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2016 ASTR Conference

Michelle Granshaw, David Keller Travel Award (Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts);

Ariel Nereson, David Keller Travel Award and Selma Jeanne Cohen Conference Presentation Award (PhD Theatre and Performance Studies Alumnus, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo);

Christiana Molldrem Harkulich,  Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Research Fellowship (PhD Candidate, Theatre and Performance Studies)

The 60th Anniversary of the ASTR/TLA Annual Conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from November 3 -6, 2016. At the annual awards ceremony, the University of Pittsburgh Theatre Arts Department was well represented with a faculty member, PhD Candidate, and two MA and PhD Theatre and Performance Studies program alumni winning a total of five awards.

The American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) is a U.S.-based professional organization that fosters scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary.

David Keller Travel Awards - The purpose of the Keller Award is to encourage untenured scholars with terminal degrees to become active members of the Society by helping them to meet the expenses of attending the ASTR annual meeting in November. It is awarded for the quality of the applicant's expression of interest in attending this ASTR meeting and on the applicant’s record of achievement in scholarship and service

Michelle Granshaw (Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts)                                                                        

Tramping and the Cultural Reimaging of Work”

Ariel Nereson (PhD Theatre and Performance Studies Alumnus, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo)          

Rehearsing Empathy: Embodiment, Mourning, and Lincoln’s Deathbed”


Thomas Marshall Graduate Student Awards - The purpose of the Thomas Marshall Graduate Student Awards is to encourage students to become active members of the Society by helping them to meet the expenses of attending the  ASTR annual meeting.

Kellen Hoxworth (MA Theatre and Performance Studies Alumnus, PhD Candidate, Stanford University)

Transoceanic Blackface: or, the Silver Belt Jig”


Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship- The Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowships are intended to assist Ph.D. candidates with the expenses of travel to national and international collections to conduct research projects connected with their dissertations. These awards are available to Ph.D. candidates who have passed their qualifying exams within the last two years (or will have passed their qualifying exams by June of the current year) and have begun working on their dissertations. The project must be part of the dissertation research.

Christiana Molldrem Harkulich (PhD Candidate, Theatre and Performance Studies)                             

“Standing between the Reservation and the Nation: Indigenous Performance in North America after the End of the Indian Wars”


Selma Jean Cohen Award  This award provides a scholar to participate in a plenary or working session at the ASTR conference. This presentation must, in the spirit of Selma Jeanne Cohen, explore the intersections of theatre and dance/movement. The purpose of the award is to encourage scholars in dance and movement-based fields to become active members of ASTR by helping them to meet the travel and hotel expenses of attending and presenting at the ASTR annual meeting.

Ariel Nereson (PhD Theatre and Performance Studies Alumnus, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo)   

Rehearsing Empathy: Embodiment, Mourning, and Lincoln’s Deathbed”