The second largest program of its kind in the country, the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards recognize artistic and educational achievements of North Texas students and their high school programs. Productions are evaluated by a panel of judges who are working professionals in entertainment ,acting, music, dance, production design, theater education, arts administration or  talent representation/management.

Awards are presented in sixteen categories and scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating seniors who are nominated by their teachers and selected by the DSM scholarship committee. The Best Actor & Actress winners receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City where they represent DSM HSMTA in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards) at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway.

The spectacular 2018 DSM Awards ceremony was held Thursday, May 17 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.



Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards Best Actor and Actress attend The Jimmy Awards in New York City and perform on a Broadway stage.

DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards was graciously founded by:

Leah & Jerry Fullinwider


“I was blown away by the talent pool of young actors in Texas!
This program is a strong stepping stone that shines a light on our future stars.
DSM is pretty much the Super Bowl for for Texas Musical Theatre.”
-Zach Woodlee, Choreographer (Glee, Hairspray, Step Up)

“DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards have done an incredible job of encouraging support for the theater arts, building bridges between communities, creating opportunities and helping theater kids feel like the stars they are in a dazzling annual show that honors teachers and parents as well.”
-Nancy Churnin, The Dallas Morning News

“The level of commitment by Dallas Summer Musicals to support and showcase the extraordinary talents of high schoolers is unmatched. They are helping dreams come true for young people who aspire to have a career in the arts. It’s amazing to witness first hand.”
-Ron Corning, News Anchor for WFAA-TV

Judging Criteria

The objective of the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards program is to create visibility for high school arts programs and generate an event that builds community while celebrating excellent work by teachers and students.

How well you are meeting or exceeding your potential. Judges are not competing schools against each other, but rather are challenging schools to create the best possible work they can in their unique circumstances.

As an example, assume that School A is producing their first musical, has a $500 budget, and one teacher is doing everything. Also assume that School B has done musicals for years, has a budget of $10,000, and tremendous support from the school and the principal. If School A makes really good choices in terms of the show, the casting, and the design plus creates a strong theatrical experience, their production will more than likely be scored high because the judges perceive that they are meeting or exceeding their fullest potential. If School B has bigger, flashier sets and costumes, strong singers, and a full orchestra it could still score lower than School A, if the judges do not perceive that School B is meeting or exceeding its fullest potential. If comparing the two schools to each other, some audience members may have an opinion that the work by School B is “better” than School A, but judges are charged to not compare schools. Rather, they assess a production’s overall quality as it pertains each individual school’s ability to do their best work possible.

Please Note: All judges must be fluent in Microsoft Word and have an e-mail address to receive communications and submit performance reports as attachments. Only applicants with computer literacy and internet access will be considered.

DSM seeks highly qualified entertainment industry judges with backgrounds in professional performance, design, direction, music, choreography, management/representation, arts administration, education. If you think you qualify and would like to pay forward by volunteering your time and sharing your experience and expertise, follow the link below to submit an application for consideration.
Would you like to be a judge?

CLICK HERE to apply!

All tabulations are tallied for Dallas Summer Musicals by the independent accounting firm of Grant-Thornton, LLC., the official accounting firm for the Tony® Awards on Broadway.