To comply with the national program guidelines, all students playing qualifying roles in registered productions must be adjudicated by a team of independent theater professionals. The Roger Rees Awards (RRA) requires participating schools to identify three (3) credentialed and impartial theater professionals to serve as adjudicators of their high school productions. Adjudicators must register with the RRA a minimum of one (1) week prior to the performance date. Adjudicators must attend the school production and score the performance of each eligible student put forth by the school. NOTE: Scores will ONLY be considered for eligible students who have been nominated by the school and whose parent or guardian has completed the application form granting permission for participation in the program.
Qualifications for a Roger Rees Award Adjudicator
To avoid any conflict of interest, an adjudicator must not have an official affiliation with the school. An affiliation is defined as: (1) a paid or contractual position with the school or the production and/or (2) a professional or familial relationship with any member of the cast or production team. 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.
Identifying and Registering Adjudicators
In the event you need help identifying adjudicators for your production, we recommend you begin by calling the college or university in your area. Many schools will make members of their performing arts department faculty available for this purpose. You can also contact the NY Thespians for a list of their members.
ADJUDICATORS – Please CLICK HERE to register. Registration must be completed no less than two (2) weeks prior to the first school production performance date to receive program guidelines, judging rubric and score submission requirements.