A photo of a nominated high school cast performing on the Reynolds Hall stage at The Smith Center.
A photo of a nominated high school cast performing on the Reynolds Hall stage at The Smith Center.
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Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards

“Performing on a Broadway stage was one of the most exciting moments of my life.”
– Joey Cooper, Best Actor winner, 2019 

The Smith Center’s Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards (NVHSMTA) celebrates and encourages talent and achievement in musical theater in high schools throughout Nevada. The program highlights and recognizes students participating in a variety of roles on and off the stage.  NVHSMTA is a regional program of the national Jimmy Awards® in New York City, formerly the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.  The Jimmy Awards®, presented by The Broadway League, is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance and elevating the importance of theater arts education in schools.

The NVHSMTA fosters the next generation of musical theater performers, set, costume and lighting designers, stage managers, directors, and theater technical crews. From this regional awards event, The Smith Center sends the two students selected as Best Actor and Best Actress to compete in New York City. Participants experience a several-day theatrical boot camp consisting of private coaching, master classes and rehearsals with leading theater professionals. Their journey concludes with performing at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway, with a panel of industry experts selecting exceptional students for The Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Actor. Students receive opportunities for merit scholarships, professional advancement, and other prizes.

Please contact the Education and Outreach Department with questions regarding participation in the Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards.

"As we built The Smith Center, I was whole-heartedly set on making sure that Nevada’s young performers had an opportunity to be celebrated for their accomplishments."

Myron Martin

President and CEO of The Smith Center, advisory board chairman for the Jimmy Awards (formerly the National High School Musical Theatre Awards)

“This opportunity changed students’ lives! Celebrating the achievements of the various parts that make a production great is imperative to reinforce the value of every player on the team.”

Elena Ferrante-Martin

Bishop Gorman theater teacher

Previous Nevada High School Musical Theater Award Winners