The TaPRA Prize for Outstanding Research Contribution

This prize is for exceptional research and is made to a distinguished scholar of international standing who has made a significant contribution to the development of theatre and performance as a scholarly field through a body of work.

*The 2021 prize is open for nominations until 1st February 2021.*


  • Contribution – what is the significant contribution of the body of work?
  • Influence – how influential has the body of work been on the direction of research in the field of theatre and performance?


The submission for the prize comprises a 500-word statement from the nominating Working Group addressing how the research of the nominee meets the criteria together with four examples of the research that support the statement. These examples can include:

  • Monograph
  • Edited collection
  • Article
  • Book chapter
  • Practice as research

Articles and chapter should be submitted as pdfs of the published version. Practice as research should be submitted using a url (and password if appropriate). Monographs should be submitted as pdfs of the published version. We can also accept e-books and pre-publication proofs.


Invitation to present keynote lecture at the TaPRA conference following the award and costs associated with attendance covered.

Membership of TaPRA a year, normally for the year following the award.


Nominations for this award are made through TaPRA Working Groups by the WG convenors in consultation with the nominee.  The nominee does not need to be a member of TaPRA or be working in the UK. There can be only one nomination per Working Group every two years.


All the material in the submission should be in the public domain by the nomination deadline. At least one of the outputs should have been published within 2 years of the nomination deadline.

TaPRA reserve the right not to award this prize every year.





Only Working Group convenors can submit nominations for this prize, on behalf of their working group.

TaPRA2021 is currently underway

Our 2021 conference is hosted online in partnership with Liverpool Hope University.

TaPRA 2021 is currently underway

Our 2021 conference is hosted online in partnership with Liverpool Hope University.

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