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THE RITA MORENO AWARDS are co-hosted by Broadway San Jose and Children's Musical Theater San Jose at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. 
This awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in high school musical theater north of Santa Barbara. The Lead Actor and Actress winners will be sent to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) – also known as the Jimmy™ Awards – in New York City, where they’ll perform on a Broadway stage before industry experts and compete for scholarship opportunities. ( 
High school productions will be considered for nomination in the following categories: Overall Production, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Performer and Fan Favorite.

  • Registration Opens: Monday, August 28, 2023
  • Registration Closes: Monday, April 1, 2024 - Eligible productions must have performances adjudicated by Friday, April 19, 2024
  • Announcement of Nominees: No later than Wednesday, May 1, 2024
  • Award Ceremony: Monday, May 13, 2024
  • Jimmy Award Ceremony: June TBD, 2024

Please refer to the "Resources" tab on this page to review the 2023-2024 Rules & Guidelines 

Registration opens Monday, August 28, 2023.

To register, use the drop-down menu at the top left of this page under "Start a Registration" for 2023-2024 School Productions.

The Rita Moreno Awards ceremony will take place on May 13, 2024 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

The Jimmy Awards ceremony date is June TBD, 2024.

We look forward to meeting California high schools' brightest stars! 

For questions, email the Program Director, Roxanne Rodriguez at 

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