About Our Program
The New Mexico High School Musical Theatre Awards recognizes individual and communal artistry in performance, and honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to performing arts education. We present these talented young performers with a unique opportunity to advance their education and careers in musical theatre, all while supporting the inclusion of musical theatre performance specifically and drama generally in our state's high schools.
High school musical theatre helps students succeed academically, individually and socially. All our children should have the opportunity to participate in a theater program in their high school.
If you support our work, please make a contribution. Your donation will make a significant difference for high school drama programs in New Mexico.
Integrity & Diversity
A Statement and a Commitment.
Black lives matter.
In theater, words are actions and actions bring about change and growth. By declaring that Black lives matter, we verbalize an understanding that before this moment Black lives have not mattered, or not mattered enough. Our statement moves us forward, opens us up to learning how we can be better, and propels us to better actions informed by those words. As we speak these words, “Black lives matter,” we emphatically join a growing chorus of voices committed to achieving a just ending. Join with us. Sing it, say it, mean it: Black lives matter, in every story we tell, in every word and intention, in every action of our lives. Then Black lives matter will not just be words in action, they will be a goal attained.
The following statement from the Jimmy Awards details how our awards program works with gender identification.
“For the purposes of the NHSMTA program, students are adjudicated in the category corresponding to their gender identification, not the gender of the role that they played. Students identifying as non-binary or gender-fluid may choose to either select the category in which they wish to be adjudicated (regardless of the gender of the role) OR they may be adjudicated based on the gender of the role they played. All casting or script change requests for performances in the NHSMTA program must be approved beforehand. The regional awards program should be prepared to submit proof of approval from the show’s licensing organization.”
New Mexico High School Musical Theatre Awards, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, EIN 81-5441467.
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Board of Directors
Robb Anthony Sisneros
Terry S. Davis
Laura A. Maness