Applications are now OPEN for the 2023/24 season!
The Application for the 2023-24 Season are now open from March 9th to May 14, 2023. Please click the following link to complete the online form -
Are you a theatre person? Do you find yourself thinking about and discussing productions extensively after you've attended them? Would you like to play a role in selecting whose work is recognized in the Greater Philadelphia region? Apply to become a Barrymore Awards Voter!
Originally established in 1994 and relaunched by Theatre Philadelphia in 2013, the Barrymore Awards serve as Philadelphia’s peer-adjudicated theatre awards program with a mission of increasing public awareness of the richness and diversity of our city's thriving theatre community.
About the Selection Process
In 2019, Theatre Philadelphia's Board approved a plan to separate our Judges into four distinct panels -- Plays, Musicals, Design, and New Work. These new Judge panels were intended to decrease the number of productions Judges were expected to attend, as the number was overwhelming for the smaller panel of Judges in the original system. Read this article on our Theatre News page for more info.
Each spring, the Barrymore Oversight Committee identifies a pool of 28 Judges (7 per each of the 4 Judge Panels) and approximately 60-80 Nominators to adjudicate the upcoming season of Barrymore-eligible productions. This annual process begins in March with publication of the Nominator/Judge Application, which is typically due in April. Applicants are notified about the status of their application no later than the end of May. There is a mandatory season orientation at the end of June. The Barrymore Awards season runs July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
Read more about the Nominees and Recipients from last season's Barrymore Awards HERE.
Barrymore Judges can typically attended between 20-50 productions, and are required to attend five meetings with fellow Judges to discuss Recommended work.
Nominators have attended approximately 20 or less productions per season, as their schedule allows.
Barrymore Nominators and Judges may serve a maximum of three consecutive seasons, and must reapply and be approved via the selection process conducted annually by the Barrymore Oversight Committee. In order to maximize inclusiveness and ensure fresh perspectives, the Barrymore Oversight Committee seeks to rotate 30% of the existing Nominator/Judge pool each season, through either natural attrition or lottery selection. The Barrymore Oversight Committee is dedicated to creating an annual Nominator/Judge pool of committed and knowledgeable theatre evaluators that are reflective of our community, including artistic discipline, gender, age, ability, race, and ethnic background.
To aid the Barrymore Oversight Committee with this ongoing effort, we invite qualified applicants from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.
For more information about how the Voting Process works for Adjudicators, please see BARRYMORE RULEBOOK.
How to apply
The Application for the 2023-24 Season are now open from March 9th to April 30th, 2023. Please click the following link to complete the online form - Nominator/Judge Application
Other ways to get involved -
If you'd like to get involved with Theatre Philadelphia we invite you to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter of openings and closings, check out our job board for opportunities, join our list-serv to converse with fellow members of the theatre community. Or, volunteer with one of our other committees to help with marketing, fundraising, diversity and inclusion, and more.
Barrymore Voters are also enrolled in our new Industry Card benefits program for one year in recognition of their service. To find out more, click here.
You are invited to review the BARRYMORE RULEBOOK
Here is the 2022-23 Orientation Guide provided to our Adjudictators which goes over details about the process and procedures of being a Barrymore Voter.
For the 2019-20 Season of voters, the Barrymore Oversight Committee selected a combined pool of Nominators and Judges (below) who are 43% POC/Mixed, 33% LGBTQ+, and 8% who are transgender, gender non-conforming or gender non-binary. Our 28 person Judge pool is half POC/Mixed, as well as 65% women and 4% transgender, gender non-conforming or gender non-binary.
Our goal for each season is to increase the number of applicants and meet or exceed this breakdown for participants.
Play + New Work Panel
Cassandra Lewis • Cathy Simpson • KC MacMillan • Kittson O’Neil • Leonard Kelly • Mackenzie Kirkman • Ray Thomas • Stephanie Kyung Sun • Willa Jaffe
Celeste Mann • Chanta Harris • Donovan Lockett • Jenna Kuerzi • Jonathan Wallace • Nicole Stacie • Ryane Studivant
Angela McQueen • Charlie Delmarcelle • Chris Haig • Constance Case • Damien Figueres • Gauri Mangala • RacQuel Colon • Val Hoffman
Outdoor + Virtual Panel
Cheryl Jones • Ginger Agnew • Jayla Washington • Kathryn Oselund • Minou Pourshariati • Robert Clater • Terry Guerin • Taylor Kellar
Alice Hakvaag • Alice Yorke • Allison Fifield • Andrea Selitto • Aneesha Lewis • Anthony Kamani • Bess Rowen • Blossom Nicinski • Bohdan Senkow • Brett Mapp • Brian Balduzzi • Bryan Hagelin • Caitlin Thompson • Damon Bonetti • Dani Polk • Eli Lynn • Eppchez Yes • Eric Carter • Erin Markham • Finley Poskarbiewicz • Frank Deane-Schierloh • Gwynne Richmond • Heather Huggins • Jay Berkowitz • Jessica Merkins • Jodi O’Connor • Jody Austin • Joe Lex • Jonathan Steadman • Karen Wislocky • Katherine Perry • Katie Hirschbock • Kevin Glaccum • Kimberly Wislocky • L. Bruh Jones • Lauren Davenport • LeAnne Lindsay • Liam Mulshine • Linnea Carlson deRoche • Lisa Sullivan • Matthew Reddin • Matthew Mastronardi • Matthew Falance • Meghan Cain • Michael Stahler • Micki Sharpe • Patricia Durante • Peter Bisgaier • Phuong Nguyen • Quinton Alexander • Rachel Brodeur • Randi Hickey • Rebecca Bradbeer • Sakina Davis • Savannah Reich • Sherrima Queen • Stephanie Griffin • Steve Wei • Susan Baraldi • Susan Giddings • Tamara Anderson • Tanesha Ford • Tera Harris • Tiffani Dean • Tom Dennis • Victoria Crenshaw