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MVHSTA is on hiatus for the 2020-2021 Season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What does this mean?

Dayton Live is suspending the awards portion of the MVHSTA program. We will not be adjudicating school productions or training adjudicators this season.

Is my school still a “participating high school” based on this decision?

YES! All 24 schools registered in our 2019-2020 Season receive a complimentary registration as a 2020-2021 participating high school. You will have the opportunity to feature any work done this season in the 2021 MVHSTA May celebration, and you will not be asked to pay any fees this year.

What about The Jimmy Awards®?

The Broadway League has made the decision to hold The Jimmy Awards® virtually this year. Dayton Live’s MVHSTA program has been given permission to go on hiatus for the year and will be able to join again in fall 2021. Our participation in future Jimmy Awards® is not in jeopardy based on this decision.

Are the MVHSTAs going to do anything this year?

YES! Even though our awards component is on hiatus, the Dayton Live staff is planning a variety of experiences for our participating high schools in the spring including master classes, professional development for directors, and other activities.

In addition to these activities, we are also committed to our MVHSTA May celebration on social media featuring all of our schools, students, and productions. This year, we’re dedicated to finding even more ways to be celebrating you and your students.

What about the certificates, medals and trophies from the 2019-2020 Season?

We are currently working on printing all certificates for the award winners in the 2019-2020 Season. Those will be mailed sometime in early September. Due to the financial challenges of COVID-19, we will not be sending out medals or trophies at this time.

What if there is a vaccine or other medical advancement for COVID-19 that changes a school’s ability to produce shows?

In the spirit of creating fair opportunities for all participating schools, the decision to suspend the awards program for the 2020-2021 Season is final; however, if your participating school can have productions, we encourage you to send us pictures and details so we can join you in celebration of your safety and creativity at work!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email

Thank you for your commitment to the Miami Valley High School Theatre Awards!