National High School Musical Theater Awards (Jimmy Awards) is a celebration of the nation’s aspiring high school actors and actresses competing for the title of Best Actor or Best Actress in the NHSMTA. This is a national program that supports theater arts education, celebrating its 5th years.
Each year, teenagers at 1,000 high schools participate in the program. Students who win lead actor and actress awards at their regional high school musical theater awards competitions convene in New York City for five days of private coaching and rehearsals at the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama, in preparation for their Broadway debut at the Jimmy Awards. The program was founded in 2009 by Pittsburgh CLO and Nederlander Alliances LLC, under the leadership of James L. Nederlander, and is produced by the Broadway Education Alliance in association with Pittsburgh CLO. The Jimmy Awards is named for James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theater owner, in honor of his vision and generous support of young artists. For more information please visit www.nhsmta.com.
This year walking off with the awards were Sara Lynn Marion for Best Actress (Hello Dolly) and Taylor Varga (How to Succeed. . .) for best Actor.
Currently on Broadway – the four young ladies who play the Matildas
Photos: Maryann Lopinto Video: Magda Katz