CAPA Brings The Jimmy Awards to Central Ohio


Through the standing of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) as a sanctioned member of the Broadway League, the Columbus market has been accepted and confirmed as an official Regional Awards Program of The Jimmy Awards/National High School Musical Theatre Awards. CAPA will sponsor the prestigious national program for high school musical theatre students through its own newly created, local awards program—the CAPA Marquee Awards.

“We are thrilled to bring The Jimmy Awards to central Ohio for the very first time, and to compliment it with additional musical theatre student awards through the establishment of the CAPA Marquee Awards,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. “This is a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the wealth of high-caliber musical theatre talent in our own local high schools.”

To be considered for participation in the CAPA Marquee Awards, schools must submit an online application, and present a full-length musical from the Jimmy Awards List of Qualifying Shows between January 10 and April 28, 2019. The online application process will open at noon on October 15, 2018, and schools will be notified of a decision on their application no later than December 15, 2018. In the inagural year for this new initiative, 10 high schools will be accepted with the hope of increasing that number in subsquent years.

Schools accepted into the program will then be eligible to compete in the following categories: Best Actor in a Leading Role; Best Actress in a Leading Role; Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Best Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Musical Production; Best Direction; Outstanding Ensemble Performance; Outstanding Student Orchestra Performance; Backstage Excellence Award; Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.

In addition, musical theatre students from high schools selected to participate will be invited to attend free master classes and talk-back opportunities with touring Broadway cast members and local talent in their chosen field of interest throughout the 2018-19 season.

Three adjudicators from the CAPA Marquee Awards program will attend a performance of each participating school’s qualifying musical theatre production to evaluate nominated students/productions and provide valuable feedback to the production’s cast, crew, and creative team.

On May 7, 2019, the (up to) five nominees selected for each category will be announced.

The CAPA Marquee Awards will culminate with a red-carpet ceremony and student showcase event at the Lincoln Theatre on June 3, 2019, at which winners in all categories will be announced. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the CAPA Marquee Awards will showcase live performances from the nominees for Best Musical Production, as well as opening and closing numbers that incorporate nominated students from all participating high schools.

Students selected as Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role will be designated as official Jimmy Award nominees and receive a CAPA-sponsored trip to attend “Jimmys Week” in New York City, a nine-day professional training intensive with theatre professionals and industry experts, and compete on the national level for the 2019 Jimmy Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.

For more information about the CAPA Marquee Awards, please contact CAPA Director of Education Amy Handra at

About The Jimmy Awards/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA)

The Jimmy® Awards program impacts more than 100,000 students who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of Touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. Presented by the Broadway League Foundation, the program sends a Best Actress and a Best Actor winner from each of these competitions to New York for a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only talent showcase on Broadway. Named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the program has been the catalyst for more than $2 million in educational scholarships. For more information, please visit

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of the Barbara B. Coons and Robert Bartels Funds of The Columbus Foundation and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About CAPA

Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, Drexel Theatre, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (New Albany, OH), and the Shubert Theatre (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit