Michael Conroy Box OFfice Associate

Michael Conroy
Box OFfice Associate

Lyric Arts has evolved drastically since its humble beginnings in 1995 as the Pocket Theatre on Johnson Street, but one thing that hasn’t changed throughout the years has been the mission to enrich the lives of the community, by creating meaningful performing arts experiences that ignites imaginations and inspire the spirits of those it serves. To help maintain the high quality of art that our patrons and artists have come to expect of us, especially now as the only full-time professional theater company in Anoka County, we rely on reviews of our work from outside reviewers, as well as those who know first-hand what Lyric Arts is capable of.

This is where you come in.

The Artistic Review Panel was created a few years ago with the purpose of cultivating opinions from people outside our productions to supplement our internal evaluation processes – from people just like you. As we continue to expand and improve upon our Artistic Review Panel, we hope you are willing to be a part of it as an Evaluator. Some of you may have already been asked to participate in previous seasons, and while what we are looking for in our reviews is the same as before, we are hoping to make the process less complicated than in the past.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Box Office Associate Michael Conroy at michael@lyricarts.org or 763-233-0812. We look forward to having your help as we continue improving Lyric Arts as a company and as a community.

How to Become an Artistic Review Panel Evaluator

1. Accept the invitation to the Panel

Please accept the invitation by July 31, 2017.

If you did not received an invitation and would like to be considered, please send an email to michael@lyricarts.org with your connection to the theatre and why you think you would make a great Evaluator.

2. Complete the Production Preferences Survey 

Please complete the survey below by August 15, 2017. Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

This brief survey was created to help coordinate who will be evaluating which shows in the 2017-2018 season, by ensuring that all shows will be reviewed as equally as possible while taking personal preferences into consideration.

Once the Production Preferences Survey is closed, contact will be made about which shows you will be asked to evaluate, based on the survey. All Evaluators will be given three productions, one musical and two plays, in order to help meet their minimum requirements. The fourth required production, plus any additional productions, are open for Evaluators to choose.

3. Reserve your two complimentary tickets through the Box Office

Please submit all ticket requests by opening night of the production.

All performances in a production are open to Evaluators unless sold out. No previews, please. To set up your complimentary tickets, contact Box Office Associate Michael Conroy at 763-233-0812 or michael@lyricarts.org. Please notify the Box Office if you only need one ticket when setting up your reservation. 

4. Review the Evaluator Forms

Please read and review these forms before attending the theatre.

Artistic Review Panel Guidelines

Companion Sheet

Evaluations will ask for feedback on the direction, music direction, and actors, as well as technical aspects, including set, lighting, costume, and sound design. These forms are similar to ones used by the Ivey Awards and their Review Panel.

5. Enjoy the performance

6. Complete the Evaluation

All evaluations should be completed within one week of seeing the production.

Additional Notes

  • Evaluators must review a minimum of 4 productions per season, including at least 1 musical, and at least 2 plays.
  • All evaluations are confidential; do not discuss your evaluation with anyone, especially other judges, friends, members involved in the production.
  • If two Evaluators live in the same household, they cannot both attend and evaluate the same production. 
  • Avoid reading other critiques (or listening to Original Broadway Cast recordings) for the production until after evaluations are complete.