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Adjudicating the TBA Awards

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Updated: Monday, October 13, 2014

Over 200 theatre professionals participated in this season's awards as adjudicators. But what does that actually involve? Here's a little FAQ for y-o-u!


Q: Who can be an adjudicator?

A: Any current individual member of Theatre Bay Area may apply to be an adjudicator in the TBA Awards program. A panel of Theatre Bay Area staff and/or program steering committee members regularly reviews all applications. Acceptance is not guaranteed. Decisions are based on the application content and the specific needs of the program such as geographic coverage.

Each registered company submitting productions for evaluation must fill a seat in the adjudicator pool. These adjudicators are also reviewed by the panel, but are not required to be individual members of Theatre Bay Area. Journalists recruited to participate in the awards program are also not required to be individual members.

Overall, the TBA Awards are a peer-adjudicated system. Actors, directors, designers, playwrights, composers, lyricists, administrators, journalists, educators and other theatre professionals are the primary adjudicator profile. Other individuals with a demonstrated history of engaging the theatre community as patrons, board members, philanthropists and advocates may also be considered as long as they can meet the minimum expectations.


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Q: What does being an adjudicator involve?

A: Independent adjudicator applicants commit to seeing an aggregate average of two performances per month for the term of their participation in the program, for a total of 24 performances for a full year.  Adjudicators choose their first performance from a list of available complimentary tickets provided by the production. Adjudicators are then assigned to their next production based on their selecting a performance date and time during which they are available to attend a production. The adjudicator can then choose their third production, be assigned to their fourth, and so on. There is no maximum number of productions an adjudicator can attend as long as they alternate between chosen and assigned productions.

Adjudicators also commit to recording their evaluation ballots via the program website within 48 hours of attending a production on a ticket received through the awards program. Adjudicators commit to following the written Adjudicator Conduct Agreement regarding professional behavior, ethics, confidentiality and other aspects of the program that must be completed by all adjudicators prior to entering the awards program. Adjudicators commit to following all awards program-related instructions given by the program manager.




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Q: How does the evaluation system work?

A: Within 48 hours of attending a production, adjudicators log in at the awards program website with their username and password, select the ballot for that production on their profile page and record numeric evaluations (from 0.01 to 10.0) on line on the ballot. You are required to evaluate all ballot lines except those that would create a conflict of interests or where the listed artist was absent from the performance attended. These instances should be rare, and a menu is provided for approved reasons for abstention. Once recorded, ballots cannot be changed.

So that's the scoop on adjudication! Any individual member of TBA can apply; adjudicators get comp tickets to watch shows—then they go home, log in, and sing the praises of great work they've seen!


Interested in adjudicating for the 2014/2015 season?

View the full FAQ and 2014/2015 season application materials here.

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