Long Range Judging Committee
The Long Range Judging Committee supports and oversees the adjudication process. The committee meets several times a year in order to discuss issues pertaining to the oversight and direction of the adjudication system especially as pertains to recruiting and approval of new judges brought into the system, the planning and hosting of the annual Judges Forums and overseeing the accuracy of the Orchid Awards preparations. The Long Range Judging Committee is also the body that addresses and responds to concerns member groups have about individual critiques or the judging system as a whole.
Members of the 2021-2022 Long Range Judging Committee:
Laureen Catlin, Chair
Amanda Emmons Shumate
Rose Vanden Eynden
Dan Maloney, President (non-voting)
Fred Hunt, 2nd Vice President (non-voting)
Beginning in 2015, the Long Range Judging Committee began sponsoring a public forum each winter with an array of presenters talking about their respective areas of expertise, called the Annual Responders' and Presidents' Forum. Each presenter brings years of education, training, and real-world experience to these forums. Though the forum's purpose is to help educate adjudicators and ACT group presidents on what adjudicators should be looking for when coming to shows and how they should be responding to those observables, anyone involved in community theater-- either onstage or off-- will benefit from the knowledge in these presentations.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last two forums have been virtual, and can be viewed on ACT's YouTube channel.
The 2022 presenters are viewable here:
The energetic Betsy Obermeyer as she educates us about The Finishing Touch; Symbols and Meaning in Set Décor & Properties
The incomparable Dee Anne Bryll as she teaches us all about Breaking Down Choreography
The silky smooth Derek Snow as he regales us with A Sharp Focus on Acting
The 2021 presenters are viewable here:
Forrest Goodwin's Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Skills Needed for Sound Execution
Chad Brinkman’s Illuminate: The Art & Craft of Designing with Light
Mary Stone’s Thank you, Five! How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Stage Manager
Kristen Vincenty's What’s This Producer Doing Here Anyway? The Role and Responsibilities of Being a Producer
The 2020 presenters were in person at The Drama Workshop's home The Glenmore Playhouse in Cheviot, OH.
Session #1: Adding Media to the mix with Charlie Rader
Session #2: Stage Make-Up: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Linda Geering
Session #3: Dialect Coaching: Is that Really How They Speak? with Katelyn Reid
Session #4: Keeping it in Focus with Kristy Rucker