Mid-Year Report from Elise Greig and Deb Wilks
Judging Committee Update from Elise Greig
It seems impossible, but it’s nearly the middle of 2019.
It has been a deeply moving start to 2019 with the passing of our esteemed committee member, Rosemary Walker. As many of you will know, Rosemary battled pancreatic cancer for nearly 12 months. She handled this challenge with her usual aplomb and was an absolute inspiration as she dealt with each phase of her treatment. It was wonderful to be able to have Rose in attendance at the awards ceremony during February to receive her Lifetime Achievement Award. She was deeply moved by the standing ovation she received and took great strength from this moment during her treatment. We’re sure Rose would have been tickled pink with the full house at the service to mark her passing and also the wonderful speeches that commemorated her life. Our first meeting without her wasn’t quite the same, but we will take her passion, dedication and commitment to the arts in Queensland into our future endeavours.
We have subsequently welcomed new members to the Judging Committee – Kate Foy, Tessa Rixon, Johnathon O’Brien, Penny Challen and Hannah Belanszky. The new judges will join our existing committee - Nasim Khosravi, Nathan Sibthorpe, Catarina Hebbard, James Harper, Lewis Jones, Troy Ollerenshaw, Susan Hetherington, Anna Yen and, myself Elise Greig as Lead Judge. The expanded committee will enable us to see even more shows, so don’t hesitate to register. Remember, registrations need to occur at least 6 weeks before opening night and please check the Matilda Awards website for eligibility guidelines.
As mentioned during the awards ceremony, I am eager to maintain clear and open communication with the theatre industry. So, if you would like to discuss any aspect of the Matilda Awards, don’t hesitate to message me and we can get together for a chat.
A reminder that this year we’re reinstating the Backstage Award. Nominations will open later in the year, so please start considering whether you know anyone who might fit the criteria, displaying excellence in their role backstage. A quick note on the definition and eligibility.
Backstage Award Definition and Eligibility –
The backstage award recognises an individual or small group who display excellence within their position behind the scenes. This could include, but is not limited to, stage managers, assistant stage managers, production managers, or sound/lighting operators. Nominations will be made by a written submission from the producer, director, associate director, general manager or cast of a production. They will write a submission of up to 500 words addressing the following questions –
How has the nominee displayed excellence within their field within the last theatre year?
What was the degree of difficulty associated with the position in this particular production or productions?
Could you give a specific example or two of an instance or instances when the nominee went above and beyond the expectations of their position to execute work of excellence.
Nominations will be received by the Judging Committee who will create a short list and determine the eventual winner, utilising the judging process outlined on the website (4,3,2,1 votes etc). Should the judging committee require further information, the Lead Judge, on behalf of the Judging Committee, will consult with members of the industry before participating in the voting process.
We have had a very busy year so far and have already seen more than 30 shows. We look forward to seeing many more so don’t forget to register your show for consideration. Remember, if you have any concerns or queries about the process, do not hesitate to make contact.
Look forward to seeing you at the theatre.
On behalf of the Matilda Judging Committee
Executive Committee Update from Deb Wilks
Greetings from the Matilda Awards Executive Committee.
So far our year has been a lot of strategic planning and thinking around how we continue to run the awards and also doing some evaluation of the past Awards Ceremony around what worked and what we could do differently or better.
We will be having our AGM at the end of June and welcoming a couple of new members to the Executive Committee to assist with governance and to share the workload around. More about that soon.
Our focus for the next 6 months is continuing to develop our Arts Industry support and Corporate Advertisers and Sponsors. I’m sure you all know the time involved and the unknown when seeking financial support for your own project. It’s extremely time consuming but worth it!
As Elise has said, the Judging Panel are extremely busy seeing shows and have been out and about extensively over the past couple of months.
Look forward to seeing you at a show soon!
Love Deb xx