Deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 6th.
The Helen Hayes Awards is seeking an unspecified number of new judges for a three-year cycle of evaluating professional productions in the Washington metropolitan area.
Applications to become a Helen Hayes judge will be appraised on the basis of “taste; discernment; evaluative, analytical, and inquisitive skills; receptiveness to new experiences; real or perceived conflict of interest; affiliation with Helen Hayes Awards staff and/or Board; artistic experience; education; attitude; independence; varied exposure and experiences; evidence of personal responsibility; participation at Washington theatres; ability to articulate concepts; life experience; and available time,” according to the Helen Hayes Awards Web site.
Eight judges (out of a pool of sixty) will evaluate each Washington-area production. The Awards organization estimates that each judge will evaluate between thirty and forty productions each year. Judges must also attend a four-session training. Judges will be assigned to shows within one of three areas of expertise: musicals, non-musicals, and world premieres.
Helen Hayes judges evaluate productions for purposes of the Helen Hayes Awards program given each spring. The judges must give a numerical score to several aspects of the production, and return their ballot within 24 hours of attending the show. An independent firm tallies the scores and determines the nominees and awardees.
“Serving as a Helen Hayes Awards judge is truly a selfless act,” the organization advises. “It is a volunteer position requiring enormous time, consideration, and dedication. It is also a most meaningful and rewarding responsibility.”
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 6th. You can download an application here.