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Additional Honors and Awards for Undergraduate Theater Students

The following awards are also available through the Department of Theater. Some of these are honors and some carry a cash award. In all cases, the student must apply, either by completing the scholarship application form or be nominated by a member of the Department of Theater Faculty. In most cases, the selection of the recipients is based on the following criteria: 1. Scholarship and/or Creative Activity; 2. Involvement in/Service to the Department.


Ira Aldridge Award

Awarded to a currently enrolled African American student who has demonstrated leadership potential, participated in productions in Department, University and/or community productions, and who shows competence in his/her chosen area (acting, playwriting, directing, stage management, design, production, etc.).

Archibald McLeod Award for Academic Excellence

Awarded to a junior or senior who has demonstrated excellence in course work with an overall GPA which exceeds 3.25. The award includes a tuition waiver for $100.00 and a certificate presented on Honors Day. This award is made possible through the generous support of Anne and Peter Koletzke (McLeod’s children).

Award for Outstanding Service

Awarded to a junior or senior who has demonstrated excellent service to the department through work on departmental committees, with student organizations, has represented the department at various community, university, and departmental functions.

Award for Excellence in Performance

Awarded to a junior or senior performance student who has demonstrates continued growth in skill, professional attitude and commitment, and achieves a high standard of quality in performance. An appropriate theater text is presented to the recipient on Honors Day.

Mordecai Gorelik Award for Excellence in Scenic Design

Awarded to a graduating senior and/or graduate student, who has demonstrated excellence in scenic design either through the practical application in the design of settings for realized stage productions or through theoretical classroom projects.

Eelin Stewart-Harrison Award for Excellence in Costume Design

Awarded to a graduating senior and/or graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in costume design either through the practical application in the design of costumes for realized stage productions or through theoretical classroom projects. An appropriate theater text is presented to the recipient on Honors Day.

James Moody Excellence in Lighting Design

Awarded to a graduating senior and/or graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in lighting design either through the practical application in the design of lighting for realized stage productions or through theoretical classroom projects. An autographed copy of SIU Alumnus James Moody’s text Concert Lighting and $250.00 Bursars Credit are presented to the recipient on Honors Day. (This award is made possible through the generous support of James Moody.)

Award for Excellence in Technical Production

Awarded to a graduating senior and/or graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in one or more aspects of technical production including properties, carpentry, technical direction, sound, electrics, or stage management. A $200.00 Bursars Credit is presented to the recipient on Honors Day donated by SIU Alumna Shannon Heller.

Carolyn Moe Playwriting Scholarship

Scholarship of $1,000 given to a 1st year Playwriting student. Offered every other year.

Christian H. Moe Playwriting Awards (graduate or undergraduate)

Awards are given to selected plays written for the stage that demonstrate skillful use of dramatic structure, dramatic questions, on-stage activity, speakable dialogue, and crises and climaxes and which express a particular vision that seems to engage the author in the material whether the play is comic or serious, and which suggest that the author has talent and future growth in the art of playwriting. Awards are made for Best Short Play (approximately 45 pages) - A cash award ($200.00) is presented to the recipient on Honors Day; Best Long Play - A cash award ($250.00) is presented to the recipient on Honors Day; Best Short Play, Honorable Mention (approximately 45 pages) - A cash award ($50.00) is presented to the recipient on Honors Day; and Best Long Play, Honorable Mention - A cash award ($50.00) is presented to the recipient on Honors Day.


For more information about these awards and honors, and a list of specific criteria, please refer to the appropriate section of the Undergraduate Handbook