DISCIPLINE = a broad area of study. This discipline is THEATER. One Artist of the Year (seven total) will be named in each discipline.
SPECIALTY = an area of study within the discipline. Semifinalists and finalists will be named in each specialty.
Per specialty, instructors may nominate:
Two (2) Juniors and
Two (2) Seniors
= FOUR (4) total PER SPECIALTY.
HOW MANY students
may a teacher nominate
4 Nominees per Specialty
(2 juniors & 2 seniors)
12 Nominees per Instructor
A student may be nominated in one specialty within each of the seven disciplines. Students may only be nominated in one specialty per discipline.
Students should be nominated in the specialty that is her/his/their greatest strength within the discipline. If the student is strong in any of the other specialties within the discipline, the student will have the opportunity to submit additional materials to address those strengths.
MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE*
*see the Musical Theater "Either/Or" Rule
includes set, props, projection, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup
MUSICAL THEATER nominees may be nominated in
- EITHER - Musical Theater Performance
in the discipline of THEATER
- OR - Musical Theater Voice
in the discipline of VOCAL MUSIC
But not both.
If you have other questions about this rule, checkout our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.
Any specialty showcased that is not the student's primary specialty is considered a SECONDARY SPECIALTY. Students DO NOT need to declare a secondary specialty. The application has room for students to add links to showcase work in secondary specialties if desired.
Along with their primary specialties, students may also consider showcasing the following:
DIRECTING is not offered as a primary specialty. HOWEVER, a directing video may be submitted as a secondary component when a student is nominated in one of the other specialties.
STAGE MANAGEMENT is not offered as a primary specialty. We are honoring top artists, not top leaders. We understand that stage managers are essential to successful shows and that some of your students are learning this craft and excelling. However, viewing students' prompt books and spreadsheets has not proven to be useful when trying to evaluate stage managers as artists. If you feel strongly that we need to include this specialty in future years, please email us your thoughtful suggestions on how we can evaluate the artistic merit of these students.