Frank Galati Prize
The Frank Galati Prize recognizes excellence in undergraduate essays by Performance Studies majors. All Performance Studies undergraduate majors are eligible to submit an essay to this annual competition. Appropriate essay topics include the full range of issues explored in Performance Studies courses: the adaptation and staging of literary texts; performance art and dance theatre; performance theory and criticism; cultural studies and ethnography; and the practice of everyday life. Essays first developed for courses in other departments are also appropriate for submission.
The prize celebrates the significant contributions to Northwestern's Performance Studies Department of Professor Galati, who retired in 2006 after over three decades of teaching. Honored internationally for his creative work as director, actor, playwright, and screenwriter, Professor Galati adapted and directed the Tony-Award-winning Broadway production of The Grapes of Wrath and directed the Tony-Award-winning Ragtime. He has received numerous Joseph Jefferson Awards for his work in Chicago theatre, where he is an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre and an Associate Director of the Goodman Theatre.