Special Award Winners Nominations Sought 


The NH Theatre Awards is pleased to announce it is now accepting nominations for the three Special Award categories for the 2016 NH Theatre Awards show in January.  Traditionally these nominations have been received in the fall prior to the show, but as the nominations are not time sensitive the NHTA Board of Directors is working to create a new timeline for Awards Show preparation which allows for more time to develop the content of the show.  As such, we will be accepting nominations for the Matty Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Children’s Theatre Award between now and Friday May 15th, 2015.  Please see below on the criteria for the awards as well as how to nominate someone.  If you have previously nominated someone in the past that was not been selected please feel free to nominate them again this year.




The "Matty" Award for Vision and Tenacity

Candidates for this award will have demonstrated both the creativity to see the potential for a concept or project in the field of performing arts and will have advanced its development to the point that it is functional and has the resources required for it to be sustained. 

The successful candidate will also have had to carry forth the project overcoming obstacles which might otherwise preclude it coming to fruition. Possible projects might include but are not limited to:

  •     The founding and successful running of a theatre company
  •     Development or rehabilitation of a physical performance space
  •     Development of new styles of performance, dance, vocality or stage craft (lighting, sound, set design, costuming)
  •     Projects which meet a community need or become a voice for social need (eg. theatre for the disabled, blind or deaf)
  •     Theatre education programs

Send nomination, supporting materials, write up, and contact info to VisionAward@NHTheatreAwards.org

This award was inspired by Matty Gregg, a New Hampshire Magazine employee whose zeal and energy was the necessary ingredient to make the first New Hampshire Theatre Awards competition and awards night a success.  

Please have your nomination submitted by May 15 at the very latest.  This award is determined by the NHTA Board of Directors with input from New Hampshire Magazine. 



The Children's and Youth Theatre Award.

Candidates are leaders who have made remarkable contributions to the involvement, inspiration and achievement of young actors and theatrical artists. This is an award for a person, not a company, though often the two are indistinguishable from the point of view of the community in which they operate. It's also possible that the best candidate has no individual organization to his or her credit and is still viewed as an inspirational or transformative leader.

Send nomination, supporting materials, write up, and nominee contact info to ChildrensAward@NHTheatreAwards.org

This award recognizes an individual who conducts a children or youth program, that is remarkable for the quality of work produced or for the challenges overcome in theatrical productions. 

Please have your nomination submitted by May 15 at the very latest. This award is determined by the NHTA Board of Directors majority vote.



The Francis Grover Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award

Candidates will be chosen based upon the quality, scope and consistency of their positive influence upon theatre in the state. This is an award for a lifetime of service, though it does not imply that the person's contributions have ended or declined. 

Nominations should include sufficient supporting documentation that the committee has a basis for consideration on the nominee.

Send nomination, supporting materials, write up, and nominee contact info to LifetimeAward@NHTheatreAwards.org

Some things the Board of Directors will be taking into consideration:

  •     How has this person affected theatre as a whole?
  •     What was the extent of the theatrical impact in NH?
  •     How long has this person been making an impact in NH? Have they been doing it for longer periods of time?
  •     Has the theatre contribution to the community been a positive one?
  •     Has the theatre contribution changed the social fabric for the better?
  •     Has the theatre contribution made a lasting impact on NH?

Please have your nomination submitted by May 15 at the very latest. This award is determined by the NHTA Board of Directors majority vote.

About the Award
The award was named for the founder of The Barnstormers Summer Theatre, the nation's oldest summer stock theatre company, still operating in Tamworth.

Posted by Lowell Williams Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:56:00 PM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News

NHTA 14 Award Show Date Announced 

Really? Yes! Really!

JANUARY 23, 2016

That's the date of the 14th Annual NHTA Award Show at the Capitol Center for the Arts in downtown Concord, NH.
Plenty of lead time so there's no chance you will miss it. Come spend a nice warm evening with us next winter as we celebrate all of the good stuff you are about to create in 2015.
I almost wish it was January again-- ALMOST.
Have a great season.
Posted by Lowell Williams Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:17:00 AM

NHTA Sites down for maintenance on Wednesday February 18th, 2015 (7pm - 11pm) 

Website Maintenance 2/18 from 7pm until 11pm

The website hosting provider for the NH Theatre Awards websites will be migrating our content to new servers on Wednesday February 18th, 2015 between the hours of 7pm and 11pm.

Email will also be down between that time.

Thank you for your patience while our websites are moved to newer and faster servers.

Posted by Joe Vago Monday, February 16, 2015 7:24:00 PM Categories: Adjudication Website NH Theatre Award News

Show Survey for 13th Annual NH Theatre Awards Night 

Show Survey for 13th Annual NH Theatre Awards Night

If you attended the 13th Annual NH Theatre Awards Night on January 31st, 2015  we would love to get your feedback of the night.

The 7 question survey can be found here http://nhtheatreawards.org/nhta-13-show-survey.aspx

The survey is intended to help improve the NH Theatre Awards night.  Answers will be kept confidential within the  Board of Directors.

We welcome any constructive criticism of the awards show and/or the adjudication process itself.

This survey will close on February 16th, 2015.

 -- NH Theatre Awards Board of Directors



Posted by Joe Vago Friday, February 06, 2015 10:33:00 AM Categories: After Party Awards Show Board of Directors NH Theatre Award News

Season "13" Adjudicator Comments now available 

Liaisons from season "13" for the NH Theatre Awards can retrieve last seasons's Adjudicator Comments by visiting the Season 13 Adjudicator Website at  http://nhtheatreawards.org/adjudication13/

If a theatre company has a need to have this seasons liaison added to last seasons website (to access a companies comments), this years Liaison can request this access by emailing us at Admin@NHTheatreAwards.org. 

Please expect a few days delay in response until after mid-February.

Posted by Joe Vago Sunday, February 01, 2015 7:50:00 AM Categories: Adjudication Website Awards Show NH Theatre Award News


Adjudication Website Update

Dear Liaisons and Adjudicators;

We just wanted to give you an update on the status of the NEW adjudication website.  As many of you know we had to start assigning adjudicators for the January shows before the website was fully operational.  The priority was getting the site ready for productions to be entered, adjudicators activated, and adjudicators assigned for the first few shows.

At this point, we are pleased to say, that all that happened before the season began.  Now we have completed additional pieces of the puzzle.  Liaisons are now able to enter their nomination information, adjudicators are able to confirm attendance and see the nominees of the shows they are assigned. 

There is one extremely important piece of the puzzle which is still to come and we apologize if this is causing any confusion or difficulty.  The website will be ready for you to cut and paste your completed, liaison approved, ballots by mid-February.  As this delay is on our end, no adjudicators will be penalized if their 30 day period is up before the site is ready.  In addition, we will be giving all adjudicators of shows whose 30 day period ends prior to the website being ready two additional weeks to complete the ballot entry once the system is ready.

So if you are an adjudicator for one of these early shows what should you do?  Well, as you know from the training we always want you to complete your ballot locally on your computer BEFORE uploading anyway so you have a backup copy.  So really the process shouldn’t be any different other than the delay in uploading.  First, complete a ballot in Microsoft word or something comparable.  There is a sample ballot with all of the criteria and matrix language available for you here:  http://www.nhtheatreawards.org/scoring-criteria-matrix.aspx

Once you are happy that your scores and comments match and are ready, send the word file to your liaison for feedback.  Once you get feedback that they think the ballot is ready to go, simply hold onto it until you receive notification that the website is ready for cutting and pasting your comments and entering your scores.  For adjudicators assigned to shows after the website is ready, obviously you will be able to cut and paste your ballots as soon as your liaison approves.

We do apologize for this inconvenience, but once the new website is fully complete it should make the adjudication process a lot more user friendly for everyone for years to come.  Thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions , please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to talk you through it.  The important thing is to complete the ballot locally in a timely manner so that the show is still fresh in your head – the delay in putting the ballot on the website should not affect your ability to complete a successful ballot.

Best wishes and looking forward to seeing you Saturday night!

Thursday, January 29, 2015 4:59:00 PM Categories: Policy & Procedure Training

Special Award Winners 2014 

Barbara Newton and Carol Bagan

Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

The Players' Ring is well known for its distinctive approach to showcasing theatre and performing arts. It's an approach born of the remarkable achievements and spirit of founding member and director of the Players’ Ring, Barbara Newton. Barbara has been involved in virtually every aspect of running the theatre since 1992. 

She is responsible for the finance and administration operations of the venue, including grant writing, fundraising, and strategic planning.  Elected president by the board of directors in 2000 (replacing the late founder F. Gary Newton) Barbara oversees the day-to-day operations at the Players' Ring and has guided major renovations and repair projects to their historic theatre building from adding new lighting to installing a new roof and new seating.

Barbara has been the driving force, establishing the Players’ Ring as a truly remarkable small theatre receiving many kudos in the creatively competitive Seacoast arts community.


"Matty" Award for Vision & Tenacity

Carol Bagan was a New York teacher when she first appeared onstage as Fire for “Fire and Ice,” dancing in red-dyed cheesecloth. Since that experience, her theatrical flame has never gone out.  Carol moved to Concord in 1970 not knowing a soul and soon found a second home on Prince Street at the Concord City Auditorium.

The beginning of a long volunteer relationship with Community Players of Concord introduced her to Concord’s many community-based arts organizations. As Carol produced, painted, promoted (even performed) she became aware of the looming threat to the Auditorium’s existence and met the challenge head-on. In 1991 when the city manager announced the intention to close the city-owned Auditorium and turn it into three floors of office space, Carol, with the late Harriet Ward, a trustee of the Walker Lecture Fund, shared a vision to work in partnership with the city “to preserve and maintain the historic municipal theatre and foster its affordable and accessible use for the benefit of everyone in the community.”  

Supported by Concord’s arts groups, this partnership prevailed. In the last 24 years the Friends of The Audi have raised and invested more than $1.5 million in upgrades to the theater. Every year hundreds of people volunteer time, talent and help sustain a treasured community inspired in no small part by the vision and tenacity of Carol Bagan.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:26:00 PM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News

Wanna Skip Training Next Year? 

While some of us view the NHTA Adjudication Training and Public Flogging a great way to get together with friends, others view the training as, well, tedious. Well, here's your chance to get out of attending training next fall.

"How?" you may be asking! "How can I avoid this?!"

Calm down, I'll tell you: WRITE GREAT BALLOTS.


"How do I know if I have written a great ballot?" you may ask.

Get 5 stars! What could be easier?

This season, we have introduced ballot proctoring. We'll score your ballots and if you have at least three ballots with an average score of 4 or better, no training for you. You could come any way, of course. After all, there are free doughnuts.

So, get out there and see your shows and write some great ballots because ballots are the backbone of the NHTA!

Have a great season!

(See the Proctoring description on the policies page)

Posted by Lowell Williams Monday, January 26, 2015 10:39:00 AM Categories: Policy & Procedure Training
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