2023 JLSA FAME Awards Theater Application


FAME, now in its ninth year, is dedicated to encouraging San Antonio youth in the performing arts. The mission of this awards program is to recognize the best and brightest performing arts programs in San Antonio (and surrounding areas) public and private high schools.  Through an open application process, FAME provides a stage for students to hone their skills in front of a live audience, culminating in cash awards that deliver funding directly to performing art programs.  

Through the annual FAME Awards Program, the Junior League of San Antonio has provided over $50,000 dollars to area high school performing arts programs. These funds have supported various school resources such as competition expenses, Master Class instructors who provide training to students, and the licensed use of published materials such as scripts and musical scores.


JLSA’s FAME committee (100% volunteer led) organizes and coordinates this event.  A professional panel of local arts leaders are chosen each year to judge performing arts groups in the preliminary and final rounds.    1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are awarded in each of the following four performance categories: 

Theatrical Performance    *    Dance Performance    *    Instrumental Performance    *  Vocal Performance

  1. Submit an online application at JLSA.org. Application must be submitted online by the deadline (February 1, 2023). Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Submit a Preliminary Video of your performance. Preliminary Video submissions must be under 5 minutes and must be performed within the current school year.  Video must be posted to YouTube and the link included in the application.     
  3. Selected finalists must do the same performance at the live FAME Awards show on Thursday, April 6, 2023.
  1. Open to all public and private high schools in San Antonio and surrounding areas. 
  2. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the school program only, and under no circumstances to individuals. 2023 grants will be awarded to 1st 2nd and 3rd place finalists after participating in the show.  
  3. There is no participation or application fee to enter the 2023 JLSA FAME Awards.  Admission to the show will be free and open to the public.
  4. NEW! Schools may submit more than one performance per category for consideration during preliminary judging, but only the highest scoring performance from that school in the preliminary round will move forward to the final performance and be eligible for the monetary award.
  5. For all entries, all students must be from the same high school. 
  6. Application must be submitted online by the deadline.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  7. Video submissions must be no more than 5 minutes and must be performed within the current school year. 
  8. Should the 2023 program shift to a virtual format, schools will have an option to use their original video submission, or submit a new video using the same requirements.
  9. Group size must be a minimum of 2 students up to a maximum of 16 students.  
  10. Students must perform independent of a director or instructor. 
  11. Selected finalists must do the same performance at the FAME Awards show as what is submitted through the online application process for the initial round of judging. 
  12. Schools must get permission from the Junior League of San Antonio, Inc. before using the Junior League of San Antonio or FAME logos in any marketing materials. 
  13. By submitting an application, performers and school are attesting proper permissions for music, dance, play, etc. have been obtained. 
  14. All other terms as outlined in the JLSA FAME Awards Program “Awards Basics” section at the FAME page on jlsa.org and the online application. 

Categories, award amounts, and dates are subject to change at the discretion of the Junior League of San Antonio 


Wednesday, February 1, 2023 :  Online application and video submission are due 

Wednesday March 1, 2023:  Finalists will be notified

Thursday, April 6, 2023: 9th Annual JLSA FAME Awards



For additional information details or questions, please contact: 

Jackie Allen, FAME Applications Coordinator, fame@jlsa.org.


A video YouTube recording of the performance must be submitted by the school contact person.  

ALL videos must last 5 minutes or less and display a group of 2 to 16  performers, no soloists please.

The Junior League of San Antonio, Inc. reserves the ultimate decision to approve performances.