Bringardner voted as President-Elect of ATHE

Dr. Chase Bringardner, Department of Theatre

AU Department of Theatre Chair Dr. Chase Bringardner has been elected as President-Elect of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Bringardner will take office in August 2019 at the annual conference in Orlando, Florida, and after serving two years as president-elect will assume the position of president for a duration of two years.

“I am humbled and honored to be able to serve the organization that has meant so much to me and to so many of my friends and colleagues in theatre and performance in higher education all these years. I am overwhelmed and excited to begin the work,” Bringardner said.

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. 

“I wish to congratulate Dr. Bringardner on this achievement,” said Joseph Aistrup, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “It is a testament to his leadership, contributions, and commitment to the university and the Theatre program.”

Bringardner teaches a wide range of courses including Introduction to Theatre for majors and non majors, Dramaturgy, Senior Capstone, Musical Theatre History, as well as a selection of Junior and Senior level seminars with topics ranging from Performance Theory/Performance Art, Southern Drama, Dreamscapes, Docudramas, and Disney: Popular Entertainments and the Construction of Meaning. He specializes in the study of popular entertainments (such as medicine shows and musical theatre), regional identity construction, and intersections of race, gender, and class in popular performance forms.

Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. As an advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity. The Association’s web site is

Last Updated: June 26, 2019