The 12th Annual


Best Actor and Best Actress Awards in a Musical

Recognizing excellence in student performance.


The Broadway Education Alliance Inc. (“BEA”), and Disney Theatrical Group present The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance annually to promote the importance of theatre education in the Greater New York area and provide students with educational scholarships, skills training, and career advancement. Nearly one hundred schools that produce a licensed production participate in the program so that students who perform leading roles can be considered for the title of Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical and the Up and Comer Award.

Schools must register with BEA by February 1, 2022, for their students to participate in the awards program that covers the 2021-2022 academic year. CLICK HERE

BEA sponsors the student winners of the Roger Rees Awards Best Actor and Best Actress at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, known as The Jimmy Awards®, so named to honor James M. Nederlander, theatre owner, producer, and founder of The Nederlander Organization. The NHSMTA is produced by The Broadway League Foundation. The 13th annual Jimmy Awards® will be held on Monday, June 27, 2022, at the Minkoff Theatre on Broadway. For more information visit


(1) All high schools located throughout the Greater New York region that present an officially licensed school edition of an NHSMTA® approved musical during the 2021-2022 academic year can participate in Roger Rees Awards. Note: For the 2021—22 academic year only, schools presenting a Junior/Broadway, 101/Young Performers, or a concert version of a Qualifying Musical, (defined by the national program), can also participate in the program provided the school has secured permission from the authorized licensing agent or rights-holder(s).

(2) Students are eligible for consideration of the Best Actor, Best Actress and Up and Comer Awards who have performed a qualifying role in one NHSMTA approved musical.

To review the NHSMTA list of qualifying musicals and roles, CLICK HERE.

NOTE: In the event that a participating school wants to submit students in multiple award categories, please note that individual students may be nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical, or the New Faces in Solo Performance, but NOT both. Students nominated for individual awards may also be part of a group award, and/or submit in the non-performance award categories.

BEA and our partners support equal opportunities for all students regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. The Roger Rees Awards is committed to maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and ethical responsibility.



The award selection process is as follows:


Step 1.

Select Official Adjudicators—Each participating school is responsible for identifying and coordinating three (3) theatre professionals* to see the actual production (in person or online) and evaluate each eligible student in the context of their live performance in the school musical production (in-person or online). These individuals must be unbiased, independent and in no way affiliated with the school, the production, or members of the cast, crew, or production team. Schools must register their Adjudicators with the Roger Rees Awards prior to their seeing the school production. Qualifications for an approved Adjudicator are defined below. Adjudicators must be registered with BEA by Friday, April 15, 2022.

Step 2. In Performance Adjudication—Upon receipt of the Adjudicator’s registration, the program administrator will provide the awards guidelines and the evaluation rubric to be completed for each eligible student performer. It covers a range of skills including Stage Presence, Musicianship, Characterization, and Movement. Student scores must be submitted to the awards program no later than Friday, April 29th, 2022, and student scores must be submitted no later than Sunday, May 1st.

Awards administrators tabulate individual student scores and rank students across all schools. The 25 female and 25 male performers receiving the highest scores, as well as two alternates will be named Roger Rees Awards Nominees and notified on/around Monday, May 2, 2022.

Note: All scores remain confidential. BEA does not guarantee participating schools that one or more of their students will become a nominee.

Step 3: Coaching and Selection of Finalists—Award Nominees are invited to participate in an in-person masterclass with experienced Broadway professionals who will coach students on their individual performance. Coaching sessions will be held in New York City from May 9-12 at a location to be announced. Following the class, the team of director/choreographers and music directors complete a second evaluation of each student’s performance. The top-ranking 6 female and 6 male students will be designated award Finalists and notified on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Step 4: Final Judging—Each of the twelve Award Finalists is invited to perform their song, accompanied by a professional pianist, in-person for a panel of theatre experts on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

This panel of 5-7 professionals will complete the final award program rubric for each student based on the students’ performance they see. (Judges do not see the student’s audition video or coaching session.) Individual judge’s scores will be tabulated by Roger Rees Awards administrators. The two students with the highest total score will be designated the winner of the Best Actor and Best Actress Award. Two Up and Comer Award recipients will also be named. Judges’ scores are confidential, and their decision is final. The Roger Rees Award winners will be publicly announced on/around Wednesday, June 1, 2022.


Adjudicators must be independent of the school and have at least one of the following qualifications:

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


As the Greater New York Regional Award Program, BEA sponsors the Roger Rees Awards Best Actor and Best Actress winners at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (aka The Jimmy Awards®). This national award is presented by The Broadway League. The 13th annual Jimmy Awards® will be held on Monday, June 27, 2022, at the Minkoff Theatre on Broadway, following a pre-professional training, adjudication, and rehearsal period.

To participate in the national award both students are required to attend all masterclasses, interviews, and rehearsals along with regional award winners from around the country. If for any reason, the Best Actor or Best Actress Award winner cannot participate in all required NHSMTA program components, one of the Up and Comer Award-winners will represent the Roger Rees Awards at the national competition.

The Broadway League Foundation will confer a wide variety of educational scholarships to participating students.

 Up and Comer Award-winners receive a tuition waiver to Marymount Manhattan College pre-college musical theater intensive.


To enroll your school in BEA’s 2021-2022 awards and recognition program, CLICK HERE

Upon receipt of your information, the award schedule, adjudication guidelines, student registration details, and other program details will be provided.


If you have any questions, please contact Barb Domue,