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The ATDS Vera Roberts Essay Award

Posted By Bob Schanke, Independent Scholar, Friday, January 3, 2014

Text Box: The American Theatre and Drama Society 




The American Theatre and Drama Society once again offers the Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Award of $200 and a one-year membership in the Society for the best essay published in English (essays must appear in a refereed scholarly journal or edited collection). The essay must focus on Theatre and/or Performance in the United States (recognizing that notions of "America” and the United States encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another). The award recipient will be recognized at ATDS’s annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ during the annual convention of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in July 2014.


Deadline: April 20, 2014


Eligibility: The author must be a degreed (no longer enrolled in a graduate program) but untenured scholar at the time the essay is published. The competition is also open to independent scholars, or scholars working in adjunct, or full-time, non-tenure track positions.  Eligible essays must have been published between March 15, 2013 and March 15, 2014.


Nomination: Nominations may come from the author of the essay, any member of the American Theatre and Drama Society, or the editor of a journal or collection in which the essay appeared. Authors may nominate only one essay. Editors may nominate one essay per volume or collection.


Submission: Electronic submissions only.  Email a pdf to Robert A. Schanke:


Evaluation: The awarded essay will be evaluated by a selection committee on the basis of originality, critical rigor, demonstration of a broad knowledge of the topic and field, and the promise of future professional development of the author.


Notification: The award recipient will be notified by May 31, 2014.

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