The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®
NHSMTA®, otherwise known as The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® or The Jimmy Awards®, was established in 2009 by Pittsburgh CLO and Nederlander Alliances, a division of The Nederlander Organization, to elevate the importance of theatre arts education in schools and reward excellence in student performance. The program impacts over 100,000 students annually who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by forty professional theatres throughout the US. The NHSMTA® is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theatre that recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance, and honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to performing arts education. NHSMTA® focuses much needed attention on the meaningful work being done by dedicated teachers and students with wide ranging talents on and off the stage, engages families in the activities of their children, ignites new partnerships between theatres and the schools in their area, and contributes to the development of future audiences for live performing arts in communities across America. Since its inception, NHSMTA® has been the catalyst for more than $2,000,000 in educational scholarships awarded to deserving young performers. NHSMTA® week takes place annually in June in New York City. The Jimmy® Awards are presented on Broadway at a Nederlander theatre and are presented by The Broadway League Foundation.
OKC Broadway will officially be recognized as a Jimmy Awards® provider in 2020 and will encompass all high schools in the West, Northwest, and Southwest regions of Oklahoma. The 2019 nominees will perform and be honored in a professionally produced awards program at the Civic Center in the spring. The Best Actor and Best Actress selected will receive a trip to New York and tickets to The Jimmy Awards but will not take part in the national competition. Beginning in 2020, the two top performers will receive a trip to New York and will compete on Broadway amongst the other regional awards winners.
The Civic Center Foundation and the Nederlander Organization are honored to have the best in the business assisting with implementation of the regional awards program:
Oklahoma City University
University of Oklahoma
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma