Adjudicator Frequently Asked Questions

What are the responsibilities of an adjudicator? How much time will I need to invest?

An adjudicator’s job has four simple parts:

  • Carefully read through the adjudication rubric and become familiar with the categories
  • Attend the performance
  • Fill out a rubric chart to rate each eligible student
  • Submit your ratings via the online form within 4 business days

Other than the performance itself, very little time is required.

Who can be an adjudicator?

An adjudicator for the Roger Rees Awards must be an industry professional who has at least one of the following qualifications:

  • A degree or professional certification in music, theatre, dance or other aspect of the performing arts;
  • Membership in one of the Broadway industry unions or guilds, with at least 5 years of experience in the professional theatre;
  • At least 5 years of experience as a teacher or teaching artist of any aspect of the performing arts at the high school or college level;
  • An industry professional with at least 5 years of experience in theater arts education, audience development and/or youth enrichment.

To avoid any conflict of interest, an adjudicator must not have an official affiliation with the school, which is defined as a paid or contractual position with the school or the production.  Furthermore, the adjudicator also cannot have a professional or familial relationship with any member of the cast or production team.

 How are adjudicators identified?

Each participating school is responsible for finding 3 adjudicators to attend their performance.

How can I contact a school to offer my services as an adjudicator?

You can find a list of participating schools, arranged by county HERE.  If you believe a high school in your area may be eligible to participate, we certainly recommend reaching out to them.

Are adjudicators compensated?

The Roger Rees Awards has no requirement regarding pay for adjudicators.  Each school will make their own arrangements.

Is travel for adjudicators reimbursed?

The Roger Rees Awards has no requirement regarding pay for adjudicators.  Each school will make their own arrangements.

How are students identified for adjudication?

Schools will identify eligible students and those names will be given to adjudicators prior to attending a performance.

To be eligible for adjudication, a student must perform a qualifying role in an approved musical, as identified by The National High School Musical Theatre Awards aka the Jimmy’s.

For a comprehensive list of NHSMTA qualifying shows and roles, CLICK HERE.

Is there a system I should follow for judging?

Yes.  The Roger Rees team has developed a comprehensive rubric that all adjudicators are required to follow.  If you have been identified by a school as an adjudicator, you will receive a set of instructions and a chart to fill out for each eligible student.

 When will I receive my instructions?

Once a school has notified the Roger Rees Awards of their chosen adjudicators, we will send out detailed instructions and a list of students to be evaluated.  You should receive all your materials no less than one week prior to the performance.

Will the schools and/or students see my evaluations?

While ratings may be provided to the schools, we will only send aggregate scores.  Therefore, your particular ratings will be anonymous.

How do I submit ratings?

You will be given a link to a simple online form.  All ratings must be submitted through this form.

 When are my ratings due?

Ratings must be submitted online within four business days after the performance, in no case later than Monday May 13th.

 What happens after I submit my ratings?

The Roger Rees team will tally all the results to determine the 50 top scoring students (25 men and 25 women.)  These nominees will be invited to attend the Roger Rees Awards event, a day-long enrichment program in NYC which will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

What is the Roger Rees Awards event?

The 50 top scoring students (25 men and 25 women) in the region will attend a day-long program that includes a Master Class and group coaching sessions with Broadway professionals. Following the coaching sessions, 12 students (6 men and 6 women) will be selected by their coaches to perform solos for a panel of industry judges.

These judges will select the Best Actor and Best Actress award recipients, who will represent the Greater New York Metro area at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018

Can adjudicators attend the Roger Rees Awards event?

Due to limited space, only the selected nominees will be able to attend.  The final stage of the competition will be broadcast on Facebook Live for everyone to see.  For details check out our Facebook page for The Roger Rees Awards.