Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism

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The Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism promotes excellence in the study of theatre history by recognizing the highest quality scholarship and pedagogy in the field. 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 focuses on three areas to realize its mission: Scholarship, Education, and Arts/Community.





  • Annual Award at the American Society for Theatre Research for Best Article.
  • Commissioned articles from leading scholars on current topics.
  • Annual Award at the CORD (Congress on Dance Research).
  • Funded and hosted second ever meeting of the Consortium of Programs in Theatre History and Performance Studies.


  • Annual Award at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education for Outstanding Teachers
  • Brockett Scholars: Scholarships for students studying theatre history at the University of Texas at Austin.

Arts and Community

We are tremendously grateful for the many friends, alumni and colleagues who have generously supported The 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.

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

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

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Founders ($5,000+)

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

Friends ($1,000 - $4,999)  

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


To learn more about the Brockett Center and its initiatives, please contact Managing Director Andrew I. Carlson, Ph.D.