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High Schools

Enrollment is open to any public, private, charter, or parochial Pennsylvania high school (grades 9-12 participants only) within a 20 mile radius of City Hall, Philadelphia. Schools on the immediate border of the radius may apply for an exemption for this rule.

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Adjudicators

Adjudicators must be theater professionals, graduate students pursuing a Theatre Arts degree (either performing or technical), community members with theatre experience, or current/former theatre educators, that are currently unaffiliated with a participating school.

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Outreach

Through grants and free workshops, the Philadelphia Independence Awards provides opportunities to help local high schools grow their theater programs.

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9/1

Registration Opens

10/1

Registration Closes

4/21

Last Performance Date

5/20

Awards Show



Philadelphia Independence Awards

Categories

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Acting

Acting awards include lead, supporting and featured actor and actresses. Additionally, there are awards for small and large ensembles.

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Music

Male and female vocalists are recognized as are student orchestras.

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Dance

There are dance awards for solo and ensemble dancers.

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Technical Theater

Technical theater awards are given for sound, light, stage management, makeup, costumes, scenic design and effects.

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Specialty

Specialty awards include song, production, leadership and marketing.

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Education

Each year we honor one theater educator that has made an impact on their students lives.

2022-2023 Statistics

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Nominees

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Winners

Featured School

Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush

The Rush Arts Drama Club is the largest extra curricular activity at the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush. Its mission is to produce musical theatre that best reflects the talents and interests of their students through collaboration and resourcefulness.