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Distinguished Alumni Award

Established in 2012, this award was created to recognize past Gene Kelly Awards participants who have gone on to successful careers in both the performing arts and other industries.


Andrew Giffin is a professional lighting designer known across the globe for his creative application of grandMA controls in entertainment. Andrew’s most current project is Justin Bieber's "Believe" tour, and his television programming credits include the Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff, the NAACP Image Awards (FOX), SportsCenter (ESPN), Prince's Lotusflow3r release, and Fox Sports' Poker Dome Challenge, which earned an Emmy® Award for best technical team.

Dustin Giffin is President of Giffin Interior & Fixture, a family business started by his father that he took over last year. Dustin gives up countless hours of his time serving as the Technical Director at the high school that he graduated from and mentors students in the theater program, including several who have gone on to study technical theater in college and work in the field.

Sarrah Strimel's Broadway credits include The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Rock of Ages, Catch Me If You Can, and Big Fish. Sarrah has also been seen in the hit TV Series Smash and the Letterman Show and was featured in the October 2013 issue of Dance Magazine.



Tim Federle - Musical Theater veteran and author
Abass Kamara - Director of Government Relations for the Pittsburgh Penguins



Michael McGurk - Broadway Veteran
Yarone Zober - Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Pittsburgh