Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism

Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism

man in dark jacketThe Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism promotes excellence in the study of theatre by supporting scholarship, education and public history. Named after Professor Emeritus and renowned theatre history scholar Oscar G. Brockett, the Brockett Center seeks to create bridges between scholars, practitioners and community by encouraging public conversation about the art of live theatre.


The Brockett Center co-sponsors four annual awards that recognize the highest quality scholarship and teaching in the field.

In partnership with the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the Brockett Center supports The Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize, awarded fro the best essay written and published in English in a refereed scholarly journal or volume published by a scholarly press and relating to any subject in theatre research.

The Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award at USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) recognizes a recent publication in the field of design and production for the performing arts.

In recognition of Dr. Brockett's contribution to the field of teaching theatre in higher education, the Brockett center co-sponors The Oscar G. Brockett Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education award at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). ATHE gives the award annually to one professor who exemplifies excellence in the craft of teaching and student mentorship.

The Brockett Center co-sponsors The Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research with the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) in recognition of the best book in dance published during the previous three calendar years.

Public History

The Brockett Center aims to make history accessible to the public. In 2015, the Brockett Center began writing a theatre history column in American Theatre Magazine. This monthly "Almanac" features significant anniversaries of events and people in theatre history. In 2016, the Brockett Center partnered with American Theatre Magazine to create an "antecedents" column tracing the historical roots of current theatrical events. The Brockett Center also partnered with the American Theatre Archive Project to archive documents and histories of local Austin theatres.


The Brockett Center offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying theatre history at The University of Texas at Austin. Students have contributed to the various initiatives of the Center, including the "Almanac" series with American Theatre Magazine and the American Theatre Archive Project. The Brockett Center encourages undergraduate dramaturgy at The University of Texas Austin, mentoring student dramaturgs for university and professional, Austin-based theatres.

Learn about recent awards and initiatives of the Brockett Center.

Ways to Give

We are grateful for the many friends, alumni and colleagues who have supported The Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. We especially wish to recognize our leadership donors who have passionately championed this effort in Dr. Brockett's honor.

  • Former University of Texas at Austin President William Powers
  • Francesca Brockett and Jim Pedicano
  • D. Terry Williams
  • Sondra Lomax

The Oscar G. Brockett Center Excellence Fund provides financial support for the Brockett Center and its Brockett Scholars program. To make a donation, you may give online (indicate the Brockett Center in your notes), or contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at 512-471-5793.

Founders ($5,000+)

  • Margaret Ann Mitchell
  • Jon S. Whitmore
  • D. Terry and Sharon Williams

Friends ($1,000-$4,999)

  • Michael J. Barnes
  • Geradine M. Clark
  • P. Lee Devin
  • John Fleming
  • Gregory J. Poggi
  • Cynthia M. SoRelle
  • Joan Sullivan-Genthe
  • William L. Tribby
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