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2017 Award Recipients
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Congratulations to our 2017 Award Recipients!

2017 Award Recipients group photo

Community Engagement Award


Synchronicity Theatre of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Inaugural José Esteban Muñoz Targeted Research Working Session

The Jose Esteban Munoz Targeted Research Working Session Award aims to support, promote, and feature the production of research by and about people of color at ASTR, placing particular emphasis on these working sessions as an opportunity to foster and forward intersectional work that also attends to and includes LGBTQ communities, disability communities, and scholars without regularized institutional support.


Kareem Khubchandani, Tufts University
Kemi Adeyemi, University of Washington
Ramón Rivera-Servera, Northwestern University

Queer Nightlife Performance: Dissident Temporalities, Geographies, and Economies of the Night
Presented Friday, November 17, 2017 at the ASTR Annual Conference

Grant for Teachers with Heavy Working 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.


Marnie J. Glazier, Hartnell College
"Fire, Famine, Flood: Deformed Body Earth, Disabled Body Politic"

The ASTR Collaborative Research Awards

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.


Sara Brady, Bronx Community College, City University of New York
Kashi Johnson, Lehigh University
Ellen Mareneck, Bronx Community College, City University of New York
"Performance Pedagogies of Hip Hop in the Bronx"

Eero Laine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Christine Marks LaGuardia, Community College
Catherine M. Young, New York University
"Translating and Staging The Dog of Aubri"

Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship

The Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowships are intended to assist Ph.D. candidates with the expenses of travel to national and international collections to conduct research projects connected with their dissertations. These awards are available to Ph.D. candidates who have passed their qualifying exams within the last two years (or will have passed their qualifying exams by June of the current year) and have begun working on their dissertations. The project must be part of the dissertation research.


Sarah Campbell, Indiana University
"Identity in Performance in Contemporary Yucatec Maya Theatre"

Sarah Saddler, Univeristy of Minnesota
"Performing Bodies, Corporate Bodies: Participatory Theatre Training in Global India"

Samuel Yates, George Washington University
"Cripping Broadway: Neoliberal Performances of Disability in the American Musical"

Research and Targeted Research Awards

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. 

Research Fellowship Recipients

Bertie Ferdman, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York
"Theatre in the White Room: How Dramaturgy and Curatorial Practices Are Intersecting in the Contemporary Arts"

Scott Magelssen, University of Washington
"Performing Flight: Aviators, The Cold War, and Space Tourism"

Donovan Sherman, Seton Hall University
"The Philosopher’s Toothache: Embodying Early Modern Stoicism"

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.

Targeted Research Recipients

Amanda Culp, Columbia University
"Annotated Translation Project: The Agnipravēśāṅkam"

Patrick McKelvey, Florida State University
"Crip Enterprise: Disability Goes to Work in U.S. Performance"

J. Lorenzo Perillo, University of Illinois, Chicago
"Postcolonial Choreographies: Empire, Racialized Movement, and Hip-hop"

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.)


Meredith Conti, University of Buffalo, SUNY
Playing Sick: Performances of Illness in the Age of Victorian Medicine (Routledge)

Penny Farfan, University of Calgary
Performing Queer Modernism (Oxford University Press)

Thomas Marshall Graduate Student Awards and David Keller Travel 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.

Thomas Marshall Student Award Recipients

Sissi Liu, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
"The 'Exotic,' Fashionable, Queer Asians: Cosmetic Surgery, Reproduction, and Politics of the Face"

Lilian Mengesha, Brown University
"Decolonial Dreamwork: Spectatorship, Memory and Indigeneity in Performance"

Hesam Sharifian, Tufts University
"Facilitating Minoritarian Scholarship: Theatre and Performance of the Islamic World"

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.

David Keller Travel Award Recipients

Serap Erincin, Louisiana State University

Patrick McKelvey, Florida State University
"Bureaucratic Drag, or Paper Work"

Francesca Spedalieri, Stony Brook University
"Emma Dante and Carnezzeria"

Selma Jeanne Cohen 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.


Jessica Berson, Yale University
"Sexy Beasts: Incarnating Disabled Desire"

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.


Debra Levine, Assistant Professor of theater at NYU ABU Dhabi
"Falling Through The Roof/Dropping Like Beyoncé: Arguing for the Ethic of the Translocal"

Gerald Kahan Award

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.


Pattrick McKelvey, Florida State University
"Ron Whyte's "Disemployment": Prosthetic Performance and Theatrical Labor"

Honorable Mention

Elizabeth W. Son, Northwestern University
"Korean Trojan Women: Performing Wartime Sexual Violence"

Miles P. Grier, Queens College, City University of New York
"Staging the Cherokee Othello: An Imperial Economy of Indian Watching"

Oscar Brockett Award

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.


Kathleen M. Gough, University of Vermont
"The Art of the Loop: Analogy, Aurality, History, Performance"

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 (2016 for the 2017 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.).


Renee Alexander Craft, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition and the Politics of Blackness in Twentieth-Century Panama (Ohio State University Press, 2016)

Honorable Mention

Christen Smith, University of Texas at Austin
Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil (University of Illinois Press, 2016)

T. Carlis Roberts, UC Berkeley
Resounding Afro Asia: Interracial Music and the Politics of Collaboration (Oxford University Press, 2016)

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 (2016). The University of Illinois initiated the Award many years ago to honor its founding department chair, Barnard Hewitt.


Hiliary Miller, California State University
Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

Honorable Mentions

Satoko Shimazaki, University of Southern California
Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost (Columbia University Press, 2016)

Henry S. Turner, Rutgers University
The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Fictions in England, 1516-1651 (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

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.

→ Click here to read Harvey Young's opening remarks.


Sandra Richards, Northwestern University

→ Click here to read Professor Richards' acceptance speech.

Sandra Richards acceptance speech

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