CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TWO 2021 JERRY HERMAN AWARDS WINNERS!

Kuper Walker

University High Charter Los Angeles

Kuper is a 15-year-old performer who loves musical theater in any way, shape, or form. She recently won the 2021 Jerry Herman Awards, and as her school’s first win of this competition, she is absolutely thrilled! She knows how to play piano and was ecstatic when the theater program at University High Charter accepted her into the drama family with open arms. She is incredibly grateful for the growth it's taught her, and the family that she's made. She hopes to one day be a musician, and to be able to share her talents with the world!

Phillip Arca

West Covina High School

Phillip's recent work includes playing the roles of Finch in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Billy in Brightstar, and Council member Sketch in Hairspray. Phillip has studied theatre, technical theatre, voice, instrumental music, and dance all four years of his career at West Covina High School. Phillip plans to pursue a career in the performing arts past high school.  He wants to thank his theatre director Kimberly Segura, his vocal director Tyler Wigglesworth, and his dance coach Andrea Franco for their support and guidance. Phillip would also like to thank his mother for always supporting his passions.

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36 Students. 21 Schools. 1 Opportunity of a Lifetime.

High School Participation Guide

Check back here in late Summer 2021 for information on participation in the 2022 JERRY HERMAN AWARDS.

Adjudicator Application

Please email JHAwards@nederlander.com to sign up to be a volunteer adjudicator for the 2022 Jerry Herman Awards.

NHSMTA | The Jimmy Awards

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Contact The Jerry Herman Awards

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What are The Jerry Herman Awards?

What are THE JERRY HERMAN AWARDS?

Each year, Broadway in Hollywood hosts the Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Awards with one goal: to constructively support local high school performing arts programs. Both public and private high schools from all over Los Angeles County submit productions for consideration across twelve performance and technical categories:

  • Scenic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • Orchestra
  • Ensemble/Chorus
  • Musical Staging/Choreography
  • Musical Direction
  • Technical Crew
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
  • "No Small Parts"
  • Best Production

The Hollywood Pantages sends volunteer adjudicators to all of the performances. In the spring, a team at the Pantages, determine the nominees using the adjudicators’ notes and a DVD of the production. 

To compete for the best actor and best actress categories, each participating school sends one male and one female lead to audition in front of a panel of industry judges. For two days leading up the award show, the best actor and actress nominees are narrowed down to three male and three female finalists. The six finalists perform a solo number on the night of the awards, with a trip to New York to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmys) awarded to the final male and female contestants.

2019 Jerry Herman Award Winners! Click Here!

BEST ACTRESS​​​​​

JANINA COLUCCI

John Burroughs High School

West Side Story | "Anita"

 

BEST ACTOR

COEN SOSA

John Burroughs High School

West Side Story | "Tony"

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

Village Christian School | The Music Man

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Monrovia High School | In The Heights

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Long Beach Polytechnic HS | The Addams Family

 

BEST ORCHESTRA

John Burroughs HS | West Side Story

 

BEST ENSEMBLE OR CHORUS

Chaminade College Prep HS | The Wizard of Oz

 

BEST MUSICAL STAGING & CHOREOGRAPHY

L.A. County HS for the Arts | Once on this Island

 

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION

Village Christian School | The Music Man

 

BEST TECHNICAL CREW

Monrovia HS | In the Heights

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Whitney HS | Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

TJ VERNON as Cogsworth

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Providence HS | Newsies

SABRINA WILLIAMS as Race

 

“NO SMALL PARTS" AWARD                                              

Oakwood School | Chicago                          

LOLA BODE as June                                     

 

BEST PRODUCTION

L.A. County HS for the Arts | Once on this Island

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!