Conference Registration


The 2016 pre-registration fees are valid until February 28, 2016, and are as follows:

1. Presenter, Reader or Presenter Session Chair: $99 for faculty members,
   $89 for graduate students
2. Non-presenter Session Chair: $79
3. Guest: $69
4. Student Guest: $39
5. One-day guest passes: $30 ($20 for students)

The pre-registration fee for categories 1 – 4 covers all conference events and services, including a copy of the conference Programs and Abstracts book, a copy of the current edition of Text and Presentation, and admission to all conference events and the conference reception. One-day passes include conference admission only (including plenaries and keynote event).

Presenters are required to pre-register. Those whose papers are accepted are expected to attend the conference; papers are not read in absentia. Submitters of abstracts are also advised to apply for travel funds from their home institutions as early as possible. International attendees please visit this page for further instructions.

Registration after February 28: For those who wish to register after February 28 or at the conference, the fees increase to $109 / $99, $89, $79, and $49. One-day pass fees remain the same.

DOWNLOAD: Registration Form

Conference Hotels

The Pier 5 Hotel is the conference site, and The Admiral Fell Inn, which is a 15- to 20-minute complimentary shuttle ride away, is also providing attendees with a conference discount:

Pier 5: $169 per night plus tax for up to four.
Admiral Fell Inn: $129 per night plus tax for up to four.

All reservations must be made on an individual basis by February 28, 2016 to receive the discount. Call Harbor Magic Hotels at 866-583-4162 to make your reservation. You may also dial the hotels directly. Pier 5: 410-539-2000 ext. 0. Admiral Fell Inn: 410-522-7377 ext. 0. Please be sure to ask for the Comparative Drama Conference discount.


GO Airport Shuttle is offering discount rides to and/or from the Pier 5 Hotel and the Admiral Fell Inn. They serve BWI Airport/Amtrak, Penn Station Baltimore, Reagan National Airport, Dulles Airport, and Washington Union Station. Roundtrip between BWI Airport/Amtrak or Penn Station Baltimore and the Pier 5 or Admiral Fell Inn is $26. Roundtrip between Dulles Airport, Reagan National Airport, or Washington Union Station and either hotel is $182 for the 1st person and $16 for each additional person in a reservation party when reserving online.
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for discount details and to make reservations.

SuperShuttle will also give a discount for conference attendees. Round-trip between Baltimore Washington International Airport and the Pier 5 Hotel is $27. Round-trip between BWI and the Admiral Fell Inn is $45. SuperShuttle also runs from Washington National and Washington Dulles, and can take you to The Admiral Fell Inn from any of the airports.

Click here to make reservations for one-way or round-trip transportation from BWI, National, or Dulles to the Pier 5 hotel or Admiral Fell Inn.

Taxis are approximately $27-$30 each way between BWI and the Pier 5.

2016 Keynote Event

A Conversation with Tony Kushner
Interviewer Jim Fisher (University of North Carolina Greensboro)

Examining topics such as AIDs, racism, capitalism, and international relations both critically and compassionately, Tony Kushner’s plays brilliantly illuminate our most deeply divisive political issues, incorporating a seemingly infinite array of theatrical practices. Lyrical and polemical, theoretical and camp, Brechtian and surreal, Kushner’s style is an eclectic and exciting study in contrasts that has radically impacted twenty-first century American Theatre.

Join the Comparative Drama Conference on Friday, April 1, 2016, for our Keynote Event and Reception welcoming Tony Kushner, recipient of the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Kushner is best known for his two-part epic Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, which received both the Pulitzer Prize and two Tony Awards. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures; and the book for Caroline, or Change, for which he earned the London Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Laurence Olivier Award. Kushner’s translations and adaptations include Ansky's The Dybbuk, and Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan and Mother Courage and Her Children. Kushner wrote the screenplays for Nichols’s film of Angels in America and Spielberg’s Lincoln; the latter was nominated for an Academy Award and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, and the Chicago Film Critics Award.


Stevenson University is excited to host the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore has excellent cuisine, museums, live music, and a thriving theater scene. And everything is close by. Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, and each neighborhood has its own character and flavor. The Inner Harbor is the tourist section of the city where you can find the National Aquarium and Little Italy. In Federal Hill you can walk to the top of the Hill for a great view or find bars for the younger crowd. Historic Fells Point is mainly about drinking well and eating better; walk on the beautiful cobblestones and grab a bite at Bertha’s. Hampden is a distinctly Baltimore neighborhood with restaurants like Dogwood and Grano and touristy places like Cafe Hon. And the Charles Street or Mt. Vernon areas, also known as the art district, are home to the Baltimore Museum of Art and upscale entertainment.

The four main theaters in Baltimore are Centerstage, Everyman Theatre, Vagabond Theater, and, for those with a taste for musicals, The Hippodrome. Baltimore’s unique position along the I-95 corridor also makes the Washington, D.C. or Philadelphia theater scenes easily accessible.