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This application cycle is now closed. Opportunities will open January 2023.

The Educational Theatre Association offers a variety of options to recognize individuals or schools making outstanding contributions to the field of theatre education. Past recipients of awards can be viewed in the Awards library.

The Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award is presented by The ASCAP Foundation and the Educational Theatre Association. This award recognizes the highest level of achievement for a high school or middle school musical theatre teacher and includes a cash prize of $5,000. Nominations for a working theatre teacher (not retired) who produces musicals at their school may be submitted by anyone (self, student, peer, principal, etc.). Deadline: April 1.

The Educational Theatre Association Administrator’s Award recognizes outstanding school administrators who have demonstrated exemplary support for educational theatre. Deadline: April 1.

The Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame Award is presented annually to up to five EdTA members who have dedicated twenty or more years to promoting educational theatre. Deadline: April 1. 

The Educational Theatre Association Outstanding School Award is given annually to a maximum of twelve high schools (up to three per region) with theatre programs that exemplify and promote high standards in educational theatre. Deadline: April 1.

The International Thespian Society Inspirational Theatre Educator Award recognizes up to three individuals annually who have inspired their students and dedicated themselves to providing quality theatre education. Deadline: April 1.

The International Thespian Society Honorary Thespian of the Year Award recognizes up to three individuals annually who have gone above and beyond the standard duties of a volunteer. Deadline: April 1.

Nominations for the following awards are made by the EdTA Board of Directors or staff but this year we welcome public nominations for the Founder's Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, and Spirit of Thespis Award. 

The Educational Theatre Association’s Founders’ Award is presented to an individual or group who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research and practice. The award recognizes work that supports the principles and mission of the founders to promote and strengthen theatre education.

The Educational Theatre Association’s President’s Award is presented to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the Association, EdTA President, board of directors, or volunteer leadership of EdTA.

The Educational Theatre Association’s Standing Ovation Award recognizes organizations or corporations who support the principles and mission of the Association.

The Educational Theatre Association's Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes individuals who support the Association through exceptional volunteer efforts.

The International Thespian Society Spirit of Thespis Award recognizes up to three schools or individuals that when faced with a serious challenge demonstrated grace under pressure.

Interested in serving as an adjudicator? Please complete the Adjudicator Application here. Please contact awards@schooltheatre.org with any questions.