Awards Show Annoucement 

Ticket prices remain unchanged for 2015 show
Saturday, January 31st @ 7pm 2015
at the spacious Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy in Derry NH

New Hampshire Theatre Awards (NHTA) announces ticket sale details for its 13th Annual Awards Show, to be held at The Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH on January 31, 2015 at 7PM.

NHTA Board Member, Joe Vago, returns to tread the boards as Director of this special event. Joining Vago is Joel Mercier, who, for his seventh year, will tickle the ivories and wave the baton as NHTA’s Music Director. “This year's Awards continues the emphasis on our love of theatre—and those who make the magic happen on stages throughout New Hampshire,” states Vago. “Our entire production staff is extremely excited with our fun and faster approach to this year’s Awards Night. We hope everyone will enjoy the improved format!”

In 2012, the NHTAs moved to The Stockbridge Theatre, one of the finest theatrical facilities in the state. NHTA’s audiences are immensely pleased with the venue. Gina Carballo, NHTA President, states, “I'm extremely pleased that NHTA is returning to the Stockbridge for our third year. It is a beautiful theatre! We enjoy our partnership with the Stockbridge team.”

NHTA is also proud to announce, for the fourth year in a row, that ticket prices have not increased. Says Carballo, “Due to strategic planning and diligent fundraising, we are able to keep our ticket prices at their current rate. Our Award show is about providing our membership with a night that celebrates their hard work and excellence in theatre. It's all about them! The theatre companies which participate in the Awards have accomplished a great deal in 2014. It is my deep hope that they attend Awards Night in January and walk away feeling proud to be a part of this community, as well as appreciated for all they do and have done.”

Ticket pricing remains at the familiar four-tiered structure:

  • $50/each for VIP designated seating
  • $36/Individual, discounted pricing at $30/Group for main orchestra
  • $33/Individual, discounted pricing of $27/Group for mid orchestra
  • $20/each for Individual or Group for upper (rear) orchestra
Purchasing Tickets

Beginning Friday, December 12, 2014, tickets to Awards Night will be available for purchase by calling the Stockbridge Theatre Box Office at (603) 437-5210 Monday through Friday from  12:30PM-4PM, or online at

Monday, November 24, 2014 8:32:00 PM Categories: Awards Show Tickets

NHTA Announces Creative Team for 13th Annual Awards Show 

Joe Vago and Joel Mercier to Direct Annual Event
            Joe Vago

The New Hampshire Theatre Awards (NHTA) Board of Directors proudly announce that Joe Vago will lead the creative team as Director for the 13th Annual New Hampshire Theatre Awards Show. Vago, a former NHTA Executive Director, has also served NHTA in myriad capacities for several multi-year terms. He has been involved in New Hampshire theatre for more than 23 years—as actor, director, technical director, and producer—and has participated in more than 70 theatrical productions. Vago also served New Thalian Players (NTP) as an incorporating Board Member, and as their First Vice-President, as well as having worked on more than a dozen of their productions. Vago is also a past President of Londonderry’s Music & Drama Company, and served as Technical Director for The Actorsingers of Nashua.

Joining Vago is Joel Mercier, who returns, for his seventh year, to tickle the ivories and wave the baton as NHTA’s Music Director. Mercier is a New England-based composer, director and music director, with credits from all over the country and with nationally recognized theatres, including Palace Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, Northern Stage (VT), Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater (OH), and Goodspeed Opera House (CT). In New York City, Mercier has worked at The Duplex, Westbeth Theatre (Off-Broadway), and Nokia Theatre Times Square (Broadway). A graduate of The Hartt School of Music, Mercier served as Artistic Associate at New London Barn Playhouse for six seasons, a Guest Artist at Dartmouth College for the past four, and is currently the Artistic Director of the newly-founded NH Theatre Factory in Southern New Hampshire.

           Joel Mercier

States NHTA Executive Director, Bryan Halperin, "We're very excited to have the show in the creative hands of Joe and Joel, who both have a lot of experience working on our Awards Shows. The NHTA team looks forward to bringing our entire theatre community together in celebration of New Hampshire's 2014 theatre season."  

Adds NHTA President, Gina Carballo, "My thought, when I look at who is at the helm, steering this ship toward our Awards Show gala, is that we have the perfect trifecta of talent in place. It's essential for me, as President, to be very clear, with anyone stepping into the creative positions for this show, about the course I want to take, and the desired end result. At the outset, Bryan, Joe, and Joel have been on board with my philosophy—that the NHTA body of membership is our primary focus always. I want our Awards Show to be a meaningful, positive and joyful experience for our members. It's not just about the awards; it's about our community.  Bryan, Joe, and Joel are each outstanding at what they do within this organization. They’re accomplished leaders who are driven and talented, each in their own right. To see them work, plan, and execute together is special, indeed. They're talented professionals who are eager to work hard in order to create something truly unique. It's inspiring to be around them individually, and even more so when they're together. As an organization, we're very lucky.”

NHTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, registered with the Division of Charitable Trusts and Secretary of State. The NHTA has been formed and operates pursuant to and in accordance with RSA 292. The purpose of this organization is to provide professional and community theatres in New Hampshire the opportunity to showcase entertainment to audiences of all ages. For additional information and to learn more about the Awards presentation, contact us at, or visit our website at

Posted by Lowell Williams Friday, September 26, 2014 10:58:00 AM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News

NHTA 12 Photo Booth Pictures available online 

Thanks to Arnold Imaging for taking these great photos at the NH Theatre Awards photo station for the 12th Annual NH Theatre Awards.

Please visit their website to view the Photo Station images at

Please consider purchasing your pictures to help keep the Photo Station photographers available for the awards show.  The prices are quite reasonable!

  • 5" x 5" Print    $1.50
  • 5" x 7" Print    $1.50
  • 8" x 10" Print   $4.95

Posted by Joe Vago Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:03:00 AM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News

Feedback Survey for 12th Annual NH Theatre Awards Night 

Please help us improve the Award Show by answering some questions on the 12th Annual NH Theatre Awards show.

Answers will be kept confidential within the NH Theatre Awards Operations Committee and Board of Directors.

This survey will close on March 15th.

Thank you for your willingness to help the NH Theatre Awards continue to improve!

Take the Survey

Posted by Joe Vago Sunday, January 26, 2014 5:19:00 PM Categories: After Party Awards Show NH Theatre Award News

Nominee Reception & Mingle at the 12th Annual NH Theatre Awards 

Please join us for the Nominee Reception & Mingle at the 12th Annual NH Theatre Awards

The doors of beautiful Stockbridge Lobby will open at 5:30pm for a Nominee Reception & Mingle!

As you enter the Stockbridge lobby, ushers will guide you to Pinkerton Academy's blackbox theatre where refreshments and light fare will be provided. As you make your way to the blackbox theatre remember the event by having your picture taken in front of the NH Theatre Awards backdrop! A photo station will be open for attendees to have their photos taken a no charge!

The photos will be made available on this website.

Inside the beautiful Stockbridge Lobby, The Pinkerton Academy Scholastic Art Department has a created a wonderful art display for viewing as you mingle with fellow artists, friends and family.  Soda, water and concessions will be on hand for you to purchase.

*This event replaces what was previously known as the VIP Party. One need not be a nominee to attend.

Date: Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: The Stockbridge Theatre               
                   5 Pinkerton Street
                   Derry, NH 03038

Looking forward to seeing you then!
Gina Carballo 
Vice President, NH Theatre Awards

Posted by Joe Vago Monday, January 20, 2014 9:28:00 PM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News

"In Memoriam" recognition (due Jan 15th, 2014) 

Each year, there are those among us who take a final bow.  The annual NH Theatre Awards Show includes a time for remembering those theatre friends and associates who are no longer with us.

We need your help to put together the "In Memoriam" presentation for this year’s Awards Show.

If you know of any theatre friend who passed away since January 26th, 2013 we ask that you help us remember them.  Please forward this link to anyone who can help us remember past friends.

Please email submissions for "In Memoriam" by January 15th
Submitted persons need not have been residing in NH but must have spent some time working in NH-based theatre. 

To best remember those who have passed, we would need:

  • Persons Full Name
  • Affiliated Theatre Company or Companies
  • Town/State of last residence (if known)
  • Photo – higher resolution the better. A way to know this is the bigger the file size, the better the image

Send all information and photo to

Thank you for helping us in taking time to remember our friends in theatre who left us in 2013.

Posted by Joe Vago Tuesday, January 07, 2014 9:10:00 AM Categories: Awards Show

NHTA 12 Awards Show "After Party" in Derry, NH 

The NH Theatre Awards cordially invites all attendees of the 12th Annual NH Theatre Awards Night to our official

The Official 12th annual NH Theatre Awards

"After Party"

at "Promises to Keep" in Derry, NH

Reservations are required (see below)

The official NHTA After Party is sponsored by The NHTA Board of Directors & RBC Wealth Management.

Promises To Keep is a premier function facility in Derry, NH and is located just minutes away from The Stockbridge Theatre.  Promises To Keep excels at offering the finest in cuisine and service as you party the night away, surrounded by their stunning setting. We are thrilled to host this years After Party at a location that has become essential for many major events in Southern NH. 

There will be hors d’oeuvers, dessert, music, dancing, and a cash bar will be available to purchase adult beverages.  Join us in capping off the evening's celebration in style.

RSVP your intention to attend by sending an email to Gina Carballo and Donna Metzger at 

We will be accepting RSVP's for individuals as well as for groups who would like to reserve a table.  A table at the After Party can seat a maximum of 10 guests.  

If you would like to reserve a table, please RSVP by including your name and the names of your nine guests. Tables are limited... but no one will be turned away! 

Date: Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Time: 10:30pm - 1:00am
Location: 199 Rockingham Road, Derry NH 03038

To learn more about Promises visit their website at

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Gina Carballo
Vice President, NH Theatre Awards


Posted by Joe Vago Saturday, January 04, 2014 2:12:00 PM Categories: After Party Awards Show

Group Ticket Lottery for the 12th Annual NH Theatre Award Night 

Participating NH Theatre Award Theatre Companies looking to purchase tickets at the group rate can choose to join a our group ticket lottery system.  Theatre Companies will be able to purchase tickets this way *before* they go on sale to the general public - and get preferred seating!. 

The Group Rate of $30.00 per ticket, requires a single purchase of 10 or more tickets.

To join please email us at before Monday December 9th, 2013 with:

  • Theatre Company name
  • Theatre Company Representative name, email address & phone #
  • Will you have a Representative in attendance at the lottery to purchase tickets?

A confirmation email will be sent on Tuesday 12/10/12 listing all Theatre Companies participating in the ticket lottery.

Group Ticket sales at the lottery will be $30.00 per ticket.

The Lottery will be held on Wednesday December 11th @ 6pm at the Stockbridge Theatre lobby next to the Box Office.  Theatre Company representatives are welcome to join us for the lottery in person to view the selections and purchase the tickets at that time. 

If you are unable to attend or send a representative Joe Vago, the NH Theatre Awards Webmaster and Committee Member will choose the best seats available for you.  You can make your ticket count, seating preferences and payment method known to him via email at

Cash or checks will only be accepted in person from a representative.  All major credit cards are accepted.  

NOTE: On Monday December 16th the box office will start selling tickets to the general public.

Joe Vago will be managing the lottery process.  You can contact him with question at

This years lottery will give last years Theatre Company that chose last, the highest odds of being chosen first, and last years Theatre Company that chose first the lowest odds of being chosen first.

Theatre Companies that choose to join the lottery system after the initial year, will be given the lowest odds to win in the first year they join the lottery system.  

Theatre Companies that stop participating in the lottery system one year and then comes back another year will be treated as if they are a new Theatre Company to the lottery process.


Below is the list of the order that Theatre Companies chose last year.  The odds of choosing first will be weighted in reverse order.
  1. Stagecoach
  2. Weathervane
  3. Not Your Moms
  4. Majestic
  5. Winni
  6. MAP/NTG/M&M/Ghostlight
  7. Actorsingers
  8. Manchester Community Theatre Playuers
  9. Community Players of Concord, NH
  10. New London Barn Playhouse
Posted by Joe Vago Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:13:00 PM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News Tickets
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