The Nebraska High School Theater Academy provides participating schools the opportunity for up to three adjudicators (local performing arts professionals) to provide educationally focused written feedback on their performances.

If interested in adjudication, please fill out the Production Information Form (below) and return it to NHSTA@O-pa.org no later than one month prior to your performance.

NHSTA Production Information Form


Adjudication process

Participating schools interested in receiving written feedback for their productions should fill out the "NHSTA Production Information Form" and send to O-pa Education staff no later than one month prior to opening night.

Once adjudicators register, we will inform schools of their scheduled adjudication dates and will be in touch the school's primary contact person (usually the director or music director) to reserve complimentary tickets for each adjudicator. Tickets should be left at Will Call under the name “O-pa Adjudicator.” Within two weeks from the performance, Omaha Performing Arts will provide adjudicator feedback to schools.

Please note that safety is our primary concern. Prior to adjudicators attending your school's production, please read the following guide: COVID-19 Adjudication Policies and Procedures.


Feedback (for any high school and middle school musical, one-act or play)

Adjudicators will complete a comprehensive response to the performance. Feedback will include praise and constructive criticism, focusing on a production’s strengths and opportunities for growth. Omaha Performing Arts staff members will email feedback to directors. Feedback is intended to serve as a learning tool for directors and students. Our goal is to provide you and your students with high-quality feedback that celebrates students’ work and encourages them to grow.



Adjudicators will score various production elements. These scores will be used to determine award recipients in various categories. Schools producing a musical for award consideration should perform between Friday, September 17, 2021, and Sunday, May 8, 2022. Once all musicals have been evaluated, the full panel of adjudicators will meet in a round-table setting to review scores and determine winners. Omaha Performing Arts staff members will notify award-winning schools and students with further information the week of May 9, 2022.


A note on double casting

If a school decides to double cast one or more roles, the school must select one set of cast members to be adjudicated. Please contact Omaha Performing Arts staff with information on which evenings the selected cast will be performing for the adjudication panel. It will not be possible to adjudicate multiple students for the same role.


Pre-Show Evaluation

NHSTA schools can request to have a professional adjudicator provide oral feedback on their musical, play, or one-act at any point in the rehearsal process. Pre-show evaluations are offered as an additional learning opportunity and are NOT connected to the formal adjudication process, scores or awards. Schools are responsible for scheduling pre-show evaluations. For a full list of pre-show evaluators, their contact information and area of expertise please email NHSTA@O-pa.org


If you are an adjudicator who has completed a pre-show evaluation, please click here to fill out the survey. 


Interested in becoming an adjudicator?

Fill out the application below. Please be prepared to send your performing arts resume.

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