Approximately 275 Ovation voters are responsible for attending and scoring Ovation-registered productions. Their scores determine Ovation nominees and recipients.
Ovation voters consist of LA-based theatre artists who have worked professionally in the theatre for at least three years (and, specifically, have extensive experience working professionally in LA theatre). They are selected through an annual application process that is facilitated by the Ovation Rules Committee. This process examines the applicant’s participation in the Greater Los Angeles theatre community, including attendance habits and professional resume.
BECOMING A VOTER
The Voter Application is currently open.
There are two parts to the application, which consists of some basic questions, submitting your theatre-based resume and a production scoring exercise. For many, there will also be an interview. Be sure you complete both parts.
The application for the 2019-20 awards seasons can be found here:
What We’re Looking For:
In order to qualify as an Ovation Awards voter, you need to be an active, professional, Los Angeles area-based theatre artist/administrator, who’s been working in the community for at least three years. We’d love to continue to see a diverse mix of directors, designers, actors, playwrights, stage managers, artistic directors, managing directors, administrators, and more!*
Because the Ovation Awards are peer-judged, we look for voters who have excellent critical thinking skills, who can evaluate each voting category independently with an objective eye, and who can commit to attend and score the minimum number of productions (15) from the minimum number of producing organizations (15) throughout the region.
We also look for individuals who have a passion for promoting awareness, appreciation and support for the LA theatre community, and who have respect for artists and producers of all artistic sensibilities, disciplines, and budget levels.
Voters receive a complimentary ticket to the annual black tie Ovation Awards ceremony.
*Please note, voters must be over the age of 18, and cannot write theatrical criticism (formally, through publications or informally, via social media/blogs) during the duration of their time as voters.
The Application Process:
The application consists of answering basic questions, submitting your theatre-based resume, and completing a production scoring exercise. The Ovation Rules Committee will invite some applicants to continue the process with an interview (particularly, first-year applicants).
Accepted applicants become voters for the upcoming Ovations season (September through August). In order to be fully activated, accepted voters must:
- attend a mandatory orientation meeting
- complete the online tutorial
- pay the annual voter fee of $100
- submit a completed code of conduct
- meet their voting minimums (returning voters only)
Voters apply their first year, second year, and then every three years.
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