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Outstanding Article Award - Winners

ATHE’s Award for Outstanding Article in a journal acknowledges scholarship marked by methodological sophistication, complex and critical engagement with dramatic texts and performances, focused inquiries, and possible directions for future scholarship. This year’s award winner is:


Lindsay Brandon Hunter Lindsay Brandon Hunter

‘We Are Not Making a Movie’: Constituting Theatre in Live Broadcast,” Theatre Topics 29.1 (March 2019)

Lindsay Brandon Hunter’s work explores the integration and interaction of mimetic theatricality and representational media. Her book, Playing Real: Media, Mimesis, and Mischief (forthcoming from Northwestern University Press in February, 2021) brings together live broadcasts of theatrical productions, reality television, and alternate reality gaming to examine how mediatization and mimesis compete and collude to represent the real to audiences. Her current work focuses on hoaxing as a form of enacted fraudulence both deeply dependent on and putatively separate from theatre. Professor Hunter is also a founding member of the New York Neo-Futurists performance art ensemble and a member of Actors Equity, and teaches from the intersection of theory and practice as Associate Professor of Theatre at the University at Buffalo.


Acceptance Speech


The committee is also delighted to recognize the following scholars for their outstanding work:


Val DunnShonni Enelow

“Sweating Tennessee Williams: Working Actors in A Streetcar Named Desire and Portrait of a Madonna,” Modern Drama 62.2 (Summer 2019)

Shonni Enelow writes about twentieth-century and contemporary theater and performance across media. She is the author of Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-drama (Northwestern University Press, 2015), for which she won the 2015-2016 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Her theater scholarship has appeared in Modern Drama, Theater, Theatre Survey, and Theatre Topics, and her film writing in Film Comment, Criterion, and Reverse Shot. Her artist's book with David Levine, Discourse on Method, is forthcoming from 53rd State Press. She is an associate professor of English at Fordham University.


Morgan Gould

Judith Hamera

“Rehearsal Problems: Gus Giordano, The Rehearsal, and the Critical Utility of Forgotten Dance Triumphs,” Theatre Journal 71.2 (June 2019)

Judith Hamera is Professor of Dance and American Studies at Princeton University, with affiliations in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Urban Studies. Her six books include the award-winning Dancing Communities: Performance, Difference and Connection in the Global City (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007; 2011), and Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her articles have appeared in Cultural Studies, Modern Drama, PMLA, TDR: The Drama Review, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Theatre Journal among other outlets.

ATHE offers special thanks to the Outstanding Article award subcommittee for their work this cycle.

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