Theatre Under the Stars

Tommy Tune Awards

MISSION 
Theatre Under The Stars, Houston’s non-profit home for musical theatre, is dedicated to enriching lives through innovative musical theatre, inclusive educational curriculums and dynamic community engagement. 


VALUES 

  • WE ARE ENGAGING
  • WE ARE INCLUSIVE
  • WE ARE COLLABORATIVE
  • WE ARE RESILIENT
  • WE ARE TRANSPARENT
  • WE ARE INSPIRED

TOMMY TUNE AWARDS 

The Tommy Tune Awards (TTA) Program celebrates the educational value, artistry and community of high school musical theatre in the Greater Houston Area. 

Education: No matter the role in the creative process, experiences in the arts cultivate confidence, spark creative thinking, and inspire life-long learning. 

Artistry: The arts are a safe haven for exploration, reflection, and innovation. TTA is as an opportunity for students and educators to share their creative accomplishments as individuals, collaborators and members of the greater Houston community. 

Community: We believe in the power of learning, collaborating, and growing together. As we celebrate shared experiences of this transformative artform, we as an artistic and educational community enhance the future of our students, our art, and our city. 

Houston area high schools produce a full-length musical to compete in over 15 TTA categories. Each school is adjudicated by a team of volunteer Mentors, professional Houston-based music/theatre artists, based on a 100-point scale rubric. This process runs October to March with top scorers receiving nominations (announced mid-March). Finally, after a rehearsal period involving TTA nominees along with two student representatives from each school, a virtual awards show will be presented to the community in celebration of the participant’s artistic accomplishments. 

  • Monday, August 8, 2022: Tommy Tune Awards School Applications Open
  • Friday, August 12, 2022: Tommy Tune Awards Mentor Applications Open
  • Friday, September 2, 2022: Tommy Tune Awards School Applications Close 
  • Wednesday, September 7, 2022: Tommy Tune Awards School Director’s Meeting
  • Friday, September 9, 2022: Official Tommy Tune Awards School Announcement
  • Monday, August 8, 2022: Tommy Tune Awards School Applications Open
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022: Tommy Tune Awards Mentor Training (6-8 p.m.)
  • Monday, October 3, 2022: Tommy Tune Award Adjudication Starts
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023: Tommy Tune Awards School Director’s Meeting #2
  • Sunday, April 3, 2023: Tommy Tune Award Adjudication Closes
  • Friday, April 7, 2023: Tommy Tune Award Nominees Announced
  • Friday, April 14, 2023: Tommy Tune Award Information Due
  • Monday, April 24, 2023: Tommy Tune Rehearsals (5-9 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2023: Tommy Tune Rehearsals (5-9 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2023: Tommy Tune Rehearsals (5-9 p.m.)
  • Thursday, April 27, 2023: Tommy Tune Rehearsals (5-9 p.m.)
  • Friday, April 28, 2023: Tommy Tune Rehearsals (5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, April 29, 2023: Tommy Tune Rehearsals (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2023: Tommy Tune Tech #1
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2023: Tommy Tune Tech #2
  • Thursday, May 4, 2023: Tommy Tune Ceremony

TTA MASTERCLASS SERIES 
Throughout the year, masterclass opportunities with Theatre Under The Stars mainstage productions will be offered for students participating in Tommy Tune Awards. These masterclasses will vary in genre depending on show and artist.

  • Friday, September 16, 2022: TTA Masterclass Series (5-6 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 21, 2022: TTA Masterclass Series (5-6 p.m.)
  • Friday, February 3, 2023: TTA Masterclass Series (5-6 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2023: TTA Masterclass Series (5-6 p.m.) 

Theatre Under The Stars acts as the administrative body of the Tommy Tune Awards, coordinating school and adjudicating schedules, facilitating the scholarship award process, and producing the awards show.