The Young Scholars Competition

In honor of a pioneering black theater scholar and in the interest of encouraging research and scholarship in Black Theatre, BTN has sponsored The S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition since 1988. The submitted papers are adjudicated by a panel of BTN's published scholars, and the award winning writers are invited to present their work at the annual conference. (Scroll down for details!)

The Judy Dearing Design Competition

The Black Theatre Network established this award in 1996 in honored of pioneering costume designer Judy Dearing to encourage African American students focused on elements of theatrical design. The awards are presented every other year with the other major awards. (Scroll even farther down for details!)


S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition

In recognition of Black Theatre scholar and educator, S. Randolph Edmonds, The Black Theatre Network instituted the S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition in 1988. This competition seeks to encourage research and scholarship in Black Theatre. The competition supports the overall mission of BTN, to expose the beauty and complexity of the inherited theatre work of our African American ancestors, as well as, preserve and develop Black Theatre’s unique art form. 

Information about the 2019 Young Scholars Competition is forthcoming.

Judy Dearing Student Design Competition  

The design competition and awards are presented in memory of distinguished costume designer Judy Dearing.  The purpose of this competition is to encourage Black Theatre students of design and give them an opportunity to have their work exhibited at the National Conference of the Black Theatre Network.

The Judy Dearing Student Design Competition is presented in memory of distinguished costume designer Judy Dearing.  Judy Dearing (1940–1995) was an African American costume designer, dancer, choreographer and educator. She is most well-known for costumes that covered a wide range of theatre and musical productions, including Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize winning drama A Soldier's Play and Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. 

The purpose of this competition is: 

  • To encourage design students of African descent and present an opportunity to have their work evaluated by professional designers and other theatre professionals. 

  • To provide opportunities for mentorship and develop relationships with professionals in their field. 

  • To expose them to producers and Artistic Directors at theatres nationwide. 

    The winners will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Black Theatre Network (BTN) Conference in Winston-Salem, N.C. on July 28 and 29th.

A First Place Award of $500.00 will be presented in each category (Set, Costume and Lights). Each winner will also be the guest for two nights at the BTN conference where they will present their work to the membership. Additionally each winner will be granted one-year BTN membership, and mentoring by a professional.

The competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students of African descent enrolled in American colleges and Universities.  

Application Deadline:  April 5th, 2019

Awards announced May 5th, 2019

Application requirements:

Scenery:

  • Two productions (at least one produced), ground plan, section, elevations, etc., using Vectorworks or AutoCAD.  Sketch/rendering or model photo, research, and statement of design approach.

  • Production photos

  • One page resume

Costume:

  • Two productions (at least one produced) full production color renderings with fabric, research, and statement of design approach.

  • Production photos

  • One page resume 

Lighting:

  • Two productions (at least one produced) using Vectorworks or AutoCAD,  ground plan, section, paperwork, research notes, magic sheet, and statement of design approach.

  • Production photos

  • One page resume

General:  All Drawings, renderings and documents should be sent as PDF files, all production photos should be sent as JPGs. Total file should be no larger than 15mb. Additionally, if you have a website, please include the link. All entries should be submitted no later than April 5, 2019 to btndearingcompetition@gmail.com.   

Entries will be evaluated by a professional design panel.