Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards

The Heller Awards for Young Artists (formerly known as GAHSMTA)

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE

Every year the Long Center brings together over thirty schools from our community to shine the spotlight on the hard work of thousands of students and teachers involved in arts education at the Heller Awards for Young Artists (formerly known as Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards).

WATCH THE 7TH ANNUAL GAHSMTA CEREMONY

RELIVE THE MAGIC

Austin’s own Tony Awards

Throughout the academic year, participating high school productions in the Greater Austin area vie for a coveted award as chosen by a panel of arts professionals, culminating in an awards ceremony where more than 500 high school students take to the Meredith Family Stage to perform in front of a sold-out audience and share of $35,000 in awards, scholarships, and grants.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS AND LONG CENTER MEMBERS

We’d like to thank our underwriters and Friends of Education for recognizing the importance of the HAYAs in our community. Without their support, none of this would be possible! See the official list here. 


Awards Ceremony

Relive the magic of the 7th Annual GAHSMTA Awards Ceremony on our YouTube channel.


Select Ensemble

This prestigious group of students is chosen by audition only. The Select Ensemble performs throughout the evening of the awards ceremony, and participates in exclusive opening and closing numbers designed specifically for the show. Learn more about Select ensemble.


Scholarship Program

The HAYAs awards scholarships to outstanding participating students. The Scholarship Committee thoroughly reviews all applications and selects award recipients. The scholarship award recipients are announced the evening of the awards ceremony. Learn more about this year's scholarships on the Scholarships Page.


Resources & Links

As you need to access the resources and links for the HAYAs, you can visit our Resources & Links page for details, information, rules, applications, and forms.


Volunteer

We are looking for able-bodied volunteers to help assemble swag bags, take pictures, or help with crowd control during this awesome awards ceremony. Each volunteer gets two free tickets to a show at the Long Center next season! All volunteers must be 18 or over.