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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 awardee will receive $500 plus free conference registration. The Kahan Prize presentation at the ASTR annual meeting also 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 2020.


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

Please upload the essay in PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.


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 Dani Snyder-Young at d.snyder-young[at]


Submissions are due April 20, 2021. Early submission is encouraged.

View previous Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize recipients »

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