Two authors who have written scholarly works centering on theatre will share the Joe A. Callaway Prize for 2000, sponsored by the Department of English at New York University. They are Lisa Merrill, for "When Romeo Was a Woman: Charlotte Cushman and Her Circle of Female Spectators," (University of Michigan Press, 1999) and Philip Auslander for "Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture" (Routledge, 1999).
The Callaway Prize is awarded every other year for the best book on drama or theatre published during the previous two years by an American author. The award grants $9,000 to the author of the winning book as decided by a panel of three distinguished professors in drama and theatre.
In addition to the two prize-winning books, Honorable Mentions were awarded to Vivian Patraka, for "Spectacular Suffering, Theatre, Fascism, and the Holocaust" (Indiana University Press, 1999); and to Linda Mizejewski for "Ziegfeld Girl: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema" (Duke University Press, 1999).