Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) has announced the 4th Annual Gregory Awards, to be held at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:30pm. This highly anticipated awards ceremony acknowledging achievement in the theatre arts is a who's who of the Seattle theatre scene and, as in years past, it occurs during the month-long October Arts Crush Festival. The new Melissa Hines Award, the coveted Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award and awards in 12 additional categories (supporting actor and supporting actress are new in 2012) are all presented at this ceremony.
Tickets to the awards ceremony will be on sale to the general public through the ACT box office starting September 3. TPS has received generous support for this event from ACT and a consortium of other theatres. (For a full list of supporting theatres and regional businesses; please see gregoryawards.org.)
About the Nomination Process: In 2011-2012, organizations submitted their shows to be reviewed by Gregory Award Nominators. These shows must have: been produced and rehearsed primarily in the Greater Puget Sound area; been performed a minimum of 3 weekends OR 12 performances; held an opening night within the season schedule (August 1st – July 31); and not been a staged reading, youth/educational/student performance, or short play festival. After this submission, a minimum of eight nominators were assigned to see and review each production, ranking each on a scale of 1-100. (The scoring rubric was created with the help and inspiration of the Barrymore Awards in Philadelphia.) A slate of the top-ranking candidates in each category will be submitted to a vote by the membership of Theatre Puget Sound.
The Gregory Awards are an opportunity to celebrate theatre in our region, to honor the outstanding achievements of local artists, and to raise the visibility of the local theatre scene as a whole. The new rules listed above were implemented in order to better uphold the mission of the Gregory Awards and to give each eligible production an equal voice in the nominating process. For more information on the process, click HERE.
The 2012 Award Categories open for nomination are:
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Theatre of the Year
Outstanding Costume Designer
Outstanding Lighting Designer
Outstanding Music & Sound Designer
Outstanding Scenic Designer
About The Voting Process: Once the results of the panel's nominations are calculated, the TPS membership and the general public (subscribers to the SeattlePerforms.com e-newsletter) will receive their ballot to nominate entries for the People's Choice Award. The first phase of voting will be for the People's Choice selection in these categories: Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actress, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, and Theatre of the Year.
• Gregory Award nominators continue submitting their ballots through Sunday August 5, 2012.
• People's Choice and Members' Voice ballots will be sent Friday, August 17, 2012 and will remain open for submission until Sunday, September 2, 2012. These ballots will present the top four nominees from the Gregory panel in each category.
• On Saturday, September 8, 2012 the final nominees will be announced and all TPS members will be sent a final unique link to their official 2012 Gregory Awards ballot. All TPS members will have until the end of the day on Friday, September 28, 2012 to complete their ballot.
About The Melissa Hines Award: The Gregory Awards are proud to present the Melissa Hines Award for Outstanding Theatre Practitioner! The recipient of this "behind the scenes" award will be honored for their involvement with theatre in Washington State over the last year. This honor is named in memory of the late Melissa Hines. She was the stalwart managing director of the Empty Space Theatre, participated on arts boards, and directed cultural activities in Seattle. This category is intended to honor those dedicated individuals who make theatre possible, enabling artists to do their art, but who often are not recognized by curtain calls, reviews or awards. This category may include production crew and stage management, volunteers, administrators, board members, donors and patrons.