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 theater. 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 theater or technical theater 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 Theater 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

2019 Rising Star Schools

Award Nominees

2019 Nominations and Honorable Mentions

Tickets to the Rising Star Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 4 will be made available to final nominees via their school contact on May 8.

Please do not call the Paper Mill Box Office for tickets.
Scholarship applicants and recipients will be notified by email the week of May 13.

Please email all spelling corrections to RisingStarAwards@PaperMill.org by Friday, May 10.