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Long Range Judging Committee



Attention all adjudicators, judging assistants, and group presidents! The official kick off to the 2024-2025 adjudication program will take place on the following dates and locations: 


Saturday, August 3 10:00am- 1:00pm

Mason Community Playhouse (home of Mason Community Players)

5529 Mason Road

Mason, OH 45040


Saturday, August 17 10:00am- 1:00pm

The Stained Glass Theatre (home of The Footlighters, Inc.)

802 York Street

Newport, KY 41071


All adjudicators should plan to attend at least one or both of these forums for valuable information and training. 


Oh no! Did you miss this year's winter forum? 

Well, thanks to a little something called the internet, you can sit in the comfort of your own home (with or without pants- that's your choice) and watch all three presentations at your leisure. And trust us, you'll want to watch as these topics are relevant and timely, and our experts riveting and knowledgeable.  

Presenters and topics along with the link to the sessions: 

Big thank you to our three presenters, The Village Players of Fort Thomas for hosting, and LRJC Chair Betsy Obermeyer and her committee for organizing and planning such a wonderful forum this year!

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.

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Members of the 2023-2024 Long Range Judging Committee: 

Betsy Obermeyer, Chair

Dee Anne Bryll

Laureen Catlin

Greg Schaper

Jacqlyn Schott

Fred Hunt, President (non-voting)

Mark Culp, 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. 

The 2023 presenters were in person at The Footlighters, Inc's home The Stained Glass Theatre, in Newport KY and are viewable here.

  • Script Analysis; the Importance of Historical Context (Or Intro to Dramaturgy) with Elizabeth Taylor and Darren Lee​

  • The Magic of Solving Unconventional Challenges with Bonnie Emmer and virtual contributor Farley Norman

  • Best Critique Practices with Greg Schaper and Jacqlyn Schott

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 and 2022 forums were 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 

​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

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