Triple Threat and Jimmy Awards Auditions

Important Dates

All Students interested in being involved must be available for the following dates:

May 7 – Live Auditions

May 12 – Callbacks

June 3-12 – Showcase Rehearsals & Events

June 18-26 – New York City

Please reach out to Ari Koehnen Sweeney if you have any questions.

2018 Triple Threat Live Auditions

Evie Bair
Jack Bechard
Rachael Bernstein
Bella Blackshaw
Evan Blesener
Piper Bruce
Aliyah Busselberg
Myia Butler
Laura Carlson
Britta Cowan
Antonio De La Vega
Ella Dolynchuk
William Dusek
Timothy Edwards
Cullin Egge
Johanna Engebretson
RoRo Germ
Jackson Grove
Jonah Harrison
Chloe Hart
Meghan Hayes
Courtney Helgemo
Emily Hensley
Luke Henson
Samantha Irvin

Greta Jacobson
Emily Kjenaas
Emily Lein
Danielle Lo
Sisloob Lo
Ava Molzen
Aiyana Moore
Alex Moronge
Mila New
Ileri Okikiolu
Camryn Peirce
Grace Renstrom
Gabriella Rongstad
Nathan Rowbotham
David Safris-Fuentes
Lauren Senden
Mitchell Shaw
Jillian Sjoquist
Katrina Soholt
Will Sutherland
Amanda Tahnk-Johnson
Christian Tesch
Cassidy Thompson
Benjamin Valerius
Mason Wold
Gabriel Woodard

Triple Threat

At Spotlight Showcase, the finalist perform live and four winners are recognized. The honorees receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York in late June, where they attend Broadway shows, meet with industry professionals and participate in workshops to hone their triple threat skills. This Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience is presented by Sun Country Airlines, taking place Wednesday June 20th – Tuesday, June 26th.

Jimmy Awards

Two students from the Triple Threat finalists will be chosen to go to New York to participate in The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (the Jimmy® Awards) – a national celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance and elevating the importance of theatre arts education in schools. Taking place Monday, June 18 – Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Spotlight Education is honored to send six students to New York City to experience unique professional opportunities.

Portfolio Information

Students interested in participating in the Triple Threat and Jimmy Award process must submit a portfolio with the information below. Please look carefully at the dates and times. Finalists MUST be available for all performances and rehearsals.

Portfolio Requirements: 

  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Leadership Essay
    • 1-2 pages describing your high school musical theatre experience and how you’ve displayed talent, leadership and community through your artistic work. Be sure to include any of your experiences with Spotlight Education.
  • Video Submissions Not to exceed 5 minutes. Please include:
    • 2-3 min: Two contrasting songs with piano accompaniment
    • 1 min Monologue
    • A clip of you performing provided dance combination (See website)

*The Spotlight Triple Threat award recipients will be presented to students who not only have talent for singing, dancing and acting, but who also show leadership ability and efforts to better their community through their art. 

* Your director will also be asked to provide a reference should you advance to the live audition.

Portfolio Choreography

Find the music here.


Submission period

Window Opens: 10:00A Monday, March 12th

Window Closes: 11:59P Friday, April 20th

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy ® Awards)

Spotlight Education is proud to once again participant in the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) program. Outstanding Lead Performer recipients are eligible to audition to be one of two participants, one actor & one actress, sent to New York City for nationals. The week-long experience includes rehearsals, master classes, private coaching and interviews with theater professionals leading up to the live awards show where the Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress are presented.

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (the Jimmy® Awards) are a national celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance and elevating the importance of theatre arts education in schools. The Jimmy Awards are presented by The Broadway League Foundation.

Auditions: To be considered for the Jimmy Awards, students must participate in the Triple Threat audition process.

Who’s eligible?

  • Receive an Outstanding Lead Performer Award in the 2017-18 season. Find qualifying roles here.
  • Nominees must be conflict free and available for all days during NHSMTA week of Monday, June 18 – Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

There is no financial obligation for the students who are chosen to travel to nationals. All travel, accommodation, and food costs will be paid for by NHSMTA and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

The Jimmy® Awards/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (NHSMTA) program impacts more than 100,000 students who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of Touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. Presented by the Broadway League Foundation, the program sends a Best Actress and Best Actor winner from each of these competitions to New York for a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only talent showcase on Broadway. Named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the program has been the catalyst for more than $2,000,000 in educational scholarships. The tenth annual Jimmy® Awards will take place on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Coaching and rehearsals for this one-of-a-kind event will be held Monday, June 18, 2018 through Monday, June 25, 2018 in New York City. For more information, please visit