About The Awards

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Glass blower and designer Julio Santos

Glass blower and designer Julio Santos

The CONDAs (or The City of Newcastle Drama Association) is the organization behind Newcastle’s most prestigious theatre industry honor. The CONDAs encourage excellence in theatre making through a range of awards categories. While the CONDA award trophy itself – a symbol recognisable within the region – acknowledges the very highest level of achievement, every form of CONDA recognition, be it a certificate, plaque, scholarship or other form of trophy, carries significance and a great deal of conversation with it among the theatre community.

And the CONDA Goes To…

Each December, the theatre community from around the region turn their attention to the City of Newcastle Drama Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the CONDA ceremony, when hundreds of theatre lovers buy tickets to the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in theatre making for that year.

The CONDAs reward the previous year’s most outstanding theatre achievements as determined by the CONDA Judging panel made up of the region’s most accomplished theatrical artists and professionals. The Judges maintain absolute secrecy until the moment the show’s presenters open the envelopes and reveal the winners live on stage.

Awards are presented for an outstanding individual or collective efforts in up to 25 categories. The Judging panel select winners from as many as ten nominees in each category, which are also determined by the CONDA Judging panel.