GUIDELINES FOR THE 2013 ~ 2014 JESSIE RICHARDSON THEATRE AWARDS

Revised: April 2013

I.

GENERAL

 

1.

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards are organized on an annual basis by the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society (JRTAS).

 

2.

The Jessie Review Committee (JRC): Terms of Reference

 

 

a)

Composition:

• The JRC is a sub-committee of the JRTAS Board

• JRC is to be composed of a minimum of three (3) people, to be appointed by the Board

• JRC members should represent diverse artistic interests

• Continuity of membership is encouraged

 

 

b)

Relationships:
• JRC reports to the JRTAS Board, to whom they recommend policy and procedures regarding Jessie Nominations and voting
• JRC informs the Juries, via the Jury Chairs, of relevant changes to policy or procedure

 

 

c)

Functions and Responsibilities:
• Monitor and advise the Jessie Juries
• Assist Jury Chairs in replacing withdrawn or dismissed jury members
• Poll all Juries in early December (a mid-season check-in)
• Review Jessie guidelines
• Determine nomination and voting procedures
• Collect and tabulate nominations for all categories and determine winners
• Determine eligibility, in cooperation with Jury Chairs and the JRTAS Board
• Collaborate with the Jessies producer and PricewaterhouseCoopers to produce list of nominees
• Produce list of winners

II.

NOMINATING AND BALLOTING

 

1.

Juries

 

 

a)

There are four (4) Juries:
• SMALL
• LARGE
• THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES (TYA)
• SCRIPT READING JURY
• see Section IV, item 2 for details on Company Categories

 

 

b)

The Juries are:
• Chosen by a committee appointed by the JRTAS Board
• Composed of individuals from the professional theatre community and its supporters
(e.g., individuals from the community at large who serve on boards of directors for member companies)
• Composed with careful attention to potential conflicts of interest
• Composed with careful attention to balancing gender, age, discipline and cultural background
• Monitored and advised by the JRC
• Appointed for approximately one year, as determined by the JRTAS Board, and until the final selection of nominees is made
• Large and Small Juries are comprised of a minimum of 10 people, including the Chair
• TYA Jury is comprised of a minimum of 8 people, including the Chair.
•Script Reading Jury is comprised of 3 to 5 qualified persons to be reconstituted yearly
• In the case of Small, Large and TYA, expected to see all of the productions that are registered in their category; the Script Reading Jury is encouraged, but not required, to see the productions of eligible scripts.

 

 

c)

Selection of Jury Chairs:
To assist with continuity of administration, policy and procedure, Jury Chairs for each category are to be chosen from among the previous season's Jury members, if possible.

 

 

d)

Conflict of Interest:
To protect the Juries and the Jessie Awards against conflict of interest and to allow for free discussion, Jury members are required at meetings (including the final meeting) to leave the room during discussion of any production with which they have been directly involved; this does not exclude said jury members from voting for elements of the production with which they have been directly involved.

 

 

e)

All 3 categories (Large Theatre, Small Theatre, TYA) are nominated and juried by their respective Juries. The Script Reading Jury will consider submissions from all three categories for the Outstanding Original Script nominations, and the selection of the Sydney Risk Prize.

 

 

f)

All 4 Juries will make their nominations and select winners by secret ballot.

 

2.

Duties of Jury Chairs

 

 

a)

Forward show information regarding upcoming productions to jury members.

 

 

b)

Monitor and report on jury attendance; submitting to the JRTAS Board quarterly reports of Jury attendance at eligible shows.

 

 

c)

Determine and clarify eligibility of nominees for Jury members, with reference to information received from the producing companies and in consultation with the JRC, where necessary.

 

 

d)

Enforce proper conflict of interest procedures at all meetings, and oversee and clarify any issues related to conflict of interest, in consultation with the JRC where necessary.

 

 

e)

Act as a liaison between the JRC and the Jury.

 

 

f)

Provide lists of eligible productions as approved by JRC to Jury members and retain registration forms and programs for all shows.

 

 

g)

If necessary, recommend to the JRC removal of Jury members for lack of attendance or misconduct, and replace withdrawing or removed Jury members, in consultation with the JRC.

 

 

h)

Hold final meetings of Juries within one week of the end of the season as determined by the JRTAS Board to complete secret ballots, cooperatimg with the Jessies producer and the JRC.

 

 

i)

Oversee selection of:
• nominations and winners for General Category Awards and Significant Artistic Achievements
• nominees and winner of the Sam Payne Award (3 Jury Chairs)

 

 

j)

Where possible, assist in identifying a potential Chair for next season’s Jury.

 

 

k)

Be available to consult with the JRC in final determination of nominees.

 

 

l)

Expected to see every eligible production; the Chair’s ballot is only counted when required to break a tie.

 

3.

Nominating Procedures

 

 

a)

All Juries cast secret ballots provided to them by their Chairs at their end-of-season meetings.

 

 

b)

Juries will vote using a 5-point weighted scale in each category. Each juror may vote for up to five choices for each award category; each juror's first choice receives 5 points, second choice 4 points, third choice 3 points, fourth choice 2 points and fifth choice 1 point.

 

 

c)

Significant Artistic Achievements in Large and Small Theatre: Large and Small Theatre Juries will vote for Significant Artistic Achievements using a 5-point weighted scale as outlined in point b) above.

 

 

d)

Significant Artistic Achievements in TYA: the TYA Jury will vote for Significant Artistic Achievements using a 5-point weighted scale as outlined in point b) above.

 

4.

Tabulating the Jurors' Ballots for Nominations: All Categories

 

 

a)

Tabulation: Jurors’ nomination ballots will be tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers in cooperation with the JRC, and will remain completely secret. The resulting Jessie Nominations will also remain secret until the full list of Nominees is revealed at the Jessies Nomination Party.

 

 

b)

Materials: In addition to the juries’ completed ballots, PricewaterhouseCoopers shall be provided with a complete set of show programs, and a copy of the Chairs attendance record for each category.

 

 

c)

Determination of Nominations for Small, Large and TYA Productions and OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCRIPT: Nominations in each category are the achievements which receive the highest average scores, after the total number of points from all juror’s ballots (see Section II, items 3a and 3b) has been calculated, then divided by the number of jurors who attended the production.

 

 

d)

Maximum and Minimum Nominations in Large and Small Theatre: There are to be a maximum of five (5) nominations in each category, and a maximum of ten (10) nominations in Significant Artistic Achievements (Section V, item 10), except in the case of an unbreakable tie. A minimum of three (3) nominations is required in order for a category to stand. At the discretion of the JRC, and with consideration of the number of points received by each nomination, achievements nominated in a dropped category may instead be nominated among the Significant Artistic Achievements, in which case the 5 nominations with the greatest number of points will stand. Or Large and Small nominations may be joined into one category.

 

 

e)

Maximum and Minimum Nominations for TYA: Should a nomination appear in a TYA macro-category but the category not be filled, the achievement will be nominated in the TYA Significant Artistic Achievements category, in which case the 5 nominations with the greatest number of points will stand.

 

 

f)

Breaking of Ties: In all categories, ties are to be broken as follows:
•The achievement receiving the most first-place votes (five-point scores) receives the nomination
• If two achievements receive an identical number of 5-point scores, the tie is broken by determining which achievement received the most 4-point scores, and so on.
• If everything is identical, the Chair’s ballot will be counted
• If the tie is not broken by the Chair’s ballot, the tie is declared unbreakable and both achievements remain on the ballot for a total of 6 nominations in the category

 

 

g)

Seconding: To appear on the final ballot, a nomination must receive a vote from at least 2 jurors.

 

 

h)

Split Category: If a performer receives points in both the Lead and Supporting categories for the same performance, the performer will be eligible in the category in which the most points were received. All points received will be transferred to that category to prevent incorrect omission of the nomination by vote split. If there is a tie here, it is broken as above (Section II, item 4f).

 

5.

Tabulating the Jurors’ Ballots for Winners:

 

 

All tabulation shall follow the guidelines established above. The winner in any of the general categories shall be the nominee with the highest score. For TYA achievements, the winners will be the nominees with the highest scores on a ratio basis, depending on the number of nominees in each macro-category (see Section IV, item 5a). For Significant Artistic Achievements in Large and Small Theatre categories, the winners will also be the nominees with the highest scores on a ratio basis, depending on the number of nominees (see section IV, item 6d). However, while nominees for Significant Artistic Achievements in Large and Small Theatre categories shall be listed together, the selection of winners shall be calculated separately for Large and Small.
Breaking of ties is addressed as above (Section II, item 4f). All winners shall remain secret until they are announced at the Awards Ceremony.

III.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NOMINATIONS

 

1.

A list of nominees will be produced for each of the three categories (Large, Small, and TYA) and for Outstanding Original Script. The list of nominees will be distributed to the media at the Board's discretion.

IV.

ELIGIBILITY

 

1.

General Eligibility Rules

 

 

a)

Dates: Eligible theatre productions must open within the dates of the award year, as determined by the JRTAS Board.

 

 

b)

Professional Theatre Productions: Theatre productions must be professional where “professional” is defined by the majority (51%) of artists (for definition of artist see Appendix C) being paid a living wage (defined as a minimum of $300 per week) for the duration of the engagement or by being a duly approved Artists Collective in accordance with Equity Standards with at least 51% of the artists being members of a relevant professional association. Companies using Guest Artist or non-equity contracts must provide information confirming that their production meets the professional guideline.

 

 

c)

Company Membership: For a theatre production to be eligible for nomination, the producing theatre company or collective must be a Company Member in good standing of the JRTAS. See APPENDIX A for JRTAS membership information.

 

 

d)

Registration: To be eligible for nomination, each professional theatre production (see item 1b above) produced by a Company Member of the JRTAS must be registered with the JRTAS, and a fee of $37.00 plus GST must be included with each registration, at least three weeks prior to the opening date of the production, if the run has 6-9 public performances, or two weeks prior to the opening date of the production if the run has 10 or more public performances. Information on registration can be obtained from the JRTAS.

 

 

e)

Determination of Eligibility: Eligibility will be determined by representatives of the JRTAS Board, in consultation with the JRC where necessary (see section I, item 2c).

 

 

f)

Non-Professional Productions: No elements of non-professional productions (see item 1b) are eligible.

 

 

g)

Semi-Professional Theatre Productions: In theatre productions which fulfill the JRTAS criteria for eligibility and which utilize non-paid artists (e.g. students or community performers), only the professional elements shall be eligible.

 

 

h)

Theatre Productions Involving Educational Institutions: In the event that a JRTAS Company Member produces in conjunction with an educational institution, professionals who are faculty members shall not be calculated into the professional quota used to determine (i.e. the majority of artists being paid a living wage) eligibility unless they are paid a fee for their participation in said production. However, an educational institution faculty member working on a theatre production, which has been determined to be eligible for nominations, shall be eligible for nomination.

 

 

i)

Touring Theatre Productions: No touring theatre productions originating outside of metro Vancouver are eligible. However, co-productions or joint-productions involving a JRTAS Company Member which originate outside metro Vancouver are eligible.

 

 

j)

Minimum Number of Performances:Eligible theatre productions must receive at least six (6) public performances in the Lower Mainland (see Section IV item 5, TYA Awards, for possible exceptions).

 

 

k)

Remounts: A remount is defined as a production of the same theatre piece by the same producer with substantially the same artistic staff and components within fourteen (14) years of the original production’s opening night. In the case of a remount, only elements significantly different from the original production will be eligible for nomination (e.g. replacement performers, new design, etc.). A remount within the same award year is not eligible for consideration. Any remount previously considered for Outstanding Production in one company category cannot be considered in for Outstanding Production in any other company category. A production of the same theatre piece by the same producer with substantially the same artistic staff and components produced fourteen or more years after the original production’s opening date is considered a new production and is therefore eligible for all awards including Outstanding Production.

 

 

l)

Replacement Performers: Only the opening night cast is eligible for consideration. Replacement performers are not eligible within the original run of a theatre production or a remount. Performers that are double-cast in a role are both considered part of the opening night cast. Theatre companies with shows that feature double-cast actors are required to provide enough tickets to jurors to allow them to see both performers in the double-cast role.

 

 

m)

Individuals may receive more than one nomination per season; however, no individual may receive more than one nomination for the same specific accomplishment.

 

 

n)

Fringe Festival Productions: Fringe Festival productions are not eligible for consideration by the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

 

 

o)

A production must be seen by a minimum of 3 jurors in order to be deemed eligible.

 

 

p)

Co-Productions: In the case where both (or all) co-producers are based in the GRVD, all companies must become Company Members in order for the production to be eligible.
Where one (or more) of the co-producers is located outside of metro Vancouver, that co-producer will not be eligible to become a JRTAS Company Member (see Appendix A, Section 1 – Company Membership); any nominations for the registered production would acknowledge the assistance of the co-producing company but the nomination itself would be for the Company Member(s) only .

 

2.

Company Categories

 

 

a)

Category Determination: Production Category is determined by the annual budget (as provided in your company membership form) of the producing company.

  • Companies with an annual budget less than or equal to $350,000 are considered by the JRTAS as Small Theatre.  
  • Companies with an annual budget larger than $350,000 are considered by the JRTAS as Large Theatre.

For Co-Productions, the JRTAS will use the average annual budget of all producing companies to determine Production Category. 

TYA Productions are those primarily for presentation to preschool, elementary or secondary school age audiences.

 

 

b)

Appeals: Production companies can appeal the Category assignation in written form. The JRC will make a final decision based on the arguments stated and the production budget.

 

3.

General Awards:

 

 

The following is a list of nomination categories to be considered by both Large and Small Theatre Juries. Note that all categories are for a Play or Musical, except Outstanding Production.

 

 

a)

Outstanding Performance by an actor in a lead role

 

 

b)

Outstanding Performance by an actress in a lead role

 

 

c)

Outstanding Performance by an actor in a supporting role

 

 

d)

Outstanding Performance by an actress in a supporting role

 

 

e)

Outstanding Lighting Design

 

 

f)

Outstanding Set Design

 

 

g)

Outstanding Costume Design

 

 

h)

Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition

 

 

i)

Outstanding Direction

 

 

j)

Outstanding Production - Play

k)

Outstanding Production - Musical

 

4.

Outstanding Original Script

 

 

 

• Eligible scripts for this award are drawn from all three size categories: Small, Large and Theatre for Young Audiences

 

 

 

• To be eligible, companies must mail SIX copies of the script to the JRTAS within 30 days of the closing date of your production. For productions that are scheduled to close after April 1st, 6 copies of the script must be received by the JRTAS no later than April 15th in order to be eligible for consideration. Late submissions will be ineligible.

 

 

 

• The Winner of this Award will be determined by the Script Reading Jury who will read all eligible new original plays of the season.

 

 

 

• The production must be a world premiere, produced in Vancouver

 

 

 

• Adaptations from other media are eligible

 

 

 

• In the case of a musical, the book can be nominated, however a composer can not be nominated.

 

5.

TYA Awards:

 

 

a)

TYA Macro-Categories: In addition to Outstanding Production for Young Audiences, there are four large general categories for nominations in the TYA category. One Jessie will be awarded in each macro-category:

 

 

 

• Performance
• Design
• Creation
• Significant Artistic Achievement

 

 

b)

There are to be a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) nominations per macro-category with the exception of TYA Significant Artistic Achievement. Should a nomination appear in one of the other 3 categories but the category not be filled, the nomination will be moved into the Significant Artistic Achievement category.

 

6.

Significant Artistic Achievements

 

 

a)

A maximum of one Significant Artistic Achievement Award will be given out in each Company Category (Small, Large and TYA)

 

 

b)

At the discretion of the Juries for Large and Small, nominations could include but are not limited to the following: Musical Direction, Choreography (the Grace MacDonald Award for Outstanding Choreography), Fight Choreography, Video/Slides, Scenic Painting, Masks, etc.

 

 

c)

Winning individuals will receive a Jessie Award. Members of winning teams or ensembles will each receive individual recognition, while the Jessie Award will be given to the producing company.

 

 

d)

Large and Small Juries may each nominate a maximum of five (5) Significant Artistic Achievements, for a total of ten (10) nominations. If there is less than three (3) nominations, the category will not stand.

 

7.

Clarifications

 

 

a)

An individual may be nominated either for their specific performance or for being a member of an ensemble.

 

 

b)

A designer may be nominated either for their specific design achievement or for being a member of a design team.

 

 

c)

"Body of Work" recognizes a season's achievement based on the Award Year as determined by the JRTAS, and is inclusive. The Jury must agree that all eligible work in that season is worthy of a nomination and the nomination must list all eligible productions, including ensemble performances if applicable.

 

 

d)

An artist may be nominated twice in the same category for different accomplishments.

 

8.

Total Awards

 

 

 

The total number of Jessie Awards to be given in the combined General Awards and Significant Artistic Achievements shall not exceed 27.

 

9.

Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Awards

 

 

a)

The Jury will compile a list of nominations for each of the macro-categories based on outstanding achievement in all areas of production excellence, and up to five (5) nominations for an outstanding production that is not a remount. Both touring and mainstage shows are eligible. For a mainstage show, the producing company must choose whether they want the show to be assessed by the TYA, Large or Small Jury.

 

 

b)

Under special circumstances the six-performance rule may be waived (e.g. national tours). The producing company must petition the JRC with a special request which fulfills the following criteria:
• The company must make their request at least one month prior to the performance(s).
•The series of previews or “showcase performance” arranged or to be available for the TYA Jury must take place within metro Vancouver..
• In the case of a remount, the producing company must make clear to the JRC which elements of the production are eligible for consideration.

 

 

c)

All productions eligible solely under these TYA guidelines will also be considered for all other Special Awards (see Section IV, item 10).

 

 

d)

All other guidelines for Jessie eligibility shall apply.

 

10.

Special Awards

 

 

 

The total number of special awards shall not exceed 9

 

 

a)

Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright:
• winner receives a cash prize.
Criteria:
• The intention of this award is to recognize a script written by an emerging playwright that stands out because of its excellence and originality. An emerging writer is defined as having had not more than 2 scripts professionally produced prior to the script currently under consideration; for the purposes of the Sydney Risk Prize only, productions working under CAEA’s Artist Collective Policy are not considered to be professional productions.
• A playwright can receive the prize only once in his or her career.
• The production must be a world professional premiere, produced in Vancouver.
• The playwright must be a resident of British Columbia.
• Adaptations from other media are eligible.
• Books can be nominated from a musical; however, a composer cannot be nominated.
• Collective writing is not eligible, but collaborative partnerships of not more than two writers can be nominated.
• The Script Reading Jury will determine the winner.
• The Script Reading Jury will be required to read all nominated scripts.

 

 

b)

Sam Payne Award for Most Promising Newcomer:
winner receives Jessie statue. Criteria:
• A “newcomer” is defined as an emerging artist who is within three (3) years of their professional debut in the field for which they are being considered. Jessie Nominations garnered by candidates in the field for which they are considered emerging in previous seasons disqualifies the individual for this Award.
• A list of candidates shall be recommended by voting members of 3 Juries. The 3 Jury Chairs (Small Theatre, Large Theatre and TYA) jointly select one winner.
• This award is announced at the Jessies.
• Eligible disciplines include, but are not limited to, performance, playwrighting, stage management and design. Emerging directors should be considered under the Ray Michal Award (see item f below).

 

 

c)

GVPTA Career Achievement Award:
The winner of this award is chosen by the GVPTA membership. Receives Jessie Award.

 

 

d)

Patron of the Arts Award:
The winner of this award is selected by the GVPTA membership. At their discretion this award need not be given each year. The award is intended to recognize an outstanding contribution that is innovative and/or of benefit to the community at large. The recipient need not be a working professional, rather a significant supporter of the theatre community. Receives Jessie Award.

 

 

e)

Mary Phillips Award for Behind-the-Scenes Achievement:
Awarded to an unsung hero in the Professional Theatre Community who goes beyond the call of duty but whose extra efforts are rarely acknowledged. The award was established by Mary’
s husband, David after her death in 1988. It goes to those who work or volunteer in the following areas: Theatre Administration, Publicity and Marketing, Fundraising, General Management, Front of House (including ushering), Box Office, Accounting, Theatre Board Memebership and all other areas of “Behind the Scenes” work not included in the Colin Campbell award. The recipient is nominated from the community and is chosen by a private committee. Nominations forms are available on-line and must be received by April 30th. Nomination your unsung hero here.

 

 

f)

Ray Michal Prize for Outstanding Work and/or Body of Work by an Emerging Director:
Receives a cash prize.  A private committee chooses the recipient; however recommendations are requested from the Juries and the theatre community. The bursary is awarded annually to an emerging director who has combined commitment, vision, integrity and added a dash of daring to their artistic endeavours. An emerging director is defined as a director who is within the first (5) five years of their professional debut as a director.

 

 

g)

John Moffat and Larry Lillo Prize:
This award is juried by a private committee and awarded to a mature west coast artist for a project or course. Receives a cash prize. Submission guidelines here.

 

 

h)

Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre:
This award is given to an individual at any stage of their career who has displayed excellence and commitment to the field of professional technical theatre in the Lower Mainland through their body of work.

People eligible for this award work in professional theatre as: Production Manager, Stage Manager or Assistant Stage Manager, Props Builder, Props Buyer, Set Builder, Scenic Carpenter, Scenic Painter Stage Crew, Wig Maker, Cutter, Sewer, Technicians, Technical Director, Wardrobe Staff, Dressers, Milliners, and other similar positions not listed above.

Submission Guidelines: Individuals may be nominated by someone else or may nominate themselves. Submissions will be collected by the Colin Campbell Award Committee. Submission guidelines here.

 

 

i)

The Innovation Award:
This award is administered by the Vancouver Sun and a committee of local theatre critics. Receives Innovation Statue.

APPENDIX A: JRTAS MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

 

1.

Company Members

 

 

 

All memberships are valid only to the end of the award year (April 30) regardless of the date the membership was initiated or renewed.

 

 

a)

A “Theatre organization” is defined as an organization whose stated primary purpose in its mission statement and/or constitution is to produce live theatre. ORGANIZATIONS WHO PRIMARILY PRODUCE DANCE AND OPERA WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPANY MEMBERSHIP.

 

 

b)

Theatre organizations producing an eligible theatre production within the award year (May 1 - April 30) are eligible for JRTAS Company Membership for that year. General eligibility requirements for individual shows are defined in Section IV item 1

 

 

c)

Duly approved collectives producing an eligible theatre production within the award year are eligible for JRTAS Company Membership within that time.

 

 

d)

A Theatre organization or collective must apply to the JRTAS Board for membership at least three weeks prior to the opening date of the production, if the run has 6-9 public performances, or two weeks prior to the opening date of the production, if the run has 10 or more public performances of their first eligible theatre production of the award year; in addition to registering their show(s) for consideration (see Section IV, item 1d).

 

 

e)

Annual membership fees for Company Members are tiered relative to the company’s production budget. Company Membership fees include the cost of a block of tickets to the Awards Ceremony for that award year but do not include individual production registrations (see Section IV, item 1d).

 

 

f)

Company Membership in the JRTAS entitles the theatre organization or collective to:
• Tickets to the year’s Awards Ceremony
• Consideration for nomination for all eligible shows
• Voting privileges on all items tabled at the AGM, including election of the Board of Directors
• Opportunity, if nominated and elected, to join the Board of Directors

 

 

g)

A Theatre organization must be based within metro Vancouver in order to be eligible for Company Membership

 

2.

Individual Members

 

 

a)

Individual Membership is open to all private individuals in metro Vancouver. No specific criteria are imposed upon Individual Membership.

 

 

b)

Individual Members must pay an annual $5 membership fee.

 

 

c)

Individual Members are entitled to:
• Voting privileges on all items tabled at the AGM, including election of the Board of Directors
• Opportunity, if nominated and elected, to join the Board of Directors
• One vote on any balloted nominations in the year of their membership.

APPENDIX B: MEMO TO TYA JURIES

 

 

 

Below are lists of the types of achievements that might be considered for nomination each of the TYA Macro Categories.  Please note that these are only suggestions, offered for whatever guidance they may provide.

 

 

Category 1:  Performance might include:

 

 

 

• acting (individuals)
• acting (ensembles, though no one can be nominated for the same performance as both an individual and as part of an ensemble)
• music (singing)
• music (playing an instrument)
• dance
• juggling
• clownwork, etc

 

 

Category 2:  Design might include:

 

 

 

• set design
• costume design
• lighting design
• slide design
• video design
• sound design (to be differentiated from composition, if possible)
• design teams (though one can't be nominated for the same design as both an individual and as part of a design team

 

 

Category 3:  Creation might include:

 

 

 

• direction
• musical direction
• choreography (dance)
• choreography (physical movement)
• choreography (fight / combat)
• composition
• translation / adaptation
NOTE: this category does not include playwriting. Outstanding Original plays should be considered under the Sydney Risk Award.

 

 

Category 4:  Significant Artistic Achievements

 

 

 

includes artistic elements not covered in the other categories; some examples: technical crafts (e.g. scenic painting, costume construction, mask construction, sound operation)
artist - community contributions (e.g. past nominations of this type have included TheatreSports’ introduction of their techniques to high school students; Theatre Terrific having a unique mandate; Patrick McDonald’s overall artistic vision and contribution to TYA)

 

APPENDIX C: Definition of “Artist” for the purposes of eligibility:

 

 

 

• Actor
• Director
• Set designer
• Lighting designer
• Video designer
• Slide designer
• Props designer
• Musician
• Musical Director
• Choreographer
• Fight Choreographer
• Stage Manager
• Assistant Stage Manager
• Assistant Director
• Sound designer
• Costume Designer
• Dancer
• Juggler
• Puppeteer
*While administrators are sometimes nominated for special awards (e.g. Mary Philips Award), administrative staff  are not to be included among a production’s professional artists for the purposes of determining eligibility. 

 

 

 

 

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