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Themed Entertainment Association will announce recipients of 17th Annual Thea Awards, Tues Nov 16 at IAAPA Attractions Expo

Orlando – On Tues Nov 16, The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) – an international nonprofit for the makers of compelling places and experiences – will announce the recipients named for TEA’s 17th Annual Thea Awards. The announcement will be made live at 2:00 pm at TEA’s exhibit booth (#1268) during the IAAPA Attractions Expo. TEA’s Thea Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in the global visitor attractions industry (aka Experience Industry).

Copies of the recipient list will be available at the TEA booth at the time of the announcement.

At least 12 or more projects and people are named every year for the coveted Thea Awards, considered to be the highest honor of the Experience Industry. Categories include Awards for Outstanding Achievement, the Thea Classic and Lifetime Achievement. Eligible project types include (but are not limited to) theme parks and attractions, museums and exhibitions, visitor centers, casinos, multimedia spectaculars, world expo pavilions, 4D theaters and innovative technologies – in any part of the world.

The recipients of the 17th Annual Thea Awards announced on Nov 16 will collect their trophies several months later at the annual Thea Awards Gala, to be held March 12, 2011 at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood. The Gala is an elegant, black-tie dinner event and is open to the public. Tickets to the 17th Annual Thea Awards Gala may be purchased online at the Box Office on the TEA website.

The first Thea Award, in 1994, was a single award for Lifetime Achievement, given to the late Harrison “Buzz” Price, a Disney legend and pioneer in attractions feasibility analysis, who passed away on August 15 at the age of 89.

A comprehensive listing of Thea Awards from 1994-2010 and detailed history of the awards are on the TEA website.


Thea Awards process

TEA’s prestigious Thea Awards were created to focus international attention on innovation within the Themed Entertainment and Experience Design Industry, and to recognize and honor excellence all up and down the chain of creative production. The project owner is presented with the primary award trophy at the Thea Awards Gala. As part of the awards process the project owner provides, and TEA publishes, a comprehensive credits list acknowledging the designers, producers, technicians, consultants and suppliers in recognition of their roles. TEA makes additional trophies available to those on the list. In this way the Thea Awards honor the vision and dedication of the project owner while bestowing and recording credits for those who realize the project.

Nominations for the next cycle of Thea Awards are now open, through early July 2011. Information about submitting a nomination will be available at the TEA website in early 2011.

About TEA

The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit alliance founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, Calif. TEA represents some 7,000 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts working in more than 650 firms in 30 US states and 40 different countries. TEA presents the annual Thea Awards and the TEA Summit and hosts the annual SATE conference (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience). TEA also produces a variety of print and electronic publications, including the TEA/AECOM Theme Index, TEA Project Development Guidelines, and TEA Annual & Directory.

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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