The Best Local Theatre Teacher Award ballot is open

As part of the Ben Vereen Awards, SDCCU is sending the winning teacher to the 2016 Jimmy Awards in New York

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 13, 2016) — San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, is asking the community to nominate and vote for the Best Local Theatre Teacher. The Best Local Theatre Teacher Award is part of the Ben Vereen Awards®, a two-part local competition for high school students who are talented in musical theater, including vocal, dance and acting performance. The winning teacher will receive a trip for two to New York to attend the 2016 Jimmy AwardsTM, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Students, parents, family members and friends can nominate and vote for a deserving theatre teacher in San Diego County who has made a positive difference in their life, the life of a child or in the community. To nominate and vote, visit, select the “Best Local Theatre Teacher” tab and nominate a local theatre teacher. Once a teacher is nominated, the voting begins! Voters can return to the page daily through May 15, 2016. Nominations and voting will close on May 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. The Best Local Theatre Teacher Award will be presented at the 2016 Ben Vereen Awards on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego. For the official rules, visit

“SDCCU has been a proud sponsor of the Ben Vereen Awards since its inception in 2014. This is one of many ways SDCCU supports youth, education and the arts in the community,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck. “We are delighted to recognize not only talented students in San Diego but also the hard work and dedication of theatre teachers through the Best Local Theatre Teacher award.”

The 2016 Ben Vereen Awards, sponsored by SDCCU and held in collaboration with Broadway/San Diego, is a unique scholarship opportunity for talented high school students who have chosen to pursue a career in musical theatre. This is the third year that Broadway/San Diego is producing the competition locally—it is the local branch of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards which has been in existence since 2009. Both the local and national competitions are programs of the Nederlander Organization.

The San Diego high school competition of the Ben Vereen Awards will be held at the Historic Balboa Theatre in Downtown San Diego on Sunday, May 29th. It will include twenty leading female and male nominees, along with awarding Best Musical, Best Drama Teacher and the top 5 Best Essay winners.
The winning Best Actor and Best Actress performers and teachers will be flown to New York for a week of intensive training before they compete in the national finals, The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, on a Broadway stage for $10,000 toward a college scholarship on Monday, June 27, 2016.

About San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU)

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San Diego County Credit Union
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