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They're the quiet legends. The creators. The solvers. The mentors.

Nominations need not be a secret. Feel free to contact your nominee to get all the information you need... You may even learn something new about them.

Experts in design, technology, project management, finance – dozens of individual professionals who represent the themed entertainment industry at its best.

These are the TEA Masters.

The TEA Masters of Their Craft program recognizes the achievements of individuals — the artists, writers, producers, engineers and craftspeople with distinguished careers who’ve made significant and enduring contributions to the industry through their innovation, leadership, and expertise.

This program recognizes a small number of individuals each year, whose skills epitomize the highest standards within their disciplines and who have used those skills to advance their field and the themed entertainment industry. Each TEA Master has built a body of work over decades that demonstrates consistent quality and execution. Often unknown except among their peers and collaborators, TEA Masters help create visceral stories, rides, attractions, events, and places that thrill, delight, and educate guests worldwide.

Masters come from a wide variety of individual backgrounds and disciplines, with growing international representation. The TEA Masters of Their Craft program celebrates diversity in many forms and appreciates the extreme importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our chosen fields as it increases the pool of new creative ideas, and broadens the audience that will resonate with, and see themselves in our themed environments. We encourage you who submit nominations to think broadly as you consider your nominees. Let’s seek out those shining stars of more diverse backgrounds who might have been overlooked in the past.

The selection of TEA Masters is more than an honorary recognition; it’s also an invitation to service. Individuals who receive this honor also agree to participate in a range of mentoring and education projects that help students and fellow professionals grow their skills, advance their careers, and establish international standards of excellence.

If you know someone who represents the highest level of craft and professionalism in their field, we invite you to submit their name for consideration as a TEA Master. Share your stories; tell us why you feel they deserve to be honored. Nominate a colleague you know… who you’ve worked with… shared experiences with… and whose work has impacted our world.

To begin your nomination

1. Register

Click on the "Register" link and complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the portal with your email and password.

3. Create

Begin creating your online nomination. 

4. Save

During the Call for Nominations period, your nomination can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a  appear in the category tab when the application is saved. At any time, you can download and print your nomination by clicking on the  icon in the Nomination Summary section. 

5. Submit

On completion, save your Nomination as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the  icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the Call for Applications period, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you have any additional questions, please email the TEA Masters Administrator, Terry Lacson: [email protected] or call the TEA Global Headquarters: +1 818-843-8497

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NOTE: This form does not use your TEA member information. You will be requested to create a new account for award nominations.

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Key Dates 2024

April 15
Nominations Open at 00:01am PDT

June 15
Nominations Close at 23:59pm PDT

2024 TEA Masters Announced

October 15-18, 2024
2024 TEA Masters Celebration - Dollywood Pigeon Forge, TN

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