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Theatre Survey


Theatre Survey is chartered by the American Society for Theatre Research as a theatre history journal. Its theatrical and historical orientations are both broadly conceived. Performance-centered studies are welcome from all points across all historical, cultural, and methodological spectra, as are historiographic studies.

Editorial Policy and Practices

Articles should be submitted electronically (Microsoft Word document), and should include a brief abstract of the essay (ca. 250 words). Manuscripts of twenty-five to forty pages in length, standard font (e.g. Times New Roman), paginated lower center, and double-spaced throughout, including endnotes, should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. Articles submitted to Re: Sources should be ten to twenty pages in length. Titles of publications cited should be italicized and bold fonts avoided. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission and paying costs to reproduce any materials, including illustrations, for which they do not hold the copyright. To secure a blind reading, the title of the essay, author’s name and contact information should appear on a separate cover sheet, with the title repeated on the first page of text.

Competing interests 

All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their cover sheet. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article. 

Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. 

Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at organisation B. Author C is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.


Articles can be submitted to Theatre Survey through the following website:

If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

Theatre Survey welcomes submissions from authors who have published with us previously. However, in the interest of ensuring that we can serve a wide and diverse community of scholars, we ask authors to wait a minimum of three years between the publication date of a full-length article and the submission of a new piece. The primary exception to this policy would be submission for a special issue aligned with the author's research area that is announced within this three year window. This policy does not apply to book reviews.

Correspondence concerning book reviews should be addressed to:

Donovan Sherman

Book Review Editor, Theatre Survey

Dept. of English, Seton Hall Univ.

400 S. Orange Ave

South Orange, NJ 07049



Correspondence concerning membership in the American Society for Theatre Research should be addressed to:

The American Society for Theatre Research

P.O. Box 1798

Boulder, CO 80306-1798


Last updated September 2021