The 2015 George Freedley Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of live theatre or performance will be awarded to Terry Alford for Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, published by Oxford University Press. A Special Jury Prize will be awarded to Bernth Lindfors for the four-volume biography, Ira Aldridge, the final volume of which was published in 2015 by the University of Rochester Press. The jurors wish to give the publisher special recognition for this ambitious and important project. This year’s Freedley Award Jury consists of James Fisher, Annie Holt, and Don Wilmeth.
The 2015 Richard Wall Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of recorded performance will be awarded to James Layton and David Pierce for The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935, published by The George Eastman Museum. A Special Jury Prize will be awarded to Shelley Stamp for Lois Weber in Early Hollywood, published by University of California Press. This year’s Wall Award Jury consisted of John Calhoun and Stephen Tropiano. Regular Wall juror David Pierce was recused from all discussions regarding his book, The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935. After the Wall Award and Special Jury Prize winners were selected by Calhoun and Tropiano, Pierce re-joined the jury in an advisory capacity, providing recommendations, input, and opinions on books being considered as finalists.
For a complete listing of 2015 Finalists and past Winners of the George Freedley Memorial Award and the Richard Wall Memorial Award, please see the award links below.
The 2015 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 6:30 PM on Friday October 14, 2016. Additional event and registration information to follow.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the TLA Book Awards, honoring English language works of scholarship on theatre, film, and broadcasting, published in 2016.
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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