Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute

TRI Research Awards

The Ohio State University Libraries offers research awards to support projects that require substantial on-site use of our collections. The TRI currently offers two such awards:


Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute Research Award:

Funded by a bequest from Jerome Lawrence, the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Research Award of up to $3,000 supports research in the performing arts grounded in the collections of the Theatre Research Institute.  A selected list of holdings may be found at


Irwin and Jane Spector Research Award:

Funded by the Irwin and Jane Spector Endowed Fund, this award of up to $3,000 supports research that requires significant use of the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute’s collections on Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

Irwin Spector Collection: and

Dalcroze School of Music Collection:

Dalcroze Society of America Collection:

John Colman Collection:

Elizabeth Adler Back Papers on Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Ariane Pulver Szilard Collection



These awards are open to non-OSU graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars who are at least 18 years old and live more than 60 miles from the Ohio State University’s main campus.


  • you are expected to be in continuous residence for the period of at least one month.
  • during your residency, you will share your work with the university community through a lecture or other appropriate means
  • You agree to submit a brief final report within 30 days after completion of the residency
  • Research must be conducted between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021


A complete application consists of

  • a statement not to exceed two pages describing the research project, the relevance to the particular collection the applicant intends to use, and the expected outcome of the research;
  • a summary curriculum vitae/resume not to exceed three pages including name, title, education, and contact information;
  • one letter of recommendation


Payment is made as reimbursement after the research visit concludes.

Special requirements may apply to International researchers. Please contact the committee at for more information.



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Contact Beth Kattelman, Curator


List of Award Recipients


Lawrence and Lee Research Award Recipients:

2018 - 19 - Lorin Eric Salm - Marcel Marceau's Mime Technique

2016 - 17 - Dr. Vlasta Koubská - Czech Scenography of the 20th century    

2015 - 16 - Bobbi Owen - The Art and Craft of Costume: Collaboration Between Costume Designers and Costume Makers

2013 - 14 - Bianca Sams - Just Porgy, a play based on the international Robert Breen tour of Porgy and Bess

2012 - 13 - Dr. Mervyn Heard - Magic Lantern Pose slides in the Joel E. Rubin Collection

2011 - 12 - Dr. Sharon Marcus - Scrapbook resources related to Sarah Bernhardt

Irwin and Jane Spector Award Recipients:

2019 - 20 - Dr. Holly Smith - The Dalcroze Approach in Elementary Music Education

2017 - 18 - Dr. Bonnie Jacobi – The Early New York Dalcroze School

2016 - 17 - Ashley Meyer - Interdisciplinary Application of Dalcroze’s Eurhythmics

2015 - 16 - Dr. David Frego - The Dalcroze Approach to Music Education