Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Roger Rees Awards?

The Roger Rees Awards will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Pearl Studios, 500 Eighth Avenue, 12th Floor, in New York City. The program begins promptly at 9:00 am. The Roger Rees Awards showcase will begin at 3:30 pm and will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

What is required of a high school to participate in the Roger Rees Awards?

All public and/or private high schools located in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester, that have presented an officially licensed production of an approved Broadway musical during the 2017-2018 academic year can participate in the program.

For a comprehensive list of NHSMTA approved productions, CLICK HERE.

How do I register my school?

Any high school interested in having their student performers qualify for consideration of the Roger Rees Award for Best Actor and/or Actress, must complete the “intent to participate” form no later than Thursday, March 1, 2018.

To complete this form, CLICK HERE.

Which students are eligible to participate in the Roger Rees Awards?

To be eligible for consideration of the Roger Rees Award, a student must perform a qualifying role in a full-length licensed high school production of a musical.  Please note: All students in qualifying roles can be evaluated by the adjudicators.  However, the adjudicators can only submit up to 8 students to the Roger Rees Awards.

For a comprehensive list of NHSMTA qualifying roles, CLICK HERE.

Why is the nomination process different this year than in previous years?

The Broadway League Foundation, the presenter of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, now requires that regional programs introduce in-person adjudication by theatre professionals. As the national program expands, the Roger Rees Awards may have to introduce other changes in the future.

How does the adjudication/nomination process work?

In accordance with the new eligibility requirements mandated by the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, the Roger Rees Awards must institute an adjudication process whereby each participating school identifies three (3) credentialed and impartial theatre professionals to serve as the Roger Rees Award adjudicators of their high school production. These adjudicators will attend the production and score the performance of each eligible student based on a rubric provided by the RRA program. In the event that your school presents two casts, both casts are eligible if adjudicated. Adjudicators can submit evaluations for up to 8 students per school.

Ratings will be cumulative for each student, not averaged.  For any adjudicator slot that is not filled, a student will receive median scores across all categories.

The RRA will invite to the awards event the 50 students (25 men and 25 women) who receive the top scores. No more than 2 students from each school will be selected to participate in the regional award event.

Our high school production has two casts and we want students from both casts to be considered.  What do we do?

Both casts are eligible as long as your school has arranged for adjudicators to attend.

Is my school guaranteed to send students to the awards event?

While this new model extends the opportunity to a much larger number of students, there is no guarantee that a particular school will be represented at the event.

What are the required qualifications for a Roger Rees Awards adjudicator?

Please note: To avoid any conflict of interest, an adjudicator must not have an official affiliation. with the school, which is defined as a paid or contractual position with the school or the production.  Furthermore, the adjudicator also cannot have a professional or familial relationship with any member of the cast or production team.

An adjudicator for the Roger Rees Awards must be an industry professional who has at least one of the following qualifications:

  • A degree or professional certification in music, theatre, dance or other aspect of the performing arts;
  • Membership in one of the Broadway industry unions or guilds, with at least 5 years of experience in the professional theatre;
  • At least 5 years of experience as a teacher or teaching artist of any aspect of the performing arts at the high school or college level;
  • An industry professional with at least 5 years of experience in theater arts education, audience development and/or youth enrichment.

Do adjudicators need to be paid?

There is no requirement regarding pay for adjudicators, however best practice is to offer at minimum a reimbursement for mileage or travel expenses.

Where can I find help to identify qualified adjudicators?

In the event that you need help to identify adjudicators for your production, we recommend you begin by calling the college or university in your area. Many will make members of their performing arts department faculty available for this purpose. You can also contact the NY Thespians for a list of their members.

Lastly, you can visit for a list of industry professionals interested in serving in this capacity.

How are the Roger Rees Awards winners selected?

The student performers ranked as the top 50 in the Greater New York region will be invited to participate in a day-long enrichment program featuring master classes with a team of experienced Broadway coaches. These coaches will select 12 students to perform a solo for a panel of industry judges who will select the Roger Rees Award winners for Best Actor in a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. These two students will represent the Greater New York metro area at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Who can attend the awards event?

Due to limited space, only the selected nominees will be able to attend.  The final stage of the competition will be broadcast on Facebook Live for everyone to see.