Postgraduate Essay Prize

The TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize aims to recognise and support excellent postgraduate scholars within our discipline. All entrants will receive peer feedback on their submission. The prize includes the opportunity to be mentored towards publication in a major academic journal.




Sky Herington and Clio Unger

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize:
‘Grotesque Bodies and Subversive Healing: The Politics of the Belly in Two Plays by Sony Labou Tansi’ by Sky Herington, PhD candidate, University of Warwick, UKand

‘Share Your Work: Lola Arias’s Lecture Performance Series and the Artistic Cognitariat of the Global Pandemic’ by Clio Unger, PhD candidate, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK

Many congratulations to Sky and to Clio!

The winning essays emerged from a very strong shortlist.
We are grateful to our publisher sponsors and their generous support for this prize:
•    Palgrave Macmillan
•    Manchester University Press
•    Bloomsbury: Methuen Drama
The prize winners will both receive £50 worth of books from each publisher.
And we want to thank to editorial boards of the following journals for their work in reviewing the essays and mentoring the prize winners:
•    Studies in Theatre and Performance
•    Contemporary Theatre Review
•    International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media (IJPADM)
•    Research in Drama & Education (RiDE)
•    Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
The TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize for 2021 will be launched in the new year.
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