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
Voter Applications are no longer being accepted for the season. The application period will reopen in April 2020.
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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.
Mary Jo Catlett
Erin Cazares Sanzo
Diana De La Cruz
Darius De La Cruz
Fran de Leon
Elina de Santos
Emma Zakes Green
Paul Hoan Zeidler
Karen JP Howes
Donna Simone Johnson
Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Jer Adrianne Lelliott
Mark McClain Wilson
Desiree Mee Jung
Yee Eun Nam
Stephanie Kerley O’Neill
Katie Anne Rich
Jon Lawrence Rivera
Ella Saldana North
Jean Michelle Sayeg
Jonee B Shady
Peter James Smith
Kathryn Taylor Smith
Peter Van Norden
Karen Malina White
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin