Nominations for next year’s Stage 100 Awards open this week, with theatre organisations across the UK given the opportunity to put themselves forward for consideration.
The Stage 100 Awards are now in their third year. They are held annually and run in conjunction with The Stage 100, the paper’s yearly analysis of the most influential movers and shakers in the industry.
However, while The Stage 100 recognises the achievements of individuals over the past 12 months, The Stage 100 Awards celebrate performing arts organisations and the teams behind them.
Again this year, we are asking for your input at the early stages of the nominations process. Organisations are allowed to put themselves (or others) forward for specific categories.
The only category for which self-nomination is not allowed is the unsung hero award. This category was launched last year and aims to recognise those working outside the limelight, but whose contribution is crucial to an organisation’s success. The inaugural award was given out to three winners: theatre consultant for See Tickets Edwin Shaw, chaperone Heather Miller and the manager of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre coffee bar, Frances Coyle.
Following an online nomination process, which will close at midnight on Monday, December 3, reader nominations will be included in deliberations by The Stage 100 Awards judging panel, with winners chosen from a selection of public nominations and the judges’ own selection.
Alistair Smith, deputy editor of The Stage and chair of the judging panel, said: “The Stage 100 Awards recognise excellence – in all its forms – across the performing arts industry. Last year, all but one of our winners came through the nomination process, so it is absolutely worthwhile for organisations to put themselves or others forward for recognition.
“When nominating, we ask for information about what the nominee has achieved over the last 12 months. What the judging panel is looking for is not the quantity of nominations, but the quality of the supporting evidence with each nomination.”
Go to The Stage 100 Awards for full criteria and to nominate an organisation or individual for any of the awards. Nominations close on December 3 and winners will be announced in the January 3 edition of The Stage.