Deadline is November 1st

The NH Theatre Awards are currently seeking nominations for the Francis Grover Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.

We encourage renominating persons who did not already receive the award for this upcoming awards show.NHTA Logo

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

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 November 1st at the very latest. This award is determined by the NHTA Board of Directors majority vote.

Friday, October 03, 2014 9:49:00 AM


Deadline is November 1st

The NH Theatre Awards are seeking nominations for the Children's and Youth Theatre Award.NHTA Logo

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 one 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

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 November 1st at the very latest. This award is determined by the NHTA Board of Directors majority vote.

Friday, October 03, 2014 9:45:00 AM Categories: NH Theatre Award News


Deadline is November 1st

The NH Theatre Awards are currently seeking nominations for the "Matty" Award for Vision and Tenacity to be presented by New Hampshire Magazine & RBS Wealth Management.

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 theater 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. theater for the disabled, blind or deaf)
  •     Theater education programs

Send nomination, supporting materials, write up, and contact info to

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 November 1st at the very latest.  This award is determined by the NHTA Board of Directors with input from New Hampshire Magazine.

Friday, October 03, 2014 9:36:00 AM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News


A MAJOR classification shift and TWO new Awards!!
production categories

NEW for 2015

Award Categories (Professional, Community, Youth) will now be applied to theatre productions instead of theatre companies

No longer will companies that want to participate in multiple categories have to form “sister” companies to enter into different categories, eliminating the need for multiple liaisons with multiple log-ins and passwords..  Eligibility for participating theatre companies will remain the same, and each company will be entitled to enter 2 productions (or 3 if one qualifies as original) in EACH of the production categories.  (click here to view the NEW Production Category definitions and criteria)

Companies will still be responsible for having a primary adjudicator for every production they submit for adjudication.  One liaison can now oversee all productions for their company and all adjudicators within a company can cover assignments for each other. 

Please NOTE: It is the producing company’s responsibility to ensure that its productions meet the eligibility requirements and enter their shows in the correct category.

new requirements for original work

NEW FOR 2015

Original Play/Musical Production Eligibility Requirements have been adjusted to clarify what's eligible.

An Original Drama/Comedy/Musical is eligible for adjudication as an ORIGINAL drama, comedy, or musical if it meets the following criteria:

  • The production must be, in the judgment of the NH Theatre Awards, a legitimate theatrical production
  • Work must be original material -- not translated, adapted, or updated from an existing play, book, movie or other source UNLESS the work shows substantial originality compared with its source not limited to, but including, characters, plot, setting, original score, time period, dialog, etc.  The NH Theatre Awards will have the ultimate decision as to whether the work shows enough originality to qualify.
  • Work must be unavailable through any publishing house
  • Work must never have been produced in New Hampshire
  • If a musical, a majority of the music must be written by the creator(s) or author(s) of the play
  • If a musical, the songs and/or music must serve to propel the story and enhance character development. A sequence of musical numbers loosely connected by introductions, commentary, or vignettes with no concurrent plot does not qualify as an original musical. Musical revues, "revuesicals", concerts with "themes" or improvisational works are not considered to be eligible as an original production.

the "theater hero" award


Every participating theatre company may select their own “Theatre Hero” to be recognized by the NH Theatre community at this year’s Awards Show.  The Hero can be a board member, volunteer, on stage or backstage contributor that helps make your company succeed and may or may not get the recognition he/she deserves. 

This is NOT an adjudicated award, nor is this a “nomination” process.  ALL submissions (maximum 1 per company per year allowed) will be recognized.

Each group can choose the manner in which its theatre hero is selected and the chosen name should be provided to the NHTA’s no later than January 1, 2015. Liaisons should e-mail with your company’s selection.

"Recognition of Excellence in Playwriting"

NEW FOR 2015

"Recognition of Excellence in Playwriting" will replace The Best Original Playwright Award, which is now defunct.

There will no longer be a “Best Original Playwright” Award adjudicated by company adjudicators.   All productions that meet the eligibility requirements as an Original Production will simply be adjudicated in the same manner as any other non-original production and be eligible in all the same award categories.


The NHTA has established a NEW means of acknowledging exceptional original scripts.  “Recognition of Excellence in Playwriting” will be awarded by the NHTA (not adjudicated by company adjudicators), determined by a committee of 3 NHTA Board members and 2 members-at-large selected at random from volunteers who are willing to read all of the eligible original scripts.  Only original scripts of original productions that are participating in the current year’s NHTA adjudication process will be considered. 

The committee can choose to recognize as few or as many original playwrights as it deems worthy in a given season.  The producing company will be responsible for providing a pdf file of the script and a cd of the music if a musical to the NH Theatre Awards prior to opening night of the production to be eligible..

Clarifications and Changes
  • The definition of an "adjudicable" (eligible) performance now states:

The production must have a minimum of three (3) scheduled, authorized, open admission performances, all in the same venue within New Hampshire.  Rehearsals and performances that are "private", "restricted admission", or "invitation only" are not eligible for adjudication.

  • Adjudicators will no longer be able to “Opt Out” of adjudicating Youth productions

As the system will now be production based and not company based with all production categories allowed under the same theatre organization, we are no longer allowing the youth adjudication “opt out”.  If you plan to adjudicate this year please be aware that the responsibility comes with possibly adjudicating youth productions.



Wednesday, October 01, 2014 10:41:00 AM Categories: Adjudication Website NH Theatre Award News Policy & Procedure Training

Responses Needed on Policy Survey 

We need your help!

We are looking for feedback on our policies on LATE BALLOTS and we would appreciate your thoughts!Survey image

Please complete the following SHORT SURVEY to help us understand how you think we should best handle this problem.

The survey is only three questions and you should be able to complete it in under a minute. We need to determine how to handle this for the 2015 season, so please complete the survey right away.  You can review the current policy here.

If you have further thoughts or questions, please contact NHTA Executive Director Bryan Halperin via e-mail.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:37:00 AM

NHTA Announces Creative Team for 13th Annual Awards Show 

Joe Vago and Joel Mercier to Direct Annual Event
            Joe Vago

The New Hampshire Theatre Awards (NHTA) Board of Directors proudly announce that Joe Vago will lead the creative team as Director for the 13th Annual New Hampshire Theatre Awards Show. Vago, a former NHTA Executive Director, has also served NHTA in myriad capacities for several multi-year terms. He has been involved in New Hampshire theatre for more than 23 years—as actor, director, technical director, and producer—and has participated in more than 70 theatrical productions. Vago also served New Thalian Players (NTP) as an incorporating Board Member, and as their First Vice-President, as well as having worked on more than a dozen of their productions. Vago is also a past President of Londonderry’s Music & Drama Company, and served as Technical Director for The Actorsingers of Nashua.

Joining Vago is Joel Mercier, who returns, for his seventh year, to tickle the ivories and wave the baton as NHTA’s Music Director. Mercier is a New England-based composer, director and music director, with credits from all over the country and with nationally recognized theatres, including Palace Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, Northern Stage (VT), Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater (OH), and Goodspeed Opera House (CT). In New York City, Mercier has worked at The Duplex, Westbeth Theatre (Off-Broadway), and Nokia Theatre Times Square (Broadway). A graduate of The Hartt School of Music, Mercier served as Artistic Associate at New London Barn Playhouse for six seasons, a Guest Artist at Dartmouth College for the past four, and is currently the Artistic Director of the newly-founded NH Theatre Factory in Southern New Hampshire.

           Joel Mercier

States NHTA Executive Director, Bryan Halperin, "We're very excited to have the show in the creative hands of Joe and Joel, who both have a lot of experience working on our Awards Shows. The NHTA team looks forward to bringing our entire theatre community together in celebration of New Hampshire's 2014 theatre season."  

Adds NHTA President, Gina Carballo, "My thought, when I look at who is at the helm, steering this ship toward our Awards Show gala, is that we have the perfect trifecta of talent in place. It's essential for me, as President, to be very clear, with anyone stepping into the creative positions for this show, about the course I want to take, and the desired end result. At the outset, Bryan, Joe, and Joel have been on board with my philosophy—that the NHTA body of membership is our primary focus always. I want our Awards Show to be a meaningful, positive and joyful experience for our members. It's not just about the awards; it's about our community.  Bryan, Joe, and Joel are each outstanding at what they do within this organization. They’re accomplished leaders who are driven and talented, each in their own right. To see them work, plan, and execute together is special, indeed. They're talented professionals who are eager to work hard in order to create something truly unique. It's inspiring to be around them individually, and even more so when they're together. As an organization, we're very lucky.”

NHTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, registered with the Division of Charitable Trusts and Secretary of State. The NHTA has been formed and operates pursuant to and in accordance with RSA 292. The purpose of this organization is to provide professional and community theatres in New Hampshire the opportunity to showcase entertainment to audiences of all ages. For additional information and to learn more about the Awards presentation, contact us at, or visit our website at

Posted by Lowell Williams Friday, September 26, 2014 10:58:00 AM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News



Our Handsome Training Staff (file photo)Remember last year when we all got together and talked about the upcoming NHTA season? The rules, the responsibilities, and the free candy? Well, we're doing it all again and we invite you to join us!

NH Theatre Awards annual training is a 3 hour session that keeps participating Adjudicators and Liaisons up to date on new policies and refresh their memories on the year long NH Theatre Award process.   To be an Adjudicator or Liaison you must have attended training but anyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the NH Theatre Awards process!

what's so important?


The curriculum has been given a brand new focus with a sweeping facelift!

We are restructuring the focus of training away from the "where and when" (dates & deadlines) to invest more in helping the adjudicators understand the "how and why" (critiquing and analysis). There are also rule changes for 2015!

There will be a NEW on-line element that can be done anytime, anywhere, at your convenience!

We are creating a new feature, an on-line review, to reinforce the "rules & regulations" information that is critical for you to know. This will optimize time spent in classroom sessions to focus on the adjudication "process".   

Completion of the survey will be required, in addition to the classroom training, to be a commissioned adjudicator or liaison in 2015.

we are getting started earlier

We're getting started earlier, which means participating companies need to get liaisons' and adjudicators earlier!

  • PLEASE select your adjudicators and liaison ASAP so they can get to training in time
  • Watch for notice when the 2015 Company Application Form is available. 
  • The deadline for company application submission is December 15th.
Date and time Location (Directions below) Host

Please RSVP your planned attendance date to 

Due to this sweeping change in format and content, attendance will be mandatory for all adjudicators and liaisons for next season (2015).   But  with these improvements and coming upgrades to the website this fall, the NHTA will FINALLY be able to implement a process for proven, experienced adjudicators to forgo attending training next year!

the specifics - how to get there



ADDRESS: 34 Papermill Dr, Lincoln, NH 03251

Special Instructions: Behind Price Chopper/Movie Theatre complex.  Parking lot in front of building, double glass doors.


ADDRESS : 33 Maple Street, Henniker, NH

Special Instructions:  Park between Congregational Church and Parish Hall. Enter by center door. Call 568/5102 if you get lost.


Cancelations due to weather will be announced via email and on our website 12 hours in advance.

Please email with any questions.  Please allow our staff of volunteers 1-4 business days to respond.

Posted by Lowell Williams Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:34:00 PM Categories: Training

NHTA Announces New Executive Director! 

New Hampshire Theatre Awards (NHTA) has elected Bryan Halperin as their new Executive Director. Halperin, a founder of and Executive Director of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse since its inception in 2004, comes to NHTA with a vast palette of experience. Halperin is involved with all facets of the Playhouse’s operation. In addition to running its day-to-day operations, Halperin also writes directs, produces, and performs in its plays and musicals. His children’s musical series on environmental education has toured elementary schools throughout the state. He has won several New Hampshire Theatre Awards for directing, and received multiple Finalist nods in the playwright, director and actor categories. Halperin is also the creator of the Playhouse’s Playwriting Project, for which he teaches, in the fall, teens and adults how to write a one act play, and then produces and showcases, in the spring, a new play festival. For the past seven years, Halperin has also served as Producer/Director (and occasional actor) for the Winni Players’ Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Staged Reading

"I'm thrilled to be getting involved more formally with the NH Theatre Awards at this exciting time in its development.” Halperin says. “For me, theatre is all about community building and I see the NHTAs as an opportunity to expand that objective to a larger, state-wide community.  Having experience producing and directing theatre on the youth, community and professional levels in NH allows me to reach out to and relate to all the participating groups at the various levels and understand the challenges and opportunities they face and figure out how the NHTAs can support and enhance what they do."

States NHTA President, Gina Carballo, "Our Board of Directors and Operations Committee have a great deal of admiration and respect for Bryan. He is our top choice for the Executive Director position. He is a natural leader and possesses the vision, fortitude, and comportment required to implement NHTA’s goals, now and in the future.  Bryan and I share a parallel vision about this organization—our members must always be our top priority, and we must execute our initiatives with utmost integrity. Having a like-minded person lead this organization with me, with the bonus of Bryan's credentials, excites me about the bright future of the New Hampshire Theatre Awards.” 

Posted by Joe Vago Wednesday, May 28, 2014 9:08:00 PM Categories: Board of Directors NH Theatre Award News
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