AHCT Prizes

2020 AHCT Founders’ Prizes, Call for Nominations for 2021 Prizes

The Vern Williamsen Comedia Book Prize, awarded every three years to an outstanding monograph or edited volume, was awarded to Yolanda Gamboa and Bonnie Gasior, co-editors of Making Sense of the Senses: Current Approaches in Spanish Comedia Criticism, a volume published in honor of Charles Ganelin (Juan de la Cuesta, 2017). The Donald Dietz Comedia Prize in Service to the AHCT, awarded every three years to an individual who has made significant contributions to the furthering of AHCT’s mission, was awarded to Lynn Vidler for her dedication to the organization for more than two decades. Congratulations to Lynn, Bonnie and Yolanda!

Nominations are now encouraged for two awards to be given next year: the Walker Reid Comedia Production Prize and the David Gitlitz Comedia Prize in Pedagogy and Mentorship. See below for details. Volunteers are also welcomed to serve as readers/evaluators of the nominees. Please contact Rob Bayliss (rbayliss@ku.edu) if you’d be willing to help evaluate the nominations for either award.

AHCT Prizes–CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Deadline for Submissions: 15 October 2020

The Walker Reid Comedia Production Prize is awarded every three years to an outstanding production of a Golden Age play in any language. This prize, which is intended to encourage live performance of the great corpus of Hispanic classical theatrical texts and consists of a certificate and recognition on the AHCT website and conference program, will be presented to the winning producer, director, and company at the association’s annual symposium. Theatrical productions from 2017-2020 are eligible for this cycle.

To enter a production into the competition, producers, directors, or companies should send a nomination letter that identifies the production, includes a link or attached copy of digital video of the production, and confirms the producer’s or director’s membership in the AHCT. Email submissions are preferred (rbayliss@ku.edu); submissions by regular mail should be addressed to: AHCT Production Prize, Attn: Robert Bayliss, Department of Spanish & Portuguese University of Kansas 2650 Wescoe Hall Lawrence, KS 66045. Entries may be sent at any time but must be received by 15 October of 2020 in order to be considered for the current award cycle. Entry into the competition constitutes authorization to include the submitted performance video in the AHCT video archive. Membership may be established at the time of submission. For further information, contact Robert Bayliss at rbayliss@ku.edu.

The David Gitlitz Comedia Prize in Pedagogy and Mentorship is awarded every three years to an outstanding teacher and mentor of Hispanic classical theater. This prize, which is intended to encourage the professional development and mentorship of a new generation of comediantes and consists of a certificate and recognition on the AHCT website and conference program, will be presented to the winner at the association’s annual symposium. To nominate a Comedia teacher or mentor, send a letter of nomination and confirmation of the individual’s membership in the AHCT to Rob Bayliss, preferably by email (rbayliss@ku.edu). Postal submissions should be addressed to: AHCT Pedagogy/Mentorship Prize, Attn: Robert Bayliss, Department of Spanish & Portuguese University of Kansas 2650 Wescoe Hall Lawrence, KS 66045. Entries may be sent at any time but must be received by 15 October of 2020 in order to be considered for the current award cycle. Membership may be established at the time of submission. For further information, contact Robert Bayliss at rbayliss@ku.edu.

Approved by the AHCT board 3/30, 2016