Frequently Asked Questions
What is The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™?
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (NHSMTA) is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance. The program aims to create a pathway connecting promising young performers to the professional theatre industry. The program is the year-end culmination of awards programs across the country presented by dozens of professional theatre organizations. Finalists in New York were named Best Actress or Best Actor at a regional competition, representing approximately 1,000 schools. While in New York City, participants experience five days of private coaching, master classes, and rehearsals with theatre professionals. Their week’s journey concludes with a panel of industry experts selecting exceptional students for The Jimmy™ for Best Performance by an Actress and Actor. Students receive opportunities for merit scholarships, professional advancement, and other prizes.
What year did NHSMTA start?
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ was established in 2009.
Who founded NHSMTA?
Pittsburgh CLO and Nederlander Alliances, LLC founded NHSMTA.
Why Pittsburgh CLO and Nederlander Alliances LLC?
Pittsburgh CLO, founded in 1946, is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit producers of musical theatre. The organization’s educational efforts include its Gene Kelly Awards which is one of the oldest high school musical programs in the country. The Gene Kelly Awards competition involves dozens of high schools and is the prototype for other programs like it in the U.S. At the Gene Kelly Awards, students win college scholarships and prize monies. Pittsburgh CLO wanted to use the “playbook” of its own successful regional competition to create a national program involving theatre organizations across the country. Nederlander Alliances, LLC was looking for an educational program to honor the legacy of legendary theatre owner producer James M. Nederlander. These two industry leaders united in a common mission to nurture future artists and audiences.
Who is the Jimmy™ Award named for?
The Jimmy™ is named for legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer James M. Nederlander, or “Jimmy” as he is known on Broadway. Mr. Nederlander is the Chairman of the Nederlander Producing Company of America Inc., the owner/operator of a vast chain of theatres, including nine Broadway houses, and a producer of distinguished entertainment for more than 70 years. Jimmy and his son, James L. Nederlander, also present Broadway shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Jose, Tucson, Durham, and London. The Broadway League recently presented Jimmy with the Schoenfeld Vision for Arts Education Award in 2010 for establishing The National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Has NHSMTA been endorsed nationally?
NHSMTA has been recognized by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Broadway League, The Shubert Organization and other industry organizations and foundations committed to nurturing future artists and audiences.
Who are the major sponsors of NHSMTA?
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Where is NHSMTA held?
The event takes place in New York City. Students are housed and attend classes and rehearsals on the campus of New York University. The 2016 Jimmy™ Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, June 27th at the the Minskoff Theatre at 200 West 45th Street in Times Square.
Why is NHSMTA held in NYC?
Because “Broadway” is the heart of the theatre industry in the United States, and due to the vast resources available there, New York became the logical host city.
How many regional competitions participate in NHSMTA?
Over 30 programs participate in NHSMTA.
How do High School Awards programs qualify to participate in NHSMTA?
Participating Awards Programs are required to be a member of The Broadway League. Each Participating Awards Program sponsors two student representatives to compete at at the “Nationals” in New York.
How many students are participating in NHSMTA?
An average of 60 students (30 females and 30 males) participate in the program in New York. These students were the Best Actress and Best Actor winners of their local competitions.
Approximately how many high schools are represented?
We estimate that more than 50,000 students at 1,000 high schools are represented by participating programs each year.
How did NYU become involved in NHSMTA?
NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts has one of the most prestigious theatre programs in the country. The university shares NHSMTA founders’ mission to nurture future artists who want to prepare for a life in the theatre. Because the NHSMTA program is based in New York, NYU became an obvious choice as a partner.
What is NYU’s New Studio on Broadway: Music Theatre and Acting?
This recently created program is a professional theatre-training studio offered to undergraduate students at NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Department of Drama. New Studio work captures the present moment, drawing its energy from popular culture and the infinite possibilities of diverse global performance and art forms. Integrating rigorous training in acting, speech, singing, physical acting (movement), and dance and taking place in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, the New Studio’s four-year program reaches beyond a single methodology to offer young actors instruction in all the disciplines essential to the performer’s craft. It equally engages the American musical, the classical acting canon, and new contemporary plays and musicals, preparing students for opportunities to perform in traditional Broadway musical productions as well as in emerging plays, music, and performance forms. New Studio is deeply committed to developing each student’s distinctive voice and the skills necessary to sustain a career at play with global audiences on stage, in music theatre, and in whatever forms and mediums lie beyond.
Scholarships in 2015 included the opportunity for merit and need-based assistance to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, New Studio on Broadway: Acting and Music Theatre contingent upon acceptance into the New Studio and New York University.
In 2015, NYU provided the Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor winners of the Jimmy™ Award with the opportunity to go through the application process (both academic and artistic) at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts for possible acceptance into the New Studio On Broadway: Music Theatre and Acting. 2015 Jimmy™ Award winners were eligible for both merit, recognizing their accomplishments as Jimmy Award winners, and need based scholarship assistance to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama at the New Studio On Broadway: Music Theatre and Acting. The amount of the guaranteed merit based scholarship was $5,000 per year, for four years. Winners were also eligible for need-based aid after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as required by New York University. The amount of scholarship assistance beyond the merit based aid was based on financial need, and the maximum amount available including the merit portion was $20,000 per year. If winners were not accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, no scholarship assistance was awarded. High School seniors who had already applied to TSOA Department of Drama and had been accepted were eligible for scholarship support beginning in the fall. If they had not applied to Tisch Drama they could defer their admission to their chosen school for a year while they apply to NYU Tisch or they can transfer after a year. Rising senior students who wished to attend NYU were encouraged to apply to NYU Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Drama, in advance of the NHSMTA, and complete the Audition/Artistic review process. If a student had not done so, in the event that they won the Jimmy™ Award, they would not be scholarship eligible until the beginning of the academic year in the fall of 2016. The NYU Department of Drama reserved the right to offer scholarships to finalists who were assessed as demonstrating exceptional ability by Tisch Drama Faculty. As a result, a scholarship may have been awarded to a high school student with Junior Standing or a Senior who was willing to delay entry to NYU until the fall of 2015. Each scholarship winner must timely complete and submit an application to the undergraduate drama program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to receive the scholarship.
What is the correct way to refer to NHSMTA?
The program is referred to as "The National High School Musical Theatre Awards." The awards ceremony is called the Jimmy™ Awards. "The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™" is the incorporated name of the program.
Who is the spokesperson for NHSMTA?
All press inquiries should be directed to press@NHSMTA.com
How do I make a donation to NHSMTA?
You can donate online via Just Give using the button below, or please contact Rachel Reiner at info@NHSMTA.com.
Who do I contact if I’d like to participate?
Rachel Reiner at info@NHSMTA.com.
What is the mailing address and contact information of NHSMTA?
NHSMTA c/o The Broadway League Foundation
729 Seventh Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10019
General inquiries: info@NHSMTA.com