Essay Prizes

Early Theatre awards essay prizes every two years for outstanding contributions in the following categories:

  • Best article on a theatre history topic relying on REED-style records
  • Best article on the interpretation of a topic in early drama, medieval or early modern
  • Best note or Issues in Review essay on any topic

To view the list of previous winners, please click the links below:

Early Theatre Essay Prizes 2019

Early Theatre offers congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Best Essay Prizes, given for articles appearing in volumes 20 and 21.
  • Best article in theatre history:

    • Winner: Stephen K. Wright (Catholic University of America), ‘The Salting Down of Gertrude: Transgression and Preservation in Three Early German Carnival Plays’, Early Theatre 20.2 (2017), 11–30, http://dx.doi.org/10.12745/et.20.2.3013
  • Best article on the interpretation of a topic in early drama, medieval or early modern:

    • Winner: Matt Carter (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), ‘”Untruss a Point”—Interiority, Sword Combat, and Gender in The Roaring Girl’, Early Theatre 21.1 (2018), 87–106, https://doi.org/10.12745/et.21.1.3145
    • Honourable Mention: Erika Boeckeler (Northeastern University), ‘The Hamlet First Quarto (1603) & the Play of Typography’, Early Theatre 21.1 (2018), 59–86, https://doi.org/10.12745/et.21.1.3189
  • Best note (including Issues in Review essays):

    • Winner: Tracey Hill (Bath Spa University), ‘"The Grocers Honour”: or, Taking the City Seriously in The Knight of the Burning Pestle’, Early Theatre 20.2 (2017), 159–178, http://dx.doi.org/10.12745/et.20.2.3256
    • Honourable Mention: Simon Smith (Shakespeare Institute), ‘Reading Performance, Reading Gender: Early Encounters with Beaumont and Fletcher's The Scornful Lady in Print’, Early Theatre 20.2 (2017), 179–200, http://dx.doi.org/10.12745/et.20.2.3255  

Early Theatre Essay Prizes 2017

Early Theatre offers congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Best Essay Prizes, given for articles appearing in volumes 18 and 19.
  • Best article in theatre history:

    • Winner: Matteo A. Pangallo (Virginia Commonwealth University), ‘“I will keep and character that name”: Dramatis Personae Lists in Early Modern Manuscript Plays’, Early Theatre 18.2 (2015), 87-118, https://doi.org/10.12745/et.18.2.1166
    • Honourable Mention: Misha Teramura (Reed College), ‘The Admiral’s Vayvode of 1598’, Early Theatre 18.1 (2015), 79-100, https://doi.org/10.12745/et.18.1.1168
  • Best article on the interpretation of a topic in early drama, medieval or early modern:

    • Winner: Cameron Hunt McNabb (Southeastern University), ‘Night of the Living Bread: Unstable Signs In Chester’s “Antichrist”’, Early Theatre 19.2 (2016), 9-30, https://doi.org/10.12745/et.19.2.2695
    • Honourable Mention: Ann Hubert (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), ‘Preaching Rhetorical Invention: Poeta and Paul in the Digby Conversion of St Paul’, Early Theatre 18.1 (2015), 9-32, https://doi.org/10.12745/et.18.1.1070
  • Best note (including Issues in Review essays):

    • Winner: Matthew Steggle (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘The “Comedy of a Duke of Ferrara” in 1598’, Early Theatre 19.2 (2016), 139-56, https://doi.org/10.12745/et.19.2.2818
    • Honourable Mention: David Nicol (Dalhousie University), ‘“The Peaceable King, or the Lord Mendall”: A Lost Jack Cade Play and its 1623 Revival’, Early Theatre 19.1 (2016), 137-45, https://doi.org/10.12745/et.19.1.2699

Early Theatre Essay Prizes 2015

Early Theatre offers congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Best Essay Prizes, given for articles appearing in volumes 16 and 17.
  • Best article in theatre history:

    • Winner: Stephen K. Wright, 'The Twelfth-Century Story of Daniel for Performance by Hilarius: An Introduction, Translation, and Commentary', Early Theatre 17.1 (2014)
    • Honourable Mention: Louise Rayment, 'A New Context for the Manuscript of Wit and Science', Early Theatre 17.1 (2014)
  • Best article on the interpretation of a topic in early drama, medieval or early modern:

    • Winner: Andrew Albin, 'Aural Space, Sonorous Presence, and the Performance of Christian Community in the Chester Shepherds Play', Early Theatre 16.2 (2013)
    • Honourable Mention: Eleanor Lowe, 'Bound up and clasped together’: Bookbinding as Metaphor for Marriage in Richard Brome’s The Love-Sick Court', Early Theatre 16.1 (2013)
  • Best note:

    • Winner: Maura Giles-Watson, 'John Rastell's London Stage: Reconstructing Repertory and Collaborative Practice', Early Theatre 16.2 (2013)
    • Honourable Mention: Brett D. Hirsch, 'Hornpipes and Disordered Dancing in The Late Lancashire Witches: A Reel Crux?', Early Theatre 16.1 (2013) 

Early Theatre Essay Prizes 2013

Early Theatre offers congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Best Essay Prizes, given for articles appearing in volumes 14 and 15.

  • Best article in theatre history:

    • Winner: C. Edward McGee (St. Jerome's University, University of Waterloo), 'The English Entertainment for the French Ambassadors in 1564', 14.1 (2011), 79-100
    • Honourable mention: William Ingram (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), 'John Cholmley on the Bankside', 15.2 (2012), 43-66
  • Best article on the interpretation of a topic in early drama, medieval or early modern:

    • Winner: Amy L. Tigner (University of Texas, Arlington), 'The Spanish Actress's Art: Improvisation, Transvestism, and Disruption in Tirso's El vergonzoso en palacio', 15.1 (2012), 167-90
    • Honourable mention: Lisa J. Kiser (Ohio State University - Main Campus), 'The Animals in Chester's Noah's Flood, 14.1 (2011), 15-44
  • Best note:

    • Winner: Jennifer Roberts-Smith (University of Waterloo), '"What makes thou upon a stage?": Child Actors, Royalist Publicity, and the Space of the Nation in the Queen's Men's True Tragedy of Richard the Third’, 15.2 (2012), 192-205
    • Honourable mention: Andrew Brown (McGill University), 'Theatre of Judgment: Space, Spectators, and the Epistemologies of Law in Bartholomew Fair', 15.2 (2012), 154-67

Early Theatre Essay Prizes 2011

Early Theatre offers congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Best Essay Prizes, given for articles appearing in volumes 12 and 13.

  • Best article in theatre history:

    • Winner: Matthew Steggle (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘A lost Jacobean tragedy: Henry the Una (c.1619)’, 13.1 (2010), 65-82
    • Honourable mention: Jennifer Nevile (University of New South Wales), ‘These bookes, as I heare, are all crawled in’: Dance and Choreographic Records from the Stuart Masques', 12.1 (2009), 51-68
  • Best article on the interpretation of a topic in early drama, medieval or early modern:

    • Winner: Ray Bossert (Franklin and Marshall College), ‘Slavery and Anti-Republicanism in Sir Ralph Freeman's imperiale, a tragedy (1639)’, 13.1 (2010), 83-108
    • Honourable mention: Mary Polito and Jean-Sebastien Windle (University of Calgary), "'You see the times are dangerous": The Political and Theatrical Situation of The Humorous Magistrate (1637)', 12.1 (2009), 93-118
  • Best note on any topic:

    • Winner: Tom Rutter (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘Marlowe, the 'Mad Priest of the Sun', and Heliogabalus', 13.1 (2010), 109-20
    • Honourable mention: Eleanor Collins (Oxford University Press), ‘Repertory and riot: The relocation of plays from the Red Bull to the Cockpit Stage’, 13.2 (2010), 132-49

Early Theatre Essay Prizes 2009

Early Theatre offers congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Best Essay Prizes, given for articles appearing in volumes 10 and 11.

  • Best article in theatre history:

    • Winner: Robert Hornback (Oglethorpe University), ‘The Reasons of Misrule Revisited: Evangelical Appropriations of Carnival in Tudor Revels’, 10.1 (2007), 35-65
    • Honourable mention: Christopher Matusiak (University of Toronto), ‘Christopher Beeston and the Caroline Office of Theatrical “Governor”’, 11.2 (2008), 39-56
  • Best article on the interpretation of a topic in early drama, medieval or early modern:

    • Winner: Meg F. Pearson (University of West Georgia), ‘A Dog, a Witch, a Play: The Witch of Edmonton’, 11.2 (2008), 89-111
    • Honourable mention: Leanne Groeneveld (University of Regina), ‘A Theatrical Miracle: The Boxley Rood of Grace as Puppet’, 10.2 (2007), 11-50
  • Best note on any topic:

    • Winner: Eleanor Collins (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), ‘Richard Brome’s Contract and the Relationship of Dramatist to Company in the Early Modern Period’, 10.2 (2007), 116-28
    • Honourable mention: Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s College London), ‘“This alters not thy beauty”: Face-paint, Gender, and Race in The English Moor’, 10.2 (2007), 140-9