The EVVY Awards: A Show Like No Other

Each year, more than 300 Emerson students with diverse majors and backgrounds collaborate to run the nation’s largest student-run multi-camera, live award show judged by industry professionals: the EVVY Awards. The show, unlike any other college production in the country, is modeled after professional shows like the Emmys and the Oscars, and students submit their work to a wide variety of categories throughout the year to be judged by professionals across the country. Of course, the 40th Annual EVVY Awards was a little unconventional. With in-person shows cancelled and theater capacity limited due to pandemic restrictions, the student crew had to rethink and transform the way the show was run.

This past May, “EVVY40” was presented virtually, with students behind and in front of the cameras working in production, scenic design, talent, writing, and stage management. “By not being physically or narratively confined to one space, we were able to play more into a variety show format,” the producers wrote in the show’s playbill.

Hosts Anania Williams ’22 and Cedrick Ekra ’22 kicked off the show with an original musical number filmed through the parks and streets of downtown Boston. This was followed by a tribute to the very first EVVYs show in 1982; a star-studded list of guest appearances from Emerson alumni; and original spoken word and musical video performances by Naomi Jones ’21, Lea Neumann ’21 (“Lea Neu”), and Thomas Chadwick ’22 (“tomteahouse”)—filmed across campus facilities including the Cutler Majestic Theater, soundstage, and the rooftop terrace of 172 Tremont. Much more than a show, the EVVYs is also a learning experience, a co-curricular student organization, and a platform to highlight outstanding student work and celebrate the artistic vision of all Emersonians across disciplines. From nonfiction, narrative, and prose writing to public relations, stand-up comedy, film, television, motion graphics, and more—the EVVYs truly encapsulates what it means to be a creative force.

Watch the full show online.

EVVYs by the Numbers

700+ submissions 300 students 200 judges 10 cameras 70 awards 1,000+ tickets


Space to Create

You have a story to tell. We give you the tools to deliver it to the world. The moment you join the Emerson community, you unlock access to industry-leading facilities and equipment, and to the experts who will train you in the mastery of your craft. Together, these invaluable resources will help you realize your creative vision, hone your voice, and make your mark.

Just some of our incredible learning facilities include:

  • The Tufte Performance and Production Center, featuring the thrust-style Semel Theater, the 108-seat Greene Theater, the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Design Technology and Makeup Suite, and a costume shop;
  • The multi-use Paramount Center, home to the restored art deco Robert J. Orchard Stage, the 150-seat Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, the Bright Family Screening Room, rehearsal studios, a scene shop, a film soundstage, and a residence hall;
  • Digital labs and suites with tools for non-linear editing and post-effects, film editing, augmented and virtual reality, and audio production/post-production;
  • The Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson’s largest theater with 1,200 seats; built in proscenium style; and home to Emerson’s EVVYs;
  • The Journalism Production Center, featuring two professional television studios with advanced control-room and lighting systems, chroma key and infinity walls, an all-digital newsroom tool suite with editing workstations, a graphics bank, and design tools;
  • The Levy Marketing Suite, a state-of-the-art marketing research suite with fully equipped control room, eye-tracking technology, and a two-way mirror, offering students the opportunity to conduct industry-standard focus groups and marketing studies;
  • WERS (88.9 FM), Emerson College Radio, a student-run and professionally managed station that serves New England with an eclectic mix of musical genres and more live performances than any other station in the area;
  • The award-winning literary journal Ploughshares, offering qualified students the opportunity to intern or work in many different facets of the development and circulation of this acclaimed publication;
  • The Iwasaki Library, home to more than 350,000 publications, the Emerson College Archives, study rooms, computer labs, and more;
  • The highly regarded Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center, a clinical training facility providing evaluation and treatment for children and adults with communication challenges; and
  • The Emerson Contemporary: Media Art Gallery, the only gallery in Boston exclusively focused on media art; a home for the Emerson Contemporary program; and a showcase for exhibits that emphasize new media, film, video, and performance art.

Heart of a Lion

Emerson is a place of academic excellence, passion, and teamwork—all of which extend far beyond the classroom and into our 14 NCAA Division III teams. Student-athletes at Emerson strike a balance between their commitments on the court and field and their academic life, staying competitive as both athletes and students.


As a part of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), the Emerson Lions compete against Babson College, Clark University, Coast Guard Academy, MIT, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, and WPI, making for healthy competition on all levels. The Lions compete in Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball.

Fitness Center

In our Fitness Center, you can work out on your own or create a personalized exercise program with the help of our knowledgeable staff. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of weekly group fitness classes.

Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym

The Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, our home court, occupies several levels of the 14-story Max Mutchnick Campus Center and Piano Row Residence Hall. In addition to an NCAA tournament–sized basketball and volleyball court and seating for several hundred fans, the athletic facility contains locker rooms, office space for coaches and Athletics staff, and a skybox that houses the Lions’ collection of well-earned trophies.

Lester Rotch Field

The Lester Rotch Field is just a mile from campus and serves as the practice and playing field for many of Emerson’s sports teams. Outfitted with FieldTurf synthetic surface, an electronic scoreboard, lighting for night games, and a brick field house with locker rooms, an athletic trainer’s room, and equipment storage, this is home base for many of our victories.