4th Annual Groundling Awards – time to nominate the best of Queensland theatre in 2013

Nominations are now closed. The list of finalists will be published and voting commence soon.

2014 will  mark Greenroom’s fourth annual Groundling Awards.

Hard to believe, but the Groundlings have been operating now since 2010! Each year they have become more and more popular with the local theatre community taking the opportunity to vote for the work they’ve enjoyed and admired most in the preceding season.

So, it’s time once again to have your say in which artists, creatives and companies you enjoyed most in Queensland-produced professional theatre during what was another fine year – 2013.

If you’ve voted before or are new to the way the Groundlings work, it’s worth reading a few rules to keep things focussed. Check Eligibility below.

The Groundlings ask you – the theatre community – to have your say in the nominating and the final voting process. We’d only ask that you follow the ‘play fair’ rules in nominating and voting only once. You can read all about this in the Nominating Process and the Voting Process below.

Thanks for joining in. We couldn’t do it without you! Happy New Year from us all.

Kate (Editor) Continue reading 4th Annual Groundling Awards – time to nominate the best of Queensland theatre in 2013

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

2011 Groundling Awards – categories please

Last year around about now we launched nominations for the inaugural theatre-lovers’ choice Groundling Awards for the year. You responded en masse back then, but some of you came up with some suggestions for categories which were really excellent e.g., one we recall was for digital design and innovation in production. At the time we said we’d give consideration further along the track, and here we are.

Here’s what we’d really appreciate from our loyal readership: check over the categories we used for 2010 (below) and make any further suggestions of categories you’d like to see in the Comments pane. Having said that, we feel that fewer categories are more meaningful. For example, no distinction is made between work from the independent sector or from the main houses in town when considering acting, direction, design and so on – the boundaries between them are porous anyway, and artists travel between the indies and the main houses with ease. However, should there be separate awards for male and female actors do you think?

So, over to you. The Groundlings cover professional and/or independent theatre in Queensland. They do not consider work in community or amateur theatre.

We will accept your suggestions for categories up to Friday, December 16 and start the nominations process on 1st January. Nominations will close on 31 January, so there will be plenty of time to get your nominations in. Voting will commence on 1st February, with the winners announced, as last year, on 14th February. More details to come in time, of course!

Thanks!

2010 Categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution by an Actor
  • 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
  • Best New Play in an Inaugural Queensland Season
  • Best Production by a Queensland Independent or Subsidised Company
  • Best Co-Production
  • Best Community Outreach Program by any Company or Group
  • Best Use of Social Media by any theatre or group
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Independent Theatre Sector