Paige McGinley was awarded the Oscar G. Brockett Essay prize for “Experimenting with a New Technique: Performance and Rehearsal in the Long Civil Rights Movement" in Theatre Journal
Each year, ASTR provides funding in the form of research fellowships, travel grants, and publication awards to our colleagues. According to the ASTR website, the Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize is jointly awarded by the American Society for Theatre Research and the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism at the University of Texas-Austin. The Brockett Prize recognizes the best essay written and published in English in a refereed scholarly journal or volume published by a scholarly press and relating to any subject in theatre research, broadly construed.
McGinley shares the prize with Douglas A. Jones for "The Black Below: Minstrelsy, Satire, and the Threat of Vernacularity" in Theatre Journal.
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. ASTR was founded in 1956 to encourage theatre scholarship and to provide a link with other similar groups represented in the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT). Its name was adopted to distinguish it from the Society for Theatre Research, based in the United Kingdom.