Heermans-McCalmon Awards

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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. There are two cash prizes for each category: $250 for first-place entries and $100 for second-place entries. First-place winners will also be given a copy of Final Draft software and either a yearlong subscription to a relevant professional publication or a yearlong membership in a relevant professional organization.

The 2019 winners are:


1st place: Lost & Found by Lolia Briggs

2nd place: Costumes by Ryan Delouya

Honorable Mention: In the Wonderland by Zhengxi Hou


1st place: Unwinding by Elle Rothermich

2nd place: How to Spell Permission by Rachel Whalen

Honorable Mention: Sizzle by Julian Robison

A film of the winning screenplay and a staged reading of the winning stage plays will be presented to the public on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Center's Class of '56 Dance Theatre, followed by a panel discussion with industry guests. In addition to awarding the prizes for the contest, the Drama Book Award will be presented to a Cornell senior who has made an outstanding contribution to theatre.  
Contact Pam Lillard at pam.lillard@cornell.edu or 607-254-2703 for more information.