Prizes and Awards

a.k. payne and Eren Orbey photographed by Michael Marsland

Each year, Yale College awards prizes to students who have excelled in the performing and creative arts throughout their time at Yale. While many of these prizes are awarded during Commencement weekend’s Class Day ceremony, some are given at other times of the academic year.

Photo of a.k. payne and Eren Orbey, winners of the 2019 Louis Sudler Prize, by Michael Marsland.

Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts (Est. 1980)

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts is awarded annually to two graduating Seniors who, in the opinion of the Faculty, have demonstrated excellence or the highest standards of proficiency in performance or execution, and in the field of composition in one of the following general areas: architecture and design, creative writing, dance, film and video, music, theater, painting, sculpture, photography, and digital arts.

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts winners

The Marina Keegan Award for Excellence in Playwriting (Est. 2013)

This award honors the memory of Marina Keegan ’12, a gifted playwright. Graduating seniors in English and Theater and Performance Studies, as well as seniors in other departments who have studied playwriting at Yale, are invited to submit a portfolio of dramatic writing for consideration – two plays, at least one of them full-length.
 

Marina Keegan Award for Excellence in Playwriting winners

William Waite Concerto Competition

Named for musicologist and author William Waite, MUS ’51, this competition is open to all undergraduate classical instrumentalists enrolled in their first year, sophomore year, or junior year at Yale. Winners are invited to perform their concerto at a Yale Symphony Orchestra concert the following season at a date to be determined by the Music Director.

William Waite Concerto Competition winners