2020 Roger Rees Awards

Welcome to The Roger Rees Awards GoFundMe Page! On behalf of the Broadway Education Alliance, a New York based 501.c3 not-for-profit organization and fiscal sponsor of The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, we are honored to have you here and share more information about our mission: to raise awareness of the value of arts education in schools by recognizing the outstanding work and talent of teachers and students in high schools across the Greater New York Metro area.

The Roger Rees Awards not only celebrates the importance of musical theatre in schools, but also contracts many artists and theatre professionals that bring the production to life. With our upcoming online awards ceremony and showcase on Monday, June 1, 2020, we humbly request your support of this program that has become an important and distinguished recognition for the high school performers in the region. Despite these difficult times, we are committed to uplifting the students who have missed out on many opportunities this spring.

Contributions of any size will help make this vision and mission a reality, and we hope you will join in our crusade to empower, inspire, and most importantly, promote acceptance and pride in the arts with the youth of today, tomorrow, and beyond.

With great thanks,

The Roger Rees Awards Team


Over the past ten years, The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (previously called the Gershwin Awards) has celebrated high school students across the Greater New York Metro area for outstanding performances and achievements in the arts. The growing portfolio of award categories and scholarships are designed to recognize excellence in theatre roles both on and off stage. All public and private high schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Orange County, Rockland County, and Westchester County that present an officially licensed school edition of a National High School Musical Theatre Awards® approved Broadway musical are invited to register for participation each academic year.

The Roger Rees Awards is presented by Disney Theatrical Group and the Broadway Education Alliance in association with Camp Broadway® LLC who serves as the program administrator and showcase producer. It is currently the only student award in the Greater New York Metro area that recognizes distinction in student performance and outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre programs.  The Roger Rees Awards is the Greater New York Regional Award program of The Broadway League Foundation’s, The Jimmy Awards®, aka The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®.


Due to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, educational systems and businesses were blindsided by closures and cancellations. Students had many special moments taken away from them and spring musical theatre productions were no exception. As a result, the completion of adjudication of high school performances and the onstage presentation of The Roger Rees Awards Showcase had become impossible. With a #NYStrong attitude, the Roger Rees Awards team at Camp Broadway and partners, developed a plan to preserve the spirit of the program and adapt the 2020 presentation into an online celebration of high school musical theatre.

The 2020 Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance
          Date: Monday, June 1, 2020
          Time: 7:30 pm
          Location: Broadway Education Alliance YouTube Channel 
          Hosted by: Frank DiLella and Andrew Barth Feldman
          Social Hash Tags: #RRA2020 #RogerReesAwards2020 #RRAStrong

Celebrating Students From:

Alexander Hamilton High School -  Westchester County
Archbishop Stepinac High School - Westchester County
Bay Shore Senior High School - Long Island
Blind Brook High School - Westchester County
Cardinal Spellman High School - The Bronx
Chaminade High School - Long Island
Christ the King High School - Queens
Clarkstown South High School - Rockland County
Cold Spring Harbor Junior-Senior High School - Long Island
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School - Manhattan
Farmingdale High School - Long Island
Floral Park Memorial High School - Long Island
General Douglas MacArthur High School - Long Island
Great Neck North High School - Long Island
H Frank Carey High School - Long Island
Half Hollow Hills High School East - Long Island
Hauppauge High School - Long Island
Holy Trinity Diocesan High School - Long Island
Horace Mann School - The Bronx
Hunter College High School - Manhattan
Huntington High School - Long Island
James I. O’Neill High School - Orange County
Jericho High School - Long Island
Lawrence Woodmere Academy - Long Island
Miller Place UFSD - Long Island
North Babylon High School - Long Island
North Rockland High School - Rockland County
North Salem Middle/High School - Westchester County
Nyack High School - Rockland County
Oceanside High School - Long Island
Oyster Bay High School - Long Island
Paul D. Schreiber High School - Long Island
Pearl River High School - Rockland County
Pelham Memorial High School - Westchester County
Pierson Middle-High School - Long Island
Plainedge High School - Long Island
Pleasantville High School - Westchester County
Professional Performing Arts School - Manhattan
Riverdale Country Day School - The Bronx
Roslyn High School - Long Island
Rye Neck High School - Westchester County
Sleepy Hollow High School - Westchester County
South Side High School - Long Island
St. Joseph Hill Academy High School - Staten Island
Suffern High School - Rockland County
Walter Panas High School - Westchester County
Wantagh High School - Long Island
Wellington C. Mepham High School - Long Island
West Babylon Senior High School - Long Island
Westlake High School - Westchester County
White Plains High School - Westchester County
William A. Shine Great Neck South High School - Long Island
Xaverian High School - Brooklyn


 Broadway Education Alliance strives to harness the best and brightest minds working in and around the theatre, in corporate America, and in the field of traditional and digital education. The organization was formed to stimulate innovation, collaboration, and new enterprise in the theatre, performing arts, and live entertainment industry. With a focus on arts education and audience enrichment, the Broadway Education Alliance endeavors to build public and private partnerships between art makers and business or civic leaders to incubate programs and services that deliver long term value to families, schools, and their communities.


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Brian Curran 
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Broadway Education Alliance Inc 
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