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Early Career Research Prize

We are currently reviewing the scope and purpose of following TaPRA prizes:

 

David Bradby Award

Early Career Researcher Award

Editing Award

 

We will announce new arrangements/prizes in September 2020 and open nominations shortly afterwards.

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PRIZES

2019

WINNER

Naomi Paxton

for work on suffrage theatre and the Actress Franchise League.

TaPRA is delighted to award its 2019 Early Career Researcher Prize to Dr Naomi Paxton, whose work represents a fresh, detailed account of an important period of British theatre. Her rigorously researched monograph, Stage Rights! (Manchester University Press, 2018), traces the significance of the Actresses’ Franchise League from their founding in 1908, through the outbreak of WWI and into the mid twentieth-century. By interrogating its activities in terms of a blurring between ‘acting’ and ‘being’, the panel noted that Dr Paxton offers an unexpected extension of existing analyses of the AFL’s work and prompts new readings of the function of theatre in/as society. Additionally, in advancing understandings of theatrical, political, and social activism in the women’s suffrage movement, Dr Paxton’s impactful methods of public engagement (in the form of games, guided walks, exhibition and performances) have made her research accessible to audiences beyond the academy in innovative ways.

SHORTLISTED

Katie Beswick

for Social Housing in Performance: The English Council Estate on and off Stage (Bloomsbury, 2019)

Konstantinos Thomadis

for research in interdisciplinary Voice Studies. 

WINNING

The Prize

The Prize consists of a free conference place (membership fee, conference dinner and accommodation excluded) and a cheque for £200.

2019

WINNER

Naomi Paxton

for work on Suffrage Theatre and the Actresses’ Franchise League.

TaPRA is delighted to award its 2019 Early Career Researcher Prize to Dr Naomi Paxton, whose work represents a fresh, detailed account of an important period of British theatre. Her rigorously researched monograph, Stage Rights! (Manchester University Press, 2018), traces the significance of the Actresses’ Franchise League from their founding in 1908, through the outbreak of WWI and into the mid twentieth-century. By interrogating its activities in terms of a blurring between ‘acting’ and ‘being’, the panel noted that Dr Paxton offers an unexpected extension of existing analyses of the AFL’s work and prompts new readings of the function of theatre in/as society. Additionally, in advancing understandings of theatrical, political, and social activism in the women’s suffrage movement, Dr Paxton’s impactful methods of public engagement (in the form of games, guided walks, exhibition and performances) have made her research accessible to audiences beyond the academy in innovative ways.

SHORTLISTED

Katie Beswick

for Social Housing in Performance: The English Council Estate on and off Stage (Bloomsbury, 2019)

Konstantinos Thomadis

for research in interdisciplinary Voice Studies. 

2018

WINNER

Margherita Laera

for work on ‘Translation, Adaptation, Otherness: “Foreignization” in Theatre Practice’ (www.translatingtheatre.com).

Launched right at the point when the UK’s Brexit referendum was reaching its explosive conclusion, the judges felt that the ‘Translation, Adaptation, Otherness’ project represents an important – and deeply timely – investigation of how theatre in translation can be used to address contemporary tensions between varying cultures and languages by disrupting audiences’ expectations. Identifying and addressing a unique problem in a highly innovative way, the project constitutes a significant expansion of our current knowledge of theatre in translation and adaptation, with major implications for both performance scholarship and practice.

SHORTLISTED

Sarah Grochala

for The Contemporary Political Play: Rethinking Dramaturgical Structure (Bloomsbury, 2017)

Joanne Scott

for Intermedial Praxis and Practice as Research: ‘Doing-Thinking’ in Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

2017

WINNER

Kirsty Sedgman

for development of work on audience research including Locating the Audience (Intellect, 2016).

Locating the Audience

The judges felt that few studies in this field are as successful as this in demonstrating the complexity of research that is able to deliver a real understanding of audience experience while maintaining a sharp critical focus. The work is already having an impact and at a time when the ‘audience experience’ is so often relegated to consumer response and metrics data, Sedgman’s work is a welcome turn to the live and lived experience of and for the people who buy the tickets.

SHORTLISTED

Georgina Guy

for Theatre, Exhibition, and Curation: Displayed & Performed (Routledge, 2016)

Rachel Hann

for leadership in the areas of costume and practice research.

2016

WINNER

Matt Hargrave

Theatres of Learning Disability: Good, Bad, or Plain Ugly? (Palgrave)

The judges felt that from inside, from outside, this project shows change towards place in action and declares its ambition for further work. It is the work of considered scholarship and practice: far reaching, versatile, inclusive and impactful both for the communities with which it worked and for the academic sector which TaPRA represents.

RUNNER-UP

Royona Mitra

Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism (Palgrave).

SHORTLISTED

George Home-Cook

Theatre and Aural Attention: Stretching Ourselves (Palgrave)

Kate Elswit

Watching Weimar Dance (Oxford University Press)

Anna Harpin

for her co-edited collection, Performance, Madness, Psychiatry: Isolated Acts (Palgrave) and an article in the journal Interdisciplinary Science Reviews.

2015

WINNER

Adrian Curtin

for his book Avant Garde Theatre Sound: Staging Sonic Modernity (Palgrave)

RUNNER-UP

Adam Alston

for his work on the aesthetics and politics of audience participation.

SHORTLISTED

Adam Alston

for his work on the aesthetics and politics of immersive theatre.

Bryce Lease

for his work on Polish and Central European Theatre.

2014

WINNER

Dominic Johnson

for his extensive work on Live Art.

SHORTLISTED

Vicky Angelaki

The Plays of Martin Crimp: Making Theatre Strange (Palgrave)

Patrick Duggan

Trauma/Tragedy: Symptoms of Contemporary Performance (Manchester University Press)

2013

WINNER

Laura Cull

for her work in establishing Performance Philosophy through a range of publications and projects.

SHORTLISTED

Dominic Johnson

Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture (Manchester University Press)

Patrick Duggan

Trauma/Tragedy: Symptoms of Contemporary Performance (Manchester University Press)

2012

WINNER

Jenny Hughes

Performance in a Time of Terror: Critical Mimesis and the Age of Uncertainty (Manchester University Press)

Alison Jeffers

Refugees, Theatre and Crisis: Performing Global Identities (Palgrave)

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