The 2016 George Freedley Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of live theatre or performance will be awarded to Peter Benes for For a Short Time Only: Itinerants and the Resurgence of Popular Culture in Early America, published by the University of Massachusetts Press. A Special Jury Prize will be awarded to Edna Nahshon for New York’s Yiddish theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, published by the Columbia University Press. This year’s Freedley Award Jury consists of James Fisher, Annie Holt, and Don Wilmeth.
The 2016 Richard Wall Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of recorded performance will be awarded to William Paul for When Movies Were Theater: Architecture, Exhibition, and the Evolution of American Film, published by Columbia University Press. A Special Jury Prize will be awarded to Alan Robert Ginsberg for The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal, published by Syracuse University Press. This year’s Wall Award Jury consisted of John Calhoun, David Pierce, and Stephen Tropiano.
For a complete listing of 2016 Winners and Finalists of the George Freedley Memorial Award and the Richard Wall Memorial Award, please see our announcement page.
The 2016 TLA Book Awards will be presented to the winners at a gala celebration in the Café of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City, at 7:00 PM on Friday October 13, 2017. Event registration will be open on September 13th at:
Stay tuned for information regarding submissions for The 2017 TLA Book Awards.
George Freedley Memorial Award honors a work published during 2016, with a subject related to live performance (including vaudeville, puppetry, mime, performance art, the circus, etc.).
Richard Wall Memorial Award honors a work published during 2016 of exceptional scholarship in the field of recorded or broadcast performance.
Wall Award Winners, 1974-Present »
Winners of each award will be determined by a separate three-member jury, and by the Awards Committee Co-Chairs. $500 will be awarded to each of the winners. Each jury may elect to award an additional Special Jury Prize. The TLA Book Awards for 2016 will be presented to winners at a ceremony in New York, in October of 2017.
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