INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Individual awards, regardless of tier, are given in the following categories:

  • OUTSTANDING WORLD PREMIERE PLAY: Award given to playwright.
  • OUTSTANDING WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL: Award given to composer, lyricist, and/or librettist.

To qualify for the above categories the production must: A) be the very first presentation of the play or musical that is fully staged (actors off script and use of scenic, costume, properties, lighting and/or sound designs); B) be open to public attendance via ticket sales; and C) invite members of the media to attend and review for broadcast or publication. Workshops or readings that do not meet these criteria will not be eligible for world premiere consideration.

  • OUTSTANDING PRESENTATION OF A GUEST PRODUCTION – PLAY or MUSICAL: Award given to presenter.

Guest productions are not eligible for awards in other categories. The steering committee may elect to present separate awards for musicals and plays in this category if the number of candidates at the end of the season warrants such consideration.

  • OUTSTANDING PRESENTATION OF A SOLO PRODUCTION: Award given to performer/author(s). Solo productions are not eligible for awards in acting or world premiere categories. 
  • OUTSTANDING PRESENTATION OF AN ANTHOLOGY PRODUCTION: Award given to producer(s). Anthology productions are eligible for Acting Ensemble awards but not for individual actors. Anthology productions are not eligible for awards other categories unless all the work is by a single artist. Certificate of recognition given to each artist listed as participating on opening night.

AWARDS FOR MUSICALS OR PLAYS
Separate awards for musicals and plays, by tier, are given in the following categories:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION: Award given to director. 

PERFORMERS: Award given to the actor.

  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTING ENSEMBLE *

* Award given to the producer. Certificates given to each actor.

 

AWARDS FOR MUSICALS
Awards, by tier, are given in the following categories:

  • OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY: Award given to choreographer.
  • OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION: Award given to music director.

 

AWARDS FOR MUSICALS AND PLAYS
Combined awards for plays and musicals, by tier, are given in the following categories:

  • OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN: Award given to the designer
  • OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGNAward given to the designer
  • OUTSTANDING PROPERTIES DESIGN: Award given to the designer
  • OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGNAward given to the designer
  • OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGNAward given to the designer

Combined awards for musicals and plays are given in the following categories. The awards program steering committee may elect to expand the number of awards given each season by tier and/or category based on activity by tier and/or category:

  • OUTSTANDING CREATIVE SPECIALTIES: Awards for excellence in specialized areas not eligible in other categories but requiring unique or specialized skills, including but not limited to adaptation of a play or musical, orchestrations, movement, stunt or fight choreography, design of puppets, masks, video, special hair or make-up design, original underscore for a play. Award given to designer(s). 

 

 

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