The calendar year for judging runs from December to November. Participating societies nominate which productions they would like judged throughout the year. Each show is independently viewed and judged by the judges using the same criteria. A report is submitted to the convenor after every show.

The panel meets in early December to identify a list of final nominees, who are announced at a separate event hosted by one of the musical societies. The judges then meet again to vote on the winners of each category with the final results announced at the awards evening.

How the judging works
Each of the judges must see a show once in their capacity as a NAPTA judge - where ever possible avoiding both opening and closing performances. Judges are free to attend shows again, but judging occurs only on the first viewed performance.

The Judges independently complete an assessment of each Award category for a show. Each category is rated on its own merits. Comments are also recorded for each category. The forms are collected and held by the convenor.

Click here to view the 2017 Judging Criteria Guidelines... (PDF)

On completion of the judging year, the convenor will tally the scores and nominees are generally found using these scores. A maximum of 5 nominations in each category is the guideline.

The final decision
On completion of the nomination process the final decision process then takes place. The judges are presented with the collated comments of all nominees for each Award category.

An open discussion is then entered into followed by a secret ballot. After 4 - 5 categories the convenor and adjudicator will collate scores. If a minimum of three judges have voted for one nominee they become the NAPTA recipient. If a recipient is not found then further discussions take place & another ballot is taken until a recipient is found.

The convenor is the only person who knows who the recipients are. They then collate the recipients in readiness for the NAPTA Awards evening.

2018 Season Judges

  • Geoff Hughes
  • Geoffrey made his stage debut in Auckland when he was 14 and since then he has been on the stage, back stage or producing shows. He has written and directed 3 pantomimes, stage managed 2 live to air concerts, owned and managed an entertainment company for 12 years (which toured NZ 8 times a year), freelanced professionally for 10 years and graduated with a music degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

    He has appeared professionally in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand in productions and in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Anthony Carroll
  • Many will know Anth from his long association with a number of local theatre societies but most recently as a past-President and committee member of AMT. He has performed and Directed both musicals and plays and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the dates they were performed and who was in them.

  • Kathy O'Meara
  • Kathy has been involved in many facets of musical theatre since beginning as a young dancer on stage. As her passion for dance and performance grew her focus turned towards choreography for schools and various Auckland theatre groups. Her experience ranges from creating dance for such diverse shows as Annie, Man of La Mancha, Funny Girl and the Napta award winning production of Les Miserables at the Bruce Mason Centre. Kathy’s talents also extended to rhythmic gymnastics where she coached and choreographed for New Zealand teams. She went on to become an international judge attending the Olympics and Commonwealth Games in that capacity.

    She has also had experience as production manager, committee member for NSMT, and helping with stage management and props for various theatre organisations.

  • Rosalie Mayo
  • A previous NAPTA judge Rosalie has been involved in theatre since 1990 and over the years has performed both in musicals and plays, been involved with costumes, Props design, front of house at various theatre groups and also has several NAPTA nominations. Most recently she was Production Manager for 2 shows as well as being a Committee member and Secretary of Centrestage Theatre and project-managing the refurbishment of the auditorium.

  • Debbie Penney
  • Debbie has been involved in Musical Theatre since the late 80’s and performed in musicals throughout New Zealand, Australia, and Asia. She originally studied singing with the late Beatrice Webster and under her guidance went on to study Theatre Performance at Auckland University.

    Debbie has played nearly every role in the long running Australian production of Menopause the Musical and more recently toured New Zealand with a local production of the show. She also performed in the controversial show “Jerry Springer the Opera” at the Sydney Opera House and has represented New Zealand in Japan in the Asian, Pacific Expo.

    An experienced teacher, Debbie has had responsibility for training choirs, writing, directing and producing school productions and co-ordinating schools for choral events, so she is no stranger to what goes on behind the scenes to make a production come to life.

  • Steve King - Convenor
  • Steve has been a member of a number of local societies as a performer, and also took over from founding NAPTA Chair, Terry O’Connor, during the lead up to the establishment of the NAPTA Trust.

    He has represented the NZ Film and Video Technician’s Guild on the NZ Film and TV Awards Committee, is currently on the judging panel of 2 international Video Festivals and has also convened a number of judging panels in that industry both in NZ and overseas.

Selection of Judges
Judges are appointed by the NAPTA Trust for a maximum period of two consecutive years. Participating societies are called upon to nominate suitable members to fill the 5 annual judging roles.

If you are interested in becoming a NAPTA Judge, or would like to nominate someone, please contact your participating theatre group.


Thank you to our 2018 Season Sponsors:

Event Partners
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Award Sponsors

Artemis Executive RecruitmentMusic Theatre International Australasia

Estee Lauder Companies NZ Musical Theatre New Zealand Origin Theatrical

Amici Productions Corporate Media Sewtec Amici Trust

Event Sponsors

Devonport Chocolates Childrens Musical Theatre Studio LK Creative

Event Funders

The Lion Foundation Pub Charity Ltd Pelorus Trust Bluesky Community Trust