The Thea Awards were created by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) in 1994 to help realize a key mission of the association: bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. TEA’s Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence.
The annual awards cycle is as follows: After the nomination period closes in July, the Thea Awards Nominating Committee spends several weeks reviewing the submissions, and then recommends a slate of approximately 15-18 recipients that are subject to final approval by the TEA International Board of Directors. Those recipients are officially announced by TEA in November, and the awards are formally presented at the Thea Awards Gala held in Los Angeles the following spring (usually in April), and the cycle begins again.
To receive a Thea Award, the owner of the achievement must publish credits. In this way, the Thea Awards established the very first standards and requirements for credits in our industry.