Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role Eligibility

To be eligible to be nominated for Best Actor/Actress in Leading Role, performers must be nominated by their school’s CAPA Marquee Awards coordinator and must have played a National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®)-recognized leading role in their school’s production. For this reason, only students who play a NHSMTA®-recognized leading role in their high school’s production will be eligible for the Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role categories.

Due to the nature of the award, the Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role nominees and winners will be determined by both a production and audition score. Eligible student performers will receive a combined adjudication score for their school’s production. The adjudicated score will count as 65% of the total score. Additionally, these student performers will be required to complete an audition. The combined audition score will count as 35% of the total score. The combined production and audition score will determine the nominees and the winners in this category.

2022 Jimmy Awards® Eligibility

In 2022, two CAPA Marquee Awards student nominees will join top musical theatre students from across the country for a CAPA-sponsored theatre intensive where they will experience private coaching, master classes, and rehearsals in preparation for a special showcase performance and the chance to compete for scholarships and the national title of Best Actor and Best Actress.

Student Participation Handbook

Information about the adjudication process, panel audition, nomination process, Marquee Awards Showcase participation, and the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® can all be found in the Student Handbook for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role-Eligible Performers.

The 21-22 Student Participation Handbook will be available in late 2021.