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CAPA Marquee Awards Presented by AEP Foundation

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) is committed to celebrating, supporting, and advocating for high school musical theatre education throughout central Ohio. 

The 2023 CAPA Marquee Awards will take place at the Ohio Theatre on Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 pm! Tickets are on sale now: click here to view the CAPA Marquee Awards website.


Through CAPA’s standing as a member of the Broadway League, Columbus is an official Regional Awards Program of The Jimmy Awards®/National High School Musical Theatre Awards®. CAPA sponsors the prestigious national program for high school musical theatre students through its local awards program—the CAPA Marquee Awards.

To be considered for participation in the CAPA Marquee Awards presented by American Electric Power Foundation, schools must submit an online application, and present a full-length musical from a list of Jimmy® Awards-approved productions between October 13, 2022 - April 15, 2023. Schools accepted into the program will be eligible for awards in the following categories:

Best Musical Production
Best Actor in a Leading Role

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Direction
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Outstanding Dance Execution

Outstanding Student Orchestra
Outstanding Technical Execution
Outstanding Student Designer

Backstage Excellence Award
National Student Reporter

Three adjudicators from the CAPA Marquee Awards program attend a performance of each participating school’s qualifying musical theatre production to evaluate nominated students/productions and provide valuable written feedback to the production’s cast, crew, and creative team. 

Each year, the culminating event of the CAPA Marquee Awards is an Awards Showcase which gives students from ALL participating high schools the chance to perform at a professional venue and work with a team of theatre and music professionals.

Click here to view the Highlights of our 2022 CAPA Marquee Awards!

On May 25, the 2023 CAPA Marquee Awards will announce the winners of each category at a student showcase event at the Ohio Theatre. Modeled after the Tony® Awards, the CAPA Marquee Awards showcase will include live performances from the nominees for Best Musical Production, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Actress in a Leading Role, as well as opening and closing numbers that incorporate nominated students from all participating high schools.

Students selected as Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role will be designated as official Jimmy® Award nominees and will receive a CAPA-sponsored trip to attend “Jimmy’s Week” in New York City, a training intensive with theatre professionals and industry experts and will compete on the national level for the 2023 Jimmy Awards® for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.

View the 2022 Winners

Students in the program also participate in professional theatre education activities throughout the school year. When Broadway tours come to Columbus, we connect students with Broadway professionals through free master classes. In addition, local and regional artists teach a series of free workshops covering a wide range of performance and technical topics for students to hone their craft and strengthen their skills.

CAPA would like to recognize the following award sponsors for the 2022 Marquee program – AEP Foundation, Danbert, Inc., White Castle, Johnson Investment Counsel, Denison University, The DiMarco Family Fund of The Columbus Foundation, The Pam and Jack Beeler Family Fund of The Columbus Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Mary Beth and Luke McCormick, Huntington, and Liz Riley.

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship of this program, please reach out to Barbara Markus at bmarkus@capa.com or 614-719-6702.

CAPA Marquee Awards Website