Student Awards

The following awards are presented annually by the faculty of the Department of Theater Studies. Please note that some awards require applications or submissions of work. Deadline for applications for 2018 awards is March 19, 2018 at 5pm. Bring submissions or applications to the Theater Studies' offices in 109 Page and/or email them to

Harold Brody Award for Excellence in Musical Theater

In recognition of exceptional achievement in musical theater, this award is given annually to a Duke student or group of students, with preference given to graduating seniors. It recognizes accomplishments in musical theater by students in the Department of Theater Studies, the Department of Music, and the student-run musical theater group Hoof 'n' Horn. The award was established by an alumnus with a deep affection for and appreciation of the art of musical theater.

  • 2017 Emily Levinstone

John M. Clum Distinguished Theater Studies Graduate Award

This award is named for the distinguished founder of the Duke University Program in Drama, now the Department of Theater Studies. It recognizes a graduating senior who has made extraordinary contributions to the life of the department and who has exhibited outstanding personal and professional qualities. Faculty select the recipient.

  • 2017 Rory Eggleston

Alex Cohen Awards

These awards, funded by the Alex Cohen Endowment and the Department of Theater Studies, support students' individual or group projects that have both educational value and artistic merit. Submit (1) an application form, (2) a project description and statement of goals, and (3) a letter of recommendation from theater faculty.

  • 2017 Yizhou Jiang

Forlines Family Theater Studies Grant

The Forlines Family Theater Studies fund supports internships for undergraduates in professional theater settings and other co-curricular experiences for theater students. The combination of academic coursework and hands-on learning is a hallmark of Duke’s approach to theater studies. Submit (1) an application form, (2) a project description and statement of goals, and (3) a letter of recommendation from theater faculty.

  • 2017 Alex Felix
  • 2017 Madeline Taylor

Kevin Gray Musical Theater Award

This award provides support for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to attend nationally and/or internationally recognized summer musical theater programs which provide high level training in musical theater. The award celebrates and honors the memory of Kevin Gray (T'80) and his spirity of generosity. Applications should include (1) an application form including a proposed budget and (2) project description and statement of goals. 

  • 2017 Onastasia Ebright

Reynolds Price Award

This award is presented annually to a Duke undergraduate for the best original script for stage, screen, or television. Submit a finished full-length script.

  • 2017 Rory Eggleston

The Dale B.J. Randall Award in Dramatic Literature

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of dramatic literature and is presented annually to the undergraduate student writing the best essay in a course in dramatic literature. Faculty teaching undergraduate dramatic literature courses are invited to nominate student essays from their 2017-2018 classes. Students who have an essay they would like to have considered should contact their instructor.

  • 2017 Reilly Johnson

Kenneth J. Reardon Award

This award recognizes outstanding commitment and leadership in theater design, management, or production. It was established in honor of Kenneth J. Reardon, former professor of English (1947-1980) and Director of Duke Players (1947-1967). Professor Reardon was an inspiration to decades of students through his commitment to producing and teaching theater on the Duke campus. With the help of Professor Joseph Weatherby, he planned and implemented the conversion of an engineering building into what became the beloved Branson Theater, now Brody Theater, on East Campus. 

  • 2017 Ashley Sage

Award for Excellence in Directing

This award is presented annually to an undergraduate at Duke University for sustained excellence in directing for the stage.

  • 2017 Sophie Caplin

Outstanding Acting Student Award

This award recognizes a graduating senior who has distinguished him or herself in acting.

  • 2017 Emily Levinstone
  • 2017 Cuquis Robledo