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How to Participate

The application for the 2017 Rising Star Awards will be posted here on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. If you have questions about participation or eligibility in the meantime, you can email Jason Gillis, the Rising Star Awards program coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rising Star Awards - Presented by the Investors Foundation is also generously supported by The Merck Foundation and MetLife Foundation. 

Rising Star scholarships are made possible by Ruth Bedford in memory of Jane Burgio, Walt Santner in honor of Janet Sovey, and the Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund Trust. The Theatre for Everyone Inclusion and Access Award is supported by VSA New Jersey and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Rising Star Awards is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Paper Mill Playhouse is a not-for-profit arts organization.