Theatre Under the Stars

Tommy Tune Awards - Judges

Who are the Tommy Tune Judges:

Combined # of years of professional and academic musical theatre experience: 720+
Combined # of years of educational experience: 250

The Tommy Tune Judges are an approved panel of qualified performing arts professionals that is assembled to adjudicate the 45 high schools participating in the TTA. Judges are selected that have extensive backgrounds in professional theatre and performance in the capacity of directing, choreography, acting, musical directing, design, dramaturgy, arts administration, technical theatre, arts education, theatre production, etc.

If you think you qualify and would like to volunteer your time and share your experience and expertise, follow the link below to submit an application for consideration.

What are judges evaluating?

Tommy Tune Judges are evaluating the show in front of them, focusing on each element of the production. Judges are not comparing one school to another, but rather are challenging schools to create the best possible work they can within their unique circumstances.

Categories for Evaluation

Tommy Tune Judge Requirements:

•Judges should be fair, collaborative, and aware of the educational value of the program.
•Judges should be strong communicators – written and spoken.
•Judges must attend two MANDATORY meetings, dates TBD. one will be before the judging process, one at the end. 

•Judges will be notified of selection based on credentials prior to the mandatory Judge’s meeting.
•Judges are expected to see at least three shows.

•Judges will not be assigned to a school with which there may be a conflict of interest.

•Three judges, one of which will be considered the Administrative Judge, will evaluate each school only once.

•Judges may not be staff or family members of Theatre Under The Stars.

Why are you a Tommy Tune Judge?

I love seeing the creation of new art in whatever form it may take, dance, music, visual, theater. It is an integral part of life. I especially like working with artists to better their creative works. As a teacher for over 50 years of all ages the creative process is what keeps my inspiration going, seeing what is out there new coming to us.

Being a Tommy Tune judge has been a highlight of my year upon my return to Houston, and being able to see such amazing young performers over the years as they grow is truly satisfying to me.

Not everyone can be one of the nominees, but we get to see how hard each student has worked and the pride they take in presenting their show.

I love theatre and the craft of theatre. I enjoy watching and analyzing theatre. As a teenager I always appreciated feedback that helped me to grow as an artist, and I enjoy the opportunity to give back to the community and help the young rising theater artists of today hone their craft and get encouragement and recognition for their excellence.

TTA Judge Sign-up

Are you interested in becoming a Tommy Tune Judge? We will have information about next year’s Tommy Tune Awards, including how to apply to be a judge, will be available at the end of May.

Scoring Packet/Rubric

Guide to Judging a Tommy Tune Show