Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards

The Heller Awards for Young Artists

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).

Austin’s own Tony Awards

For the past 7 years, the program has evaluated school musicals in 15 categories, presenting the nominees at a March event and concluding with a Tony-Award style red carpet ceremony in April. Interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 HAYA ceremony creatively pivoted to a virtual show, still highlighting the hard work of Austin’s schools, educators, and students. 

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

For the 2020-21 school year, the entire program has been revamped! With differing levels of ability and capacity to produce musicals safely across the Greater Austin area, the usual competition between schools has been eliminated this year as we celebrate, honor, and support whatever schools are able to present. Instead, schools can participate by producing anything that combines song, dance, and storytelling! Also new is a student competition created specifically for this year, which will allow students to work independently or as a virtual team to create content in various categories, proudly representing their school programs. 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

  • All public and private, and accredited charter high schools in Travis, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson Counties. 
  • Schools must produce something related to Musical Theatre with their students and submit 1-5 minutes of video content. 
  • There is no cost to participate in the program. 

HOW HAS THIS PROGRAM HELPED ARTS EDUCATION?

This program is so good, check it out. Are you an educator? Learn more here. 

  • NATIONAL RECOGNITION
  • RAISING THE BAR
  • BUILDING COMMUNITY
  • ADMINISTRATIVE AWARENESS & SUPPORT
  • PHYSICAL AWARDS
  • PERFORM FOR THOUSANDS OF FANS – EITHER IN PERSON or DIGITALLY
  • WORKSHOPS/MASTER CLASSES

HAYA 2020-21 STUDENT COMPETITION CATEGORIES

  • Solo Musical Theatre
  • Group, Edited Musical Theatre
  • Original Song
  • Theatre Innovation
  • Performance Wild Card
  • Sold Technical Theatre Design
  • Group Technical Theatre Design

Select Ensemble

This prestigious group of students is chosen by audition only. The Select Ensemble are the featured performers at the nomination event, throughout the evening of the awards ceremony, and at various events throughout the year. Learn more about Select Ensemble.


Awards Ceremony

The 2020-21 ceremony will take place. It may be live. It may be virtual. It may be a hybrid. We will share more information as it become available. In the meantime, please enjoy last year's ceremony and relive some of our favorite memories!


Educator Resources

Workshops, Guest Lectures, & Community Building programs for all arts educators in the Greater Austin Area. Focused on adapting to and meeting the moment we're in, and how to create art moving forward.


Participating School Resources

Information on the various aspects of participation as well as important links, resources, and documents for students and directors.


Support the Program

Support this far reaching, life-changing program that has a community impact of over 40,000 people and directly impacts nearly 5,000 students at over 30 schools in 13 districts.