Theater Studies major Kari Barclay receives Sudler Prize in the Arts!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Theater Studies major Kari Barclay receives Sudler Prize in the Arts!

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts is presented annually by the Duke University Council for the Arts to the graduating senior with the most exceptional record of artistic achievement throughout his or her undergraduate years. We are delighted to announce that graduating senior in Theater Studies and Political Science, Kari Barclay, is the well-deserved recipient of the 2016 award!  

You’ve probably seen Kari in one of his many roles on campus and in the community: organizer/co-director of the wildly popular Me Too Monologues, president of Duke Players, writer/co-director with the 2015 The Bull City Dignity Project, playwright of his senior distinction piece An Indictment, director of The Man Who.  But did you catch his TEDxDuke talk on using theater for a more just world?

Did you know he was a 2015 American Humanity in Action Fellow or that he recently received the coveted Samuel Dubois Cook award for his social justice work in the Duke/Durham community?  The man is non-stop!

Department chair Jeff Storer explains why Kari was the “perfect choice” for the Sudler:  "Kari’s unique skill set and understanding lets him synthesize his work as an actor, director, producer, and social and political activist in an integral and holistic way.  He not only makes theater that makes a difference, he is able to inspire participation from a wide cohort.  As a director, Kari is an imaginative, creative problem solver who is not afraid to take on the challenging subjects present in the society we live in.”