Hall of Fame & Honorees


"By creating The Minty Awards, we have been given a unique opportunity. We must not only showcase and support our current generation of theatre students, but we must also recognize those who have come before. We must honor educators, casts, alumni and community friends who have helped pave the way for our current students. We gladly accept this task and look to celebrate all those that have made this such a vibrant theatre community." ~Michael J. Pinto, Chairman of the Board

Carl W. Lesch Memorial Award for Educator of the Arts

This award, named after the first director of musical theater on Staten Island, is awarded to an educator in the Performing Arts that has made a positive impact on the lives of his or her students. This award is open to educators of our Staten Island high schools, public or private. All members of a school’s production team (Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, etc.) are eligible to receive this award. 

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award is given to an alum of one of Staten Island’s High School Performing Arts Programs who has gone on to have a successful professional career in the Performing Arts. The awardee’s career path does not necessarily have to be theater, but any field of the Performing Arts (Theatre, Film, Music, Television, Production, etc.). Students who did not attend a Staten Island High School but still played an active role in one of its Performing Arts Programs are eligible for this award.

Staten Island High School Theatre Hall of Fame

This award is given to a production that has stood the test of time as a pinnacle of success in high school theater in the local community. In your nomination, please be sure to include why this production was so successful when it was first performed and how it has remained important and special in the lives of its cast members, production team, school, and local community. Musicals and Straight Plays, whether produced on a school’s main stage or alternative location are eligible for this award. Productions from both public or private schools are eligible.

Community Enrichment Award

This award is given to an individual or organization that has enriched the lives of theatre students in the local community, either through funding or nonmonetary support. The awardee will have demonstrated a successful effort in supporting Performing Arts on Staten Island and helping our students showcase their talents.