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The Department of Performing and Media Arts hosts a yearly contest for The Marvin Carlson Award for Best Student Essay in Theatre or Performance.

The award consists of a cash prize ($250) and certificate and is given to the best essay in theatre and performance by a Cornell student (graduate or undergraduate). 

Submission Guidelines:

  • Essays must be unpublished.

  • Essays should not exceed 25 pages.

  • Students may submit only one entry per year.

  • Entrants should provide 4 copies of the essay to be considered. Only the title page should contain the student’s name and contact email, as this is a blind submission.

  • ​Submissions are due by 4 pm on March 15, 2016 at the reception desk, 2nd floor of the Schwartz Center. Late entries will not be accepted.


For more information, contact Associate Professor Sara L. Warner at slw42@cornell.edu.
 

Past Winners:

2015: Erin Stoneking, “(Re)Performing the American Civil War: Time, Memory, and Nation-making in Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas” 

2014: Nick Fesette, "Performance, Prison Strike, Zombie: Steve McQueen's Hunger and the 'Reflection Machine'"

2013: Graduate winner: John Robbins, “‘A modest virgin hath no choice’: Joanna Baillie’s The Brideand the Staging of Foreclosure.” Undergraduate winner: Olivia Powell, “Waiting for Recognition: Misrepresentation in Review and Scholarship of Odets’sWaiting for Lefty”

2012: Andrew Bielski, “Spectatorship in the Theatres of Althusser and Badiou”  

2011: Jimmy Noriega, "Performing Latin American Responses to 9-11 and Iraq: Political Theatre and Popular Resistance in the Age of Terror" 

2010: Alex Black (Gonzales) 

2009: Lindsey Cummings, "The Dialects of Affect in Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare," and Nicholas Tobin Roth (honorable mention), “(Hitch)cock on the Mind: Queer Paranoia and the Practice of Viral Paronomasia in Joe Orton’sLoot"