Save the date - Saturday March 21 at 2pm in Concord, NH
The NH Theatre Awards Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st, 2015 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord, NH / 266 North Main Street. Please join our board member and other members of the NH Theater Community. You do NOT have to be a current member of the NHTA to attend! Come and find out what it is all about.
A little food and great discussion about the past theater season and the upcoming one.
Please - Come and join us!
Monday, February 23, 2015 3:08:00 PM

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

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

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 

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:

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

Notice! Time on your ticket is wrong 

It has been brought to our attention that the Stockbridge Theatre has posted the wrong starting time for the NHTA Show on January 31st - we will be rectifying this as soon as possible but wanted to make sure everybody knew that the  *correct start time is 7:00 pm* (not 7:30 pm as the Stockbridge website and tickets state).  Thank you!  Please spread the word to your friends and family members who may be attending!  
Friday, January 23, 2015 9:24:00 PM
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