Contest Materials & Contract
- 2 ed. Handbook for A+ OAP Junior High Contests
- 23rd ed. Handbook for One-Act Play - Version Dated 8/10/2016
- Abode Acrobat Writable Acting Awards Ballot - This is an Adobe Acrobat based writable form. It can also be printed and filled out manually.
- Abode Acrobat Writable Ranking Ballot - This is an Adobe Acrobat based writable form. It can also be printed and filled out manually.
- Contest Ballot
- Form for Critic Judges to Evaluate the Contest - NEW ONLINE FORM
- Glossary of One-Act Play Judging Terms
- Judge’s Packet - NEW JUDGE'S PACKET COMING THIS FALL
- TTAO Abode Acrobat Writable Adjudicator Contract - 2016-17 - This is an Adobe Acrobat based writable form. It can also be printed and filled out manually. -Fixed
- TTAO Web-based Tabulation Tool - Now Available. Will work with Mac and PC
- Understanding How OAP Panel Results Are Tabulated
The Function of the Critic Judge
The most important function of the critic judge is to serve as an educator. True, advancing schools and individual awards must be selected, but adjudication without a carefully prepared critique, which teaches as it evaluates, deprives play competition of a most valuable feature - opportunity for qualitative improvement.
An effective critique requires, among other things, extensive knowledge of all styles and types of drama/theatre, and an understanding of the physical theatre with special concern for limitations often imposed in school theatre plants and scenic limitations of the One-Act Play Contest. The successful judge must be able to discuss the plays seen in a firm but courteous manner. The judge must be objective, direct, and detailed in criticism without imposing opinions dictatorially.
The critic judge has the special responsibility of evaluating seriously the efforts of the director and play company and of treating them and their performance with respect. They have deliberately engaged in creative competition which offers a variety of cultural and practical opportunities. Through many hours of rehearsal they have sought to perfect creative performances not only to win the contest, but for the satisfaction which comes through the search for perfection in the arts. The critic judge must be familiar with the HANDBOOK, the rules of the One-Act Play Contest in the current Constitution and Contest Rules and understand limitations imposed on directors. To treat their effort casually would defeat a most important function of critic judging.
The critic judge should use professional skills and experience to make each contest a pleasant and richly educational experience in the lives of young people as they seek to understand more fully the art of theatre.
Qualifications for Judges
Judges for the One-Act Play Contest are selected from the current Accredited List of Critic Judges [Section 1033 (d) (3) (A)], secured from the League and provided by the Texas Theater Adjudicators and Officials (TTAO). It includes only those individuals from whom an agreement to serve has been received. Each judge must agree to become familiar with the rules of the One-Act Play Contest and all sections of the current HANDBOOK.
Multiple critic judging workshops are conducted annually at One-Act Play contests and at the Texas Educational Theatre Association annual conference. Publicity concerning these workshops is sent to Texas Educational Theatre Association members, college and university drama/theatre faculties, community theatre professional staff and potential judges requesting information.