Winners of the 2024 Marquee Awards! 

Outstanding Choreography Execution – Christian Academy of Knoxville, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

Outstanding Technical Execution – Knoxville Catholic High School, INTO THE WOODS

Outstanding Student Design – Carter High School, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

Outstanding Ensemble/Chorus – Bearden High School, THE MUSIC MAN

Outstanding Overall Musical – Oak Ridge High School, ANASTASIA

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Annika Kallstrom (South-Doyle High School) as Rosie in MAMMA MIA!

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Taylor Haun (Bearden High School) as Marcellus in THE MUSIC MAN

Outstanding Lead Actress – Norah Younger (Oak Ridge High School) as Lily in ANASTASIA

Outstanding Lead Actor – Max Mishler (Oak Ridge High School) as Dimitry in ANASTASIA

Inspiring Teacher – Clarissa Feldt (Maryville High School)

All-Star Cast Members – Eli Solomon (Bearden High School), Pierce McNew (Carter High School), Dalton Hensley (Christian Academy of Knoxville), Kaylee Koontz (Grace Christian Academy), Jenna Estes (Heritage High School), Adrianna Villarosa (Knoxville Catholic High School), Kyler Anderson (Maryville High School), Sarah Grace Chapman (Northview Academy, Lex Matthews (Oak Ridge High School), Lauren Glenn (South-Doyle High School)

All-Star Crew Members – Abigail Cade (Bearden High School), Jazz McInally (Carter High School), Anissa Dunaway (Christian Academy of Knoxville), Josiah Watson (Grace Christian Academy), Ethan Harrison (Heritage High School), Lucy Gray (Knoxville Catholic High School), Lola Cahoe (Maryville High School), Gracey Wilson (Northview Academy), Kiersten Collins (Oak Ridge High School), Jayden Drew (South-Doyle High School)


The Marquee Awards are dedicated to supporting the talents, education, and opportunities of high school theater students in East Tennessee to build a strong and inclusive theater community.

The program consists of three pieces:

  • Adjudication - A panel of knowledgeable theater lovers attend each school’s musical and provide feedback on the performance.
  • Nomination - Schools and individuals receive awards that honor achievements in performance, technical and creative categories, at an Awards Ceremony held at the Tennessee Theatre. Some nominees will also have the opportunity to perform at the Awards Ceremony.
  • Education - Partnering with Clarence Brown Theatre, nominees will participate in a day of workshops and masterclasses led by University of Tennessee artists and professors before attending the Awards Ceremony. Participating schools will also be the first to know about additional educational opportunities such as masterclasses and workshops.

The Tennessee Theatre’s membership in The Broadway League allows the two Marquee Award Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress winners to attend The Jimmy Awards®, a national celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance and elevating the importance of theater arts education in schools.

For more information about awards categories, adjudication rubrics, rules and regulations, and more, please visit the FAQs below. If you still have questions, please contact Mary Adkins

If you are a school interested in participating in the 2024-25 Marquee Awards, please contact Mary Adkins to be placed on our mailing list.

We are thankful to the following Partners

Tennessee Arts Commission

Arts & Culture Alliance

Knox County

Clarence Brown Theatre

Dept of Treasury

Interested in becoming a partner? Contact Nicki Collett for more information about sponsoring or supporting this event!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rules and regulations?

Rules and regulations can be found in the Participation Handbook linked above.

What categories will there be?

In addition to the required Outstanding Overall Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress, and Outstanding Lead Actor, we will nominate students for a variety of categories recognizing their accomplishments in performing, backstage work, set design, costume design, and more. View a full list of categories.

Are there any costs for schools or students to participate?

This program will be completely free for schools and students to participate. However, schools and/or students will be responsible for transportation and some meals on the ceremony day.

What if my school doesn't have a theater program?

At this time, only schools presenting full-length musicals on the Qualifying Shows and Roles List are able to participate.

Does our school have to perform a certain show to participate?

Each year, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards release a list of Qualifying Shows and Roles. While this list is updated each year, typically shows are added rather than removed. We will update the list for the 2024 Awards as soon as it is released.

How will the shows be adjudicated?

To keep the competition fair, judges are selected from outside resources and are not staff members of the hosting theater or organization. This provides a wonderful opportunity to encourage involvement from other cultural and educational institutions within our region. Our judges include educators (not high school level), theater professionals, board members, and other community members with a knowledge of and interest in musical theater. The commitment of these volunteers provides the schools with invaluable feedback about their performances, which can help them to improve each year.

The objective of this independent panel of judges is to provide a fair analysis of each school's performance, determine nominees and select winners in each category. Each judge will use a consistent rubric to evaluate shows.

How do the outstanding lead actor and actress nominations work?

One finalist from each school will be chosen in the categories of Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress and will participate in a second round of adjudication. These finalists must have performed roles from the National High School Musical Theatre Awards list of eligible shows and roles. At this audition, finalists will sing 16 bars from the eligible role that they performed during their school’s musical, as well as participate in a dance call for our panel of judges. Some Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress finalists may be asked to participate in these auditions as well if their role is eligible for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

My school is not located in Knoxville. Are we still eligible to participate?

Schools within a 2-hour driving distance of the Tennessee Theatre are eligible for participation. If you are not located within this radius, you can find other participating regional programs.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any other questions regarding The Marquee Awards, please contact Mary Adkins at madkins@tennesseetheatre.com.