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.

Information will be forthcoming for the 2019 Competition by December 30th.