Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards

Nashville Musical Theatre Awards has been a huge success for the past two years. Last year, we had 18 schools, totaling 400 students, participate in this exciting program dedicated to honoring the talents, friendships and educational endeavors of Nashville high school theatre programs. We expect even more school participation this year, so make sure you sign up today!

Through this program, area high schools are invited to submit one musical per school year. We then send three adjudicators to view a performance, including a Nashville theatre professional, a Lipscomb University faculty member and a student from the theatre department. On Saturday, May 14, all participating schools are invited to Lipscomb’s campus for a day of workshops taught by industry professionals and an awards ceremony hosted by a special guest. Past hosts have included Broadway actor, Chuck Wagner and American Idol performer, Melinda Doolittle.

We seek to recognize exemplary work of all participating schools. Awards include best actor and actress, best show, best direction, all-star cast and crew and many other exciting awards. Lipscomb University Theatre will also be presenting two $1,000 scholarships, one in acting and one in technical theatre, to study theatre at Lipscomb.

2016 Workshop and Clinician Details (all docs)

2016 Schedule Workshop Clinicians Workshop Descriptions


To enter, please complete the online form and payment. This is the preferred registration, but if you wish to send a check for registration, please contact Kari Smith for information on sending the check to the university. Once we receive your completed registration, we will coordinate a team of adjudicators to view one of your performances. They will each have a basic rubric that will be the basis for critique of the show. Their completed rubric will be sent to you after the performance. If you would like an oral critique after the performance, you may ask for one. At the end of the school year, we will compile the critiques and scores from each show to determine the awards for the festival. While we do not encourage a spirit of competition, we do want to recognize performers and productions for outstanding work.

As we get closer to the May 14 event, schools will be asked to register each student who plans to attend the day of workshops and the evening awards ceremony. We will send each teacher more information on registration and the specific details of the awards day as the event approaches.

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The cost per school is $250 with a maximum of 20 schools and a total of 400 students participating. The fees are applied toward the full day of workshops, judges’ costs and awards reception after the ceremony. Parents will also be able to buy tickets to the awards ceremony in May. Registration fee may not be returned if production is canceled within 14 days of first performance.

A Sample Itinerary

Saturday, May 14, 2016

  • 9-11 a.m. Workshops
  • 11 a.m-12 p.m. Lunch
  • 12-3 p.m. Workshops
  • 3-6 p.m. Dinner (on own)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
  • 9-10 p.m. Dessert Reception

Deadline to register is March 1, 2016. Last possible show date for adjudication is April 30, 2016.

The Jimmy Awards in NYC

The Nashies will send the qualifying Best Actor and Actress to New York City to be a part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, or the Jimmy Awards. This takes place every summer in June, and it is a ten day event full of rehearsing, performing, and taking in the sights of NYC. Students who qualify receive a scholarship from TPAC and The Nashies for the travel, registration, and lodging for the ten day event. We also provide a chaperone for the duration of the trip. The 2017 dates have not yet been released, so check back here soon for more information. Until then, visit the website for The Jimmy Awards for more info:


Register online and join us for a musical day of fun, learning and awards.

For information, contact Kari Smith at or 615.966.7111. Once we receive your information and registration, we will send you detailed information about our visit to your school as well as how to register each of your students for the May 14 event.
We look forward to your participation!

2014-2015 High Schools Participating (no particular order)

  • Brentwood High School
  • Father Ryan High School
  • Cookeville High School
  • Franklin Road Academy
  • Davidson Academy
  • Central Magnet High School
  • Siegel High School
  • St Cecilia's Academy
  • Montgomery Bell Academy
  • Harpeth Hall
  • Ensworth School
  • Pope John Paul II High School
  • Wilson Central High School
  • Ravenwood High School
  • Lipscomb Academy
  • Centennial High School
  • Christ Presbyterian Academy
  • Hillsboro High School

May 14 Workshop Examples (specific titles and clinicians TBA)

Masterclass With Host:
Come ready to work on material with this year’s Nashville Musical Theatre Award’s host. Bring a 32 bar cut of a song you’d like to workshop and receive constructive feedback on your performance from a seasoned professional…to be announced.

Improv acting/sketch comedy:
This workshop will challenge you to think on your feet and stretch your abilities through scene work, games and exercises. These skills are necessary for all types of performers and will taught by Nashville’s best! Bring clothes you can move in and a willingness to try and have fun.

Dance workshops:
Students will learn a short but fast paced dance combo and experience what it is like to go to a professional dance call. Multiple dance styles will be offered from local professional dancers and choreographers. No prior dance experience required...just come ready to take risks and have fun. Dress in something that you can move in, and wear jazz shoes or tennis shoes.

Technical Theatre:
Explore how to be a part of the storytelling whether you are on or off stage in this hands on workshop. Great for techies as well as for actors who want to build stronger ties with crew members and learn what life is like from the booth and wings. Learn lingo and the basic training for soundboards, light boards and more from experienced technical theatre artists.

Audition workshop:
Have an audition coming up? Do you want feedback on your audition package? This workshop will explore the entire audition process. Expect to learn useful, constructive, and candid insight on everything from: acting a song, headshots and resumes, audition attire, entering a room, song choices, working with accompanists, and more. If students are interesting in participating they must prepare one 16 bar cut of a song within their key. They must also bring a headshot and resume for review. This workshop is especially helpful for all who are planning on auditioning for any type of production or college program in the near future.

Cold read workshop:
Calling all students interested in film and TV work. This is the workshop for you! Learn what a typical film audition looks like through exploring the art of mastering cold reads. Students will be given scripts and will take part in a mock audition where they will also receive immediate feedback. All levels of experience welcome.

Sample of awards given at the May 14 Ceremony

  • Best Chorus Or Ensemble
  • Best Dancing
  • Best Overall Design Concept
  • Best Overall Tech
  • Best Costumes
  • Best Lighting
  • Best Set
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Direction
  • Best Show
  • Best Male And Female Soloist
  • Best Featured Male And Female Dancer
  • Best Dramatic Actor And Actress
  • Best Comedic Actor And Actress
  • Best Male And Female Supporting Role
  • Best Male And Female Ensemble