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What are "The Column Awards"?
In the last ten years, what has The Column achieved?
Do you support Equity and Non-Equity?
How does one get nominated?
Who is eligible to vote?
Can anyone see who I voted for?
What is Round One Voting and Round Two Voting?

What are "The Column Awards"?

After the birth and first year of THE COLUMN, I thought just for fun
as the Editor/Founder of THE COLUMN that I would pick and announce my
personal picks for the best in DFW Theater.

This "first" ceremony was actually just a special issue of THE COLUMN
sent out to the readers. After that issue, several friends would tell
me, "You know, you should hold an actual ceremony for those awards."

Everyone knows how addicted I am to ALL award shows, from the Oscars
to the Tonys. I just get a major high from all the excitement,
suspense, and drama that surround awards and award shows. Who will get
nominated? Who will win? What will they wear? And so on.

Plus I am a sucker for big, fun-filled parties, friendship, and unity!
So how much fun would it be to bring the ENTIRE theater community
together for one night to celebrate, laugh, cry, and honor the ENTIRE
Dallas-Fort Worth theater community?

As an actor, I have worked everywhere, from Casa Manana, Stage West,
etc. to practically every company here in Dallas. I knew I was not
alone in this. ALL thespians, designers, directors, musical directors,
choreographers, etc. work ALL over the metroplex. We go everywhere to
work in the art we all love so much: theater. We are ALL connected
somehow. So why not? Why not have a great night to bring us all
together like a big ole family reunion?!

Then I thought, "Hmmm. There are no awards given in the metroplex that
honor the entire metroplex. From equity to Community theaters."

Then another idea, "And what about if we donate the ticket money to a

It was that small seed in my tiny brain that begin the birth and
creation of THE COLUMN Awards Organization.

Over the next two years I gathered a group of close friends and we
worked like insane, hyperactive bees in creating the very first Gala
at the Plaza Theater in Garland.

I no longer picked my own choices, but instead left it all up to the
subscribers to vote. Thus it fell to the hands and voices of THE
COLUMN subscribers to choose the best in DFW Theater. Remember
Reader's Poll?

During these eight years I've had some amazing, brilliant, and hard
working individuals assist each year to bring the gala to life. It is
a MAJOR undertaking that now takes over a year in advance preparation
to create.

These friends became "Advisory Board Members". Some have been with me
from the very beginning. Slowly over the years, came the creation of
the Board of Directors. The Board serving today contains a group of
dedicated, immensely talented, and highly qualified individuals that
do outstanding work each year. They believe in THE COLUMN Awards
primary goal: To honor excellence in Theater within the entire Dallas-
Fort Worth metroplex.

In the last ten years here's what THE COLUMN AWARDS has achieved:

*THE COLUMN Awards in 2006 was voted BEST LOCAL AWARDS SHOW by the

*THE COLUMN Awards is the ONLY Awards organization in the ENTIRE
United States that donate all their proceeds (after operating
expenses) to BC/EFA.

*THE COLUMN Awards has been recognized by EQUITY News, PLAYBILL, THE

*THE COLUMN Awards for the last three years have been named as major
contributors in the Angel Campaign of BC/EFA.

*In 2007 THE COLUMN Awards became a 501C Organization.

With all this recognition THE COLUMN Awards have been extremely
grateful and lucky to have major stars from the worlds of Broadway,
Film, and Television attend the gala as Guest stars and performers.

Past guest stars have included Anthony Rapp (Original "Mark" in
Broadway's RENT); Michael Urie (SAG nominee, UGLY BETTY); Christian
Campbell (TRICK, BOOK OF DANIEL); Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Tony Nominee
for AVENUE Q); George Wendt (CHEERS, Emmy winner); and Richard Thomas
(WALTONS, Emmy winner).

Other celebrities sent via personal letters their support and congrat-
ulations to THE COLUMN Awards as well. Such as two time Tony Award
winner and Broadway legend Chita Rivera, 2007 Tony Award winner
Christine Ebersole (GREY GARDENS), and Golden Globe/Emmy/SAG winner,
America Ferrera (UGLY BETTY).

In the last eight years if you have been nominated for a COLUMN Award,
or be one of those lucky few that now possess a crystal COLUMN Award.
Remember that you were voted by your peers. Those who work in front
and behind the curtain have deemed your work this honor.

THE COLUMN also has hundreds of subscribers who are just die-hard fans
and supporters of theater. So you are also being nominated and honored
by the very people who sit in the audience admiring your work on
stage, or your direction, or design elements, and so on.

Since that first year we have constantly changed, evolve, and learn
from our highs and lows within the organization. This brings us to
the 2008 Column Awards!

Equity and Non-Equity

THE COLUMN Awards are divided into two distinct classifications,
equity and non equity.

To be eligible for EQUITY classification, your production must have at
least one (1) equity contract offered and signed. This can be either
acting or technical contact (i.e. Stage Manager).

If there are NO equity contracts and NO equity performers in your
production-then that production will be listed in the NON EQUITY

The thought and reason for this distinction was so that we honor ALL
theater companies. THE COLUMN Awards and I strongly believe that the
same passion, dedication, and commitment goes into both equity and
non-equity shows. Thus we strive to include and honor our smaller
companies as well, not just the larger Theater companies. Remember-
Unity is the key here.

How does one get nominated?

Any Theater Company in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is eligible if
the following guidelines have been established:

(1) The production(s) that are submitted must have been performed and
produced in the calendar year that is set up by the Column Awards
Board of Directors and its Executive Director.

(2) Said production must run in their regular season. It CANNOT be
productions that were performed in festivals, stage readings, special
series, benefit shows, or one night only events.

(3 Said production must run at least five public performances.

(4) Said production MUST be listed on their official websites,
brochures, and other assorted publicity materials. These tools are
used as verification by THE COLUMN Awards Board of Directors, the
Executive Director/Producer, and Theater Liaisons.

(5) In the case(s) of DOUBLE CASTING or UNDERSTUDIES, both cast
performers can be eligible in the role(s) that they performed.

All the above has been cleared and verified by the Board for this
year's eligible productions. During these last six months, theater
liaisons have been in constant contact with their appointed theater

The board liaisons sent out nomination ballots to ONLY the
following: Artistic Directors, Directors, and/or Producers of those
ELIGIBLE companies and productions.

These Artistic Directors, Producers, and/or Directors would then put
ALL eligible performers/designers/production staff in the appropriate
categories on the ballot.

This means they had SOLE control of where to put down individual
performances in what categories they deemed fit in regards to that
person's role on stage. The Board of Directors and Executive Director/
Producer had NO SAY in this. This was totally left at the discretion
of the director, etc.

Artistic Directors, Producers, and/or Directors were allowed to list
the ENTIRE cast in whatever categories they felt was appropriate.

However, when it comes to large casts (i.e. ensembles), not everyone
can be listed. Thus, when it came to ensembles, the Artistic Director,
Producer, and/or Director would then decide which (if any) ensemble
members were eligible in the "Featured" categories.

Ballots not turned in the allotted time to their respective theater
liaison resulted in that Production and/or Theater Company not allowed
participation in this year's THE COLUMN Awards.

Since that time, all Board of Directors, the Executive Director/
Producer, and Theater liaisons have been data entering ALL those
nominations for the ROUND ONE BALLOT.

Who is eligible to vote?

ONLY and ONLY those who are registered subscribers to THE COLUMN are
eligible to vote. NO EXCEPTIONS.

PLEASE NOTE: You must have been a registered COLUMN subscriber BEFORE
December 31, 2016.

The system we have does show the date when you "officially" signed up
on THE COLUMN and that is the date we must go by.

This is to keep voter fraud down. It is NOT fair for friends & family
to join THE COLUMN during Awards season just so that they can vote
for you or your friends.

One of the privileges and immense responsibility of being a Column
subscriber is the right to vote.

Can anyone see who I voted for?

NO. That is a DEFINITE no. Not a single person that serves on the Board
of Directors OR the Executive Director/Producer has ANY access whatso
-ever into the official voting ballot. We are very determined to keep
your voting PRIVATE. So again-they have NO access into the system to
see how you or anyone else voted.

Everyone is assigned a "voting code" when voting-which means your
actual name or email address is NOT visible whatsoever when voting.
Only the Director of the ballot design/tabulation has access to the
voting codes-NO ONE ELSE DOES.

Thus your voting selections are kept completely confidential.

What is Round One Voting and Final Voting?

ROUND ONE voting is when every ELIGIBLE name, show, etc. is listed on
the ballot. It's the first ballot that contains EVERY actor, designer,
show, etc. that was provided by the Theater Companies.

The ballot for ROUND ONE is lengthy due to the overwhelming array of
choices you have to choose from. So be prepared.

After the cut off date for ROUND ONE VOTING concludes, that weekend
the Ballot Design team will tabulate ALL the votes.

The SIX (6) individuals, shows, etc. in EACH category that has the
HIGHEST amount of votes will then become OFFICIAL nominees for the
2008 Column Awards.

It's just like the Academy Awards. They get a ballot in the mail with
all the eligible films, performances, etc. for the 2016 calendar
year. They vote on that ballot. Then Price-Waterhouse Accounting firm
will tabulate those ballots, and the five individuals/movies, etc.
that have the highest amount of votes become the final five nominees
for the Oscar. THE COLUMN Awards are the same.

At this point the Ballot Design and Tabulating team will meet with the
Executive Director/Producer and two Board of Directors in a closed
meeting to let them know who the final nominees are are.