Marvin Carlson Award essay contest open for submissions until 3/31

The Department of hosts a yearly contest for The Marvin Carlson Award for Best Student Essay in Theatre or Performance. This award honors CUNY Professor Marvin Carlson (CU PhD '61).

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  • Essays must be unpublished.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 four 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 4:00 p.m. on March 31, 2017, at the reception desk, second floor of the Schwartz Center. Late entries will not be accepted.

For more information, contact Associate Professor and Chair Nick Salvato at

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