• Home
  • Andrew and Lilly Tsubaki Award

Andrew and Lilly Tsubaki Award

Dr. Andrew T. Tsubaki and his wife, Lilly, created the Andrew and Lilly Tsubaki Award in 2000. Dr. Tsubaki (1939 – 2009) held faculty appointments at the University of Kansas in theatre, film, and East Asian languages and cultures from 1968 to 2000.

Dr. Tsubaki was director of the International Theatre Studies Center from 1971 to 2000 and director of International Classical Theatre. He was chair of the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures from 1983 to 1990. He became professor emeritus in 2000. He was named an honorary citizen of Katohi, Greece, for his work in establishing a semiannual KU summer study abroad program in theatre.

The Andrew and Lilly Tsubaki Award is designed to be a supplement for a theatre student who plans to participate in a study abroad program devoted to theatre. The student must be admitted to a study abroad program by the time the process of award selection begins in April of each year. However, if there is a Japanese student from Japan majoring in theatre and at least completing the first year on campus, the first preference will be given to a student with such qualifications, provided that he/she satisfies the following conditions: The student must maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA and a 3.5 or better in theatre. If a student shows outstanding talent in acting or in scenography and maintains a 2.8 cumulative average and a 3.3 GPA in theatre, they will also be considered.

Eligible students must apply by February 1 for award consideration. The award is presented by vote of the faculty of the Department.

Past Recipients 
Year     Recipients
2019 Nathan Bowman
2018 Hollyanna Mathews
2017 Kaia Minter
2015 Emily Schwerdtfeger
2014 Gabriel Alaniz
2012 Timothy Wilkinson
2011 Jenny Curatola
2010 Jacob Smith
2009 Hannah JoBeth Roark
2008 Mackenzie Wiglesworth
2006 Hilary Kelman
2004 Toshimi Hironaka
2002 Erika Crane

Award Criteria (PDF)

Upcoming Events
Connect with KU Theatre & Dance