2011 Groundling Awards Nominations are open …

Thanks to anyone485 on Flickr for the image

Greenroom’s The Groundlings are a people’s choice award. You nominate the individuals or productions for each category.

You can submit up to 3 (three) nominations beside each of the 14 (fourteen) categories listed below, but only once please.

Please note that Groundlings will only be awarded to Queensland theatre-makers. Yes, we’re proudly parochial.

focus, as per its byline, is on Professional and Independent theatre in Queensland.

Amateur, community and student theatre productions are not eligible for a Groundling award. Nominations will not be considered.

Co-productions qualify but only insofar as nominees are Queensland residents. There is a separate category for the Best Co-production anyway.

2011 Categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution by an Actor
  • Outstanding Contribution by an Actress
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Director
  • Outstanding Contribution to Set Design
  • Outstanding Contribution to Costume Design
  • Outstanding Contribution to Lighting Design
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sound Design or Composition
  • Outstanding Contribution to Multimedia Design
  • Outstanding Contribution to Innovative Theatre Practice
  • Best New Play in an Inaugural Queensland Season
  • Best Production 
  • Best Musical Theatre Production 
  • Best Co-Production
  • Outstanding Contribution to Queensland theatre

HOW TO NOMINATE

Go to the nomination page where you will find a listing of  all categories pre-printed for your convenience.

You can fill in up to (3) three nominees in all or just in some categories. Order doesn’t matter. When you are finished, click the submit button at the bottom of the submission form page. You may only submit one nomination mail message.

HOW THE NOMINATIONS WILL BE COLLATED

Nominations close at midnight on 31 January, 2012. Greenroom will then total all the nominations.

The 3 (three) highest-scoring nominees in each category will be published for voting here on Greenroom. We anticipate this will happen on 1st February or very close to this day.

HOW FINAL VOTING WILL HAPPEN

Voting will be done via an automated Word Press plugin, and results will be available on Greenroom on February 14, 2012. The day has significance!

To avoid any taint of conflict of interest, Greenroom will not be nominating or casting any votes.

So, companies and individuals please spread the word, and start your nominations. Yes, Virginia, you can nominate yourself or your company. Here come the Groundlings!

2011 Groundlings: categories sorted …

Firstly, thanks to those who wrote, tweeted or talked about the categories for the 2011 Groundling Awards and sent in their suggestions.

If you’re a regular here you will recall that we asked for suggestions for 2011. As a result, we have tweaked one existing category, added 5 and lost 3. There are now 14 categories instead of 12 as in 2010.

Here are the new categories:
  • Outstanding contribution by an Actress
  • Outstanding contribution to Multimedia Design
  • Outstanding Contribution to Innovative Theatre Practice
  • Best Musical Theatre Production
  • Outstanding Contribution to Queensland theatre
We tweaked the sound design category to read
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sound Design and/or Composition (makes sense – thanks Sydney Theatre Awards)
And took out
  • Best Community Outreach Program by any Company or Group (confusion from some: What did it mean?)
  • Best Use of Social Media by any theatre or group (everyone is getting good at this. Hoorah!)
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Independent Theatre Sector (why separate the indies from the others … on reflection it seemed a bit patronising)

Notice there is no discrimination between the independent sector and the full-time/subsidised companies – what some persist in calling mainstage for some odd reason, but we’ll go with the flow. It’s everyone and all in. By the way, ‘Outstanding contribution to … ‘ can relate to a single project/performance, or be for a body of work across the year.

So, here are the categories for the 2011 Groundling Awards.

2011 Groundling Awards’ Categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution by an Actor
  • Outstanding Contribution by an Actress
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Director
  • Outstanding Contribution to Set Design
  • Outstanding Contribution to Costume Design
  • Outstanding Contribution to Lighting Design
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sound Design or Composition
  • Outstanding Contribution to Multimedia Design
  • Outstanding Contribution to Innovative Theatre Practice
  • Best New Play in an Inaugural Queensland Season
  • Best Production 
  • Best Musical Theatre Production 
  • Best Co-Production
  • Outstanding Contribution to Queensland theatre

You can nominate up to three of your favourites in one or more of the above categories starting on 1st January.

Look for this button which will appear on Greenroom on 1st January. It will be hot linked to the nominations page and be ready to go. The nomination and voting procedure will also be outlined. So start getting your lists together.

 

 

Image: State Library of Queensland Commons Collection

Where do the writers come from?

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Facts & Figures

As promised in the last post, here are the first of some stats as they relate to the 2011 programmed seasons of both Brisbane’s subsidised, professional theatre companies. This post is the first in a series for Greenroom’s readers, and forms part of my ongoing research into professional theatre in Queensland. I have used data relating to both company’s programmed works as it appears in published brochures or online: mainstage, education, studio, and ‘indie’ presenting partnerships. This work picks up on some research I did last year which related to the first 10 and the last 10 years of the repertoire for Queensland Theatre Company. You can check that out here and here on my personal blog. From this year I’ve included La Boite’s programming under current AD David Berthold.

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