Code of Ethics for Adjudicators
In order to maintain objective criteria for adjudicators ATAC requests that the following Code of Ethics will be maintained:
- Judges will NOT judge any production in which they are a part of the production.
- Judges will NOT adjudicate family members, spouses, partners, relatives, or current students. The production may be judged, just not the individual. Write a comment on the ballot as to why you din’t score the individual.
- Judges will NOT adjudicate any production in which they are a member of the company’s board of directors.
- Artistic Directors, Co-Artistic Directors or production company administrators will not be eligible to adjudicate their own production.
- Judges will recuse themselves from adjudicating a production if they have any bias (moral and/or ethical) toward the selection or the content of a play. Judges will recuse themselves from adjudicating a production if they have ANY bias toward the production or the production company.
- Judges will maintain a low profile at the productions they attend. Judges are asked not to identify themselves as ATAC judges to other theatre patrons, to members of the company, or to media representatives.
- Judges will not discuss their ratings with actors, directors, company administrators, or other ATAC judges.
- Judges will not discuss their opinions with other judges unless the other judges have seen the production and turned in their ballot.
** Any judge found not abiding by the Code of Ethics will be dismissed and their ballots not counted. If this dismissal results in elimination of a production, then consideration will be on a case by case basis. All ballots are tabulated by a certified accountant who scrutinizes anomalies and recommends eliminations when deemed appropriate.