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Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize
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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 of $1,500 ($1,000 from the Brockett Center and $500 from ASTR) plus free conference registration 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. The Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize presentation at the ASTR annual meeting includes an acknowledgement of the editor's contribution to the work.


Essays must have been published in the 2020 calendar year. To be eligible for nomination, the author:

  • Must not have received the Brockett Essay prize in the past 3 years;
  • Must have been a member of ASTR for at least 3 of the last 6 years; and
  • Be at least seven years beyond the PhD.


Nominations may come from the author of the work to be considered, any member of ASTR, or the editor of a journal or volume in which the 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 for its originality, critical rigor, fluency in related research, and significance to the field.

Please direct questions to Committee Chair Angel Marino at angela.marino[at]


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

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