By Katie Korek
One of our First Stage Young Performers will be representing the state of Wisconsin at the 2017 National High School Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. Max Pink of Shorewood High School will travel to New York at the end of June to reprise his role of Sweeney Todd on a NYC stage.
The Jimmy Awards began in 2009 as a way “to elevate the importance of theatre arts education in schools and reward excellence in student performance.” Each year two students, one actor and one actress, travel to New York to represent dozens of regional programs from across the country in a 10-day training intensive with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, culminating in a final awards show. At the awards, scholarships are awarded for exemplary performances. This year’s Jimmy Awards will be held on June 26th and hosted by Ben Platt, who just recently won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Dear Evan Hansen.
|Max in ELLA ENCHANTED|
When asked how First Stage has impacted who he is as an actor today, he points to his experiences with Young Company. “Young Company has truly been the biggest teacher for me as an actor. It is there that I truly learned how to move, analyze text, and make informed choices as an actor.” He also credits First Stage directors John Maclay, Matt Daniels, Marcella Kearns, Jeff Schaetzke, and Jeff Frank for teaching him many of the skills he now utilizes as an actor.
Congratulations to Max and break a leg at the Jimmy Awards!