The application to become a 2024-2025 GHSMTA Adjudicator IS NOW OPEN!

About Our Adjudicators

The Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards Adjudicators are qualified working artists, arts educators and industry professionals residing in the state of Georgia. Adjudicators are volunteers who agree to travel throughout the state to provide evaluative comments and scores to participating schools. Each member of the panel agrees to use the required tools for preparation, review and assessment throughout the adjudication process for each school. Travel expenses (gas and lodging) are reimbursed for adjudicators traveling excessive distances.

Adjudicator Requirements:

  • Prospective candidates must complete an application and submit a headshot and resume.
  • Once an application has been submitted, you may schedule a 45-minute interview with the Director of Arts Education and the Program Coordinator.
  • All candidate information will be presented to the GHSMTA Advisory Committee for voting and final approval.
  • Candidate are selected based on their qualifications and experience in musical theatre, directing, acting, vocal music, performing arts education, and other related fields.
  • Our adjudicators must have a working knowledge of the categories involved with performing arts and have the capacity to provide appropriate, action-based suggestions with the support of approved adjudication materials to schools.
  • Candidates must agree to attend all related trainings that are included throughout the season. These trainings include new adjudicator training, practicum, Allyship training, Shadow Programs and/or more.
  • Adjudicators may not be directly affiliated in any capacity with a participating Georgia High School.

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, the Evaluative Tool, Evaluation Glossary, and Adjudication Handbook are available resources providing insight to the specific details, formulas and expectations that GHSMTA adjudicators use throughout the adjudication process.

Our Adjudication Objective

The main objective of the program is to provide Georgia high school theatre programs with feedback from undustry professionals who can provide external support and guidance while also serving as the directors' advocate in the advancement and growth of their programs. At the end of each season, each school receives the adjudication comments and scores on their production. This feedback is intended to serve as an educational tool for directors, faculty team members and students, not strictly a review or critique.

If you'd like to be part of an adjudication team directly impacting ad shaping the growth of musical theatre programs and students, then we would love to have you join us for our upcoming 2024-2025 season. Follow these 3 steps to apply:

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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