The Philadelphia Independence Awards (PIA) presented a $3000 grant to Frankford High School, a public school in the Philadelphia School District, to support their performing arts department's annual musical...
Frankford High School Musical "All Set" With Support of the Philadelphia Independence Awards
2024 Free Workshop Day Registration NOW OPEN!
Happy New Year! We are excited to announce our fourth annual FREE high school theater Workshop Day! Please see the registration document for workshops offered this year. Workshop Day will take place on Saturday, January 27 from 9am-noon at the Kimmel Cultural Campus. Student check-in will begin at 8:30am. All students MUST pre-register, as spaces for certain workshops are limited. This year we have more focused workshops on writing and development of material in addition to marketing consultation opportunities and traditional performance workshops.
Free Workshop Day 2024!
The Philadelphia Independence Awards is proud to announce that our 4th annual FREE HIGH SCHOOL THEATER WORKSHOP DAY will take place on Saturday, January 27 from 9am-noon at the Kimmel Cultural Campus! We are in the process of gathering workshops. Registration will be required and will open in a few weeks (I will communicate once it is open). You may send as many students as you like. We heard feedback from last year, and this year we will have a projections workshop sponsored by The University of the Arts along with another improv workshop sponsored by the Paper Doll Ensemble! Additionally, we will host a musical theater songwriting workshop!
2023 Call for Adjudicators
The Philadelphia Independence Awards, Philly's nonprofit awards program dedicated to celebrating high school musical theater, seeks Adjudicators for its 2023-24 season. Serving as a Philadelphia Independence Awards adjudicator is an excellent opportunity for educators (or future educators), actors, technicians, production staff, musicians, and/or graduate theater/music/arts education students.
2023 Call for Schools
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. Pennsylvania schools on the immediate border of the radius may apply for an exemption for this rule. Scholarships may be available for schools with severely limited budgets by request from the Director.
2023 Philadelphia Independence Awards Winners Announced
The Temple University Performing Arts Center was home to the 5th annual Philadelphia Independence Awards for High School Theater. On this night, twenty-one schools concluded their theater season in grand style. Hosted by Rick Williams and Jenny Lee Stern, 27 awards were presented and nine schools performed. Congratulations to the winners and to all of the schools involved!