Online Role-playing Games and the Definition of Theatre

I suppressed posts with links to drafts of my article “Online Role-playing Games and the Definition of Theatre” in order to avoid discovery and thus author identification while it was under review at Theatre Journal. However, the editors didn’t understand the idea of addressing online role-playing specifically (that is, as something distinct from other types of computer-based and/or online activities), that theater could and in my view should be distinguished from other things called “performance,” and that the purpose of the article was to use online role-playing as an intriguing activity that raises interesting questions about how to define theater. So for the time being I am making the version I submitted available through the link above.