The Philadelphia Independence Awards have arrived - and they're awesome!

After a successful inaugural season, the Philadelphia Independence Awards are gearing up for the 2018-2019 season. We are looking for schools, adjudicators and sponsors to celebrate local high school theater. Click on the links above for more information.


The Independence Awards are now accepting donations for our GIVE A MUSICAL campaign. Our goal is to raise money to give, as a grant, to a school that is need of funds to either start or continue their musical theater program. We had a great start at our ceremony, raising $1059.69 through our end of show bucket collection. Please consider giving to this cause.

2018 Awards Recap

Thanks to all of the schools, adjudicators, presenters and sponsors for making our inaugural season such a success. The 2018 Independence Awards were held on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Temple Performing Arts Center. In front of a crowd of hundreds, we gave out 26 awards, watched eleven musical theater performances by both professionals and students and celebrated the magic of high school theater. Congratulations to all.

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About Us

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.

This year's award ceremony will be held at the Temple University Performing Arts Center on May 20, 2019.


School Participation

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.

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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.