The Jimmy Awards® is pleased to announce this year’s 72 nominees from 36 regions around the US. The national student showcase will be streamed on Thursday, July 15th at 7:30 PM. The show will feature dynamic ensemble and solo performances and will culminate with two students presented with a Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor award with a total of 20 awards and scholarships available to participants.
The 2021 Jimmys will also welcome eight student reporters from Regional Awards Programs around the country. During the Jimmy Awards production week, these junior journalists will sit in on many of the online sessions and rehearsals attended by the performer nominees. Each student reporter will submit a series of videos providing “on the ground” reporting on the nominee experience and how the production is being put together. In addition, the student reporters will meet with industry professionals who can provide first-hand experience and advice on the digital and press landscape surrounding the Broadway industry.
In 2021, all coaching, rehearsals, and activities will take place online for the nominees. The program has been the catalyst for more than $4,000,000 in educational scholarships to date, and several previous student participants have been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions.
Student performers qualify to compete in the national program by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Each year, more than 100,000 students participate in these annual events. For more information about this and the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, please visit www.JimmyAwards.com. Follow the Jimmy Awards on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube!
Additionally, the INSPIRING TEACHER AWARD presented by WELLS FARGO will be given to Katelin Ruzzamenti Knight, Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah and Benjamin Pesenti, Elmont Memorial High School, Elmont, NY. These teachers will be honored for the encouragement and inspiration that led their students to win the coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor at the most recent past Jimmy Awards ceremony, in 2019.
Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), the mission of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®) is to raise the profile of musical theatre in schools, recognize dedicated teachers, and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. The Jimmy Awards are presented by the Broadway League Foundation and Pittsburgh CLO in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theatre owner James M. Nederlander, and are supported by many leading theatre industry organizations.
The Broadway League conducts the program through The Broadway League Foundation, which acts as its philanthropic arm. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to enlighten and increase the public’s knowledge, appreciation and awareness of the theatrical arts, and since its founding in 1993, has supported several projects to help preserve Broadway’s heritage and expose new audiences to Broadway theatre. The Foundation is a corporation organized under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York, the purposes of which are exclusively charitable as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Donations to support the program can be made at JimmyAwards.com.
The 2021 Jimmy Awards
Participating Theatre Organizations and their Nominees:
|Regional Program City & State||Theatre/Organization||Regional Awards Program Name||Best Actor Nominee||Best Actress Nominee|
|Albuquerque, NM||Popejoy Hall||The Enchantment Awards||Jaaziah Vallano||Rafaella Fiore Mark|
|Appleton, WI||Fox Cities Performing Arts Center||Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards Program||Mickey Wirtz||Lauren Meyer|
|Atlanta, GA||Fox Theatre/ Broadway Across America/ArtsBridge Foundation||Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards- The Shuler Hensley Awards||Ari Mikels||Isabella Victoria Chaney|
|Buffalo, NY||Shea’s Performing Arts Center||The Kenny Awards||Caleb Gould||Talia Mobley|
|Charlotte, NC||Blumenthal Performing Arts||The Blumey Awards||Bryson Battle||Kate McCracken|
|Chicago, IL||Broadway In Chicago||Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards||Marcus McGee||Sydney Olson|
|Cleveland, OH||Playhouse Square||Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards||Wilson Ha||Lauren Claxton|
|Columbus, OH||Columbus Association for the Performing Arts||CAPA Marquee Awards||Nick Sanchez-Zarkos||Dallys Edwards|
|Dallas, TX||Dallas Summer Musicals||Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards||Parker Jackson||Shantel Williams|
|Durham, NC||Durham Performing Arts Center||Triangle Rising Stars||Joshua Messmore||Elena Holder|
|East Lansing, MI||Wharton Center for Performing Arts||Sutton Foster Ovation Awards||Jason Koch||Bella Seigo|
|Kansas City, MO||Kansas City Starlight Theatre||Blue Star Awards||Justin Cooley||Ava Wolesky|
|Las Vegas, NV||The Smith Center for the Performing Arts||Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards||Luis Gonzalez Galindo||Molly Martin|
|Logan, UT||Broadway at the Eccles/Utah Opera Festival & Musical Theatre||Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards||Taylor Garlick||Brynn Brady|
|Los Angeles, CA||Hollywood Pantages Theatre/Nederlander||The Jerry Herman Awards||Phillip Arca||Kuper Walker|
|Madison, WI||Overture Center for the Arts||The Jerry Awards||Alex Daspit||Laëtitia Hollard|
|Memphis, TN||The Orpheum Theatre||The Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards||Ben Gray||Jada Bunch|
|Midland, PA||Pittsburgh CLO/Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center||Henry Mancini Awards||DJ Spang||Abigail McAuley|
|Minneapolis, MN||Hennepin Theatre Trust||Spotlight Education||Zachary Sullivan||Halle Audette|
|Nashville, TN||Tennessee Performing Arts Center/Lipscomb University||Spotlight Awards – Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards||Noah Henry||Kelly Whitlow|
|New York, NY||Disney Theatrical Productions Group/ Camp Broadway||The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance||Mateo Lizcano||Katriana Koppe|
|Oklahoma City, OK||OKC Broadway||The Kelli O’Hara Awards||Brady McComas||Ryleigh Andrews|
|Omaha, NE||Omaha Performing Arts||Nebraska High School Theater Academy||Nathan Hiykel||Audrey Saucier|
|Orlando, FL||Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts||Applause Awards||Miguel Gil||Shina Mitchell|
|Palm Springs, CA||Hollywood Pantages Theatre/Musical Theatre University||The Lucie Arnaz Awards||Nathan Bravo||Arianna Vila|
|Philadelphia, PA||Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts||Philadelphia Independence Awards||Benjamin Brown||Katie Smith|
|Pittsburgh, PA||Pittsburgh CLO||Gene Kelly Awards||Tyler Guinto-Brody||Audrey Logan|
|Rochester, NY||Rochester Broadway Theatre League||Stars of Tomorrow||Jaston Brooks||Megan Fiorella|
|San Antonio, TX||Broadway in San Antonio/ Majestic and Charline McCombs Empire Theatres||Las Casas Foundation’s Joci Awards||Grant Pace||Naliah Hernandez|
|San Diego, CA||Broadway/San Diego – Nederlander||The Broadway San Diego Awards||William Morris||Kiara Geolina|
|San Jose, CA||Broadway San Jose/ Children’s Musical Theater San Jose||The Rita Moreno Awards||Milo Mee||Kasey Hernandez|
|Schenectady, NY||Proctors||High School Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors||Scout Santoro||Nicaya-Isabella Rios|
|Seattle, WA||The 5th Avenue Theatre||The 5th Avenue Theatre: Celebrating High School Musicals||Josiah Aho||Victoria Evans|
|Tampa, FL||Straz Center for the Performing Arts||Broadway Star of the Future||Ronald Spoto||Jillian Cossetta|
|Tempe, AZ||ASU Gammage||ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards||Tyler Baldwin||Kristiana Corona|
|Tucson, AZ||Broadway in Tucson/ Arts Express||The Monte Awards: Southern Arizona’s Musical Theatre Finals||Aiden McCoy||Kendall Hicks|
2021 Student Reporters
|City/State||Theatre/Organization||Regional Awards Program||Student Reporter|
|Midland, PA||Pittsburgh CLO/Lincoln Park Performing Arts||Henry Mancini Awards||Nathan Inman|
|Buffalo, NY||Shea’s Performing Arts Center||The Kenny Awards||Lily Peck|
|Madison, WI||Overture Center for the Arts||The Jerry Awards||Will Karls|
|Charlotte, NC||Blumenthal Performing Arts||The Blumey Awards||Jenna Guzman|
|Appleton, WI||Fox Cities Performing Arts Center||Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program||Lindsey Seaquist|
|Atlanta, GA||Fox Theatre/Broadway Across America/ArtsBridge Foundation||Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards||Chase Carter|
|Nashville, TN||Tennessee Performing Arts Center/Lipscomb University||Spotlight Awards – Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards||Brityn Ramsey|
|Minneapolis, MN||Hennepin Theatre Trust||Spotlight Education||Jillian Elton|
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