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2021 - 2022 National Youth Arts Awards! 
National Youth Arts is excited to finally begin announcing the winners and nominees of our 2021 - 2022 National Youth Arts Awards to honor outstanding work by youth in the arts. We apologize for the delay and are grateful for your patience. This year's award winners were selected from nominations by a panel of more than 40 judges and reviewers. In addition to the youth who performed in schools and youth arts companies, anyone age 18 and under who performed at a show reviewed by a judge was also considered for the NYA awards, as well as the adults who participated in the youth productions backstage (directors, set designers, costume designers, etc.) and guest adult Performances in productions designed for youth. College artists are eligible for our University Arts (UniArts) Awards presented in conjunction with the National Youth Arts Awards. Thank you all for your incredible work and all the unforgettable entertainment!

We plan to schedule live ceremonies again in the coming months as we also begin announcing the 2022-23 awards. If you would like to attend one of those ceremonies, please let us know at least two weeks in advance once they are scheduled. Meanwhile, printable certificates can be downloaded from the awards page links below.  

NYA Alumni: During the 2021-22 season, former NYA award winners have been involved in more than a dozen Broadway shows (including 1776, Almost Famous, Six, Hadestown, Jagged Little Pill, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, The Book of Mormon, Kimberly Akimbo, Waitress, Diana, Into the Woods, Beetlejuice), more than a dozen Off-Broadway shows (including Kinky Boots, Audrey, Between the Lines, Three Sisters, Here There Be Dragons, For Colored Girls, Fiddler on the Roof, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), more than a dozen National Tours (including Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Wicked, The Prom, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, Beetle juice, Beautiful, jagged little pill, Oklahoma!, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Waitress, and Anastasia), several World Premieres including The Karate Kid, The Notebook, Mystic Pizza, and Ratatouille, principal performers on more than 50 current or scheduled TV shows (including American Idol, The Voice, Industry, Dynasty, Stranger Things, Nancy Drew, Wednesday, Madagascar: A Little Wild, 4400, General Hospital, Chicago Fire, Gossip Girl, Just Beyond, Bunk'd, The Flash, The Goldbergs, 9-1-1, All Rise, New Amsterdam, DuckTales, The L Word, The School for Good and Evil, High School Musical, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Emily in Paris, FBI: Most Wanted, Temptation Island, Bull, Go, Dog, Go, Outer Banks, The Conners, The Owl House, Doogie Kamealoha, The Mighty Ducks, America's Got Talent, American Horror Story), as well as principals in more than 20 films including Frozen 2, Eternals, Licorice Pizza, Spiderman: No Way Home, Wedding Season, Ray Donovan, Clifford, Plan B, tick, tick...BOOM!, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Strange World

Award-winning alumni include five Tony Nominees, Julia Lester [2017] (Broadway: Little Red in Into the Woods, TV: Ashlyn in Disney+'s High School Musical: The Musical), Micaela Diamond [2015] (Broadway: Lucille Frank in Parade, Teenage Cher in Cher, TV: Peggy in Netflix's tick, tick...BOOM!), Ashley Park [2009 Winner] (Gretchen in Mean Girls, Mindy Chen in Emily in Paris), Emily Skeggs [2008] (Medium Alison in Fun Home) & Madeleine Foster Bersin [2010] as producer of What the Constitution Means to Me, as well as Casey Likes [2014,'16,'18,'19,'20] (Broadway: William Miller in Almost Famous, Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Film: Gene Simmons in Spinning Gold), Asher Angel [2013, '14, '15] (Film: Billy Batson in Shazam!, TV: Jonah Beck in Andi Mack), Myha'la Herrold [2012,'14,'15] (TV: Harper in Industry, Logan in Plan B, National Tour: The Book of Mormon), Lia McHugh [2018] (Film: Sprite in Marvel's Eternals), Gracie Abrams [2016,'17] (Music: Opening act for Taylor Swift's The Eras Tour), Grace Kinstler [2014] (3rd Place on American Idol Season 19), Rachel Matthews [2011, '12] (Film: Honeymaren in Frozen 2, Danielle in Happy Death Day), Veronica Dunne [2011, '12, '13] (Broadway: Roxie in Chicago, TV: Marisa Clark in K.C. Undercover), Dylan Mulvaney [2012] (Days of Girlhood web series, National Tour: The Book of Mormon), Francesca Reale [2012] (TV: Heather in Stranger Things, Film: Dating and New York, Do Revenge, Strange World, Parachute, Creepers), Jordan Hull [2019] (TV: Angelica Porter-Kennard in The "L" Word, Film: Alex Sugerman in Hustle), Audrey Corsa [2012] (TV: Samantha Powell in All Rise, Rebecca in Poker Face, Zoe in Dear Edward), Emily Alyn Lind [2011,'13,'14] (TV: Audrey Hope in Gossip Girl, Film: Sankebite Andi in Doctor Sleep, Melanie in The Babysitter), Kennedy McMann [2013, '14] (TV: Nancy Drew in The CW's Nancy Drew, Joni DeGroot in The Good Doctor), Brennyn Lark [2011] (Broadway: Eponine in Les Mis, Catherine Parr in Six, TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Grammy winner Ariana Grande [2009]

Ceremony Portfolio for Agents: Award recipients and nominees are eligible for talent agency submissions. If you're interested in having NY and LA agents review your headshot/resume, please email them to If any of the agencies are interested, you'll be contacted directly via the email on your resume. Reminder: Your resume should only have the email and cell of someone over the age of 18 (your parent or guardian)

Rob Hopper

Executive Director
National Youth Arts

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