• Theatre companies submit their production to the judging coordinator, including dates, venue, and ballot information.
  • The judging coordinator creates a Judging Assignment Information sheet and a ballot for that production.
  • The judging coordinator randomly assigns seven judges to the production and sends the Judging Assignment Information sheet and ballot to the assigned judges.  (Judges typically will not judge a company more than twice in any given calendar year, and will not be assigned to productions or companies that create a perceived conflict of interest:  i.e. the judge serves on the Board of a theatre, or a judge's spouse is in a particular production, etc.)
  • The assigned judges contact the theatre company to reserve their tickets.
  • The assigned judges attend the production.
  • The assigned judges evaluate the production and score the various categories on the ballot
  • The judges send the completed ballot—within 72 hours of attending the production—to the accounting firm that tracks and tabulates the scores for the year:  Anders Minkler & Diehl LLP (AMD). When the calendar year ends, AMD adds up the 7 scores for each category for every show. The top five scores in each category are the nominees. The top score in each category is the winner. In the case of ties, the accounting firm aims for no fewer than 4 and no more than 7 nominees in any given category, if at all possible. If there is a tie for the top score, then both artists are named winners.

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