The Stage Awards Nominations



The Stage Awards 2018 – nominations

Nominations for The Stage Awards 2018, in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd, are now open. Any performing arts organisation can be nominated, and self-nomination is encouraged.

Please note nominations should include as much detail as possible, including statistics to back up claims and links to supporting documentation where possible. The overall number of nominations an organisation receives will not impact the shortlist.

Who can nominate?

Organisations can put themselves forward, or you can nominate another organisation you admire. The only category that should not be self-nominated is the Unsung Hero award sponsored by White Light.

What are the judging criteria?

When telling us why are you are nominating an organisation/individual, you should try to back up any assertions with detailed figures. So, for example, if you are talking about a theatre increasing its audience numbers or box office, please include the level from and to. Or, if you are nominating a school, you might like to include its Ofsted results, or examples of the success of its alumni. The artistic success of an organisation is of course taken into account – you might like to back this up with other awards, or reviews – but it is not the sole factor upon which judgements will be made. Examples of innovative business practices, outreach work, financial success – among many other factors – will also be taken into account. The awards – with the exception of the Unsung Hero award, sponsored by White Light, which can cover any period – focus on work since December 5, 2016.

What is the judging process?

Following the public nominations process, the nominees across all categories are considered in December by The Stage’s judging panel, which can also submit its own nominations. The shortlist for each category (excluding Unsung Hero sponsored by White Light, for which there is no shortlist) is announced in the December 14 issue, with the winners announced at The Stage Awards ceremony on January 26, 2018.

Is there a fee to enter?

There is currently no fee to nominate an organisation/person for The Stage Awards 2018 in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd.

How can my nomination be used?

It is a condition of entry that all material submitted as part of your entry can be reproduced by The Stage Media Company at no cost.

What if I disagree with the shortlist or result?

The judging panel’s decision is final.

When do nominations close?

The nominations close on November 19, 2017.

How do I nominate my/another organisation/person?

Click on the button below and fill out the form.

How we choose our shortlists and winners

Stage oneIn October and November, we hold an open nominations process. Organisations are able to put themselves, or others, forward for consideration across all the categories.

Stage twoWe ask 50 leading figures from the UK theatre industry, working across the commercial, independent and subsidised sectors, who they would nominate in each category. We also consult senior figures from The Stage’s editorial team.

Stage threeThe final judging panel meet to consider all the submissions and choose the final shortlist. The panel is chaired by The Stage’s editor Alistair Smith.

Headline sponsor

The Stage is hugely proud of its association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd which helps to make The Stage Awards a special event


Integro Insurance Brokers are an international insurance brokerage operating from offices spread across the UK and USA. Recognised as world leaders in our field our major Entertainment & Sport practice specialise in designing insurance policies that meet the needs and special requirements of theatres & venues, bands & artists of all stature,  film & TV production companies, sports governing bodies, teams and players,.

We have provided insurance for over 65% of the West End productions & advise approximately 130 theatres and venues in the UK. We provide advisory and risk management services to prestigious West End and Broadway theatre productions, national & international stage production companies and theatres & many fringe venues throughout the UK. Our clients include: theatres, arts & multimedia venues, producers & production companies, dance companies, management companies, equipment hire companies, management consultants, event management & production & set builders.

Our team of experts meet the insurance needs of those engaged right across the entertainment industry – we are always happy to provide a quotation and advice, if you would like more information visit

Integro Insurance Brokers are extremely proud to be sponsoring The Stage Awards for a fifth year and would like to wish the nominees in each category of the awards the very best of luck.

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