The Theatre Historical Society recognizes special efforts on behalf of THS and historic theatres through several awards:
Member of the Year and Honorary Member of the Year Awards recognizes an individual or organizational member of THS who has continuously demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement, and contribution to the Society and its purposes, or been instrumental in work on outside projects in keeping with the aims of THS. Honorary Member of the Year recognizes a non-member individual or organization who has demonstrated outstanding efforts for THS or been instrumental in work outside the organization in keeping with its purposes. Members of THS may submit nominations to the Awards Committee chair. Nominees voted upon by the Board of Directors; winners are announced at the awards banquet during the annual Conclave. The submission deadline is May 15 of each year.
Outstanding Theatre Book of the Year Award recognizes the book judged to have best exemplified documentation and appreciation of historic theatres. Nominations are voted on by the Board of Directors and the award is presented at the awards banquet during the annual Conclave each June. To submit a title for consideration, use this online form.
Creating Theatre History Award recognizes dedicated individuals whose efforts have resulted in the ongoing preservation, restoration and operation of a historic theatre. It is not necessarily given every year, but rather only when merited.
The President’s Award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished and exemplary contributions to the Society. It is not necessarily given every year, but rather only when merited. The President forwards the name of the designee to the Board of Directors for confirmation.
The Theatre Historical Society also conducts two annual competitions:
Jeffrey Weiss Award for Theatre History Writing accepts submission of papers comprising original research on aspects of American theatres. The competition was established in 1984 by the late Mr. and Mrs. Elias Weiss of New York in memory of their son Jeffrey. Papers are submitted for publication in Marquee® and cash prizes. The submission deadline is December 31 of each year. For more information and the online application, click here.
Thomas R. DuBuque Research Fellowship accepts submission of applications for grants of up to $1,500 for research in the American Theatre Architecture Archive in Elmhurst, Illinois. The Fellowship was established in 2012 by the Board of Directors to honor and perpetuate the memory of Tom DuBuque, past THS president, Conclave/Theatre Tour planner, and dedicated volunteer. The submission deadline is November 1st of each year. For more information and the online application, click here.