On Saturday, June 23rd, Young Artists of America’s televised performance of Young Artists of America: The Songs of Tim Rice that premiered on Maryland Public Television (MPT) in June of 2017, won a regional Emmy® Award in the category of Best Lighting.

The honor was awarded at the 60th Annual Emmy® Awards presented at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and hosted by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The annual competition is open to any television station, company, production house, or independent producer in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about this news,” says Rolando Sanz, YAA’s Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director. “It’s not every day that middle and high school students get to be the stars of an Emmy® winning production, and we are honored to give them this opportunity and so grateful to our gifted and committed production team and partners at MPT.”

 Rolando Sanz (Artistic Director) & Lisa Larragoite (Executive Director) at the Regional EMMY Awards on June 23rd.

Rolando Sanz (Artistic Director) & Lisa Larragoite (Executive Director) at the Regional EMMY Awards on June 23rd.

The one-hour performance, hosted by Sir Tim Rice and featuring the talents of over 150 YAA students, was conceived for YAA/MPT and directed by London theater director Hugh Wooldridge (Chess in Concert, An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber).

Watch the announcement at 3:41:37: