Awards

The Creative, Performing and Visual Art Awards

Image of production of 2020 Creative Artist Award winning play, STATIC by Aysia Slade 

NC State Students: Apply for the Creative Artist Award

The Arts NC State Creative Artist Award recognizes original work in music, dance and theatre created by NC State students. Each winning creative artist(s) receives $500, and the selected work(s) will be performed and/or workshopped in the following academic year by the appropriate Arts NC State performing arts program. Read the Technician’s coverage of the theatre award here.

Theatre deadline: November 1, 2024. 11:59pm

Dance and Music deadlines: Saturday March 15, 2025. 11:59pm

Creative Artist Award FAQ

Who is eligible to apply for the Creative Artist Award?

The award is open to any currently enrolled, full-time NC State student. A group submission will be accepted only if all students in the group are currently enrolled, full-time NC State students. Entrants are not required to enroll/participate in the arts programs at NC State.

How are Creative Artist Award winners selected?

A committee of Arts NC State music, dance and theatre faculty annually reviews submissions of original work in the fields of music, dance and theatre, and chooses the artists who best exemplify the award(s) for Creative Artist. Read about past award winners.

How many Creative Artist Awards are given each year?

The Creative Artist Award is intended to honor one student each in music, dance and theatre, but the judges retain the right to award multiple winners in a single area or to make no award at all.

What do winners of the Creative Artist Award receive?

Each winning creative artist receives $500 along with recognition in an awards ceremony the following year. Additionally, the selected work(s) will be performed in the following academic year by the appropriate performing arts program.

A corresponding grant up to $1,000 is given to the appropriate program or department to assist in the production of the selected work by the Department of Performing Arts & Technology or University Theatre.

What happens if a group submission wins?

If one or more artists submit an original work as group, the $500 will be split between members of the group.

How will winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by email and posted on this web page.

Additional entry rules for music, dance and theatre

Theatre

The deadline to submit your original play is November 1 at 11:59pm.

Students wishing to apply for the Creative Artist Award in Theatre can submit an original play in a one-act format; any genre, theme or content is acceptable. The Winning play will be provided script development in the following spring semester and will be produced the following fall semester within University Theatre’s Studio Series.

Acceptance of the award gives University Theatre first reading/production rights and the winner must be able to work with University Theatre staff in developing the work the following spring semester.

If you have any questions please contact email universitytheatre@ncsu.edu


Music

Issued by the Department of Music

Submission due date: Saturday March 15, 2025 by 11:59pm. Criteria updated for the award:

Students wishing to apply in the field of music must submit an original work for one of the following media:

  • Jazz ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Pipes & Drums
  • Solo piano
  • Solo/Duo instrument or voice (with or without accompaniment)
  • Band
  • Choir (any voicing with or without accompaniment)
  • Electronic or Computer Music

Any other combinations of instruments than those listed above must be cleared in advance by contacting the Associate Head of the Department of Music, Dr. Tom Koch: tdkoch@ncsu.edu.

For all media except electronic or computer music, students must submit an original written score.  No recordings are required, though MIDI realizations are strongly encouraged. 

For electronic or computer music, where the work intrinsically exists as a recording rather than in the form of a notated score, students must submit in addition to the recording a statement describing the structure of the work.

Upon notification of winning, award recipient must produce individual parts of the winning work by advance date given or prize will be forfeited.

 


Dance

Issued by the Dance Program in the Department of Performing Arts and Technology

Submission due date: March 15, 2025 by 11:59pm

Students wishing to apply for the Creative Artist Award in the field of dance must submit the following two items:

  • A private YouTube link of an original work in progress or completed work that originated in a dance course, company, or independently. The piece should show original movement vocabulary, specific thematic content, and have the potential to be well developed.
  • A two-page narrative/project proposal outlining the concept and plans for development and producing of the proposed choreographic work.

The choreographer chosen will have the opportunity to produce their piece in one of a variety of ways including, but not limited to, for a Dance Program concert or informal showing, as a screendance, or as a site specific piece.

 

Image of Leslie Barber from her 2016 Creative Artist Award Winning Dance Piece

The Performing Artist Award

The Arts NC State Performing Artist Award honors outstanding student performers in music, dance and theatre.

Arts faculty and staff members select the recipients of the Performing Artist Awards. Students do not need to apply. The winning performing artist(s) will receive $500 and acknowledgment in a news story and student award ceremony.

FAQ about the Performing Artist Award

Who is eligible for a Performing Artist Award?

The students who will be considered for this award are any current full-time NC State student enrolled in a Department of Performing Arts and Technology or University Theatre courses or involved in productions or ensembles.

How are Performing Artist Award winners selected?

NC State faculty and staff in each performing arts area (music, dance and theatre) will choose the artist who best exemplifies a high caliber of performance and artistic dedication.

How many Performing Artist Awards are given each year?

It is intended that the Performing Artist Award honor one student each in music, dance and theatre, but the judges retain the right to award multiple winners in a single area or to make no award at all.

How will winners be notified?

Winners will be notified via email and announced on arts.ncsu.edu

For Information on the Visual Artist Award, Visit: go.ncsu.edu/studentart