The Shuler Adjudication Panel is composed of qualified arts professionals in the state of Georgia. Qualified adjudicators may not be affiliated in any capacity with a participating Georgia high school.

Adjudicators must apply and interview to participate in the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards. Adjudicators are selected based on their qualifications and experience in musical theatre, directing, acting, vocal music, performing arts education, and other related fields.

The Adjudication Process
Adjudicators evaluate how each participating high school musical meets or exceeds its potential utilizing its available resources. Each musical is evaluated and scored against itself for consideration, rather than against all other school productions, charging schools to create the best possible work in their unique circumstance and environment. The GHSMTA Category Criteria for Excellence, Adjudication Rubric, and the Evaluative Tool each provide insight as to the specific details that the GHSMTA adjudicators use for their evaluative process.

Each school receives comments and scores on their production after the Awards Ceremony in May. Feedback is intended to serve as an educational tool for directors and students, not strictly a review or critique. It is up to the discretion of the director to share these reports with their students, creative staff or administration but often all if those involved in the production will view the adjudicator feedback.

The application to become a 2022-2023 GHSMTA adjudicator closed on Friday, August 19, 2022.
Please check back to see when applications will reopen for the 2023-2024 program.

Mandated Reporter Policy

The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority is committed to promoting the safety and well being of youth and children who visit the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Centre or participate in ArtsBridge Foundation related programs. Georgia law designates certain individuals as “mandated reporters.” Mandated reporters have an individual duty to report known or suspected abuse relating to youth and children. Per Georgia law, anyone “employed by or volunteering at a business or an organization, whether public, private, for profit, not for profit, or voluntary, that provides care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter to children” is a mandatory reporter.  O.C.G.A. § 19-7-5(b)(5). Since you will be volunteering at the Cobb Energy Centre for ArtsBridge Foundation related programming, we ask that you review and sign our Mandated Reporter Policy. We thank you in advance for assisting us to ensure the continued safety of students participating in our ArtsBridge programming.

I.D.E.A. Policy

The mission of the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards - Shuler Hensley Awards® program is to celebrate the excellence of young artists throughout the state if Georgia who participate in high school musical theatre. ArtsBridge Foundation continually works to fulfill the mission with inclusivity of students of all races, genders, body types, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, ages, and abilities, and prohibiting discrimination of any type in all facets of the Shuler Awards program. We do not tolerate acts of discrimination or misconduct of any kind, including, but not limited to, the usage of discriminatory language, harassment, actions, and violence.

Failure to comply with this policy by any individual involved with a Shuler Awards participating school during the Shuler adjudication, rehearsal, production, and Awards show itself, can result in the immediate revocation of program participation, as well as scholarships, nominations, honorable mentions, and awards as bestowed by ArtsBridge Foundation, and disqualification from future Shuler Awards programs.

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