One of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The Awards serve as a valued credential for theatres just getting started, for those already established, and, of course, for individual theatre artists.
The Awards process was developed over 27 years by the Helen Hayes Awards Rules Committee, adopted by The Helen Hayes Awards Board of Directors, and went into effect January 1, 2003. Now, the Helen Hayes Awards Board of Governors oversees all Awards rules and procedures. The full Rules for the Administration of The Helen Hayes Awards are available on www.theatreWashington.org.
- applicable through the end of the 2013 adjudication year
Any legitimate live stage play is eligible for consideration in the Helen Hayes Awards process if:
Serving as a Helen Hayes Awards Judge is a selfless act; a volunteer position requiring enormous time, consideration, and dedication. It is also a meaningful and rewarding responsibility. All judge applications are thoroughly vetted and reviewed by a Selection Committee of area Artistic Directors. The judging pool is comprised of 50–60 arts professionals, journalists, academics and lifelong knowledgeable theatre-goers. Each judge is required to see between 30-40 productions each year.