Thank you! What a great night!

There are SO MANY people to thank for helping make this event something really fun!

THANK YOU to our presenting sponsor, Stage Left Productions and to our silver sponsor,

Queen Creek Performing Arts Center!

A GIANT thank you as well to the team at Scottsdale Arts for helping make Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts so welcoming and accommodating to our event--moving everything inside due to rain as well.  Thank you to
Josh Hontz for providing the sound for our performances and to Jeff Davis for providing lighting equipment for the Atrium performances as well.  Thank you to Tiffany Martinez for doing a huge job of photographing the whole wild and crazy event.

Thank you to the donors of our incredible raffle items. Thank you to the delicious food trucks. Thank you to the vendors. Thank you to EVERYONE who came to celebrate. The ariZoni Theatre Award of Excellence work very hard each year to bring this event to fruition.  We are so thankful to everyone that brings this together every year.

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How are winners chosen?


Debate about the results of the ariZoni Awards each year are as common as frustration with the referees in soccer. It has become a normal part of the event.  Since the inception of the event, the board has worked tirelessly to do whatever they can to assure fair adjudication.  Over the past five years alone, training has been re-structured, rubrics reviewed, new adjudicators recruited...anything to help ensure a fair and partial process.

Here's how adjudication works:

Five adjudicators are assigned randomly to EACH production.   Each theater determines the cast members and creative individuals for each of their shows that they want to have adjudicated in the various categories and submits a ballot with those individuals names to our ONLINE adjudication site, which is overseen by the international company, Award Force. 

Adjudicators are given DETAILED rubrics to follow as they adjudicate. Once adjudication is complete, the accountant (no board members have any access to scores submitted for the awards) processes the results. The highest and lowest scores of each person are thrown out and the three mid scores are averaged. On a usual year there are nearly 250 productions adjudicated with acting categories often having as many as 4 people nominated in each category for each show. That's 1000 actors being adjudicated for ONE category, and we nominate 10 (1%) and award 2 (.2%).  With more than 30 theaters participating that is a LOT of adjudicating and calculating.   

While no system is perfect; we do all we can to make this one impartial and fair.  One of the best ways to learn more about the adjudication process is to become an adjudicator yourself.  Adjudicator applications are due in April every year (though you can always apply early).  So why not apply and come see what it is all about?

ariZoni Awards

We promote the visibility, cooperation and growth of theatre in the Valley and are dedicated to recognizing excellence in theatrical performances, as well as individuals who produce exceptional work in all aspects of theatre.  

April 15, 2022

May 9 & May 16, 

Adjudicator Application Deadline

Adjudicator Training Dates (adjudicators MUST attend ONE training date).  

6PM-8PM for NEW Adjudicators

7PM-8PM - RETURNING Adjudicators


CHECK HERE for date of FY22 Zoni Celebration.  Please note: the celebration will likely be returning to a weeknight (TUESDAY) this year. Please make sure to take this into consideration for rehearsal/performance schedules.

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Proud home of the
ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence

for 2022 presentation.


Meribeth Reeves, President 

Zoni President's  Email


Website Manager

Robyn McFarland

ariZoni Awards News