Cosplay Performance Competition

{ Call for Cosplay Masquerade: Saturday 2-3pm Main Events A }

{ Cosplay Masquerade: Saturday 3-6pm Main Events A }


Lights! Camera! Action! Can you sing? Dance? How about tell jokes or act? The Cosplay Performance Competition is a chance for you to put on a rousing performance in cosplay and get judged by our expert panel of judges. Multiple prizes are available to exceptional performances!

Thank you for your interest in joining our Cosplay Performance Competition. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting applications to this contest. Those who have already applied will hear back on February 8, 2018 at the latest on the final performance schedule.

The full details of our Performance Contest are located here: Performance Competition: Rules and Policies. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Cosplay Coordinators.

Meet the Judges

Our Judges for the Genericon XXXI Cosplay Contest and Masquerade are Cathryn Spitz, Alex McDowall, and Ebro Helmy.

Genericon XXXI Cosplay Contest and Masquerade Judges

Cathryn Spitz

Alex McDowall

Ebro Helmy


This year’s Cosplay Contest Coordinator and lead cosplay judge, Cathryn Spitz has been a key member of Genericon’s Cosplay Team for more than five years. She was previously the Cosplay Coordinator and led the cosplay team from 2012 – 2016 for Genericons 26 – 29.

A veteran of the Genericon Cosplay scene, Alex McDowall  has been cosplaying since 2005. She became secretary of the Upstate New York Cosplay Society in 2010, and president in 2012. In this time she has won 5 major cosplay awards, including Genericon’s 2008 best in show.

Designer and Owner of Ebro’s Chronicles, established in 2011, Ebro Helmy is a singer and avid costume enthusiast. He has also been the Vice President of the Upstate New York Cosplay Society since 2012, and has performed and vended at Genericon for the past 6 years!