Give OAP Actresses their award back!

Give OAP Actresses their award back!

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Gentry Irvin started this petition to UIL and

For years, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has given awards to students at One-Act Play (OAP) meets. Among these awards, awards were given to the best actor and best actress. At each meet, one man was crowned best actor, and one woman was crowned best actress. However, all of this changed when the UIL Academic Council proposed to edit the OAP rulebook in June of 2019. The council made a number of great decisions, but there was one amendment to the rules that resulted in major consequences. Attached is a link to the amendments that affect hundreds of high school actors and actresses all across the state of Texas. - Proposed Amendments

The edit in question has been made to Sections 902, 1033, and 1408 of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules. The rule has been amended to change the term "best actor and actress" to "best performer."

The amendment reads:   "Points for individual acting awards are: each best
PERFORMER receives 10 points..."

Although the council had positive intentions, this amendment has done far more harm than good.

The first issue is that women are now facing an unfair disadvantage. The truth is, plays are typically written with male protagonists. There is also the issue of human biology. The male voice can resonate in an auditorium in ways that the female voice simply cannot. A great example of this is a District OAP meet that was held on March 4, 2020.  At the award ceremony that evening, two males won the Best Performer award, and there were many actresses who were very upset, and rightfully so.

The second issue is that the Best Performer award has been devalued. No longer can someone say, "I was the best actor at the Regional OAP meet," because that would be a false statement. There are now two people that will be crowned the best performer, most likely both males. That does not make much sense at all.

In order to fix these issues, it is being proposed that one of the following ideas listed are approved.

Either:

1. Re-institute the best actress award! Change the term "performer" back to "actor and actress"

Or:

2. Only give one Best Performer award. This can be done by changing the word "each" to "the" so that the sentence will read, "Points for individual acting awards are: the best performer receives 10 points."  

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