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The Philadelphia Independence Awards were created by high school theater teachers and directors for the purpose of sharing and awarding outstanding student theater performances and productions in the Philadelphia region.
Enrollment is open to any public, private, charter, or parochial Pennsylvania high school (grades 9-12 participants only) within a 20 mile radius
of City Hall, Philadelphia. Schools on the immediate border of the radius may apply for an exemption for this rule.
Enrollment for the 2018-2019 season will be limited to 20 schools and will open on August 1, 2018.
The Philadelphia Independence Awards are always looking for Adjudicators to participate in the program. Adjudicators must be theater professionals, graduate students pursuing a Theatre Arts degree (either performing or technical), community members with theatre experience, or current/former theatre educators, that are currently unaffiliated with a participating school. Adjudicators will be screened and selected by the Advisory Board based on an application process.
The Independence Awards will end the season with an awards show to recognize all of the great things happening in the local high school musical theater scene. Over 20 awards will be given in both performing and non-performing categories. The awards show will also feature performances from select productions.
The Philadelphia Independence Awards is looking for companies to support the arts in local communities. We are registered as a 503c non-profit organization, so donations are tax deductible.