Matilda Awards

Monday 20th Feb 2017

The Matilda Awards are a not-for-profit organisation that honour and celebrate the achievements of the Queensland theatre Industry.

Categories & Guidelines

These categories and guidelines have been implemented in 2016 and will apply to all nominations for the 2016 Matilda Awards.

The committee comprises arts professionals who occupy various roles including performers, directors, producers, critics and arts administrators, who bring diverse and multi-dimensional perspectives to the judging process. In assessing the merits of eligible productions, the committee considers elements including:

  • The direction and intent of the work

  • How the text/s are understood and conveyed

  • Casting

  • Staging

  • Individual and ensemble performances

  • Design - lighting, set, costumes, sound

  • Audience engagement

  • Overall execution

The context in which each production is produced (its budget, access to resources, and intended audience) is taken into consideration, as is the relative difficulty of bringing the work to life. 

Some categories focus on an individual element; others (such as best mainstage and independent production) are assessed against some or all of the above. Where multiple elements are under consideration, they are given equal weighting. The committee has the discretion to not award a winner in a particular category if it is deemed that sufficient excellence has not been demonstrated by the eligible productions.

 

Bille Brown Award Best Emerging Artist
This category encompasses artists who are considered in the early stages of their professional career.  It includes artists engaged in full professional or independent productions in any performance category and includes artists across all individual categories of the Awards such as actors, designers, directors, etc.  Artists may be nominated only once in this category but the nomination may represent a body of work in the awards year.
Once nominated for this category, nominees may not be nominated for this category in the future.
The award is presented to an Individual or team.

 

Best Design - Set
This category encompasses scenic design for full professional and Independent productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret). Designers may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to the Designer or Design team. 

 

Best Design - Costume
This category encompasses costume design for full professional and Independent productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret).  Designers may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to the Designer or Design team. 

 

Best Design - Sound
This category encompasses original Sound design for full professional and Independent productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret).  Work in this category may include backing score for theatre productions, ambient sounds and atmosphere created through sound either live or recorded, to support the aesthetic of a production.  It does not include songs and score for musical theatre or cabaret works.  Designers may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to the Designer or Design team. 

 

Best Design - Lighting
This category encompasses original Lighting design for full professional and Independent productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret).  Work in this category may include lighting and lighting elements that support the aesthetic of a production but does not include Audio Visual elements such as projection and video, unless they are especially integral as lighting elements of a production.  Work nominated in this category cannot be nominated in the category for Best Design – Audio Visual or Best Design – Set. 
Designers may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to the Designer or Design team. 

 

Best Design - Audio Visual
This category encompasses original Audio Visual design for full professional and Independent productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret).  Work in this category may include Projection, video, recorded moving images, animations, etc. that support the aesthetic of a production but does not include general lighting or lighting elements.  Where the Audio Visual design is used as the major set design element for a production such that it is eligible for nomination in the Best Design - Set category, the work will be nominated in one category only.  The Judging Panel may approach the Producers to discuss the most appropriate category for the nomination.
Work nominated in this category cannot be nominated in the category for Best Design – Lighting or Best Design – Set. Designers may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to the Designer or Design team. 

 

Best Director
This category encompasses Directors or Directing teams for full professional or independent productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret).  Directors may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to the Director or Directing Team.

 

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
This category encompasses performances by an individual female actor in a supporting role (non-lead) in productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret) in both full professional and independent productions.  Where a standout performance by an actor in an ensemble cast is nominated the actor will be nominated in the Supporting Role category. 
Actors nominated in this category cannot be nominated in Best Actor in a Leading Role category for the same role. Where actors perform multiple roles in a single production they may be nominated once only in this category for that production.  Actors may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to an individual performer. 

 

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
This category encompasses performances by an individual male actor in a supporting role (non-lead) in productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret) in both full professional and independent productions.  Where a standout performance by an actor in an ensemble cast is nominated the actor will be nominated in the Supporting Role category.
Actors nominated in this category cannot be nominated in Best Actor in a Leading Role category for the same role. Where actors perform multiple roles in a single production they may be nominated once only in this category for that production.  Actors may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to an individual performer. 

 

Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
This category encompasses performances by an individual female actor in a Lead role in productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret) in both full professional and independent productions.  Where a standout performance by an actor in an ensemble cast is nominated the actor will be nominated in the Supporting Role category. 
Actors nominated in this category cannot be nominated in Best Actor in a Supporting Role category for the same role.  Where actors perform multiple roles in a single production they may be nominated once only in this category for that production.  Actors may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to an individual performer. 

 

Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
This category encompasses performances by an individual male actor in a Lead role in productions across all performance categories (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cabaret) in both full professional and independent productions.  Where a standout performance by an actor in an ensemble cast is nominated the actor will be nominated in the Supporting Role category. 
Actors nominated in this category cannot be nominated in Best Actor in a Supporting Role category for the same role.  Where actors perform multiple roles in a single production they may be nominated once only in this category for that production.  Actors may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions. 
The award is presented to an individual performer. 

 

Best Musical or Cabaret
This category encompasses Musical Theatre and Cabaret productions by full professional or Independent companies. Work in this category cannot be nominated in Best Contemporary Production, however may be nominated in Best Mainstage Production or Best Independent Production.
The Award is presented to the Producing Company or Collective.

 

Best Contemporary Production
This category encompasses Contemporary Performance (including hybrid work, circus or physical theatre) by full professional or Independent companies. Works nominated in this category cannot be nominated in Best Musical or Cabaret, however may be nominated in Best Mainstage or Best Independent Production.
The Award is presented to the Producing Company or Collective.

 

Best Independent Production
This category encompasses theatre works produced by independent companies or collectives across all performance categories who are not considered full professional.
The award is given for the best overall production thinking beyond the production in terms of individual categories.  Works in this category will usually have received nominations in one or more individual categories, though in rare cases it is possible for a work to be nominated where it has not been nominated in any individual category.  This might be achieved where individual categories may not make the short list of nominations but the overall performance aesthetic achieved when all the elements come together creates an excellent overall theatrical experience.
A company may produce separate works allowing them to be nominated in Best Mainstage and Best Independent Production for different works, though this would be rare. The Judging Panel may approach the Producers to discuss the most appropriate category for the nomination.
Works nominated in this category cannot be nominated in Best Mainstage Production, however may have been nominated in Best Musical or Cabaret etc.  Producing companies may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions.
The award is presented to the producing company or collective.

 

Best Main Stage Production
This work encompasses productions delivered by fully professional companies or independent companies working in collaboration with major venues to produce work. 
As an example, In 2015 Companies in this category included Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite and Shake & Stir Theatre. 
The award is given for the best overall production thinking beyond the production in terms of individual categories.  Works in this category will usually have received nominations in one or more individual categories, though in rare cases it is possible for a work to be nominated where it has not been nominated in any individual category.  This might be achieved where individual categories may not make the short list of nominations but the overall performance aesthetic achieved when all the elements come together creates an excellent overall theatrical experience.
A company may produce separate works allowing them to be nominated in Best Mainstage and Best Independent Production for different works, though this would be rare. The Judging Panel may approach the Producers to discuss the most appropriate category for the nomination.
Works nominated in this category cannot be nominated in Best Independent Production, however may have been nominated in Best Musical or Cabaret.  Producing companies may be nominated separately in the same category for different productions.
The award is presented to the producing company or collective.

 

The Lord Mayors Award for Best new Australian Work
This category encompasses all new Australian created works within the awards year seen by the Judging Panel.  It includes work from all performance categories (Theatre, Musical, Cabaret).  Work may be a new script, adaptation or devised work. 
Work in this category may have been nominated in other individual categories.
The award is presented to the Writer / Writing team, or Deviser / Devising team.

 

The Gold Matilda
The Gold Matilda is a special open award that may be awarded for a standout production or performance element in that season or recognition to an individual company or group for their contribution to the industry as determined by the judging panel. 

 

LAST UPDATED: 6 DEC, 2017


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