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Become a Barrymore Voter

Are you a theatre person? Do you find yourself thinking about and discussing productions extensively after you've attended them? Would you like to play a role in selecting whose work is recognized in the Greater Philadelphia region? Apply to become a Barrymore Awards adjudicator! 

The peer adjudicated Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre are a nationally recognized symbol of excellence for professional theatre in the Greater Philadelphia region, honoring local artists and theatre companies while increasing public awareness of the richness and diversity of our city's thriving theatre community.

About the Selection Process

Each spring, the Barrymore Oversight Committee identifies a pool of 12 Judges and approximately 70 Nominators to adjudicate the upcoming season of Barrymore-eligible productions. This year the annual process will begin in March with publication of the Nominator/Judge Application, which is due before midnight on April 21st. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application no later than May 27th. There is a mandatory season orientation on June 24th. The current Barrymore Awards season runs July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

In previous seasons Barrymore Judges have attended 65-80 productions, as well as five meetings with fellow Judges. For 2019-20, we will separate our judges into four distinct panels focused on Plays, Musicals, Design, and New Work. This will decrease the amount of productions Judges are expected to attend to approximately 20 to 50. Read this article on our Theatre News page for more info.

Nominators have attended approximately 20 or less productions per season, as their schedule allows.

Barrymore Nominators and Judges may serve a maximum of three consecutive seasons, and must reapply and be approved via the selection process conducted annually by the Barrymore Oversight Committee. In order to maximize inclusiveness and ensure fresh perspectives, the Barrymore Oversight Committee seeks to rotate 30% of the existing Nominator/Judge pool each season, through either natural attrition or lottery selection. The Barrymore Oversight Committee is dedicated to creating an annual Nominator/Judge pool of committed and knowledgeable theatre evaluators that are reflective of our community, including artistic discipline, gender, age, ability, race, and ethnic background.

To aid the Barrymore Oversight Committee with this ongoing effort, we invite qualified applicants from all backgrounds and experiences to apply..

How to apply

The Application window for the 2019-20 Season is Now Closed. If you have questions about applications, email Programs Manager, James Haro (

Other ways to get involved -

If you'd like to get involved with Theatre Philadelphia we invite you to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter of openings and closings, check out our job board for opportunities, join our list-serv to converse with fellow members of the theatre community. Or, volunteer with one of our other committees to help with marketing, fundraising, diversity and inclusion, and more.

Barrymore Voters are also enrolled in our new Industry Card benefits program for one year in recognition of their service. To find out more, click here.


You are invited to review the Barrymore Awards Rulebook or contact Programs Assistant, James Haro.


For the 2018-19 Season of voters, the Barrymore Oversight Committee selected a combined pool of nominators and judges (below) who are 45% non-white/mixed, 44% LGBTQ+, and 7% who are transgender, gender non-conforming or gender non-binary. For the first time ever our 12 person Judge pool is half POC/Mixed as well as 10/12 women.

Our goal for the 2019-20 season is to increase the number of applicants and meet or exceed this breakdown for participants.

Barrymore Judges – 2018-19 Season

Nick Jonczak • Charlie DelMarcelle • Heather Helinsky • Tanesha Ford • Leila Joffe • Tai Verley • Teresa Miller • Cathy Simpson • Erin Washburn • Joanna Smith • Stephanie Walters • Nicole Miller Marks

Barrymore Nominators – 2018-19 Season

Andrew Blasenak • Andrew Carroll • Annette Kaplafka • Ardencie Hall-Karambe • Cassandra Lewis • David Bazemore • Deborah Mozes • Eli Lynn • Emma Gibson • Ibrahim Miari • Iraisa Ann Reilly • Jamie Brunson • Jay Berkowitz • Jenna Kuerzi • Joe Lex • Joel Guerrero • Katherine Perry • Kathryn Osenlund • Lauren (Bieber) Hallenbeck • Leigh Jackson • Liam Mulshine • Lucas Fendlay • Luke Bradt • Maria Konstantinidis • Marisol Custodio • Maurice Hall • Mona Washington • Nan Gilbert • Nick Anselmo • Rebecca Bradbeer • Robert Harris • Ryane Nicole Studivant • Sara Garonzik • Sarah Scafidi • Shelli Pentimall Bookler • Steven Sass • Susan Giddings • Vanessa Sterling • Adiah Hicks • Alex Keiper • Terry Brennan • Brandi Burgess • Brennen Malone • Brett Mapp • Celeste Mann • Daniel Boulos • Dany Guy • Darnelle Radford • Eliana Fabiyi • Gilberto Vega • Jonathan Steadman • Kae Greenberg • Kaelem Camper • Kasual Owens-Fields • Matthew Hultgren • Michael Osinski • Natalia De La Torre • Nicole Stacie • Paige Zubel • Sara Madden • Chanta Harris • Damon Bonetti • Derek Thompson (Delequa) • Dorien Belle • Jessica Johnson • Keith Spencer • Keith Watford • Kevin Glaccum • Kyleen Shaw • Mark Costello • Melanie Breaux • Minou Pourshariati • Rob Tucker • Bill Felty • Brey Ann Barrett • Veronica Redd