The German Society for Contemporary Drama and Theatre in English (CDE) offers a prize (€ 2,000) for outstanding research in the field of contemporary theatre and drama in English. The prize will be awarded for the best new monograph study, with the manuscript being published under the auspices of the society’s CDE Studies series (DeGruyter).

Only recent and unpublished work (Dr/PhD theses or post-doctoral theses [Habilitationsschriften] completed within the 24-month period prior to the submission deadline) will be considered. For the current round, this means work completed in 2022 and 2023.

Submissions should include two letters of appraisal (or Gutachten der Dissertation). The next deadline for submissions is December 31, 2023.

For further information and to submit, please contact the CDE President:

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt
Schellingstr. 3 VG
80799 München

NB: Authors of award-winning contributions must agree that their manuscript will be published under the auspices of the society’s CDE Studies series (DeGruyter). Any material that is under contract with another publisher is not eligible for the award.

Award Winners


Korbinian Stöckl
(First Prize, published as CDE Studies Vol. 31)


Cyrielle Garson and Jan Suk
(Joint First Prize, published as CDE Studies Vols. 29 and 30)


Ariane de Waal
Theatre on Terror: Subject Positions at the Home/Front of British Drama
(First Prize, published as CDE Studies Vol. 27)


Cristina Delgado-García
The Aesthetics and Politics of Character and Subjectivity in Contemporary British Theatre
(First Prize, published as CDE Studies Vol. 26)

Sarah Grochala
Seriousness, Structure and the Dramaturgy of Social Life: The Politics of Dramatic Structure in Contemporary British Playwriting 1997-2011
(Joint Second Prize)

Claudia Georgi
Liveness and Mediatisation: The Use of Film and Video in Contemporary British Theatre and Performance
(Joint Second Prize, published as CDE Studies Vol. 25)


Elżbieta Baraniecka
Sublime Drama: British Theatre of the 1990s
(published as CDE Studies Vol. 23)


Jürgen Wehrmann
Gedächtnis als Gefängnis: Metahistorische Reflexion in zeitgenössischen irischen Dramen
(published as CDE Studies Vol. 19)


Janine Hauthal
Metadrama und Text-Theatralität: (Selbst-) Reflexionen einer intermedialen literarischen Gattung am Beispiel englischer und nordamerikanischer Meta- und Postdramatik
(published as CDE Studies Vol. 18)

Ricarda Klüßendorf
The Great Work Begins. Tony Kushner’s Theater for Change in America
(published as CDE Studies Vol. 15)


Mark Berninger
Staging History – Neue Formen des Geschichtsdramas in Großbritannien und Irland seit 1970
(published as CDE Studies Vol. 13)


Anette Pankratz
„Death is … not.“ – Repräsentationen von Tod und Sterben im zeitgenössischen britischen Drama
(published in CDE Studies Vol. 11)


Anja Müller-Muth
Repräsentationen – Eine Studie des intertextuellen und intermedialen Spiels von Tom Stoppards Arcadia
(published in CDE Studies Vol. 7)


Stephanie Kramer
Fiktionale Biographien: (Re-)Visionen und (Re-)Konstruktionen weiblicher Lebensentwürfe in Dramen britischer Autorinnen seit 1970
(published in CDE Studies Vol. 6)