The Society for Theatre Research

Research Awards

2014 Awards
This year's awards were presented in May (see the list of winners here)

An aplication form for 2015 awards will be available shortly

The Society has established its own research fund. The capital includes bequests from the estates of Stephen Joseph, Anthony Denning and Kathleen Barker. Awards may be made annually of sums ranging from 200 to 1,000, as contributions to the cost of research which is substantially concerned with the history and practice of the British theatre.

Private scholars, theatre professionals, academic staff, and students, of any nationality, are welcome to apply for Awards to help with such endeavours as the completion of work in progress; professional training in research techniques to assist established projects; a subvention towards the publication of completed work in which a publisher is already seriously interested.

The Society has now made grants in excess of 106,050 to 241 recipients since the first awards in 1988.

The following awards, totaling 3660 (including 650 from the Craig fund) were announced at the Society's Annual General Meeting in May 2014.


The Anthony Denning Award of the Society for Theatre Research to
Dr Naomi STUBBS Working with Dr Amy HUGHES on a critical edition of the diary (13 volumes) of Harry Watkins, 19th century American actor.

The Kathleen Barker Award of the Society for Theatre Research to
Mr Rob FIRMAN Architect: writing a book on theatre buildings in North and South Wales.

The Stephen Joseph Award of the Society for Theatre Research to
Mr Simon SLADEN PhD student and V and A cataloguer, and organiser of Panto Day 2011 and 2012: for a professional website on pantomime.


Dr Donatellla BARBIERI and Dr Melissa TRIMINGHAM
For colour images for book, Costume in Performance, to be published by Bloomsbury Press with the support of the V&A.

For a study of the Shakespeare Hut Theatre, 1916-19.

Dr Lynette GODDARD
For photographs for a book under contract with Palgrave Macmillan on contemporary Black British playwrights.

PhD student: to consult the 'Kitty Marion Papers' in the Public Library of New York (Kitty Marion was a militant suffragette and music hall star).

For monograph with Intellect, 'Meyerhold's Theatre Games Across Time and Space'.