The Roger Rees Awards
for Excellence in Student Performance

Best Actor and Best Actress Awards
Recognizing excellence in student performance.

Award winners will represent the Greater New York region at The Jimmy Awards®

2020-2021 Roger Rees Awards Best Actress and Best Actor Nominees, click here.


The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance is the Greater New York Regional Award Chapter of The Jimmy Awards®, also known as The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, Broadways’ celebration of high school theatre programs across America, presented annually by The Broadway League Foundation.

Presented annually by the Broadway Education Alliance and Disney Theatrical Group, the Roger Rees Awards will identify the Best Actor and Best Actress in a licensed high school musical production produced live or digitally during the 2020-2021 academic year. These students will represent the New York area at The Jimmy Awards® in June. The national showcase will be presented online on Thursday, July 15, 2021.


All high schools located throughout the Greater New York region that has presented a live or virtual musical or concert of an officially licensed school edition of an NHSMTA® approved Broadway musical during the 2020-2021 academic year can participate in Roger Rees Awards. The Roger Rees Awards chapter region includes the following 11 Counties: the Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Nassau, New York (Manhattan), Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.

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

Note: For the 2020—21 academic year only, provided permissions from the corresponding rights house have been obtained in writing, Junior/Broadway, 101/Young Performers, and a concert version of a Qualifying Musical, (defined by the national program) are also eligible for participation.

Students who have performed in a qualifying role in one of the approved musicals are eligible for consideration of the Roger Rees Award for Best Actor or Best Actress in a Musical. CLICK HERE 



All schools submitting students for consideration in one or more award categories must be registered with the Broadway Education Alliance. The annual program registration fee is $100 per school. The fee is waived for Title 1 schools. If your district requires you to submit a check request, please provide all essential information so that an invoice can be provided. If your district requires a lengthy turnaround time for check payments, please plan accordingly. No student submissions will be reviewed unless payment is received in full by March 12. Funds collected help to offset the administration costs associated with online audition submissions and adjudication.


Step 1. CLICK HERE to submit the name and address of your school and pay the participation fee.

Step 2. Upon receipt of payment, the school representative will receive a confirmation email that contains a link to the form to finalize the registration process. It includes the name(s) and contact email for the students who will be participating in the awards program and their parent/guardian.

Step 3. The Roger Rees Awards team will send the parents of each student a link to the official award portal where they need to register and grant permission to participate in the program.

Step 4. Once permission is granted each student is officially registered and will receive the appropriate links to the information he/she needs to participate in the award category for which they are eligible. The deadline for student submission is Friday, April 9, 2021.


Eligible student performers are adjudicated in a three-step process:

In Performance—(1) Each school representative is responsible for identifying and coordinating three (3) qualified theatre professionals to see the production and evaluate each eligible student in the context of their performance in the school musical theatre production (in-person or online). They complete the Roger Rees Awards rubric ranking each performance for Presence, Musicianship, Characterization, and Movement.

The Roger Rees Awards collects scores for all students from all adjudicators. The top-ranking 25 female performers, top 25 ranking male performers, and 2 alternates become the program nominees who proceed to the next round. Note: All schools are NOT guaranteed to have a nominee. (2) Nominees are invited to participate in the Roger Rees Awards coaching sessions taught (virtually) by experienced Broadway professionals. This team of director/choreographers and music directors will select the award finalists. (3) A panel of theatrical experts review the performance of the finalists and determine the Best Actor and Best Actress Award-winners.


First-round adjudicators must be unbiased and cannot be affiliated with the school, the production, or members of the cast, crew, or production team. Adjudicators must 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 theater industry professional with at least 5 years of experience in theater arts education, audience development, and/or youth enrichment.

Adjudicators must register with the Roger Rees Awards prior to seeing the production. Once approved, each adjudicator will receive an email containing scoring instructions, a downloadable rubric, and a link to submit scores following the show. Scores must be submitted within 4 days of the production. All scores submitted will be kept confidential.


As the Greater New York Regional Award Program, the Roger Rees Awards will send the winners of the Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical award to The Jimmy Awards® which is administered by The Broadway League Foundation. These two students must be available (virtually) from Sunday, June 20 through Thursday, July 1 to participate in masterclasses, rehearsals, and interviews. The Broadway League Foundation will confer twenty educational scholarships this year which will be presented on Thursday, July 15, 2021.


If you have any questions, please contact Barb Domue,