Call for Submissions: Edward Albee’s Influence on American Drama

Call for Submissions for Volume Four of New Perspectives in Edward Albee Studies, the Official Publication of the Edward Albee Society. Published annually by Brill.

(Volume One, Edward Albee and Absurdism, published January 2017, Volume Two, Sex, Gender and Sexualities in Edward Albeeā€™s Plays forthcoming, March 2018.)

Topic: Edward Albee’s Influence on American Drama

We are seeking essays that explore Albee’s influence and reach in the American theatre. This could include playwrights whom he mentored directly, playwrights who were inspired by him, his role as director of both his own and others’ work, collaborators who worked with him, and artists whose own careers were in some way shaped by him.

In particular, we are interested in essays on any or all of the following topics:

  • The work of the Playwrights Unit, part of Albarwild Theatre Arts, Inc.
  • Albee’s mentorship of playwrights such as Adrienne Kennedy, Lanford Wilson, Amiri Baraka, Terrence McNally, Megan Terry, John Guare, A.R. Gurney, Sam Shepard, and others
  • Albee’s partnership with the Cherry Lane theatre and his contributions to off-Broadway theatre
  • Imitators of Albee’s Style
  • Albee as professor and his work in the academy
  • Albee’s influence on LGBTQ theatre

We encourage submissions from graduate students as well as established scholars or theatre professionals from any approach (e.g., theatre history, performance studies, literary theory and criticism), as well as those who have worked with Mr. Albee in any of the above activities.

Please contact Volume Editor Natka Bianchini ( for queries, proposals, and/or submissions. For submission guidelines, please see the general call for submissions on the Edward Albee Society website:

Deadline of submission for completed manuscripts: November 15, 2018.

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