Performing Arts Education and Enrichment

Awards & Recognitions


Broadway Education Alliance Inc. (BEA) is a New York based 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting theatre arts education initiatives and youth enrichment programs that inspire creativity, build confidence, and stimulate critical thinking in the youth of today.

To accomplish its mission, BEA builds business coalitions to invest in infrastructure that increases accessibility to high-quality educational materials and produces a variety of after-school enrichment programs intended to engage and inspire children of all ages.

BEA helps to illuminate the value of theatre arts education in K-12 schools by sponsoring student recognition awards. In 2009, BEA co-founded The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA®), aka known as The Jimmy Awards®, in partnership with The Nederlander Organization and Pittsburgh CLO, to showcase emerging student talent across the nation. BEA led the national expansion of the program until 2017 when the organization turned over management of The Jimmy’s to The Broadway League Foundation who now operates the awards on behalf of its theatrical presenter members.

In 2011, BEA launched the Greater New York Regional Awards program of the NHSMTA®, now called The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, to provide a pathway for New York area students to have access to educational scholarships and professional development opportunities in the Broadway industry on and off the stage.

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.


Working in partnership with industry leaders, BEA sponsors The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, an annual performance and non-performance awards and recognitions program that provide students with opportunities to train with or be seen by industry experts. Award portfolio includes:

  • The Roger Rees Award for Outstanding Performer in a Musical
  • New Faces Honors for Excellence in Solo Performance
  • The Harmony Helper® Award for Excellence in Choral Group Performance
  • The Playbillder® Award for Excellence in Marketing


Guidelines, adjudication process, submission requirements, and student award prizes vary for each category.

The Roger Rees Awards program is funded by generous donations from industry professionals, foundations, licensing companies, and individuals who are committed to supporting the performing arts programs in local area schools. 


High schools located throughout the Greater New York region are eligible to participate in BEA’s awards and recognition program. BEA currently defines the Greater New York region as 11 Counties in New York including the Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Nassau, New York (Manhattan), Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester. Additional eligibility requirements may apply to specific awards.


To participate in Broadway Education Alliance’s award and recognition program the fee is $150 per school. Registered schools can submit students for consideration in any or all award categories. Upon receipt of your complete registration form, instructions for participating in the award track(s) you have selected will be sent to you by the program administration team.

If your district requires you to submit a check request, please send a request to BEA at so we can provide an invoice to you. If your district requires a lengthy turnaround time for check payments, please plan accordingly. No student submissions will be reviewed unless the schools’ registration fee is paid. Funds collected from registration fees help to offset the administrative costs of running the program.

All fees are waived for Title 1 schools.


School enrollment for BEA’s 2022-2023 Roger Rees Awards program is closed.

Enrollment for 2023 – 2024 will be announced in September 2023.


BEA is proud to partner with educators throughout the Greater New York area to recognize excellence in student performance. We welcome your collaboration and feedback as we endeavor to continually improve upon the benefits for participating schools, students, and their families. Please feel free to write to us at with your comments or suggestions.

 If you have any questions about participation in the program or the submission, adjudication, or judging process, please contact our Administrative Team at