ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0290 Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards Records

Call Number

HMSS 0290

Collection 

Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards Records

Date Range

1995-2011 

Quantity

35 boxes (3.3m) 

Access Conditions

open

Copying conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

 

 

Beginnings

The CAT Awards began in 1995 inspired by the need to recognise the contribution of amateur theatre to the cultural and social life of towns and cities in Canberra and the surrounding region. It was formed by actress/singer Kate Peters, and theatre publicist Coralie Wood. 

Scope

The CAT Awards includes amateur or pro-am productions of musical theatre, spoken word (drama and comedy), ballet and dance events, and variety shows. It excludes music concerts such as classical, rock, or jazz. Productions by youth groups, secondary schools and colleges are included. 

Operation of the CAT Awards

The CAT Awards is a membership based entity. Theatre companies pay an annual membership fee and guarantee to supply tickets to judges to attend performances.

The CAT judges are from Canberra. Travel and accommodation costs for judges to attend performances outside Canberra are shared by the judges themselves and the CAT Awards organisation.

The geographic spread of companies in the CAT Awards scheme has reached to the south coast as far as Bega, north to the Southern Highlands and Wollongong, west to Orange and Wellington, and south to Wagga Wagga and Albury. There is a strong representation of Canberra based companies

Several judges attend each production and rank it according to various criteria. At the end of the year (November) the scores are tallied and a list of nominations is released usually at a function held in Canberra. The CAT Awards Gala Night is held in Canberra in February of the following year. (NB until 2005 the Gala Awards Night was held at the end of the calendar year).  The Gala Awards Night includes selected staged performances from some of the year’s productions.

In 2012 an additional award was introduced, the Judges’ Choice Awards for which each judge chooses their personal favourite.  The results of this award were announced ahead of the Gala Awards night and listed in the Gala Awards programme.

Management

CAT Awards is governed by a Board which includes members who are not involved directly in theatre. There is a representative of the judges on the Board. As at 1/1/2013 the CEO of the CAT Awards is Coralie Wood OAM.

The CAT Awards has attracted Patrons and Sponsors who support the scheme and participate in the Gala Awards night. The single major sponsor usually has naming rights for the scheme, for example as at 1 Januuary 2013 it is the ACTEWAGL Canberra Area Theatre Awards.  

Publications and records

The CAT Awards collection includes complete sets of the Nomination booklets for each year and a set of the programmes for the Gala Awards Night. Annual lists of the participating companies are published in the Gala Awards Night programmes as are lists of judges for the year and members of the CAT Awards Board. 

A complete list of winners for each year is published on the CAT Awards website.

A consolidated list of winners 1995-2004 appeared in the Gala Awards Night programme for 2005

The collection of administrative records of the CAT Awards, though somewhat incomplete, reflects the core business of the organisation, ie. membership of the organisation and judging the shows with the final results culminating in the Gala Awards night.  

More information on the CAT Awards is on the website www.catawards.com.au

 

BOX NO.

DESCRIPTION

QUANTITY

DATE

1

Programmes of amateur theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges
Includes list of productions

1 wallet
 

1995

1

 

3 wallets

1996

 

 

 

 

2

Programmes of amateur  theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges
Includes list of productions

3  wallets

1997

 

 

 

 

3

Programmes of amateur  theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges
Includes list of productions

2 wallets

1998

 

 

 

 

4

Programmes of amateur  theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges
Includes list of productions

2 wallets

1999

 

 

 

 

5

Programmes of amateur  theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges
Includes list of productions

2 wallets

2000

 

 

 

 

6

Programmes of amateur  theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges
Includes list of productions

2 wallets

2001

 

 

 

 

7

Programmes of amateur  theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges
Includes list of productions

2  wallets

2002

 

 

 

 

8

Programmes of amateur  theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges

2 wallets

2003

 

 

 

 

9

Programmes of amateur theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges

2 wallets

2004

 

 

 

 

10

Programmes of amateur theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges

2 wallets

2005

 

 

 

 

11

Programmes of amateur theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges

2 wallets

2006

 

 

 

 

12

Programmes of amateur theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges

2 wallets

2008

 

 

 

 

13

Programmes of amateur theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges

 wallets

2009

 

 

 

 

14

Programmes of amateur theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges

3 wallets

2010

 

 

 

 

15

Programmes of amateur theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges

3 wallets

2011

 

 

 

 

16

Business and administrative files
Includes establishment  of  awards, judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards gala, financial, publicity, theatre companies’ membership,  etc.

7 folders

1995

 

 

 

 

17

Business and administrative files

Includes  judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards gala, financial, publicity, theatre companies membership, etc Issues of newsletter Pawprint

10 folders

1996

 

 

 

 

18

Business and administrative files
Includes  judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards gala, financial, publicity, theatre companies’ membership, etc Issues of newsletter Pawprint

10 folders

1997

 

 

 

 

19

Business and administrative files
Includes  judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards gala, financial, publicity, theatre companies’ membership, etc Issues of newsletter Pawprint

12 folders

1998

 

 

 

 

20

Business and administrative files
Includes  judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards gala, financial, publicity, theatre companies’ membership, etc

9 folders

1999

 

 

 

 

21

Business and administrative files

Includes  judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards gala, financial, publicity, theatre companies’ membership, etc

9 folders

2000

 

 

 

 

22

Business and administrative files

Includes  judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards gala, financial, publicity, theatre companies’ membership, etc Issues of newsletter Pawprint

12 folders

2001

 

 

 

 

23

Business and administrative files
Includes  judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards gala, financial, publicity, theatre companies’ membership, etc

5 wallets

2002

 

 

 

 

24

Business and administrative files
Includes judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards night.

3 wallets

2003

24

Includes judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards night. Menu for Dinner of appreciation .

3 wallets

2004

 

 

 

 

25

Business and administrative files
Includes judging reports, nominations, organisation of awards night. Planning survey and meeting on future of CAT  awards.  ARTS ACT workshop participation.  

5 wallets

2005

25

Consolidated  list of CAT Award winners 1995-2005

1 wallet

2005

 

 

 

 

26

Business  and administrative files
Includes guidelines for judges, arrangements for awards night, nomination notes, sponsorship and grant applications.  

5 wallets

2006

 

 

 

 

27

Judging forms for shows seen by CAT Award judges

2 wallets

2003

27

Business and administrative files
Includes nomination notes, membership applications, financial arrangements for awards night .

1 wallet

2003

 

 

 

 

28

Judging forms for shows seen by CAT Award judges

2 wallets

2004

 

 

 

 

29

Business and administrative files
Includes financial, arrangements for awards night, and judging forms for shows seen by Cat award judges

4 wallets

2005

 

 

 

 

30

Judging forms for shows seen by Cat  Award judges 

3 wallets

2006

 

 

 

 

31

Programmes of amateur theatre productions in Canberra and region considered by CAT award judges

3 wallets

2007

 

 

 

 

32

Judging forms for shows seen by Cat  Award judges 

3 wallets

2007

 

 

 

 

33

Business and administrative files
Includes Constitution and Company Registration.

4 wallets

2006-2010

 

 

 

 

34

Copies of Cat Awards publications
Includes a complete sets of - Nomination Lists : programs for Awards Night : samples of Awards Night envelopes : issues of Paw Print newsletter.

4 wallets

1995-

 

 

 

 

35

Audio Visual items
Includes    Video tapes of Awards Nights 2002, 2003: CD of Awards Night 2005 : CD Powerpoint of images used in Awards Night 2003 :  CD of Act 1, Nominations night 2006.

7 items

2002-2006