Become An Assessor

The Offies are always looking for new assessors, from across a range of backgrounds – age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and disability.  Regarding the latter, it must be noted that a number of OffWestEnd venues are not wheelchair accessible.

For the full run Offies awards, every 2 weeks all full run award assessors are invited to indicate their preferences to attend a range of shows happening in the following month.  Once all preferences are received, the Offies Administrator will allocate assessors and send out a schedule for that period.  Assessors will then attend the show, and submit their assessment, using a standard template, within 24 hours of seeing the show.

Assessors will be expected to commit to seeing 2-4 shows per month   Assessors will receive a free ticket and a programme, but are expected to cover their own travel costs to attend the venue.

For the short run OffComm, a number of online reviewers and bloggers have agreed to be the assessors for this scheme, and the company / producer / venue can invite some or all of these to see the show.  If two of these agree on the merits of the show, then an OffComm will be awarded.

If you are interested in being an assessor for the full run Offies awards, or if you would like more info on the OffComm scheme, please contact the Offies Administrator on

If you wish to be considered as a full run Offies assessor, please provide the following information:

  • Some background about yourself, both generally and about your interest in theatre
  • Why you would like to become an Offies assessor
  • A sample review you have written on a show you have seen recently

We will contact you on receipt of your email, and let you know what happens next.  In most cases, we will ask you to do one or two trial assessments, though we may also decide to accept you immediately, depending on your experience and your sample review.

If you have any questions, please email:


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