The Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award Presented by The ASCAP Foundation and the Educational Theatre Association

Stephen Schwartz
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The Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award Presented by The ASCAP Foundation and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) recognizes the highest level of achievement for an outstanding middle or high school musical theater teacher. Any currently active middle or high school theatre teacher who produces musicals is eligible.

Candidates are nominated by themselves or by a student, peer or a principal (excluding family members), with the submission of a nomination form. Nominees will be evaluated on the quality of work in their program which will include a description of up to five hundred (500) words of the Nominee’s program and career accomplishments and a 3-minute video highlighting their impact  on students and colleagues, career accomplishments (productions, festivals, one-act competitions, successful alumni etc.), and their influence beyond the school. Nominations open February 23 and will be due by April 1. Visit https://edta.secure-platform.com/a/page/edtaawards/schwartzaward for complete criteria. 

Applications are evaluated by a distinguished panel of Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) award-winning teachers, EdTA leaders, musical theatre industry professionals, and representatives of The ASCAP Foundation.

Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for the current Broadway smash hit Wicked as well as Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show and The Bakers Wife. Schwartz has also worked in motion pictures, collaborating with composer Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He wrote music and lyrics for the Academy Award-winning film The Prince of Egypt. In addition to his awards, Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 


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