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Gene Kelly Awards

“I just wanted to thank you for all of the hard work that you put into the Kellys to make a night like that not only possible, but a smashing success. North Hills may not have won anything Saturday night, but the support and encouragement I personally received from so many means more to me than award ever could.” Katie Esswein (Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominee, 2008), Student, North Hills

Recognizing Student Achievements
in Musical Theater

Pittsburgh CLO’s 25th Annual Gene Kelly Awards will be held on May 30, 2015 at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.

The Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater were launched in 1991 as a means to recognize and encourage student achievement and to focus the attention of the community and school districts on the importance of musical theater and arts education.

Patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards, this event celebrates the power of the Arts to significantly improve all areas of education! High school theater programs are the real winners as show business veterans and community celebrities help to spread the word about the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theater programs. Over the past 20 years, Gene Kelly Award winners have gone on to Broadway and Hollywood careers. Click here for a list of notable Gene Kelly Awards alumni, including Zachary Quinto and Courtney Mazza.

Last year's winners Ryan Borgo, Best Actor, and Marnie Quick, Best Actress, traveled to New York City to represent Pittsburgh in the National High School Musical Theater Awards on June 30, 2014.

The Gene Kelly Awards are co-presented by the University of Pittsburgh, with additional support provided by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, PNC Bank, American Eagle Outfitters, Virginia S. Nicklas,  and the CLO Ambassadors. Deloitte is the official auditor for the Gene Kelly Awards.

Follow the "Road to the Kellys" on Facebook!  Check out pictures from behind-the-scenes of the 2015 Gene Kelly Awards and more.

For more information about the Gene Kelly Awards, call 412-281-2234 or email

Click here for a list of FAQs about the Gene Kelly Awards.