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Our 4th Annual High School Drama Awards Ceremony

Will be presented by Prime Stage Theatre on January 29, 2024

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4th Annual Drama Awards Nominees (pdf)


From 02/10/2024: Prime Stage Theatre 4th Annual Drama Awards honorees Jay Zhu (12th grade, Shady Side Academy), Kaylee Dunham (12th grade, Fox Chapel Area High School) and Marena Miller (10th grade, Our Lady of Sacred Heart) discussing their work on non-musical productions in their communities.


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Avonworth High School, Carlynton High School, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, North Allegheny Intermediate High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Shady Side Academy Senior School, Pine-Richland High School, Deer Lakes High School, Quaker Valley High School, Penn Hills High School, Hampton High School, Fox Chapel High School.

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The High School Drama Awards are designed to reward excellence in high-school drama for non-musical productions: one act or full length. We will accept participating schools on a first come, first served basis. The production must be completely student run, and each student must be directly responsible for that department’s activities. Because all positions involved in producing a stage production are important, our award categories include both backstage and onstage roles.

We hope that you will join us in bringing recognition to the students who work so hard to bring drama to their audiences. By doing so, you will also be helping to keep drama alive in our schools and on our stages.

If you would like more information about the Drama Awards please complete the 5th Annual High School Drama Awards Interest Form.

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3rd Annual Drama Awards

Thank you for a wonderful evening last night. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed seeing these kids and their performances and excitement. Seeing those kids cheer for each other and interact was wonderful. - quote from a parent.

And the Awards went to:

Best Actor, Jack Exline - Pine-Richland High School

Best Actress, Madison Emekter - North Allegheny Intermediate High School

Best Supporting Actor, Morgan Adams - Deer Lakes High School

Best Supporting Actress, Brianna Thel - Pine-Richland High School

Best Student Director, Kiera Waldo - Penn Hills High School

Best Student Stage Manager, Ayli Davidson - Shady Side Academy Senior School

Best Student Lighting Design. Brady Bandik - Thomas Jefferson High School

Best Student Sound Designs, Payton Sciere & Brandon Smidl - Avonworth High School

Best Student Costume Design, Sofia Libert - Fox Chapel High School

Best Student Prop Design, Mary Skundrich - Pine-Richland High School

Best Student Crew, Team - Carlynton High School

Best Overall Production - Pine-Richland High School

Link to Drama Awards Nominations (pdf)

Link to Printable Version of Drama Awards Nominations (pdf)

The 3rd Annual Drama Awards Participating Schools

Avonworth High School

Carlynton High School

Deer Lakes High School

Fox Chapel High School

North Allegheny Intermediate High School

Penn Hills High School

Pine-Richland High School

Shady Side Academy Senior School

Thomas Jefferson High School

There are 16 award categories:

Best Actor Best Student Prop Design
Best Actress Best Student Costume Design
Best Supporting Actor Best Student Makeup Design
Best Supporting Actress Best Student Use of Creative Technical Effects
Best Student Director Best Student Sound Design
Best Student Stage Manager Best Crew
Best Student Scenic Design Best Overall Production
Best Student Lighting Design Best Student Program/Poster Design

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