Spotlight student and educator information

Student opportunities

Senior Day CelebrationStudents sign a poster during Senior Day 2019

Saturday, March 7, 2020
11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: celebration
3:30-4:30 p.m.: optional showcase choreography (senior number)
Hennepin Theatre Trust (900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis)

We want to thank you for being a leader in your high school musical theater community and a dedicated member of the Spotlight Education  family. To celebrate, we’re throwing you a party! Come join us for an afternoon of good food, good conversation and great opportunities.


Theater Latte Da Masterclass: La BohemeLa Boheme logo

Thursday, March 19, 2020
5 p.m.-end of show
The Ritz Theater (345 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Join Spotlight Education for our fourth and final masterclass of the season in our Theater Latte Da masterclass series! Students will have a masterclass with the cast members of La Boheme, have dinner, participate in a tour of the set and stage and receive a ticket to see the show. The cost of this masterclass is $25 (cash or check will be collected on the day of the masterclass). Click the link below to sign up.

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Hennepin Theatre Trust & JCC: An Inclusive Musical Theater Experience

Love to perform? Enjoy technical theater? Check out this opportunity!

Expand your skills. Broaden your experience. Join us for Hennepin Theatre Trust & JCC: An Inclusive Musical Theater Experience. We’re looking for Spotlight students to work side by side with a group of adults with a variety of disabilities from Sabes JCC’s Inclusion program. Participate in a series of seven workshops and two short performances over six weeks — led by outstanding local theater professionals in voice, dance, acting and theater tech.

We had the privilege in 2019 to perform at Children’s Minnesota where our show was broadcast to patient rooms in the Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals, and we will return again this year.

Application deadline is extended: Apply today!

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Director opportunities

2019-2020 Spotlight Education  school registration

Spotlight Education  is now accepting school registration for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are new school interested in joining the program, please fill out this blank registration form and contact Spotlight Education  at for any questions. If you are a returning school, please email Spotlight Education  for your registration form.

Please note: To ensure that Spotlight Education  can continue to serve high school musical theater programs and students across the state of Minnesota, Spotlight  will be offering a tiered system of participation. As of fall 2019, Spotlight  schools have the opportunity to choose their level of involvement in the program at the time of registration. There are two different tracks – the production assessment track and the non-assessment track. Learn more about this change.

Director resources

Director’s handbook (PDF) – The Spotlight Education 2019-2020 director’s handbook provides the most up-to-date information about Spotlight Education, including processes, fees, deadlines and key events occurring across the 2019-2020 season. The content is intended for theater directors and their creative teams at both current and prospective Spotlight  schools.

Spotlight calendar of events (PDF) – Download the 2019-2020 Spotlight Education calendar of events with engagements through July 15, 2020.

Teacher speaking students gathered, standingSnipe image (JPG) – Acknowledge your school’s participation in Spotlight Education  in your production’s program.

General press release (DOCX) – A general information press release about Spotlight Education for your local media.

Honors press release (DOCX) – A template press release announcing your performance’s recognition from Spotlight Education.