The Kelsey Awards – Feedback Results

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Earlier this month, The Kelsey Report asked for your feedback on The Kelsey Awards voting process and award ceremony. We received over 100 responses! To everyone who participated, thank you very much! In a concentrated effort to promote more transparency, here are some of the results/findings from the feedback survey.


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Do you feel The Kelsey Awards voting process is fair?

63.2% of the respondents stated “YES”, the process is fair, while 36.8% stated that it isn’t.

Out of all of the respondents, the suggestions below are ones that were sent in multiple times by different people. Please note that these are only suggestions that were sent in by the general public:

  • Rate shows instead of voting for them.
  • Promote the deadline more.
  • Promote more outside of Facebook.
  • Have members of the Kelsey Advisory Board vote on the nominees, while the general public selects the winners.
  • Vote with ticket stubs.
  • Vote throughout the year, as opposed to just over the summer.
  • Video clips of nominees performing.

Are there any award categories you’d like to see added?

Out of all of the respondents, the suggestions below are ones that were sent in multiple times by different people. Please note that these are only suggestions that were sent in by the general public:

  • Split the technical categories by play and musical.
  • Add an award for Pit Orchestra.
  • Give “Make-up Design” its own category.
  • Bring back the “Best Cast Ensemble” categories.

What award categories would you like to see removed?

Out of all of the respondents, the suggestions below are ones that were sent in multiple times by different people. Please note that these are only suggestions that were sent in by the general public:

  • Remove “Best Villain”
  • Remove “Outstanding Romantic Couple”
  • Remove “Comedic Performance”

Who would you like to see be the recipient of The 2017 John Shanken-Kaye Lifetime Achievement Award?

Out of all of the respondents, the suggestions below are ones that were sent in multiple times by different people. Please note that these are only suggestions that were sent in by the general public:

  • Frank Ferrara
  • Diana Gilman Maurer
  • Michael Almstedt
  • Louisa Murey
  • Dottie Farina

Overall, how would you rate The 2016 Kelsey Awards Live Ceremony for entertainment, production, and experience value? (1 = Terrible | 10 = Fantastic)

  • 10 – 22.2%
  • 9 – 16.7%
  • 8 – 33.3%
  • 7 – 16.7%
  • 6 – 5.6%
  • 5 – 5.6%
  • 4 – 0%
  • 3 – 0%
  • 2 – 0%
  • 1 – 0%

What are your thoughts on the cost of the live ceremony tickets?

  • Affordable – 63.2%
  • The Perfect Price – 26.3%
  • Too Expensive – 10.5%
  • Too Cheap – 0%

If you could change or improve anything about the live ceremony, what would you do?

Out of all of the respondents, the suggestions below are ones that were sent in multiple times by different people. Please note that these are only suggestions that were sent in by the general public:

  • Shorten the ceremony – it’s too long.
  • Get rid of the permanent four presenters.
  • Bring back the stage-left presenting podium.
  • Less inside jokes.
  • Keep musical presentations to 3 minutes.
  • Make ceremony less about the hosts.
  • More tech time for musicals.

How would you rate the hosts (“JMK”) from The 2016 Kelsey Awards? (1 = Terrible | 10 = Fantastic)

  • 10 – 61.1%
  • 9 – 5.6%
  • 8 – 11.1%
  • 7 – 0%
  • 6 – 11.1%
  • 5 – 5.6%
  • 4 – 5.6%
  • 3 – 0%
  • 2 – 0%
  • 1 – 0%

How would the show work without hosts in 2017?

  • It wouldn’t work – 63.2%
  • It would work fine – 31.6%
  • Indifferent – 5.3%

Who would you like to see host the live ceremony in 2017?

Out of all of the respondents, the suggestions below are ones that were sent in multiple times by different people. Please note that these are only suggestions that were sent in by the general public:

  • I don’t care.
  • Bring back JMK.
  • Kyrus Keenan Westcott
  • No host needed.
  • Nick Pecht
  • Mike Gilch
  • Rachel Tovar
  • John Zimmerman & Jim Petro
  • Peter Sauer
  • Actors under the age of 18
  • Mark Applegate
  • Tom Besselieu
  • Peter Bisgaier & Roman Sohor
  • Liz Rzasa
  • Maria Aromando
  • John & Diana Maurer

Once again… thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. We have compiled all of the responses and will take them all into consideration as we prep for the 2017 award season! Check back in early 2017 for an official announcement of The 2017 Kelsey Awards!

If you have any further questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at KelseyReport@gmail.com. For more information about The Kelsey Awards, please visit KelseyAwards.com.

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