2016-17 Elly Awards Judging Information

Elly judges are super-volunteers! An Elly judge will attend between 15 and 50 shows in a single year and travel hundreds of miles to theatres within a 70-mile radius of downtown Sacramento! Elly judges bring a variety of backgrounds and talents to the judging process. Many are currently active in theatre or have theatrical backgrounds as directors, actors, designers, technicians, playwrights or educators. (Remember: Judges may not be involved in any productions within the category they judge.) All judges share a love of the performing arts, a promise to be objective and a commitment to attending every show submitted in their category. SARTA provides all the necessary training and materials. If you are interesting in becoming an Elly judge, please visit our judge application page.

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Elly Awards Judging FAQs

Q. Who are the Elly Judges? What is involved in being a judge?

A. Elly Judges are a dedicated group of volunteers who bring a variety of backgrounds and talents to the judging process. Many have theatrical backgrounds as directors, actors, designers, technicians or educators. Some come from other backgrounds. All possess a love of the performing arts and a commitment to be objective. Judges devote their time and effort to one full season, July 1 through June 30. They commit to attending every show submitted in their category. The number of shows in each category varies year by year; a typical judge attends 35 to 45 shows at theaters in Sacramento and surrounding counties.Judges may not be artistically involved in any production in the category they judge for the duration of their one-year commitment. Judges' scores are tabulated by a Certified Public Accountant who is not affiliated with any theater. SARTA provides training, orientation, and materials.

 

Q. If I volunteer as a judge, in what category might I serve?

A. Elly Judges serve in one of the following categories: Comedy, Drama, Musicals, Education, Original Works, and Young People's Theater. SARTA attempts to place judges in the category for which they are most qualified and that they most prefer.