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Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize
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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 presentation at the ASTR annual meeting includes an acknowledgement of the editor’s contribution to scholarship.


The author must be untenured and within seven years of the doctorate, or must be enrolled in a doctoral program, at the time the essay is published. Eligible articles must have appeared in 2016.


Nominations may come from the author of an essay, any member of ASTR, or the editor of a journal in which the essay has appeared. Authors may nominate only one essay. Editors may nominate one essay per volume.

All essays should be uploaded as .pdf files as part of the online application process.


The winning essay will be judged as displaying originality in the broad field of theatre and performance, exhibiting critical rigor, showing an acquaintance with related research in theatre and performance, and promising future professional development in the field.

Please direct questions to Commitee Chair Jocelyn Buckner at


Please have your submissions by April 19, 2018.

View previous Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize winners here.

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