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HOW?
The basic (honor system) “rule” for the nomination ballot and the final ballot is that voters must have seen the productions they vote for. Ballots are numbered and voters’ names are NOT shown on the ballots when they are counted.

For the nomination ballot, sent out in June, the package includes a list of eligible productions and the voters must check off the shows they have attended. NOTE: If the list fails to include a particular production, the voter may contact the TAG Awards committee at awards@theatreartsguild.com. Then, if the production is determine eligible for the season’s awards, the production will be added onto the online voting system.

ONLINE BALLOT! You should receive a postcard in the mail with your secret username and password. Go to the ballot website http://tagawards.omahacodeschool.com to login in and vote. If you need a hard copy ballot please contact the TAG Awards committee at awards@theatreartsguild.com

Items checked off on the production list are tallied up and the ballot is assigned a value number which reflects a weighted combination of BOTH the number of different productions seen AND the number of theatre or production companies presenting those shows. This is done to encourage attendance at the largest possible number of different “venues” as well as recognizing attendance at the largest possible number of shows, regardless of where they were presented. The idea is that the more shows one sees at different venues, the more “educated” one’s vote can be in evaluating and comparing shows AND the artistic and technical components thereof. Each possible nominee included on a given voter’s ballot (five slots per category) receives the point value calculated from the production list.

A Counting Committee composed of TAG members in good standing meets to record and total up the votes in the various categories. Individuals/productions receiving the top FIVE point totals in each category are declared “Nominated” and are included on the final voting ballot sent out in July.

On the final ballot, the package includes a list of the productions in which nominees appeared or worked. Voters check off shows seen and votes are weighted within each category. An outside accountant tabulates the votes. There are five nominees in each category. If you have seen all five shows with nominees, your vote for is worth five points. If you have seen two of the five, your vote is worth two points … and those points will only count if you have seen the production or person you voted for.  In each category, the “winner” is the nominee getting the highest vote total. Ties are possible, but rare.

WHERE?
The TAG Awards Gala will be held at The Hills Event Center, 7040 N 102nd Ave, Omaha, NE 68122 on Sunday, August 7.  Invitations are mailed to TAG members in good standing are in July.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
2015 – 2016 Season Breakdown – A list of actors, directors, and designers for every show in the 2014/2015 season. This is particularly useful if you need to refresh your memory on the roles and actors you’ve seen throughout the year. **Please note this is not a complete list, if you have programs from shows that have missing information please contact the Awards Committee at awards@theatreartsguild.com

Q & A Discussion Series – Were you wowed by the technical aspects of the shows you saw this season, but don’t feel “in the know” enough about sound or lighting design to make an educated vote? Check out this discussion series with local technicians and you’ll feel more like a pro in what to look for in sound, lighting, costume and properties design in a flash.