We're proud to participate in the Broadway League's National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. Each year, two outstanding student performers (one lead actor and one lead actress) are nominated to join top students from across the country for a week of private coaching with NYU Tisch faculty, master classes with Broadway professionals and rehearsals in preparation for a special performance. National nominees are determined through an audition process. 


Learn more at jimmyawards.com.


This year, between 10 and 14 students will be chosen as National Finalists and will be invited to perform at the Nebraska High School Theater Academy Showcase on Sunday, June 5, 2022.  From the group of National Finalists, two top students will be selected as National Nominees and will go on to represent the state at the Jimmy Awards. Throughout the rehearsal process, National Finalists will be staying in FREE housing at Creighton University.


Students in grades 9-12 playing qualified lead roles in their adjudicated 2020/2021 NHSTA musicals are eligible to apply. Qualified lead roles are determined by the Broadway League. See the 2020/2021 list of qualified lead roles here:  20-21 Nationals Qualifying Lead Roles

Applications will be accepted starting Monday, January 31, 2022. Eligible students should submit an online application by Friday, April 1, 2022. To complete the application, please be prepared to submit the following items:

  • One-page resume
  • Headshot photo
  • Audition video No. 1: Perform a solo (32-bar cut) from the qualified lead role you played in your adjudicated 2020/2021 high school musical 
  • Audition video No. 2: Perform a solo (32-bar cut) of a musical theater ballad OR musical theater up-tempo piece of your choice
  • Music: Attach the piano/vocal score for the full song (not just the 32-bar cut) featured in video #1.  If the qualifying lead role you played performs more than one solo in the musical, please attach all other piano/vocal scores for those songs.  If you are invited to attend the live callback audition, please be prepared to sing any solo that your lead role performed in your school's musical.

Please note! Videos should showcase your audition abilities. Do NOT submit video from a fully staged or costumed production.



The Nationals Callback Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9am-4pm at the Holland Performing Arts Center.


Contact Taylor Wyatt, Education Manager, at twyatt@o-pa.org or 402.661.8559.