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Early Career Research Prize

Nominations are invited for the TaPRA Early Career Research Prize, to be awarded to a UK-based researcher who, at the time of nomination, is either within 8 years of being awarded a PhD OR within 6 years of appointment to their first teaching /research post. The research for which this individual is nominated may be in any theatre or performance discipline or area (including practice-based/applied work). This research must have been published or first made available in the public domain within 24 months of the nomination date.

The winner will be invited to present a keynote lecture at the annual conference in 2020.
 
The Prize will consist of a free conference place, membership fee, conference dinner and accommodation. Should the winner wish, they may choose to receive a cheque for £200 instead of the conference dinner and accommodation elements of the prize. The winner may choose whether this is for the 2019 or 2020 conference.

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PRIZES

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)

WINNING

The Prize

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

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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Nomination

Only current TaPRA members can submit nominations for our awards or elections. Each nomination requires a seconder, who must also be a current member.

Schedule for TaPRA 2019 now available

This year's conference will be held at the University of Exeter from 4-6th of September. Please click the link here for access to the online schedule.

Schedule for TaPRA 2019 now available

This year's conference will be held at the University of Exeter from 4-6th of September. Please click the link below to access the online schedule.

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