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STARS Awards
What Are the STARS AWARDS?
STARS Awards

Our Fourth Annual Student Theatre Arts Recognition Scholarship Program presented by the STARS Awards Inc. (501c3). Patterned after the Tony Awards the STARS Awards is a Scholarship Recognition Awards Program with No Fees to Participating High Schools. Our STARS Awards Sponsors make this program possible.

The mission of the STARS Awards is to recognize and celebrate the talented theatre students across the Town of Brookhaven, Long Island, to encourage them to pursue their dreams, and to stimulate local interest while developing an understanding of the value of theatre education in a well rounded school curriculum. We strive to raise the bar on theatre education by encouraging increased attendance and community pride at our school productions, much like school sports organizations. One student aptly described theatre as their "sport," and we look at the STARS Awards as the "playoffs".

Qualified judges attend plays at the participating high schools in the Town of Brookhaven and using an adapted rubric as an evaluation tool, score students on a variety of skills. The top scoring students are announced as the nominees, who attend a Gala STARS Awards Ceremony, where the winners are announced and presented with an Elegant Etched Glass Award and Scholarships.

High Schools in the STARS Awards coverage area are: Rocky Point, Mount Sinai, Miller Place, Port Jefferson, Three Village, Selden, Centereach, Comsewogue, Sachem North, Sachem East, Longwood and William Floyd. (We will accept any High School on Long Island). Reaching over 250,000 residents in the Town of Brookhaven with the estimated audience reach of 1000 per school show.

Highest scoring students are nominees; highest scoring student in each category is the winner in categories of drama, comedy and musical. Others include choreography, set design, lighting design, poster art, and recognition of stage managers.

"Innovations in Theatre Education," a prestigious award goes to one school each year that goes above and beyond the usual high school play, offering challenges and opportunities to students in the arts. 2008 Winner of the Innovations in Theatre Education was Ward Melville High School, the 2009 & 2010 Winner of the Innovations in Theatre Education was William Floyd High School.

In May, nominees & their families attend a Nominee Congratulatory Dinner celebrating the nominees.

In June, nominees & their families attend a Red Carpet, Black Tie Gala STARS Awards Ceremony at the SHEA THEATRE sponsored with our partner Suffolk County Community College ~ each nominee walks across the stage and receives recognition, a gift bag, and a certificate, each winner is announced and presented with an Elegant Etched Glass Award and Scholarships.

Currently the STARS Awards offer $250 Scholarships to our winners (no expiration, paid directly to any Arts Education institution and/or educator). In addition to the STARS Awards Scholarship, the winner has the opportunity of a matching Scholarship from Stony Brook University (no expiration, however, you must attend Stony Brook University to take advantage of this Scholarship) and a matching Scholarship from Dowling College (no expiration, however, you must attend Dowling College to take advantage of this Scholarship). The amount of funds we raise annually determines the size of the scholarships we are able to offer.

Just like the TONY AWARDS, we have performances throughout the STARS Awards Ceremony. The honor of being awarded one of these five stand alone performance slots are hand selected and awarded to performances seen by the Judges throughout the year. The judges award the five slots to those outstanding moments that represent entertaining performances. Certainly it is a hard job to narrow down the outstanding performances to five.

If you would like your school to participate in our Student Theatre Arts Scholarship Recognition Awards Program, please contact us or have your administration contact us. There is no fee to participate.

To participate all your administration has to do is send an email indicating your school choosepate, and agree to three qualifications: The HS Performance Playbills/Programs must display a PDF Ad (Ad provided by STARS Awards) - describing our program and thanking our Sponsors. If there is a pre show speech must include information about the STARS Awards (text provided by STARS Awards) Must supply tickets to the show for the judges. Must provide information for each show by submitting a School Participation Application Form.

We can't do this alone! - We need Your Help! Please consider becoming a supporter and/or sponsor of this unique STARS Awards Program. We accept contributions of products, services, scholarships, grants, and of course monetary support of any amount. Please go to our SPONSORSHIP link, Print and submit completed forms or for more information, please contact: Lori Anne De Iulio Casdia, Executive Director, STARS Awards, LoriAnne@Stars-Awards.com email : LoriAnne@Stars-Awards.com

Theatre arts develop in students many important life skills and qualities: Communication Skills, Self Esteem, Teamwork, Improvisational Skills, Common Sense and Creative Problem Solving

Understanding its importance to an academic curriculum, The New York State Education Department has added Theatre Arts to its Learning Standards.

"The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose -- and is a test of the quality of a nation's civilization." ~ John F. Kennedy

"The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life." ~ Oscar Wilde

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt