The Carmen Awards

The nominations are closed.

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 are closed for the 2019-2020 season finalists and winners will be announced in mid May.

*We have canceled our ceremony due in response to the coronavirus. As many theatres have ended or postponed their season, we will only include productions that ran prior to the social distancing shut downs. Any productions from the 2019/2020 season that run prior to next season will be included for consideration with the 2020/2021 season.*

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

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 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 Music Direction for a Play
Best Music Direction for a Musical
Best Choreography for a Musical

 

Technical & Creative

Best Lighting Design for a Play or Musical
Best Sound Design for a Play or Musical
Best Set/Props Design for a Play or Musical
Best Costume Design for a Play or Musical
Best Hair/Makeup for a Play or Musical
Best Stage Manager

Writing

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

Overall

Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Musical
Best Family Friendly Show

 

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.