Rules and Regulations

The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance promotes the educational value of musical theater in schools, as well as celebrates emerging talent—on stage, backstage and off stage.



For your students to be considered, they must attend a public or private high school located in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island or Westchester that has presented an officially licensed production of a qualifying Broadway musical during the 2017-2018 academic year.

A comprehensive list of productions approved by The National High School Musical Theatre Awards can be found HERE.

Intent to Participate

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

To complete the form CLICK HERE.


To be eligible for consideration of The Roger Rees Award, a student must have performed a qualifying role in a full-length licensed high school production of a musical.

A comprehensive list of qualifying roles can be found at HERE.


Every school that sponsors students for the Roger Rees Awards is required to identify three (3) theatre industry professionals to serve as Adjudicators who will attend the production and evaluate the qualifying students based on the judging rubric provided by the program.

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.
  • 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.


To participate in the Roger Rees Awards, students must be available on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for the awards event.

The student winners of the Roger Rees Award for Best Actor and Best Actress at this event will represent the Greater New York Area at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA). Students must be available and willing to participate in the 9-day training, rehearsals and awards competition in New York City that takes place Sunday, June 17 through Tuesday, June 26, 2018*. During this time students will reside in dormitories at New York University with other student nominees from across the United States.  Please note: The NHSMTA does not allow absences for any reason including family events and/or school productions, graduations, proms, etc.

*Expenses related to the students’ participation in the NHSMTA are paid by the Roger Rees Awards; excluding expenses for the school costume and local transportation to/from program.



Schools participating in the Roger Rees Awards are required to identify three (3) theatre industry professionals to serve as Adjudicators (criteria detailed above) who will evaluate the qualifying students in a number of categories.  All adjudication follows a rubric distributed by the Roger Rees Awards to rate the performance of the eligible students.

Adjudicator evaluations will be tallied cumulatively, not averaged.  For any adjudicator slot 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.

The Roger Rees Awards Event

Date/Time:         Saturday, May 19, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Place:                    Pearl Studios, 500 Eighth Avenue, 12th Floor

Showcase:           3:30 pm, Facebook Live (link will be provided)

On the day of the event, nominees will participate in group coaching sessions led by Broadway professionals.  During these sessions, the coaches will score the nominees in several categories, using the program rubric. Twelve students will be selected (6 men and 6 women) based on the highest scores who will perform a solo at the awards showcase. A panel of judges comprised of Broadway professionals will evaluate the performances and confer awards in the categories below.

Roger Rees Award Categories:

  • Best Actor in a Musical
  • Best Actress in a Musical
  • Up & Comer (Actor)
  • Up & Comer (Actress)

The judges’ decisions are final. In the event the Best Actor or Actress becomes unable to participate in the NHSMTA, the winner of the Up and Comer Award (in the corresponding category) will represent the Roger Rees Awards at that national competition.