The First Annual National Youth Theatre Awards Are Coming...

Emily Shackelford and Brian Polk in San Diego Junior Theatre's "Seussical." Photo by Ken Jacques.On June 6, 2001, San Diego Playbill announced the winners of the First Annual San Diego Playbill "Billie" Awards to honor outstanding work in local theatre. Growing from that seed, we are now preparing to hold the First Annual National Youth Theatre Awards!

This inaugural year will include youth productions reviewed in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Nevada. Those eligible for the awards include anyone involved with shows reviewed by National Youth Theatre. The Youth Awards are considered for all actors in youth productions age 19 and younger, adults who participated in the youth theatre productions backstage, and any minor (under age 18) who performed in a reviewed adult production.

These awards were started simply as a way to congratulate and thank some of the amazing people who contributed so much to our theatre entertainment over the year. Traditionally an award "year" runs from the beginning of June to the end of May, with the winners announced on this website by the first week of June. This year we expect to announce the award winners on May 29.

On Monday, June 12, 2006 the First Annual National Youth Theatre Awards will be presented at the Garfield Theatre in the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center located in San Diego's beautiful La Jolla area. Home of J*Company for the past several years, they are once again generously donating the use of their state-of-the-art, 495-seat theatre space, as well as their professional assistance, for this year's festivities. 

Further details, including RSVP information, will be available as the award winners are announced. In the meantime, please contact Rob Hopper if you have any questions or desire further information.

Link to last year's San Diego Playbill Youth Awards

The First Annual National Youth Theatre Awards

Monday, June 12, 2006
Refreshments begin @ 6:45 p.m.
Awards Presentation begins @ 7:30 p.m.

David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

For more information, please contact Rob Hopper
(619) 851-5923


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