2017 Shuler Hensley Awards

Shuler Awards® 2021-22

Note: In an effort to prioritize the safety of our participants and all involved in the 2022 Shulers, all information that follows is subject to change by ArtsBridge Foundation should any COVID-related issue arise that would make change necessary for any reason.


Frequently Asked Questions  (as of July 21, 2021)


Q: Are the 2022 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards® still taking place this year?

A: Yes. We are thrilled to announce that the 2022 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards -- aka The Shulers -- will be taking place in-person on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA.


Q: Will the adjudication process be fully in-person or some kind of hybrid process this year?

A: The adjudication process will be returning to a fully in-person process for the 2021-2022 season.


Q: How can I learn more about this year’s program?

A: We are hosting a Pre-Registration Virtual Town Hall on Monday, August 2nd, 2021, at 5:00pm EST via zoom in order to provide information and answer questions about the 2021-2022 Shuler season.

Additional updates will appear on the ArtsBridge website and ArtsBridge social media platforms.


Q: How do I register to attend the Pre-registration Virtual Town Hall on Monday, August 2nd?

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 Virtual 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 2022 Shulers?

A: No, however it is HIGHLY recommended that you either attend or watch the Pre-registration Virtual Town Hall prior to registering for this year’s Shulers. It will allow directors, schools, and/or programs to understand, prior to registering, any updates and/or changes that have been made to accommodate this year’s Shulers.


Q: When does the registration for the 2022 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards program open?

A: The registration will open on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 5:00pm.


Q: Where do I register for the 2022 Shulers?

A: More detailed information about where to register will be available on the ArtsBridge website as the Monday, August 30, 2021 registration date gets closer. Participants will register through the online platform called Acceptd.


Q: What is the earliest date that a school can register for the 2021-22 Shulers program?

A: Monday, August 30 at 5:00pm.


Q: Is there a cost to register for the 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: What forms of payment can a participating Shuler school use to pay the $200 registration fee?

A: Credit card or check. 


Q: If the show that my school would like to produce this year is not listed on the 2021 Jimmy’s Qualifying Roles and Show’s list is there anything that I, as a director, can do?

A: Yes. Working together with Angela Farr Schiller, the Director of Arts Education, you can fill out an official appeals form and request a new show submission to be added to the list. The Broadway League/Jimmy’s Appeals Review Committee meets once a quarter. If a school would like to submit an appeal, please contact Angela directly at afarrschiller@artsbridgega.org.

It is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that they submit an appeal as soon as possible, to ensure a timely response (especially since the appeals board only meets once a quarter and it can take weeks/months to receive an official result.


Q: Can I, as a director, and my team set up a time to ask further questions with an ArtsBridge staff member about the 2021-2022 Shulers?

A: Yes, a director and their team may set up a 30 minute session with our Director of Arts Education, Angela Farr Schiller, in order to talk further and in more detail about the 2021-2022 Shulers. You can request a session via email at education@artsbridgega.org.


Q: Are there any save-the-dates that I should know about?

A: Yes.

The registration fee due date is Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 3:00pm.

The Registered Director's Virtual Town Hall is Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 5:00pm. Your fee will need to be paid in order to be considered fully registered and to attend the Registered Director's Virtual Town Hall.


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

A: You can send any additional questions to our program coordinator, Elliott Folds, at efolds@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 410,000 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, 2019 and 2020 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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