Kate Reinders

Kate Reinders to Host 2022 Jimmy Awards

Broadway and Disney+ actress Kate Reinders will host the first in-person Jimmy Awards ceremony in three years. The awards will premiere Monday, June 27, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, which is now sold out. It will also be available for fans to watch live on YouTube and Facebook.

Reinders has appeared regularly on Broadway in starring roles such as Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Portia in Something Rotten!, and Glinda in Wicked, for which she received a Jefferson Award nomination. She has been a series regular and guest-starred on television shows such as ABC’s Work It, Lifetime’s Sherri, Modern Family, and Ugly Betty. She currently stars as Miss Jenn on the hit series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+.

“I feel honored to be hosting the 2022 Jimmy Awards,” said Reinders. “If the last few years playing Miss Jenn on HSMTMTS has taught me anything, it’s that nothing makes me feel more inspired and alive than being surrounded by extremely talented young people. I can’t wait!”

Student performers have been chosen for the national program from 46 regional high school musical theatre awards ceremonies presented by Broadway League-member performance arts centers. They will prepare for their debut on a Broadway stage during a seven-day professional training intensive taking place at The Juilliard School.

The Jimmy Awards also announced the industry coaches for the thirteenth awards ceremony on Monday, June 27 at the Minskoff Theatre. The seven coaches – Desi Oakley, Max Chernin, Howard McGillin, Janet Dacal, MaryAnn Hu, Denis Jones, and Jacques Smith – will mentor the 92 high school students who have come to New York City for a chance to win the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress, as well as other honors and scholarships.

The show’s dynamic ensemble and solo performances will be judged by a notable panel including Tony Award-nominated and TV producers, a Tony Award-nominated actress, and award-winning casting experts. Tim Federle, Montego Glover, Brian Moreland, Alecia Parker, Tara Rubin, and Bernie Telsey will select the evening’s winners. Preliminary judges who will evaluate nominees prior to the ceremony include Kristian Charbonier, Stephanie Klapper, Kevin Metzger-Timson, Dale Mott, and Seth Sklar-Heyn.

The Jimmy Awards are presented by the Broadway League Foundation in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theatre owner James M. Nederlander and are supported by many leading theatre industry organizations. More information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program can be found here.