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Long Range Judging Committee

Save the Date! 

Mark your calendars for this year's ACT Responders & Group Presidents' Forum. 

Please join ACT 2nd VP Mark Culp, the Long Range Judging Committee, and other ACT Cincinnati glitterati to kick off the 2023-2024 ACT Cincinnati season.

When: Saturday, September 23, 2023 10:00am ET

Where: Arts Center at Dunham (home of Sunset Players)

1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238 

More information to come, but in the meantime, please make plans to attend this very important and informative session. 

Another Winter Forum is in the books! 
Sad that you missed the 2023 Annual Judges Forum? Well, not all is lost. Thru the wonderful world of technology, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy all our experts and their presentations 

here on our YouTube channel.

The 2023 presenters and topics were:


  • 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

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 2022-2023 Long Range Judging Committee: 

Jacqlyn Schott, Chair

Mike Morehead

Betsy Obermeyer

Greg Schaper

Rose Vanden Eynden

Amy Waldfogle

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. 

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 

​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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