The Comparative Drama Conference

The Comparative Drama Conference (CDC) is an international, interdisciplinary conference founded by Dr. Karelisa Hartigan at the University of Florida in 1977. Subsequently, Dr. Stratos E. Constantinidis relocated the CDC to The Ohio State University, Columbus campus (2000-2004); Dr. Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. to Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (2005-2011); and Dr. Laura Snyder to Stevenson University, Baltimore (2012-2016). Every year, approximately 185 scholars are invited to present and discuss their work in the field of drama and 2-4 new plays receive a staged reading. The conference draws participants from both the Humanities and the Arts. The papers delivered range over the entire field of theatre research and production. Over the past 40 years, participants have come from 32 nations and all 50 states. Each year a distinguished theatre scholar or artist is invited to address the participants in the Keynote Event.

Scholars in the fields of Classics, Theatre, and English from a variety of international universities organize the conference. The conference also compiles and publishes Text & Presentation, which annually showcases outstanding papers presented at the conference.