The Function of the Adjudicator
The most important function of the adjudicator 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 adjudicator must be able to discuss the plays seen in a firm but courteous manner. The adjudicator must be objective, direct, and detailed in criticism without imposing opinions dictatorially.
The adjudicator 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 adjudicator must be familiar with the current Handbook for One-Act Play, 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 adjudicator 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 Adjudicators
Adjudicators for the One-Act Play Contest are selected from the current Accredited List of Adjudicators [Section 1033 (c) (9) (A-D)], 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 adjudicator must agree to become familiar with the rules of the One-Act Play Contest and all sections of the current HANDBOOK.
Multiple adjudication workshops are conducted annually at One-Act Play contests. Information about these workshops can be found on the TTAO website.
Materials & Forms for Contest Managers and Meet Officials
- Contest Managers Contest Result and Attendance Report Forms
- Ballot - Acting Awards (For Panel or Single Adjudicator) - This is an Adobe Acrobat based writable form. It can also be printed and filled out manually.
- Ballot - Panel Ranking - This is an Adobe Acrobat based writable form. It can also be printed and filled out manually.
- Critiques - UIL Study for One-Act Play Critiques for 2021-22
- Evaluation Form for CONTEST MANAGERS to Evaluate the Contest - 2021-22
- Evaluation Form for CRITIC JUDGES to Evaluate the Contest - 2021-22
- Glossary of One-Act Play Judging Terms
- Judge's Evaluation Form (Not interactive, for printing)
- Judge's Evaluation Form (interactive)
- Sound Check mp3 - This is the official sound check you may use to test sound equipment during your setup at contest. It shall not be altered. The text: "This is an official sound check" followed by a count from one to twenty.
- Timekeeper Form
- TTAO Web-based Tabulation Tool - Will work with Mac and PC
- TTAO Web-Based Tabulation Tool Instructions - This pdf provides step by step instructions
- UIL One-Act Play Tabulation Explained Video HERE (will redirect you to youtube)
For Contest Managers & Meet Officials
First day to contact a single adjudicator or the first member of a panel for District or Zone contests
First day to draw performance order
Deadline to report bi-district information and adjudicators to state office
Deadline to hold director's planning meeting
First day to contact and contract the second and third members of a panel for zone and district contests
Deadline to set up district One-Act Play Meets in the Spring Meet Entry System
Deadline for executing judging contracts
Deadline for Contest Managers to certify online--This must be done annually
Deadline for certifying the results for district and bi-district contests