Production Eligibility Requirements


  • The production must have a minimum of 12 performances held over a minimum of three weekends not including previews unless voters are admitted to previews for award consideration


  • The production must have a minimum of 14 performances held over a minimum of two weekends with voters allowed admittance no later than Wednesday evening of the first performance week.
  • The performance schedule must meet the above requirements not including previews unless voters are admitted to previews for award consideration.
  • Productions must offer a minimum of 2 (two) shows per performance week to voters for evaluation.
  • Productions which meet the above requirements may be held in more than one venue during the judging year only if the Carbonell panel has advance notice of the full schedule prior to the production’s opening night.
  • Additional performances announced after opening night and offered in an extended run will not be included in determining the performance minimums requirement.


  • The production must be mounted by an Eligible Resident Theater Company and meet the requirements of an eligible production.
  • Productions in which any qualifying paid employee involuntarily turns earnings back  to the theater, or any essential participant is required to financially contribute to the theater to be involved in the performance, will be considered ineligible. Productions may utilize volunteers as long as those volunteers are not engaged to perform a role designated in the script. Volunteers may be engaged to perform non-essential roles not referenced in the licensed script, i.e. a children’s chorus that is added by the creative staff but is not required in the licensed script.
  • Productions must be licensed or performance rights for a professional production must be obtained from the playwright or authorized agent.
  • Theater/show management must further demonstrate that the eligible production has been materially produced, assembled, or rehearsed on-site in South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, and/or Palm Beach counties).
  • Producers of all Carbonell Award-eligible productions are to notify the Carbonell Administrative Coordinator (Mary Damiano) no less than thirty (30) calendar days prior to opening night to be included in the recommendation panel, and subsequently, the nominating panel calendar.


Co-productions presented by regional companies will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Carbonell Award board of directors or its representatives assigned for such a purpose. The evaluation will follow these general guidelines:

  • Eligible companies within the Carbonell Award area (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties) may co-produce with each other.
  •  Eligible companies within the Carbonell Award area may co-produce with other regional theaters throughout the state and nation and/or with outside production entities.
  • The production must have local involvement from within the tri-county area  (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties) to be eligible for Carbonell consideration.