March 2016 Newsletter
Welcome the NEW ariZoni Awards board members, NEW awards announced,
call for adjudicators, and more . . .
to the new ariZoni Awards
Board Members

We are pleased to announce the following new board members for the ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence:

Gil Benbrook, Phx Stages
Deb Czajkowski, Spotlight Youth Theatre
Shelby Maticic, Brelby Theatre
Rob Stuart, Southwestern Eye Center

We are so excited to have so many wonderful people interested in helping the ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence!

They will join current board members: Damon J. Bolling, Kelly Crews,
Chris Hamby (President), Richard Powers Hardt, Kandyce Hughes, 
Meribeth Reeves (Secretary), Karen Rolston, Patricia Tonzi (Treasurer) and 
Rebecca Weinstein (Vice President). 

NEW award for 2016 ceremony--STAGE MANAGER AWARD!

The ariZoni Excellence in Stage Management Award honors a stage, company or production manager within our local theatre community, who has gone above and beyond their job duties throughout the course of their body of work. This individual truly exemplifies the best qualities of a stage manager: patience, diplomacy, organization and a sense of humor.

Nominations must be made by the Artistic Director of an ariZoni participating theater. Applications are now available on the ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence website.  Application reviewers will expect that qualified applicants will stage manages 2-3 shows a year, run smooth, organized rehearsals and shows, have a good rapport with actors, directors and the design team, is someone the nominator would recommend to others and consider hiring again in the future.   Deadline for this new award is August 15, 2016.

Call for adjudicators
It all comes down to adjudication!

The adjudicators are the unsung heroes of the ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence. Without them, none of the awards would be possible.  And we need a LOT of people to make it all work.  

With 25 non-contract theaters, 3 contract theaters and 13 youth theaters, there are more than 100 productions adjudicated each year that need five adjudicators each. We need qualified people, people who have worked in or studied theater, people who can solidly apply the rubrics to each production and performance they see. 

If you are interested in adjudicating, please fill out an application online. Adjudicator applications are due April 30 Once chosen, you will need to attend a mandatory adjudicator training session.  Adjudicating is a great way to experience the incredible variety of theater we have in the Valley of the Sun and help ensure the ariZoni's are the BEST they can be!

April 30 - Adjudicator applications due

May 9, 15, 16 - Adjudicator Training/Meetings (one meeting mandatory for EVERY

May 21 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - arZoni participating theater artistic/managing directors meeting. MANY THEATERS, ONE COMMUNITY. Bringing together many voices to support theater in the valley. Location TBA.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

June 1 - Theater applications for adjudication due

June 20 - MANDATORY meeting for participating non-contract/youth theatres

July 25 - MANDATORY meeting for contract theatres

August 1 - Reading of the nominations

September 19 - ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence Award Ceremony, location TBD

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