What is adjudication?

Community Theatre adjudication is a response to a performance by your group. It is conducted by a trained adjudicator who experiences your production and shares his/her response to that experience with, typically, the director, cast and crew. The entire process is conducted in a friendly and supportive manner. It is a positive learning experience intended to offer ideas through which actors, directors, and technicians can learn and grow.

All CTAM adjudicators are experienced community theatre people who have taken an intensive training workshop in adjudication. CTAM offers this service, with a reasonable fee paid to the adjudicator, as a service to member groups.

If you are interested in having one of your productions adjudicated, please contact the Adjudication Committee Chair, Larry Nielsen (email: nielsen6619@sbcglobal.net or call: 269-569-5345). Arrangements will be made for a trained adjudicator to attend a performance of your group’s show. Attempts will be made to honor requests for particular adjudicators based on availability or to find an adjudicator who lives in your area of the state. A fee of $50 should be paid directly to the adjudicator for time and travel. If you request an adjudicator who lives far from your location, please consider some additional “gas money.” Once in a while a group contacts an adjudicator directly. In that case, please notify the adjudication chair so that a record can be kept of the use of this valuable member service.


Joanne Berry, Bay City
Mary Lou Britton, Grosse Pointe Theatre
Joy Butler, Bay City
Mary Jo DeNolf, Grand Rapids
Christy Frick, Mount Pleasant
Terry Jolink, Grandville
Carrie Kryzminski, Bay City
Art Nemitz, Portage
Larry Nielsen, Benton Harbor
Nancy Peska, Alma
Michael Schacherbauer, Plymouth
Terie Spencer
Jeff Springgay, Clio
Tara Western, Tawas Bay Players
Betsy Willis, Traverse City
Tracy Tiffany, St Joseph