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:
- 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.
- Offering free workshops to students of participating schools on a wide-range of theater opportunities, both on and off the stage.
- Hosting an awards ceremony for the principal purpose of recognizing outstanding achievements in high school theater, thereby cultivating community, collaboration, discipline, and artistic excellence.
- Fundraising for under-resourced school theater programs in any stage of its development.