Eligibility and Panel Criteria


In registering a work for consideration by the Green Room Awards, the company or individual must first establish the work’s eligibility, and then opt for consideration by one of the seven artform panels. All panels reserve the right to add and exclude awards on a year by year basis, depending on the work viewed and judged across the year.

IS YOUR WORK ELIGIBLE?

You are eligible to be considered for a Green Room Award if your work:

  • is presented in Metropolitan Melbourne (generally within 15km of the GPO)
  • is presented by professional artists
  • offers the professional artists industry award payment, or has made a profit share arrangement where the distribution of profits is clearly defined
  • is produced by Australian artists, or produced by non-Australians engaging Australian artists where the work of the Australian artists can clearly be considered
  • is a remounted production that has been substantially reworked, or engages new artists in key roles – or that has not been previously been considered by the Green Room Awards

Please note, the Green Room Awards does not consider student work or work created under the auspices of an education institution unless commissioned by a professional company where all cast and creative are paid for their work.

Panel Specific criteria


Cabaret

The Cabaret panel views work that is, in essence, a presentation of the self-using music, direct address and engagement with the audience. Cabaret is a musical and philosophical artform which particularly lends itself to hybridisation, and random manifestations of fabulousness. However, not all shows with elements of cabaret will be considered. Your work will not be considered if it is a variety show or a show with changing line ups – it will not be considered if it is a concert or a musical - it will not be considered if it uses ‘the fourth wall’. Areas commonly awarded are performance, musical direction, writing, original songs and overall production. Works can only be considered if they present at least 4 public performances and must be seen by a minimum of 3 panel members.

Contemporary & Experimental Performance (CEP)

The CEP panel views work that is interdisciplinary, unconventional and innovative. It will be work that is experimental in form, style and content including site-specific events, circus, live art, visual and physical theatre puppetry, performance installation, performance art, and digital and online performance. This panel may also view interdisciplinary work that crosses over with specific artforms covered by other panels (such as Theatre, Dance or Opera). Areas commonly awarded are performance, circus, puppetry, overall production and experimentation. The CEP panel are able to view works with only 1 public performance if enough notice is given to the panel. All works must be viewed by at least 2 panel members to be eligible for consideration.

Dance

The Dance panel views work which wholly or predominantly use dance or movement as its language of communication. Musicals and burlesque are not considered under this panel. Works can only be considered if they present at least 4 public performances and must be seen by a minimum of 3 panel members.

Independent Theatre

The Independent Theatre panel views work that is presented by one of the broad range of independent artists, groups or companies (including small to medium companies that may have a board, but do not produce three or more seasons of work per year). Works can only be considered if they present at least 4 public performances and must be seen by a minimum of 2 panel members.

Music Theatre

The Music Theatre panel views work which wholly or predominantly use the disciplines of music, song and dance (or staged movement) as its language of communication. It will be work where a combination of sung and spoken dialogue drives the narrative. This panel does not consider ‘plays with music’ (in which language of communication is predominantly spoken text or dialogue). These works may be referred to the Independent Theatre Panel or the Theatre Companies Panel. Works can only be considered if they present at least 4 public performances and must be seen by a minimum of 3 panel members.

Opera Panel

The Opera Panel views work that is wholly or predominantly sung and in which singing and instrumental music drives the narrative. Works can only be considered if they present at least 4 public performances and must be seen by a minimum of 3 panel members.

Theatre Companies

The Theatre Companies panel views work which wholly or predominantly uses text-based material as its language of communication, and if it is presented by a formally constituted theatre or performance company governed by a Board of Directors or Committee of Management that produces a season of works or a new work annually. Works can only be considered if they present at least 4 public performances and must be seen by a minimum of 5 panel members.

NB: From time to time, panels may determine that a registered work is better suited for consideration by another panel. In these cases a change of registration will be negotiated between the relevant Panel Chairs and communicated to the company or individual by the Green Room Awards Secretary.


Make sure you register early

The earlier you register, the more likely we are able to see your show. Members of the judging panels are all practicing artists who volunteer their time to be part of the Green Room Awards. As such, they need to juggle their own schedules with the schedules of the many shows being considered. We strongly recommend that you give us at least three weeks notice of your performance dates. Shows that give less than three weeks notice of their performance dates run the risk that not enough panel members will be able to see their show to make it eligible for a Green Room Award.