2017 Shuler Hensley Awards

Shuler Awards 2021: Our Path Forward TOGETHER!

Even in this unprecedented time full of unforeseen challenges, TOGETHER we will meet our mission of “celebrating excellence in high school musical theatre.” 

In the interest of sharing updates with answers, sensitivity and transparency, we’re posting this additional information about this year’s Shuler Awards competition and our path forward for the weeks ahead. We’ve heard from many voicing messages of support and/or questions. Presented below are some of the most common inquiries received by our team, as well as answers for our path ahead. 

We invite you to please share additional questions, feedback and concerns via email to the ArtsBridge team at education@artsbridgega.org. 

Warm regards,

Jennifer D. Dobbs, Executive Director 


Frequently Asked Questions  (Updates as of September 19, 2020)


Q: Are 2021 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards still taking place this year?

A: We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards-aka The Shulers-will be taking place in the spring of 2021. Due to an abundance of caution and consideration around Covid-19, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards (including the full adjudication process) will, for this year only, be fully virtual. Our goal is to be live and in person again in 2022.

Q: If the Shulers are going to be fully online this year, how will the program work?

A: We are hosting a pre-registration town hall on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5pm EST from 5-6pm via zoom in order to answer questions about the fully updated all virtual 2020-2021 Shuler season.

Q: How do I register to attend the pre-registration town hall on Monday, October 5th? 

A: To register for the pre-registration town hall click here: https://forms.gle/Bb7HWzK5EiNW4KyL7

Q: What if I am not able to attend the pre-registration town hall? Will it be available to watch after this date?

A: Yes, we will post the town hall on the ArtsBridge website.

Q: Do I need to attend the town hall in order to register for the all virtual 2021 Shulers?

A: No, however it is HIGHLY recommended that you either attend or watch the pre-registration town hall prior to registering for this year’s Shulers. It will allow directors, schools, and/or programs to understand-prior to registering- the significant updates and/or changes that have been made to accommodate an all virtual program.

Q: Will the program be virtual from now on?

A: No. The virtual Shulers is a direct response to covid-19 precautions and is only for season 2020-2021. Our goal is to be live and in person for the 2021-2022 season, if that is feasible.

Q: When does the registration for the 2021 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards program open?

A: The registration will open on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5pm and will remain open to the first 75 registrants. At that time, we will begin a waitlist.

Q: Where do I register for the 2021 Shulers?

A: More detailed information about where to register will be available on the ArtsBridge website as the Monday, November 2, 2020 registration date gets closer. Participants will register through the online platform called Acceptd.

Q: Is there a cost to register for Shulers?

A: The registration cost is $200. We are happy to announce that we were able to keep the registration costs the same as last year without any increases.

Q: What does this $200 registration fee cover?

A: The registration fee covers the cost to use the online administrative platform Acceptd.

Q: If I have additional questions after the town hall where can I ask follow up questions?

A: You can send any additional questions to education@artsbridgega.org.

And finally, love what we’re doing? Learn more about how to support ArtsBridge Foundation and the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards - Shuler Hensley Awards at ArtsBridgeGA.org/get-involved/


Q: What are the Shuler Hensley Awards/Shuler Awards? 

A: Presented as the Shuler Hensley Awards and known as “The Shuler Awards” or “Shulers,” the education program is named for the Atlanta-born star of the stage and screen who typically emcees an annual ceremony in the tradition of the Tony Awards.  Nominees and winners are recognized as the best of the state’s high school musical theatre students and schools of the academic year, with two winners—best actress and actor—typically progressing to represent Georgia nationally in New York in June. However, the Jimmy Awards will be completely virtual this year. Like the Jimmy Awards, the 2020-2021 Shuler Awards adjudication process and ceremony will be completely virtual. Due to the Shuler Awards being reimagined as a fully virtual production, the awards broadcast will be held in May. 

Q: What are the competition categories?

A: Fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, this year’s Shuler Award high schools and their students will competed in various categories. The main objectives of the program are to increase awareness, advocacy and support for Georgia’s arts education programs, to develop and foster growing talent by providing learning and performance opportunities, and cultivating/nurturing productive relationships among Georgia’s promising thespians and educators. The Shuler Award categories include direction, music direction, orchestra, choreography, featured performer, ensemble, overall production, scenic design, costumes, and best performances by a leading actress, actor, supporting actress or supporting actor.

Q: Who are the sponsors?

A: Sponsors of the Shuler Awards have included the Atlanta Braves Foundation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Delta Community Credit Union, Deloitte, John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Georgia Lottery, Jimmy and Helen Carlos, Shan Cooper and Tyler Perry Studios. A full list of sponsors is available online at ArtsBridgeGA.org/our-supporters/partnerships. We are thankful for the generosity of our financial supporters who recognize the importance and educational value of the Shuler Awards program. Additional corporate donations or private contributions to the Shuler Awards are appreciated and may be submitted online at ArtsBridgeGA.org/get-involved/donate.

Q: What is ArtsBridge Foundation?

A: ArtsBridge Foundation is dedicated to providing quality arts education and community programs that engage, motivate, inspire, and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters. ArtsBridge provides arts education opportunities to K-12 students through programs at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, including field trips, professional development, family programs, and the annual Shuler Awards. Since 2007, ArtsBridge has served more than 380,000 students and educators from 67 Georgia counties, plus students from five bordering states. ArtsBridge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ArtsBridge Foundation and GPB-TV’s live broadcast of The Shulers won the Southeast Emmy® Award in 2018 and 2019 for special event live coverage, indicative of the superb quality and high production value Georgia students bring at show time. To learn more visit ArtsBridgeGA.org. 


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