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The Errol Hill Award is given in recognition of outstanding scholarship in African American theater, drama, and/or performance studies, as demonstrated in the form of a published book-length project (monograph or essay collection) or scholarly article. The book or article must have been published during the previous calendar year (2015 for the 2016 award), and deal with African American theater history, dramatic literature, or performance studies (research on dance, acting and directing, public performances, i.e., parades, pageants, etc.).


The book or article must have been published in the previous calendar year, but all scholars are eligible - whether or not they are affiliated with a university or tenured. Authors wishing to be nominated are encouraged to contact their publishers or editors, but their direct entries will be accepted as long as the submission guidelines are followed.


Nominations can come from the author of the work to be considered, any member of ASTR, the editor of a journal in which an essay has appeared, or a book publisher. (Essay nominations are limited in that authors can nominate only one, and journal editors can nominate one essay per volume.) Authors, publishers, and journal editors are invited to send one copy of each book or essay that they want considered to each member of the Errol Hill Award committee. Electronic submissions will be accepted for published essays, not books, but only if uploaded below as a .pdf attachment. All submissions, whether hard copy or digital, should also be directed to three committee members. Each address will be listed on the confirmation page after submitting this form. Please direct questions about the process to Patricia Herrera.


The winning book or essay will be judged based on

  • Originality within the broad field of African American theater and performance;
  • Critical rigor;
  • Demonstrated expertise with related research in African American theater and performance; and
  • Potential for encouraging future scholarship that will strengthen the field.

View previous Errol Hill Award winners here.

The deadline for this award has passed.

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