● The locally produced season runs from June 1 – June 9 of each year.

● The Valley Awards Ceremony is ordinarily held in July.




For initial consideration


● A theatre organization that wishes to have a production judged must have been in existence for one year prior to being granted eligibility and have presented at least one full production during that year.


● Each production during that one year period must have had a minimum of 4 performances and all requirements set forth below must have been met.


● Appeals to the eligibility process will be considered on a case by case basis, but not guaranteed.


● An eligible theatre that wishes to have a production judged must submit the adjudication request form to the Valley Awards one month before the opening performance of that production is to take place.


● A theater seeking initial Valley eligibility must submit the adjudication request form to the Valley Awards one month before the opening performance of that production is to take place.


● College level co-productions, in partnership with participating eligible independent local companies, may be considered for eligibility on a case-by-case basis. All partners in such co- productions must substantiate their individual artistic contributions to the production.


Additional eligibility requirements


1.The Valley Awards only considers theatre organizations incorporated in the State of Nevada.


2.The Committee will only consider productions presented within the boundaries of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson.


3.The Valley Awards does not consider theatres with ties – either financial or artistic – to any religious, social service, or educational institution (below the college level).


4.The Valley Awards does not judge puppet theatre, performance art, children’s theatre, student or youth theatre, foreign language theatre, mime theatre, unscripted or improvised productions, or staged readings.


5. The Valley Awards do not judge evenings of multiple plays unless all artistic components, with the exception of actors and authors, are the same for each (i.e., director, set designer, etc.). With rare exceptions, no performer in such productions will qualify for the Principal Actor/Actress category.


6. Productions must run for a minimum of four performances.


7. A revival of the same work at the same theatre, or by essentially the same company, is not eligible to be judged if the prior production was judged less than seven (7) years earlier.




A. Three judges are randomly assigned for initial scoring. Valley judges are generally limited to judging one opening per season for any company. Judges are not to judge productions if they have a conflict of interest with that company or any member of the cast or artistic team.


B. Judges must report their scores by no later than noon the day after they attend the performance.


C. A show is considered Valley Recommended if the score by two of the three judges, in two of the three “Overall Categories ” -- Technical Elements, Acting/Interpretation, Overall Impression/Direction/Experience -- are at least 7 (on a 1-10 scale).


D. If recommended, the producing theatre and all members of the Valley Adjudicators Team are notified through social media postings. They are not told scores. All adjudicators are then expected to see the production during the course of the run and submit a ballot with their scores for the show. Non-opening night judges are expected to pay for their own tickets.




A. At the end of the season (6/1 to 6/15), scores on the individual production ballots are consolidated. The top 5 score recipients in each category are placed on the final ballot. In some cases, as in the case of a statistical tie, the category may be expanded by the Ballot Committee to include more than 5 nominees on the final ballot.


B. On the final ballot, members may vote in any given category only when they have seen more than 50% of the nominees in that category.


C. Voting on the final ballot is to be “weighted voting” inwhich adjudicators may cast in each category the numberof votes equal to the number of productions they have seen in each category, and may distribute those votes at their discretion. Voting on the final ballot takes place by June 30th.


D. The final ballots are tabulated, and award recipients determined, after all final ballots are submitted. One recipient is identified per category, except in the case of a tie.


Categories Available for Adjudication:


❖ Production - Play

❖ Production - Musical

❖ Director - Play

❖ Director – Musical

❖ Actor in a Principal Role - Play

❖ Actor in a Principal Role - Musical

❖ Actress in a Principal Role - Play

❖ Actress in a Principal Role - Musical

❖ Actor in a Supporting Role - Play

❖ Actor in a Supporting Role - Musical

❖ Actress in a Supporting Role - Play

❖ Actress in a Supporting Role - Musical

❖ Best Ensemble - Play

❖ Best Ensemble - Musical

❖ Choreography

❖ Scenic Design

❖ Lighting Design

❖ Costume Design

❖Sound Design


Special End-of-Year Awards

● People’s Choice Award for Best Play

● People’s Choice Award for Best Musical

● The David Sankuer Award: honors an individual for significant achievement in the promotion of excellence in the highest standards of theatrical production and performance.



* The Valley Awards are a program provided by Eat More Art! Vegas and not associated with the Las Vegas Theatre Alliance.