Planning the 2012 Dunedin Theatre Awards are (from left) Hadley Taylor, Paul Hansen and Patrick Davies. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The 2012 Dunedin Theatre Awards will enlist the power of 1000
The awards were introduced three years ago to celebrate
"theatrical excellence", but have attracted criticism in
previous years for not being inclusive of all performing art
forms and productions.
"I wanted to make the awards more inclusive and fairer and
had been looking at how it was done overseas in things like
the Academy Awards," awards founder Patrick Davies said.
"But it turned out that the answer was much closer to home."
Mr Davies discussed his problem with University of Otago
associate professor of economics Dr Paul Hansen, partner of
Dunedin writer Lisa Scott.
"Paul said, 'I think I might have the answer for you'," he
A decision-making matrix developed by Dr Hansen, 1000Minds,
had previously been adopted by clients including Boeing,
Dairy New Zealand and international universities.
"The Ministry of Health has used it since 2004 for
prioritising patients for elective surgery. It is also being
used by a Christchurch construction company to prioritise the
earthquake rebuild," Dr Hansen said this week.
"It's been used on hard science subjects and I thought it was
an opportunity to use it on the arts. It will level out the
playing field in a scientifically valid way.
"It cuts across the various art forms and figures out the
weights for criteria for the awards. The weight that the
judges put on criteria is then ranked from first to last," he
The matrix would revolutionise how the award winners were
selected, Mr Davies said.
Special awards would also be introduced this year for
emerging talent, industry support, outstanding contribution
to Dunedin theatre and for lifetime achievement, Mr Davies
The awards will be held at 7.30pm on December 10 at the