Criteria for Division I
The following criteria are required for any collegiate, community, or professional theatre interested in participating in the Ostranders in the Division I category.
- Eligible companies perform in Shelby County, unless approved by the Ostrander Director.
- Participating theatres agree to provide complimentary tickets for Ostrander judges, according to the current voting process.
- Eligible companies have produced a minimum of three (3) shows per season for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years.
- Eligible companies have a full-time artistic staff, which may include (but is not limited to) an artistic director, technical director, or production manager. Questions about this criteria should be directed to the Ostrander Director.
- Companies must select and publish a season of a minimum of three shows by July 1 for the following Ostrander year. Shows must be submitted for consideration directly to the Ostrander Director and/or Assistant via the form below.
- Qualifying productions must have at least 3 public performances
- Productions by the same theatre family within 7 years of the original production, and with at least 50% of the original principal cast, will be considered a remount of the original production and ineligible for consideration.
- If a show has been double cast, theatres will inform the judges which actor should be judged. There must be ample time for all required judges to see the designated actor.
- Schedule changes must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance.
- Out-of-town directors, actors, choreographers, and technical staff are eligible to receive an Ostrander.
- Play readings, workshops, or concerts will not be considered for judging.
- The Ostrander committee does not judge children’s productions (performed primarily by high school age and below), productions by children’s theatre companies, or “Dinner Theatre” (any production where the cost of a base ticket includes food or drink).
- Holiday productions or productions intended solely for fundraising reasons are among productions that theatres are encouraged to evaluate for possible omission or withdrawal for adjudication.