Buckley Awards

Honoring Excellence in High School Musical Theatre BBuckley

Named after Fort Worth’s own Tony® Award winning Best Actress, Fort Worth Independent School District and Casa Mañana alumnae Betty Lynn Buckley, this exciting scholarship awards program has stood to promote and celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre since 2000. Participation is open to Denton, Wise, Parker, Hood, Johnson and Tarrant County. The program culminates in a Tony® Awards-style ceremony at Casa Mañana Theatre.

A panel of distinguished judges – comprised of local theatre professionals and educators – votes for a winner in each of 13 award categories for musicals: Best Musical, Best Male and Female Actor, Best Male and Female Supporting Actor, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Student Orchestra; and 3 award categories for plays: Best Play and Best Male and Female Actor. Design categories are divided into two levels dependent upon the budget size of the school’s production. Categories are only open for student designers and artists. Awards include a $1,000 scholarship, which are provided by generous donors who recognize the benefits of this program and the impact musical theatre has on the lives of students.

To be eligible to enter, your performance dates must fall between Thursday, September 29, 2016, and Sunday, April 2, 2017. Following an application period, the Buckley Committee will select 20 musicals and 15 plays to be part of the judging process for the 2016-2017 school year. Schools may enter both a musical and play. To apply, complete the online application by Friday, September 2.

Please fill out one per production if entering both a musical and a play. We will contact you by September 9 to confirm your acceptance status.

The Committee will make its decisions for productions to judge based on the following criteria:
– Timeliness of correspondence
– Production concept
– Meets date requirements


The 2016-2017 Buckley Awards will be held on May 25, 2017.

For more information, please email Buckleys@casamanana.org.

To underwrite a scholarship, please contact Shannon Worthington at 817-321-5005 or Donate Now.