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Awards

Sally Banes

Barnard Hewitt Award

Errol Hill Award

Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize

Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize

Distinguished Scholar Award

Cambridge University Press Prize

Community Engagement Award

José Esteban Muñoz Targeted Research Working Session

Research Grants

Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship

The ASTR Collaborative Research Award

Co-Sponsored Events Awards

Brooks McNamara Publishing Subvention

Research Fellowships

Targeted Research Fellowships

Targeted Research Areas Grants

Grants for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads

Travel Awards

Selma Jeanne Cohen Conference Presentation Award

David Keller Travel Grants

Thomas Marshall Graduate Student Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Banes

This award is given in even-numbered years. This prize honors the publication (book or essay) that, in the opinion of the prize committee, best explores the intersections of theatre and dance/movement in the previous two calendar years.

2016

Anthea Kraut, UC Riverside Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance Oxford University Press (2015)

Honorable Mention:
Nadine George-Graves, ed. Oxford Handbook Dance and Theater Oxford University Press (2015)

2014

Adria L. Amada, Aloha America (Duke University Press, 2012)

Honorable Mention:
Paul A. Scolieri, Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest (University of Texas Press, 2013)

2012

Petra Kuppers, Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Honorable Mention:
Nadine George-Graves, Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theatre, Community Engagement, and Working It Out (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010)

2010

Clare Croft, "Ballet Nations: The New York City Ballet’s 1962 US State Department Sponsored Tour of the Soviet Union,” Theatre Journal, October 2009

2008

Kate Elswit "The Some of the Parts: Prosthesis and Function in Bertolt Brecht, Oskar Schlemmer, and Kurt Jooss" Modern Drama, 51.3 (2008), Theatre and Medicine, 389-410.


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Barnard Hewitt Award

The Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History is awarded each year to the best book in "theatre history or cognate disciplines” published during the previous calendar year (2015). The University of Illinois initiated the Award many years ago to honor its founding department chair, Barnard Hewitt.

2016

Uri McMillan, UCLA Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance NYU Press (2015)

Honorable Mention
Anthea Kraut, UC Riverside Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance Oxford University Press (2015)

2015

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University, New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849, Duke University Press (2014)

Honorable Mention
Gay Gibson Cima, Georgetown University, Performing Anti-Slavery: Activist Women on Antebellum Stages, Cambridge University Press (2014)

Honorable Mention
Paige McGinley, Washington University in St. Louis, Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism, Duke University Press (2014)

2014

R. Darren Gobert, The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater

Honorable Mentions
Alisa Solomon, Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof

Lauren R. Clay, Stagestruck: The Business of Theater in Eighteenth-Century France and Its Colonies

2013

Amy E. Hughes, Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in Nineteenth-Century America

Honorable Mentions
Sara Warner, Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure

2012

Judith Pascoe, The Sarah Siddons Audio Files

Honorable Mentions
Beth Holmgren, Starring Madame Modjeska

2011

Virginia Scott, Women on the Stage in Early Modern France, 1540-1750

2010

Mechele Leon, Molière, the French Revolution, and the Theatrical Afterlife

Honorable Mention
David Savran, Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class

Thomas Postlewait, The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Historiography

2009

Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theatre

Honorable Mention
Emily Roxworthy, The Spectacle of the Japanese American Trauma

2008

Jean E. Howard, Theatre of a City: The Places of London Comedy, 1598-1642

Honorable Mention
Jason Shaffer, Performing Patriotism: National Identity in the Colonial and Revolutionary American Theatre

2007

Gay Gibson Cima, Early American Women Critics: Performance, Religion, Race (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2006)

2006

Charlotte M. Canning, The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautauqua as Performance

2005

Claire Sponsler, Ritual Imports: Performing Medieval Drama in America

2004

Errol G. Hill and James V. Hatch, A History of African American Theatre

Honorable Mention
Andrew Sofer, The Stage Life of Props

2003

Jody Enders, Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends

2002

Meredith Chilton, Harlequin Unmasked: The Commedia Dell’Arte and Porcelain Sculpture

2001

Jeffrey Veidlinger, The Moscow State Yiddish Theatre: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage

2000

Jeffrey S. Ravel, The Contested Parterre: Public Theatre and French Political Culture, 1680-1791

1999

Don Wilmeth and Christopher Bigsby, eds. Cambridge History of American Theatre, Volume I: Beginnings to 1870

1998

Laurence Senelick, The Chekhov Theatre: A Century of Plays in Performance

1997

Catherine Schuler, Women in Russian Theatre: The Actress in the Silver Age

1996

Joseph Donohue, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest: The First Production

1995

John Fuegi, Brecht and Company: Sex, Politics, and the Making of Modern Drama

1994

James V. Hatch, Sorrow is the Only Faithful One: The Life of Owen Dodson

1993

Bruce McConachie, Melodramatic Formations: American Theatre and Society, 1820-70

1992

Leeds Barroll, Politics, Plague, and Shakespeare’s Theater: The Stuart Years

1991

Carla Waal, Harriet Bosse: Stringberg’s Muse and Interpreter

1990

A. H. Saxon, P.T. Barnum: The Legend and the Man

1989

Martin Banham, The Cambridge Guide to World Theatre

1988

Charles H. Shattuck, Shakespeare on the American Stage: From Booth and Barrett to Sothern and Marlowe, Vol II

1987

Jared Brown, The Fabulous Lunts: A Biography of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne

1986

Joseph Roach, The Player's Passion

1985

Errol G. Hill, Shakespeare in Sable

1984

Martin Meisel, Realizations: Narrative, Pictorial, and Theatrical Arts in Nineteenth Century England

1983

Robert Karoly Sarlós, Jig Cook and the Provincetown Players

1982

Jonas Barish, The Anti-Theatrical Prejudice

1981

Don Wilmeth, George Frederick Cooke: Machiavel of the Stage

1980

George Winchester Stone and George M. Kahrl, David Garrick: A Critical Biography

1979

Gerald Bordman, American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle

1978

Gilbert B. Cross, Next Week East Lynne: Domestic Drama in Performance, 1820-1874

1977

Joseph Donohue, Theatre in the Age of Kean

1976

Stephen Orgel, The Illusion of Power: Political Theatre in the English Renaissance


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Errol Hill Award

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.).

2016

Uri McMillan, UCLA Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance NYU Press (2015)

Honorable Mention
Adrienne Macki Braconi Harlem’s Theatres: A Staging Ground for Community, Class, and Contradiction, 1923-1939 Northwestern University Press (2015)

2015

Paige McGinley, Washington University in St. Louis, Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism, Duke University Press (2014)

Honorable Mention
Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Coloring Whiteness: Acts of Critique in Black Performance, University of Michigan Press (2014)

2014

Kathleen Gough, Kinship and Performance in the Black and Green Atlantic (Routledge)

Honorable Mention
E. Patrick Johnson & Ramon Rivera-Servera, Solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews and essays (Northwestern UP)

Macelle Mahala, Penumbra: The Premier State for African American Drama (U of Minnesota P)

2013

Diana Rebekkah Paulin, Imperfect Unions: Staging Miscegenation in US Drama and Fiction (U of Minnesota P)

2012

Bernth Lindfors, Ira Aldridge: The Early Years 1807-1833 (U of Rochester P)

Honorable Mention:
Brandi Catanese, The Problem of the Color[blind] (U of Michigan P)

2011

Harvey Young, Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body (U of Michigan P)

2010

Tavia Nyong'o, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (U of Minnesota P)

2009

Jayna Brown, Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern (Duke UP)

2008

Cedric Robinson, Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theatre and Film before World War II (U of North Carolina P)

2007

Daphne Brooks, Bodies in Dissent: Performing Race, Gender, and Nation in the Trans-Atlantic Imaginary (Duke UP)

2006

Jill Lane, Blackface Cuba, 1840 - 1895 (Penn)

2005

Harry Elam, The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson (U of Michigan P)

2004

James Hatch and Errol Hill, A History of African American Theatre (Cambridge UP)

2003

Thomas DeFrantz, Dancing Many Drums

2002

David Krasner and Harry Elam, Jr., Eds., African-American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader

2001

Kimberly W. Benston, Performing Blackness: Enactments of African-American Modernism

2000

George A. Thompson, Jr., A Documentary History of African Theatre

1999

Jill Lane, "Blackface Nationalism, Cuba 1840-1868." Theatre Journal 50, no. 1 (March 1998).

1998

David Krasner, Resistance, Parody, and Double Consciousness in African American Theatre, 1895-1910

1997

Annemarie Bean, James V. Hatch, and Brooks McNamara, Eds., Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth Century Blackface Minstrelsy


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Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize

The American Society for Theatre Research offers an annual award for the best essay written and published in English in a refereed scholarly journal. The essay can be on any subject in theater research, broadly construed. The Kahan Prize includes an acknowledgement of the editor’s contribution to scholarship.

2016

Jane Wessel, University of Delaware “Possessing Parts and Owning Plays: Charles Macklin and the Prehistory of Dramatic Literary Property” Theater Survey 56.3 – September 2015 Editor: Harvey Young

2015

Naomi Bragin, University of Washington, Bothell “Shot and Captured: Turf Dance, YAK Films, and the Oakland, California, R.I.P. Project,” TDR: The Drama Review, 58.2 (2014) Editor: Richard Schechner

2014

Michelle Liu Carriger, “The Unnatural History and Petticoat Mystery of Boulton and Park’: A Victorian Sex Scandal and the Theatre Defense,” TDR: The Drama Review, 57.4 (2013), (Richard Schechner, ed.)

2013

Ariel Nereson, “Queens ‘Campin’ Onstage: Performing Queerness in Mae West’s ‘Gay Plays’,” Theatre Journal 64.4 (2012): 513-532, (Penny Farfan, ed.)

2012

Diana Looser, "A Piece ‘More Curious Than All the Rest’: Re-Encountering Pre-Colonial Pacific Island Theatre, 1769-1855,” Theatre Journal 63 (2011), (Penny Farfan, ed.)

Honorable Mention:
Lofton L. Durham, "Reconnecting Text to Context: The Ontology of ‘French Medieval Drama’ and the Case of the Istoire de las Destruction de Troie,” Journal of Dramatic Theroy and Criticism (2011), (Scott Magelssen, ed.)

2011

Anastasia Kaviatos, "Sooner Speaking than Silent, Sooner Silent than Mute: Soviet Deaf Theatre and Pantomime after Stalin,” Theatre Survey (2010), 51: pp 5-31

2010

Magda Romanska, "Between History and Memory: Auschwitz in Akropolis: Akropolis in Auschwitz,” Theatre Survey 50:2 (Catherine Cole, ed.)

2009

Jennifer Schlueter, "'A theatrical race:' American Identity and Popular Performance in the Writings of Constance M. Rourke," Theatre Journal (2009), 60: pp 529-543 (David Saltz, ed.)

2008

Emily Colborn-Roxworthy, "Manzanar, the eyes of the World are upon You: Performance and Archival Ambivalence at a Japanese Internment Camp,” (Jean Graham-Jones, ed.)

2007

Marla Carlson, "Looking, Listening, and Remembering: Ways to Walk New York After 9/11,” Theatre Journal 58, (Jean Graham-Jones, ed.)

2006

Kimberly Jannarone, "The Theatre before Its Double: Artaud Directs in the Alfred Jarry Theatre,” Theatre Survey 46.2 (2005): 247–73 (Jody Enders, ed.)

Honorable Mention:
Brandi Wilkins Catanese, "‘How Do I Rent a Negro?’: Racialized Subjectivity and Digital Performance Art,” Theatre Journal 57.4 (2005): 699–714 (Harry J. Elam Jr., ed.)

Ayesha Ramachandran, "New World, No World: Seeking Utopia in Padmanabhan’s Harvest,” Theatre Research International 30.2 (2005): 161–74 (Chris Balme, ed.)

2005

Scott Magelssen, "Performance Practices of [Living] Open-Air Museums (and a New Look at "Skansen” in American Living Museum Discourse),” Theatre History Studies 24 (2004): 125–49 (Rhona Justice-Malloy, ed.)

Honorable Mentions:
Ian Henderson, "Jacky-Kalingaloonga: Aboriginality, Audience Reception, and Charles Reade’s It Is Never too Late to Mend (1865),” Theatre Research International 29.2 (2004): 95–110 (Chris Balme, ed.)

Cla´udio Medeiros, "Queering Homoerotic Desire, Silence and Violence in Zeno Wilde’s Blue Jeans: A Performance-Sensitive Reading for the Twenty-first Century,” Theatre Journal 56.3 (2004): 373–394 (Harry J. Elam Jr., ed.)

2004

Tamsen Wolff, "Eugenic O’Neill and the Secrets of Strange Interlude,” Theatre Journal 55.2 (May 2003): 215–34 (Harry J. Elam Jr., ed.)

2003

Katie N. Johnson, "Zaza: That ‘Obtruding Harlot’ of the Stage,” Theatre Journal 54.2 (May 2002): 222–43 (David Roma´n and Harry J. Elam Jr., eds.)

2002

Eszter Szalczer, "Nature’s Dream Play: Modes of Vision and August Strindberg’s Re-Definition of the Theatre,” Theatre Journal 53.1 (March 2001): 33–52 (Susan Bennett and David Roma´n, eds.)

2001

Mark Hodin, "The Disavowal of Ethnicity: Legitimate Theatre and the Social Construction of Literary Value in Turn-of-the-Century America,” Theatre Journal 52.2 (May 2000): 211–26 (Susan Bennett, ed.)

2000

Harley Erdman, "Jewish Anxiety in ‘Days of Judgement’: Community Conflict, Antisemitism and the God of Vengeance Obscenity Case,” Theatre Survey 40.1 (May 1999): 51–74 (Gary Jay Williams, ed.)

Honorable Mention:
Jane Moody, "Illusions of Authorship,” in Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth Century Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1999) (Tracy C. Davis and Ellen Donkin, eds.)

1999

Charles B. Davis, "Reading the Ventriloquist’s Lips: The Performance Genre behind the Metaphor," The Drama Review 42.160 (Winter 1998): 133–56 (Richard Schechner, ed.)

1998

Gregory Castle, "Staging Ethnography: John M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World and the Problem of Cultural Translation,” Theatre Journal 49.3 (October 1997): 265–86 (John Rouse, ed.)

1997

Shannon Jackson, "Civic Play-Housekeeping: Gender, Theatre, and American Reform,” Theatre Journal 48.3 (October 1996): 337–61 (John Rouse, ed.)

1996

Jane Winston, "Marguerite Duras: Marxism, Feminism, Writing,” Theatre Journal 47.3 (October 1995): 345–65 (Janelle Reinelt, ed.)

1995

Jon McKenzie, "Virtual Reality: Performance, Immersion, and the Thaw,” The Drama Review 38.4 (Winter 1994): 83–106 (Richard Schechner, ed.)

1994

Barbara Vennman, "Boundary Face-Off: New Orleans Civil Rights Law and Carnival Tradition,” The Drama Review 37.3 (Autumn 1993): 76–109 (Richard Schechner, ed.)

1993

Claire Sponsler, "The Culture of the Spectator: Conformity and Resistance to Medieval Performances,” Theatre Journal 44.1 (March 1992): 15–29 (W. B. Worthen, ed.)

1992

Sarah Bryant-Bertail, "Space/Time as Historical Sign: Essays on La Celestine, in Memory of Antoine Vitez,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 5.2 (Spring 1991): 101–20 (John Tedesco, ed)

1991

David Kuhns, "Wedekind the Actor: Aesthetics, Morality, and Monstrosity,” Theatre Survey 31.2 (November 1990): 144–64 (Marvin Carlson and Judith Milhous, eds.).

1990

Adam Verse´nyi, "Getting Under the Aztec Skin: Mendicant Evangelical Theater in the Conquest of the New World,” New Theatre Quarterly 5.19 (August 1989): 217–26

1989

A tie resulted in two awards:

Michal A. Kobialka, "The Quem Quaeritis: Theatre History Displacement,” Theatre History Studies 8 (Spring 1988): 35–51

Peggy Phelan, "Feminist Theory, Poststructuralism, and Performance,” The Drama Review 32.1 (Spring 1988): 107–27

1988

Kathy Fletcher, "Planche´, Vestris, and the Transvestite Role: Sexuality and Gender in Victorian Popular Theatre,” Nineteenth Century Theatre 15.1 (Summer 1987): 8–33

1987

Steven Earl Forry, "The Hideous Progenies of Richard Brinsley Peake: Frankenstein on the Stage, 1825–26,” Theatre Research International 11.1 (Spring 1986): 13–31

1986

No Award Given.

1985

John Rouse, "Brecht and the Contradictory Actor,” Theatre Journal 36.1 (March 1984): 25–41

1984

Gay Gibson Cima, "Discovering Signs: The Emergence of the Critical Actor in Ibsen,” Theatre Journal 35.1 (March 1983): 5–22


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Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize

The Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize is jointly awarded by the American Society for Theatre Research and the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism at the University of Texas-Austin. The prize recognizes the best essay written and published in English in a refereed scholarly journal or volume published by a scholarly press and relating to any subject in theatre research, broadly construed.

2016

Lisa Merrill, Hofstra University “Most Fitting Companions’: Making Mixed-Race Bodies in Antebellum Public Spaces” Theater Survey 56.2 – May 2015 Editor: Harvey Young

2015

Ellen MacKay, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, “Acting Historical with Shakespeare, or, William-Henry Ireland’s Oaken Chest” Shakespeare Survey, vol. 67 (2014) Editor: Peter Holland

Honorable Mention
Marah Gubar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Entertaining Children of All Ages: Nineteenth-Century Popular Theater as Children’s Theater," American Quarterly 66.1 (2014) Editor: Sarah Banet-Weiser

2014

Marvin Carlson, “The Arab Aristophanes,” published in Comparative Drama 47:2 (2013), (Elizabeth Bradburn, ed.)

Honorable Mention:
Aparna Dharwdker, "Modernism, 'Tradition,' and History in the Postcolony: Vijay Tendulkar's Ghashiram kotwal (1972)," published in Theatre Journal 65:4 (2013), (Penny Farfan, ed.)

2013

Richard Schoch, “Inventing the Origins of Theatre History: The Modern Uses of Juba II’s theatriké historia,” published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 27.1 (Fall 2012): 5-23, (Scott Magelssen, ed.)

2012

Gary Jay Williams, "Edwin Booth: What They Also Saw When They Saw Booth’s Hamlet,” in Macready, Booth, Terry, Irving, Vol. VI of Great Shakespeareans (Continuum, 2011), (Richard Schoch, ed.)

Honorable Mention:
Leo Cabranes-Grant, "From Scenarios to Networks: Performing the Intercultural in Colonial Mexico,” Theatre Journal 63 (2011), (Penny Farfan, ed.)

2011

Elaine Aston, "Feeling the Loss of Feminism: Sarah Kane’s Blasted and an Experiental Genealogy of Contemporary Women’s Playwriting,” Theatre Journal 62 (2010) 575-591 (Penny Farfan and Lesley Ferris, eds.)

Honorable Mention:
Sarah Bey-Cheng and Amy Strahler Holzapfel, "The Living Theatre: A Brief History of a Bodily Metaphor,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism

2010

Andrew Sofer, "How To Do Things With Demons: Conjuring Performatives in Doctor Faustus," Theatre Journal 61 (2009), (Catherine Schuler, ed.)


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Distinguished Scholar Award

The Distinguished Scholar Award is given each year to a scholar whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the field of theatre, dance, opera, and/or performance studies. The three immediately previous Distinguished Scholar Award winners will consider the candidates and select the recipient.

2016

Susan Bennett, University of Calgary

2015

Gay Gibson Cima, Georgetown University

2014

David Savran

2013

Jill Dolan

2012

David Mayer

2011

Bruce McConachie

2010

Janelle Reinelt

2009

Thomas Postlewait

2008

Jorge Huerta

2007

Sue-Ellen Case

2006

Harry Elam

2005

Tracy Davis

2004

Judith Milhous

2003

Joseph Roach

2002

Laurence Senelick

2001

Marvin Carlson

2000

Virginia Scott

1999

Don Wilmeth

1998

Joseph Donohue

1997

Brooks McNamara

1996

Michael Booth

1995

Oscar G. Brockett

1994

Kalman Burnim

1993

Gerald Kahan

1992

Eugene Waith

1991

Vera Mowry Roberts

1990

Harry Pedicord

1989

Errol Hill

1988

Richard Moody

1986

Arthur Colby Sprague

1985

Helen Krich Chinoy

1984

Thomas Marshall

1983

George Winchester Stone

1982

Charles Shattuck


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Cambridge University Press Prize

The Cambridge University Press Prize is a newly constituted award funded by Cambridge University Press and administered by the American Society for Theatre Research.

2016

Sebastián Calderón Bentin, New York University “The Politics of Dillusion: The Collapse of the Fujimori Regime in Peru”

2015

Honorable Mention
Pannill Camp, Washington University in St. Louis, “Arts of Brotherhood: French Masonic Ritual and Sentimental Dramaturgy in Eighteenth-Century France"

2014

Dassia Possner, “Baring the Frame: Meyerhold’s “Reflective Analysis” of Gozzi’s Love for Three Oranges”

2013

Christian DuComb, "Blackface Photography and Performance Remains"


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Community Engagement Award

2016

New Native Theater, Twin Cities, MN


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Inaugural José Esteban Muñoz Targeted Research Working Session

2016 Convenors

Soyica Colbert, Georgetown University
Douglas Jones, Rutgers University
Shane Vogel, Indiana University

“The Future in the Present: The Transtemporalities of Minoritarian Performance”
Presented Saturday, November 5, 2016 – ASTR Conference


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Research Grants

Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship

The goal of the ASTR Grant for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads is to ensure that institutional affiliation does not hinder the contributions of individual faculty to debates that concern us all and that are central to ASTR's mission of cultivating scholarship on all aspects of theatre studies. In practical terms, the award provides: research support, which may take the form of funding to obtain or travel to research materials (i.e. archives, interview subjects) or contributing to funding of research assistance or course release, etc.

2016

Guanda Wu, University of Minnesota “Nandan, Gender Plasticity, and the Dichotomization of ‘Artistic’ Femininity versus ‘Natural’ Masculinity from China’s Republican Era to the Early PRC (1912-1960s)”

Hesam Sharifian, Tufts University “Americanizing Shakespeare in Print: Nineteenth-Century American Illustrated Editions of Shakespeare as Representations of National Identity”

Christiana Molldrem Harkulich “Standing between the Reservation and the Nation: Indigenous Performance in North America after the End of the Indian Wars”

2015

Susan Finque, University of Washington “The Callao Contract of 1599: Evidence for a Transformative Genealogy of American Theatre from Lima, Peru”

Haddy Kreie, UC Santa Barbara “Slavery and the Emergence of Vodun: Race, Trauma, Protection, and Agency in Spiritual Systems of Southern Benin”

Gwyneth Shanks, UCLA “Performance and the Museum: Material Remains”

2014

Adron Farris, Elizabeth Kinsley, Patrick McKelvey

2013

Collen Daniher, Ariel Nereson, Katelyn Wood

2012

Mary McAvoy, Caitlin Marshall, Tara Rodman

2011

Mary Isbell, Bethany Wood, Heidi Nees

2010

Jennifer Myers, Angela Marino Segura, Christian DuComb

2008

Lofton L. Durham III, Elizabeth W. Son, Katherine A. Zien

2007

Diana Looser, Adrienne Macki

2005

Ann White, Christina McMahonm, Jill Stevenson

2004

Ian Borden, Sheila C. Moeschen, Peach Pittenger

2003

Marion E. Wilson, Eng-Beng Lim, Marty Gould

2001

Paulette Marty, Rebecca Rugg, Harvey Young

2000

Jane Barnette, Lauren McConnell, Johanna Frank

1999

Marla Carlson, Anthea Kraut, Alma R. Martinez

1998

Gwendolyn Alker, Marta J. Effinger, Erin Hurley

1997

Dennis Barnett, Jill Lane, Daphne Pi-Wei Lei

1996

Toni Hull, Edward Blaise Ziter

1995

Frazer Lively, Mary Trotter


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The ASTR Collaborative Research Award

The purpose is to foster the exchange of research across different academic and community contexts within the U.S. or between U.S. scholars/artists and those abroad. To foster long-term relationships benefiting faculty who work in different types of institutional environments. To foster the exchange of research in subject areas underrepresented in U.S. theatre scholarship, pedagogy, and performance practice. To enrich and diversify ASTR’s membership.

2016

Miriam Felton-Dansky, Bard College
Jacob Gallagher-Ross, University of Toronto
“Spectatorship in the Age of Surveillance”

2012

Victoria Fortuna and Susanna Tambuti, "Dance, History, Memory”

2008

Anita Gonzalez (SUNY, New Palz) will collaborate with James Frieze (Liverpool John Moores Univ., UK) "Liverpool Trading: Theatrical exchanges of Afro-Carribean, African-American, and British Performances”


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Co-Sponsored Events Awards

The Co-Sponsored Event grant exists to:

  • Fulfill ASTR's purpose through collaboration with other organizations and institutions;
  • Foster closer relationships with cognate organizations and/or projects; and
  • Increase the visibility of the work of both ASTR and the award recipient within a wider professional context.

2016

Ann Folino White and Daniel Smith, Great Lakes Theater Symposium, Traveling through Time: Theatre History and Artistic Process

2015

Michelle Granshaw, University of Pittsburgh, Spectacles of Labor: Performance and the Working Class

2012

Emma Meehan, David Bennett, and Hetty Blades, Coventry University, for “Performing Process: Sharing Practice”

Charlotte McIvor, National University of Ireland, Galway, for "Performing the Archive"

2013

Michele Salerno, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Landscapes: Performing Space and Culture” (graduate student conference)

2012

Wendy Arons, "Earth Matters on Stage” Playwrights’ Festival and Symposium

Kimberly Jannarone, "Peer Gynt Project”

Suk-Young Kim, "Global Theatre and Performance Studies Research Workshops”

Charlotte Canning, "Second Conference of the Consortium of Doctoral Programs, in Theatre and Performance Studies”

2011

Heather Nathans, "Triumph in My Song: 18th & 19th Century African Culture, History, and Performance”

2008

Leo Cabranes-Grant and Catherine Cole, "African and Afro-Caribbean Performance” A conference at UC Berkeley, Sept. 26-28, 2008.


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Brooks McNamara Publishing Subvention

This subvention supports the costs of securing rights to reproduce illustrations for publication, costs of acquiring illustrations, and/or the costs of reproducing illustrations in conjunction with a book under contract for publication. (Electronic publications will also be considered.)

2016

Laura Edmondson, Dartmouth College “Trauma, Inc.: Performing Violence in Central Africa” Indiana University Press

2015

Jessica Berson, Yale University, The Naked Result: How Exotic Dance Became Big Business, Oxford University Press

2014

Brian E. Herrera, Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in 20th Century Popular Performance (University of Michigan Press, 2015)

2013

Sean Metzger, Chinese Looks: Fashion, Performance, Race (Indiana University Press, 2014)

2012

Amy Hughes, Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Michigan Press, 2012)

2011

Soyica Colbert, The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance, and the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

2010

Iris Smith Fischer, Mabou Mines: Making Avant-Garde Theatre in the 1970s


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Research Fellowships

2015

Julia Walker, Washington University in St. Louis, “Civil Rites: Performing Social Theory on the Modern Stage”

E.J. Westlake, University of Michigan, “La Conquistadora and Zozobra: Cultural Icons in Conflict”

2014

Sara Brady

2013

Claudia Rene Wier

2012

Stuart Hecht, Matthew Schifflett

2011

Kathleen Johnson

2010

Jill Stevenson

2008

Catherine Schuler

2007

Carol Sorgenfrei, Eng-Beng Lim, E.J. Westlake

2005

Sonja Kuftinec, Manon Van De Water

2004

Heather Nathans, Gary Jay Williams, Edward Ziter

2003

Virginia Scott, Annemarie Bean, Kevin J. Wetmore

2002

Sharon Carnicke, Laurence Senelick

2001

Gay Gibson Cima, Catherine Schuler, Phillip Zarrilli

2000

Rosemarie Bank, Richard W. Schoch


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Targeted Research Fellowships

The purpose of the ASTR Research Fellowships is to underwrite some of the research expenses of scholars undertaking projects significant to the field of theatre and/or performance studies. The fellowships can be used in conjunction with funding from other sources.

2016

Kate Bredeson, Bard College “A Lifetime of Resistance: The Diaries of Judith Malina, 1947-2016”

Gwyneth Shanks, UCLA “Performing the Museum: Displaying Race, Gender, and Nationalism”


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Targeted Research Areas Grants

The purpose of the ASTR Targeted Research Area Grants is intended to support specific projects by scholars working in areas important to ASTR's mission that are currently under-represented in its various activities.

2016

Erin Alice Cowling, Hampton-Sydney College Tania de Miguel Magro, West Virginia University “El Principe Inocente”

Carla della Gatta, University of Southern California “The Erasure of Latinidad: The Festival Latino and Theatre History”

Bryan Schmidt, University of Minnesota “Street Performance at South Africa’s National Arts Festival”

2015

Eric Mayer García, Louisiana State University, “Documenting the Photographic Archive of Tablas Alarcos Press as a Resource of Cuban Theatre History”

Jennifer Goodlander, Indiana University, “Puppet Performance in Cambodia’s Cities: Reconfiguring Tradition after the Khmer Rouge”

2014

Christin Essin, "A Cultural History of U.S. Backstage Labor"

2013

Gibson Cima, "Post-Conflict Nostalgia: Post-apartheid South African Theatre, 1990-2012"

Emily Sahakian, "Dramatic Disconnects: Slavery's Legacy in French Carribean Theatre by Women"

2012

Kyounghye Kwon, "Korean Performance, Global Stages: Indigenous Memory and Cultural Diplomacy”

Megan Lewis, "White Africans in the Spotlight: Staging Afrikaners in South African Theatrical and Public Life”

2011

Dave Dalton and Raul Galoppe, "Don Gil” performance/research project

Laura Edmondson, Genocide Performed: Narratives of Violence from East Africa

2010

Melissa Blanco Borelli, "Active Bodies/Silent Voices: Dancing Mulatas in Cuba’s academias de baile (1920s-1950s)”

2008

Patricia Gaborik and Andrea Harris, "From St. Petersburg and Paris to New York: Futurism Translated in Balanchine’s American Ballet”

Natalya Baldyga, "Improvising Italy: Performance and Cultural Identity in C18th Venice.”


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Grants for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads

The goal of the ASTR Grant for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads is to ensure that institutional affiliation does not hinder the contributions of individual faculty to debates that concern us all and that are central to ASTR's mission of cultivating scholarship on all aspects of theatre studies. In practical terms, the award provides: research support, which may take the form of funding to obtain or travel to research materials (i.e. archives, interview subjects) or contributing to funding of research assistance or course release, etc.

2016

Sharyn Emery, Indiana University Southeast, Staging Activism

2015

Karen Jean Martinson, Chicago State University, Making the Dream Real

2014

Laura MacDonald, "Broadways Transnational Lullabies: The Growth of Musical Theatre in Postward Europe and Asia"

2013

Jill Stevenson, "Performing the End Times in the Middle Ages and Today"

2011

Brian Herrera, for support of the book project Latin Explosion: Latinos, Racial Formation, and Twentieth Century U.S. Popular Performance


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Travel Awards

Selma Jeanne Cohen Conference Presentation Award

This award provides a scholar to participate in a plenary or working session at the ASTR conference. This presentation must, in the spirit of Selma Jeanne Cohen, explore the intersections of theatre and dance/movement. The purpose of the award is to encourage scholars in dance and movement-based fields to become active members of ASTR by helping them to meet the travel and hotel expenses of attending and presenting at the ASTR annual meeting.

2016

Ariel Nereson, SUNY Buffalo “Rehearsing Empathy: Embodiment, Mourning and Lincoln’s Deathbed”

2015

Shamell Bell, UCLA, “Living is Resisting: Street Dance Activism in the Black Lives Matter Movement”

2014

Karen Mozingo

2013

Diana Looser

2012

Virginia Preston

2010

Angela Ahlgren


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David Keller Travel Grants

The purpose of the David Keller Travel Awards is to encourage untenured scholars with terminal degrees to become active members of the Society by helping them to meet the expenses of attending the ASTR annual meeting.

2016

Jessica Del Vecchio, Drew University “Coming Away from myself to be Myself: The Transfeminism of Half Straddle’s House of Dance”
Michelle Granshaw, University of Pittsburgh “Tramping and the Cultural Reimagining of Work”
Dominika Laster, University of New Mexico “Bodies that Trespass: Performances of Transmigration in Central-Eastern Europe”
Ariel Nereson, SUNY Buffalo “Rehearsing Empathy: Embodiment, Mourning, and Lincoln’s Deathbed”

2015

Arnab Banerji, Loyola Marymount University, Josy Miller, UC Davis, Lisa Woynarski, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

2014

Amy Brady, Jessica Berson

2013

Naomi Stubbs, Joanne Zerdy

2012

Brian Cook, Laura MacDonald, Jonathan Shandell

2011

Jen Scott Mobley, Charlotte McIvor, Jenna L. Kubly

2010

Chris Martin

2009

Virginia Anderson

2008

Marla Carlson, Roisin O’Gorman

2007

Patricia Gaborik

2005

Linda Sears

2004

John Harris


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Thomas Marshall Graduate Student Awards

The purpose of the Thomas Marshall Graduate Student Awards is to encourage students to become active members of the Society by helping them to meet the expenses of attending the ASTR annual meeting.

2016

Kellen Hoxworth, Stanford University, “Transoceanic Blackface; or, the Silver Belt Jig”
Joseph D’Ambrosi, Indiana University “Transforming the Gospels: McNally’s Corpus Christi and the Debunking of Evangelical Drama”
Sarah Blissett, University of Roehampton “Biomimicry in Performance: trans/forming environments"

2015

Yasmine Jahanmir, UC Santa Barbara, Ioana Jucan, Brown University, Tiffany Trent, Arizona State University

2014

Naomi Bragin, Patrick McKelvey

2013

Jyana Browne, Deirdre O'Rourke, Aileen Robinson

2012

Kellyn Johnson, Eero Laine, Scott Wallin

2011

Michelle Granshaw, Brandon Woolf, David Calder

2010

Angela Ahlgren, Lindsay Adamson Livingston, Esther Terry

2008

Meredith Conti, Jay M. Gipson-King, Matthew Omasta

2007

Tiffany Knight, Bill Whitney

2005

Jason Farman, Roisin O’Gorman, Adrienne Macki

2004

Robin Bernstein, Peach Pittenger, Paige McGinley

2003

Korey Rothman, Erika Lin, Eng-Beng Lim

2001

Rebecca Rugg, Peter Civetta, Phillip Zwerling

2000

Aaron Anderson, Kimberley Anne McQuillen

1999

Jane S. Barnette, Sara Davis, Harvey Young Jr.

1998

Esther S. Kim, Shauna Vey

1997

Annemarie Bean, Cristina Nipe, Andrew Ryder

1996

Erin Hurley, Marvin McAllister, Milan Pribisic

1995

Robert Russell, Manon C. Van De Water, Robert S. Petersen

1994

Jennifer Jones, Richard W. Schoch, John Fleming

1993

John Barnes, Anne Davis Basting, Sarah Becker, Jay Plum

1992

Shirley A. Huston-Findley, Tracy F. Martin, Brad Wright

1991

Lorien Corbelletti, Jay Scott Chipman, Susan Chast, Leigh Ann Clemons

1990

Tobin Nellhaus, Donnalee Dox-Kulhawy, Kyriaki Gounaridou

1989

J.K. Curry, Kerk Fisher, Lurana Donnels O’Malley

1988

Erica Magnus, Stacey Jones

1987

J. Ellen Gainor, Stacy Claire Brightman, Kenneth F. Hoke-Witherspoon, Maureen Buchanan Jones, William Nelles

1985

Joanne E. Gates, Martha LaMonaco

1984

Michael Kobialka


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