inquiries regarding potential submissions and proposals for short provocations, video and/or photo essays, and other creative, multimedia material for our on-line platform (500-2,000 words). For submission guidelines, visit:

Submissions for the print journal (3,000-5,000 words) and for the online platform (500-2,000) words) should reach us no later than February 1, 2023.

Submit via ScholarOne:

Feel free to contact the editors with questions or inquiries:

Sean Metzger, Editor at

Laura Edmondson, Co-Editor

Carla Neuss, Online Editor at