BY Alicia Chesser l The Tulsa Voice
Frequently Asked Questions
WHY AN AWARDS PROGRAM?
The Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence (T.A.T.E.) was initiated to celebrate local theatre and to recognize, reward and promote the efforts of those contributing to Tulsa’s vibrant theatre community.
WHERE DOES THE AWARD MONEY COME?
The T.A.T.E. Awards are supported by the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) as part of their civic enhancement efforts.
WHY ARE MUSICALS INELIGIBLE FOR TATE AWARDS?
The impetus for the T.A.T.E. Awards was to provide support for straight theatre in the City of Tulsa. It is this form of theatre that is seen as needing the most support and recognition.
WHY ARE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS INELIGIBLE FOR THE T.A.T.E. AWARDS?
The T.A.T.E. Awards are based on other national theatre awards programs which have been thoroughly researched. Educational institutions have an inherent advantage over other nonprofit theatre organizations in that they receive institutional support for salaries and facilities. In addition, participants in university theatre have the advantage of full-time instruction in acting, directing, set design, etc.
WHO ARE THE JUDGES?
Judges are selected by the T.A.T.E. Committee from a carefully vetted pool of individuals from the theater community and general populace who have a strong interest in the arts as a viewer or practitioner. Judges should remain anonymous in order to avoid compromising the objectivity of the judging process.
WHAT ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF ADJUDICATOR “TAMPERING,” ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE A RELATIVELY SMALL COMMUNITY IN WHICH BIAS MAY EXIST?
Each judge is required to sign a Conflict of Interest Statement prior to each production.
Judges are not privy to the scores of another judge. All scores are sent within 48 hours to a third party accounting firm. These are the only people who see all scores. A representative of the accounting firm delivers the results the evening of the ceremony in a sealed envelope.
HOW ARE THE SHOWS JUDGED?
As outlined in the “Adjudicator Guidelines/Process” area on this site, judging is done by a point system, one to ten, ten being outstanding. Each production is broken into categories covering all aspects of producing a solid product.
DO WE HAVE A CHANCE IF WE DON’T HAVE A BIG BUDGET?
Adjudicators are reminded during training that the goal of this award is not the amount of set, costumes or cast; it is rather the creativity used with the resources available. This award is to celebrate excellence in Tulsa Theatre. The only focus is to be on creating a solid product.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT THE ADJUDICATORS THOUGHT OF MY PRODUCTION?
Each adjudicator is required to make comments on each production—what worked and what didn’t work. These comment sheets are available upon request to the production company. Comments are not shared publicly. The official scoring sheet is not available to participating organizations.
ARE T.A.T.E. COMMITTEE MEMBERS OR ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL JUDGES?
No. If you are serving as a current member on the T.A.T.E. Committee or have any administrative duties, you are not eligible to judge.