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Lang Family Text in Performance Award

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Published: 19 Feb 2012

Lang Family Text in Performance Award

Call for Applications

The Lang Family Text in Performance Award was established in 2011 by Kim N. Lang, BA ’89, to enhance and promote the appreciation and study of theatrical texts. The award provides an opportunity for undergraduate students in the Department of English to attend plays in performance at a Canadian venue as an adjunct to course work at McGill. Awards will partially or fully offset the cost of theatre tickets and corollary educational activities, as well as lodging, meals, and transportation to and from the venue.

Eligibility: Awards are open to undergraduate students in all streams in the Department of English. Students in their final year of studies are not eligible unless they are continuing in the MA program.

Value: The value of the award varies from year to year. Minimum: $750

Application: Applications should be submitted via email as a pdf document addressed to Prof. Allan Hepburn, Chair, Department of English: allan [dot] hepburn [at] mcgill [dot] ca. The application should include the following:

  • Statement describing the applicant’s interest in specific plays, the theatre at which the plays are being produced, and their relationship to previously completed or forthcoming course work.
  • Budget giving an estimate of costs for tickets, lodging, transportation and other expenses.
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor (submitted separately to the Chair).

Criteria: Particular weight will be given to applicants who propose to attend the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, or the Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto. Applicants who establish a link between one or more plays being staged and previously completed or forthcoming course work will receive stronger consideration. If only an indirect link exists between the play being staged and relevant course work, the applicant should establish sufficient reasons for attending the play; such reasons might include enhancing knowledge of the author, period, or genre. Applicants who have applied for and/or secured independent funding to study or work at one of the theatres mentioned above will receive particular attention, especially if the work or study is complementary to, or coextensive with, the purpose of the Lang Family Text in Performance Award.

Deadline: 10 April 2012

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