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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.

Our Mission:

The Philadelphia Independence Awards celebrates regional high school musical theater and its student artists by providing rigorous development for existing high school theater programs, promoting diverse elements of the professional theater community, and fostering support for under-resourced school theater programs. Achieving these measures requires:
  1. Recruiting professional and community theater artists, theater educators, and theater/music graduate students to provide intensive, focused, and custom feedback to directors on their productions from which they may develop their respective programs.
  2. Offering free workshops to students of participating schools on a wide-range of theater opportunities, both on and off the stage.
  3. Hosting an awards ceremony for the principal purpose of recognizing outstanding achievements in high school theater, thereby cultivating community, collaboration, discipline, and artistic excellence.
  4. Fundraising for under-resourced school theater programs in any stage of its development.

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.

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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.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Guiding Principles

We commit to embracing policies, practices, and decision-making that lead to an environment that is welcoming and accessible to all – students, artists, audiences, and Board members.