The fifth annual Stage Directions High School Theatre Honors Program is now underway! Students, teachers, parents, volunteers—and anyone else—can nominate worthy high school programs from the U.S. or Canada at www.stage-directions.com/tophighschools. The Stage Directions High School Theatre Honors Program celebrates the high achievers in high school theatre, the programs that go above and beyond to teach exceptional theatre skills and put on an excellent show. But be sure and hurry! The deadline for submitting a school is Sept. 16!
“For most of us, our love of theatre began in high school,” said Jacob Coakley, editor of Stage Directions. “It’s where we learned about the classics, first got to perform meaningful work, and truly came to love this art form. Our High School Theatre Honors Program celebrates high schools with exceptional programs, who spark and nurture a lifelong love of theatre, and also wow their audiences with superlative shows.”
Nominations are open at www.stage-directions.com/tophighschools, and anyone—students, parents, teachers or fans—can nominate a school. And while each person can only nominate one school, a school can be nominated as many times as it has people who support it.
“The more nominations a school gets, the more we consider it for the recognition,” said Coakley, who explained that they do have safeguards in place to make sure that one person can’t take over the voting. “But the ability to mobilize a community of passionate volunteers and patrons is one mark of a successful program.” In addition to the open nomination process, Stage Directions will also conduct an informal survey of teachers, professors and recruiters across the country to find schools that excel. The winners from each region (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest and Canada) will be profiled in the November issue.
“I’m excited to see what schools we hear about this year,” said Stage Directions Publisher Terry Lowe. “We’re always blown away by the caliber of theatre education and I’m sure this year will be no different!”
High Schools can be nominated for the award at www.stage-directions.com/tophighschools.
The winning programs from previous years were:
MIDWEST - The Interlochen Arts Academy; Interlochen, Mich.
NORTHEAST - St. Paul's School; Concord, N.H.
NORTHWEST - The Jewish Community High School of the Bay; San Francisco, Calif.
SOUTHEAST - Alabama School of the Fine Arts; Birmingham, Ala.
SOUTHWEST - Chaparral High School; Parker, Colo.
CANADA - Victoria School for the Arts; Edmonton, Alberta.
The 2010 Stage Directions High School Theatre Honors Program Winners:
MIDWEST: Shawnee Mission North High School; Overland Park, Kan.
NORTHEAST: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School; Cambridge, Mass.
NORTHWEST: Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences; Seattle, Wash.
SOUTHEAST: Arab High School; Arab, Ala.
SOUTHWEST: Westlake High School; Austin, Texas
The 2009 Stage Directions High School Theatre Honors Program Winners:
MIDWEST: Hilliard Davidson High School; Columbus, Ohio
NORTHEAST: Bromfield School; Harvard, Mass.
NORTHWEST: Roosevelt High School; Seattle, Wash.
SOUTHEAST: J.P. Taravella High School; Coral Springs, Fla.
SOUTHWEST: Valley Christian High School; San Jose, Calif.
CANADA: Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts; Edmonton, Alberta
The 2008 Stage Directions High School Theatre Honors Program Winners:
MIDWEST: Libertyville High School; Libertyville, Ill.
NORTHEAST: Barnstable High School; Hyannis, Mass.
NORTHWEST: Bishop Blanchet High School; Seattle, Wash.
SOUTHEAST: West Orange High School; West Orange, Fla.
SOUTHWEST: Las Vegas Academy Theatre; Las Vegas, Nev.
UPDATE: This post has been updated from an earlier version to add the deadline for submissions, Sept. 16
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