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35th Annual Arty Awards

"And the Arty goes to:"

How are the Arty Awards Determined?

Have you ever wondered how the Arty Nominees and Awards are determined?  Here's a breakdown of how it all works! 

  1. Arty season runs from August to July. So, for example, this past Arty Season runs from August 2018 to July 2019.)

  2. Directors from the theatrical organizations in Solano and Napa counties request forms to submit their Arty entries. The director of each production submits this form that tells the Arty Judges who is nominated and who they need to watch for when they attend the theatrical productions.

  3. Once the form is filled out, they are returned to the Arty Coordinator no later than two (2) weeks prior to the opening of the production. Five (5) Arty judges are sent out to review each production. Reviewing/Judging is based on a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is the highest rating and 1 is the lowest rating.

  4. Arty Judges review the actors and technical crew listed on the form submitted by the director.

    1. Lead and Supporting Actor/Actress roles are judged on 5 different categories:

      1. Believability

      2. Consistency

      3. Timing

      4. Vocal ability

      5. Relationship

    2. Technical roles (lighting, sound, costume, set design, director) are judged on 5 different categories:

      1. Scene Contribution

      2. Story Contribution

      3. Suitability/Quality

      4. Balance/Volume

      5. Creative Appeal

  1. After the Arty Judges have reviewed/judged the productions, the forms are returned to the Arty Coordinator. At the end of the Arty season, scores are tabulated. The tabulation will automatically give an average total for each person submitted for their category.

    1. So if a nominee has points such as 15, 13, 20, 19, 22 the tabulation will give an average total of all of these numbers, which in turn gives their total score. Only the top 5 highest scoring people nominated are actually listed as the nominees. The person with the highest score is awarded the Arty.


Thanks to Robert Ponce, Arty Awards Coordinator, for this great information!

Do you enjoy theater? Like to critique performances? Want free tickets to local theatrical performances?
PAN-Arts wants you for an Arty judge!
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