The Brickenden Awards recently announced several changes to this year’s presentations and the registration procedures.
A new category, Outstanding Drama, has been added to the list of awards voted on by the core panel and members of the public. The previous Outstanding Youth Production has been split into two new awards, Outstanding Youth Drama and Outstanding Youth Musical, with both voted on by the youth panel and the public.
As previously announced, the touring category has been retired; in addition, the award for outstanding ballyhoo will no longer be presented.
The awards for outstanding original script (determined by a new script-reading panel last year), bravest production (previously publicly voted), and the Chris Doty Award (chosen by the adjudication panels and the Brickenden board) are now “discretionary”: they will not necessarily be given each year, and there will be no public nominations or voting.
Finally, on the recognition side, although there won’t be an award for them per se the contributions of stage managers will be recognized during the audio-visual presentation. Theatre companies are asked to provide “a photo, title of the play and a picture of your stage manager” to the committee.
Two registration policy changes were also announced: productions can now be registered up until two weeks before their first performance date—previously registrations were only accepted a month in advance—and productions can now be considered for only one of the musical or comedy categories, not both.
The 2010 Brickenden Awards will be presented on January 31, 2011 at the Wolf Performance Hall. Dates for public nominations and voting have not yet been announced.