Rising Star Awards

Presented by the Investors Foundation

The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards were created in 1996 to encourage and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production of high school musical theatre. The Rising Star Awards – Presented by the Investors Foundation is a statewide competition of New Jersey high school musicals modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards.

Click here to view, “I can’t, I have rehearsal.” It’s an in-depth look at what it takes to be a part of the Rising Star Awards Program.

Awards are presented for outstanding achievement by students and educators in the areas of performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence.

The Rising Star Award Corps of Evaluators, comprised of theater professionals, performing artists, designers, and theater arts educators, views 100 student productions from high schools across the state.The Tony Awards-style Rising Star Awards Gala Ceremony is presented on the Paper Mill stage. Award-winners are presented with an engraved crystal award from our friends at Tiffany & Co.

Paper Mill Playhouse offers four $1,000 cash awards to outstanding individual students participating in entered Rising StarAward productions, and who plan to continue studying theatre or technical theatre in college. A fifth cash scholarship of $1,000 is awarded in memoriam of Rising Star Nominee Douglas Michael Krueger.

Lastly, students receiving final nominations in the lead and supporting acting categories win a scholarship to Paper Mill Playhouse’s competitive Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, a professional training program which along with advanced classes in singing, acting and dance, offers the nominees an opportunity to perform on the Paper Mill stage in our annual New Voices Concert. Any New Jersey public, private or parochial school may enter by completing an application and being among the first 100 to apply.

For additional information on the Rising Star Awards or to be added to the mailing list to receive application information, please contact 973.315-1668.

How To Participate

Participating Schools

Below you will find a full list of schools participating in the 2017 Rising Star Awards.

2017 Participating Schools

Award Nominees

Download the complete list of nominations and honorable mentions below.

2017 Nominations and Honorable Mentions

Award Recipients

The 2017 Rising Star Awards winners are posted below.

2017 Rising Star Awards Recipients