Spotlight Student & Educator Information

Student Opportunities

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Critical Review applications open now

Become a critic! Apply for Critical Review to get the chance to attend and review Broadway shows, plus to engage with theater and journalism professionals for workshops and events. Applications are due Monday, September 27.

See the calendar of events below for additional upcoming opportunities.


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 SpotlightEducation@HennepinTheatreTrust.org 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 theatre programs and students across the state of Minnesota, Spotlight  will be offering a tiered system of participation. As of fall 2019, Spotlight  schools will 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 2018-2019 Director’s Handbook provides the most up-to-date information about Spotlight Education, including processes, fees, deadlines and key events occurring across the 2018-2019 season. The content is intended for theatre directors and their creative teams at both current and prospective Spotlight schools.

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