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Award Categories

Top schools and students will be honored for their outstanding achievements in the following categories:

  • National Finalists (more info here)
  • Stage Management (see below)
  • Design (see below)
  • Educator Awards (see below)
  • Backstage Excellence (see below)
  • Senior of the Year (see below)
  • Student Reporter (see below)

Due to a number of factors, we are not able to give out adjudication-based awards this year.

Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management

The award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management honors students who demonstrate professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in stage management. Student stage managers or assistant stage managers in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply.

 

Application open: February 1st, 2021

Application deadline: April 16th, 2021

 

Apply Here

 

Outstanding Achievement in Design

The award for Outstanding Achievement in Design honors students in grades 7-12 who demonstrate artistry, skill and a commitment to excellence in costume, hair/makeup. props, scenic, sound or lighting design. Winners will be determined through an application process. Students in grades 7-12 may submit multiple applications in different design categories (e.g. one application for a costume design and another application for a scenic design). Each application should focus on one design project or concept. 

 

Application open: February 1st, 2021

Application deadline: April 16th, 2021

 

Apply Here

 

Outstanding Educator Awards

The Outstanding Educator Award honors teachers for their outstanding achievements in performing arts education. The awards will recognize middle school and high school educators who embody the highest standards in performing arts education and demonstrate a positive impact on the lives of students. Current or past students, fellow educators, school administrators, parents, or community members may nominate teachers for this award. 

 

Application open: February 1st, 2021

Application deadline: April 16th, 2021

 

Apply Here

 

Backstage Excellence Award

The Backstage Excellence Award honors one group of students for demonstrating teamwork, professionalism and a commitment to excellence behind-the-scenes. Student run crews, costume crews, set construction crews, stagehands or any group of students in grades 7-12 who have dedicated time in a backstage capacity are eligible. Teachers are responsible for nominating students for the Backstage Excellence Award. 

 

Application open: February 1st, 2021

Application deadline: April 16th, 2021

 

Apply Here

 

Senior of the Year Award

The senior of the Year Award honors one senior for their outstanding achievements in performing arts throughout high school.  The award will recognize a student who embodies the highest standards of leadership within their school and demonstrates a positive impact on the lives of their fellow peers and teachers.  Educators, fellow students, school administrators, parents or community members may nominate students for this award. 

 

Application open: February 1st, 2021

Application deadline: April 16th, 2021

 

Apply Here

 

Student Reporter

One outstanding high school student reporter will be selected to cover the NHSTA Showcase and digital Jimmy Awards on social media. The winner will have the opportunity to help promote NHSTA on a state and national level and should have an interest in journalism, film, marketing, PR and related fields. The winner will work directly with Omaha Performing Arts and the Jimmy Awards digital/marketing teams.

 

The student reporter should be available to attend/report on the NHSTA Showcase on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 7:00pm at the Holland Center Outdoors, as well as a sound check/rehearsal that afternoon. Lunch/dinner will be provided. This year’s winner will also go on to represent NHSTA at the digital Jimmy Awards and should be available June 20 – July 1, 2021. The Broadway League will produce a special Jimmy Awards Showcase video featuring performances by National Nominees and the announcement of several awards/scholarships, which will air on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

 

HOW TO APPLY: Create a video up to 3 minutes in length showing or describing how you would uniquely cover the NHSTA Showcase on social media, as well as promoting tuning into a live stream performance or attending in-person. The video should be minimally edited and should include at least one unedited segment of at least one minute in length with the applicant speaking directly to the camera. We want to see your personality shine in this video!  Think of it as hosting a version of "MTV Cribs" or an audition video to be on a non-performance reality show. Send the following to NHSTA@O-pa.org by Friday, April 16, 2021:

  • Name:
  • Preferred pronouns:
  • School and grade level:
  • Email and phone number:
  • Link to video (unlisted YouTube link):

 

The winner will be notified in early-May 2021. Want an example of a great application video? Check out award-winning student reporter, Hannah Kate-Kinney’s video here!

 

Deadline: April 16th, 2021