Nominating Guidelines



The Committee reaffirms its commitment to recognizing excellence in Black theatre within the five boroughs in the New York metropolitan area. The Committee shall make every effort to see all productions produced primarily by, but not limited to, Black theatre companies, as well as productions showcasing the talents of the performer of color. To that end, due consideration shall be given to all artists regardless of ethnicity.


A. Productions performed between September 1 and August 31 are eligible for nomination with the following requirements:

(1) Company must be in existence for at least 6 months.
(2) Production must be professionally mounted by a not-for-profit organization.
(3) Production shall run a minimum of 12 performances during the season.

B. If a production is seen by only one Committee member, the Committee shall be entitled to make a nomination based on recommendation, in addition to:

(1) Publicity, reviews
(2) Historical knowledge of performer’s work
(3) Audience comments
(4) Videotape, if available


Nominees are chosen by “Friends of AUDELCO” in good financial standing, who submits nominations throughout the year. The Committee, which meets periodically, evaluates the nominations. The final slate of nominees is  chosen in September and “Friends of AUDELCO” receive ballots reflecting the final list of nominations. They vote only in the categories in which they have seen at least 3 of the nominees. An independent Committee makes a final tally of the ballots cast. Winners are announced the third Monday in November at the Annual AUDELCO Award ceremony.


A. Awards are given the following categories:

(1) Lighting Design
(2) Costume Design
(3) Set Design
(4) Sound Design
(5) Playwright
(6) Choreographer
(7) Outstanding Musical Production
(8) Outstanding Musical Director
(9) Outstanding Musical Creator
(10) Outstanding Performance in a Musical – Female
(11) Outstanding Performance in a Musical – Male
(12) Outstanding Ensemble Performance
(13) Director – Dramatic Production
(14) Director – Musical Production
(15) Supporting Actor
(16) Supporting Actress
(17) Lead Actor
(18) Lead Actress
(19) Solo Performance
(20) Revival
(21) Dramatic Production

B. Outstanding Ensemble Performance

This category recognizes the performances of all performers as an ensemble rather than any particular performer in a dramatic or musical production. The award shall be given to each individual performer.


The Committee recognizes the fact that some roles may have an understudy. Additionally, some roles are double cast or replaced altogether during the run of a show. Only one performer may be nominated for a performance of the same role. In order that all performers will have an opportunity to be considered for a nomination, the Committee has formulated the following guidelines to ensure that:

A. Should the understudy appear in a role, the Committee shall be entitled to consider the understudy for a nomination, provided the performer appears in at least 3 performances during a regular run of the production.

B. In cases where a production is “double cast,” (primary and alternate cast), the Committee shall be entitled to nominate one performer from either cast performing the same role.

C. If a performer “takes over” or “replaces” another performer in a role during the regular run of the production, and has appeared in at least 3 performances, the Committee shall be entitled to nominate either performer, regardless of who originated the role.

In the event a performer is considered for nomination based upon any of the above- mentioned guidelines, the Committee shall confirm these requirements with the Producer.


Recurring or repeated productions is when a company presents the same production, either during the following season or anytime thereafter. Since there is no category for recurring productions or revivals, the Committee has formulated the following guidelines:

A. Should a company present the same production in less than a 10 year time period that production will not be considered for “Dramatic Production” or “Outstanding Musical Production.”

B. A company may be considered for nomination for “Solo Performance” provided a different performer appears in the role.

C. The same performer may be nominated only once for “Solo Performance.”