The Carmen Awards

Nominations are open!

We’re excited to announce that Taming of the Review is hosting the first annual Carmen Awards, an awards ceremony celebrating the amazing talent showcased during the 2019-2020 season. Nominations will stay open to everyone through May 2020 and winners will be announced at a ceremony at the end of the 2019/2020 season. 

Click Here to Nominate

You can nominate as many worthy actors and productions as you think are deserving. We are taking a new approach to categories, namely, we’re ditching gendered categories in favor of having more variety in the types of performance and are including more design and technical awards. Please keep your nominations to productions from the current season. All categories are listed below.

Named The Carmen Awards after Carmen Soto de Vásquez, the founder of the barrio’s Teatro Carmen. Carmen was devoted to presenting dramatic works in Spanish and in 1915 opened the theatre with a production of Cerebro y Corazón by Mexican playwright Teresa Farias de Isassi. It remained a theatre, community arts, and entertainment venue until 1926. The original building is still standing in Barrio Viejo.

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Teatro Carmen, photo credit: Larry Lamsa

To nominate an actor or production, please fill out the form for each nomination, even if you are nominating the same individual so long as it is for a different category or production. For example, you can nominate Actor A for their performance in Play A and Play B, but not twice for Play A. You can nominate them for, say, Best Performer in a Dramatic Role: Lead and Best Costume Design for a Play for Play A if they filled both roles on that production. There is no maximum number of nominations you can submit.

Categories

We are focusing on five major areas: Performance, Direction, Technical & Creative, Writing, and Overall. We also have three special awards to recognize those members of our community and productions that contributed most to local theatre this season. 

Performance

Best Performer in a Dramatic Role: Lead
Best Performer in a Dramatic Role: Supporting
Best Performer in a Comedic Role: Lead
Best Performer in a Comedic Role: Supporting
Best Performer in a Musical: Lead
Best Performer in a Musical: Supporting
Best Performer in a Family-Friendly Show: Lead
Best Performer in a Family-Friendly Show: Supporting
Best Performer in a One-Person Show
Best Performer in an Alternative Work
Best Ensemble Performance

Direction

Best Director of a Drama
Best Director of a Comedy
Best Director of a Musical
Best Director of a Family-Friendly Show
Best Director of a One-Person Show
Best Director of an Alternative Work
Best Director of an Ensemble Performance
Best Music Direction for a Play
Best Music Direction for a Musical
Best Choreography for a Play
Best Choreography for a Musical
Best Combat Choreography
Best Intimacy Choreography

Technical & Creative

Best Lighting Design for a Play
Best Lighting Design for a Musical
Best Sound Design for a Play
Best Sound Design for a Musical
Best Set/Props Design for a Play
Best Set/Props Design for a Musical
Best Costume Design for a Play
Best Costume Design for a Musical
Best Hair/Makeup for a Play
Best Hair/Makeup for a Musical
Best Stage Manager for a Play
Best Stage Manager for a Musical
Best Dramaturgy for a Play
Best Dramaturgy for a Musical
Best Front of House & Box Office Staff

Writing

Best New Work (Play or Musical)
Best Original Adaptation (Play or Musical)

Overall

Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Musical
Best One-Person Show
Best Family Friendly Show
Best Alternative Work

Special Awards

The Lalo Guerrero Landmark Award: For a local theatre artist, technician, or worker whose work has been impactful and important for at least 20 years.

Community Steward: For a local theatre artist, technician, or worker who consistently shows a responsibility to the Tucson arts community or whose work improves the Tucson community at large. 

Important Production: For a production that stands out in its artistic originality, social/political mindfulness, community impact, or other exciting element.