Each year, the Department of (PMA) invites Cornell undergraduate and graduate students to submit essays for the Marvin Carlson Award competition. The recipient of the 2022 award, which is given to the best student essay in theatre or performance as selected by a PMA faculty committee, was Ph.D. student Kriszta Pozsonyi for the essay "Aging Vocal Performance in Mae West's Final Film, Sextette."
The award consists of a cash prize ($250) and certificate, honors CUNY Professor Marvin Carlson (CU PhD' 61). Carlson earned a PhD in Drama and Theatre from Cornell University in 1961, where he also taught for several years. He is currently the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies at CUNY's Graduate Centre. Recently, Professor Carlson was elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences for his accomplishments in academia and the arts.