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The Heermans-McCalmon annual awards were established at the bequest of Forbes Heermans (Class of 1878) and in memory of the late George McCalmon, professor of Speech and Drama. The awards are given for the best playwriting and screenwriting produced by students. The awards include cash prizes of $250 and $100.

2017 winners were:

First Place: Whole Hearted by Molly Karr '18
Second Place: Child's Play by Clare Dingle '17
Honorable Mention: Triggered by Aleksej Aarsaether '17

Stage Play
First Place: Diary of an American Girl by Aleksej Aarsaether '17
Second Place: Linajes Reales by Irving Torres '18
Honorable Mention: Booty Call by Teagan Todd '20
A staged reading of the winning and second-place plays and a screening of an excerpt from the winning screenplay were presented in the Class of '56 Dance Theatre at the Schwartz Center on February 10, 2017. Following the readings was a panel discussion by industry professionals Felischa Marye (screenwriter), Maria Striar (artistic director, actress), and Rosalie Purvis (PhD candidate at Cornell University). PMA associate professor Beth Milles directed the stage plays. PMA assistant professor Dehanza Rogers directed the screenplay excerpt, which was filmed by students from her courses PMA 4420—Cinematography and PMA 4585—Advanced Film and Video Projects, with cinematography by industry professional Justin Perkinson. 

Please check back at a later date for the 2018 competition rules.

Contact Pam Lillard at or 607-254-2703 for more information.