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Texas Thespians Festival – San Antonio, TX – Nov. 12-15, 2022
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Virtual Certification Training for Valley/El Paso Adjudicators: December 9-10, 2022
Live Certification Training for Adjudicators: Frisco ISD, March 31-April 1, 2023
Live Certification Training for Adjudicators: UIL State Meet – 6A – May 6, 2023
TTAO currently offers 3 certification events throughout the school year in different geographic areas.
Eligible judges should NOT be involved in the direction of an official UIL One-Act play entry at any level (high school or middle school).
All potential judges must submit an application to be approved for participation. Potential judges should possess the following:
Undergraduate degree in theatre AND at least one of the following:
• 3 or more years of post-degree professional theatre experience
• and/or 3 or more years of educational theatre experience
• and/or advanced degree in theatre
Potential adjudicators who do not possess an undergraduate degree in theatre but who have VERY significant educational theatre experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.
All participants in certification workshops must be pre-approved by completing an online application usually available six weeks prior to each workshop opportunity.
There is no fee to participate in the certification workshop, however, candidates must complete their certification by paying annual dues during our renewal period (May 1-June 1).
Each workshop spans two days.
The first day is usually a half day (5pm-9:00pm) of classroom time devoted to the ABC’s of UIL and Judging Logistics from Certification to Contest as well as ethical considerations.
The second day is a full contest day where the future adjudicator will participate and watch every part of a contest from the directors meeting, all the shows, awards, and critiques with a chance to chat with current adjudicators at the end. They will fill out all forms and rank plays as if they were judging that day.*
Q: Can I miss part of the workshop and still certify?
A: No. You must attend all parts of the certification workshop to certify. No exceptions.
Q: Who is eligible to certify?
A: Anyone who is not directing or contributing to an official UIL OAP at the high school or middle school level and has a theatre background (as described above) may apply to certify.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: There is no fee for the workshop. However, following the workshop, adjudicators will be required to pay a TTAO $50 membership fee online to activate their membership.
Q: I can’t attend this workshop — are there other opportunities?
A: Yes. We generally hold 3 certification workshops each year. Check TTAO.org for more info.
Q: If I have questions, whom should I contact?
A: Aquilla Aubrey: firstname.lastname@example.org