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 Best Local Theatre Teacher Award Winner Announced at the Broadway San Diego Awards

San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), San Diego's largest locally-owned financial institution, is excited to announce that Elise Marinkovich of Francis Parker School was named the Best Local Theatre Teacher at the Broadway San Diego Awards. The Best Local Theatre Teacher Awards contest ran from April 16 to May 7 on sdccu.com. Students, parents, family members, and friends were asked to nominate and vote for a deserving drama or theatre teacher who made a positive difference in their life, the life of a child or in the community. The awards ceremony was held virtually on May 20 and the recognition included a pair of season tickets to Broadway San Diego's 44th season.

Marinkovich has nearly two decades of experience in theatre education and has directed more than 100 plays in her career. Since 2011, Marinkovich has served as the school drama teacher/director as well as the drama club advisor at Francis Parker School. She earned her master's degree in fine arts and theatre arts from San Francisco State University and her bachelor's degree in theatre arts from Loyola Marymount University. 

The 2021 Broadway San Diego Awards, sponsored by SDCCU and held in collaboration with Broadway San Diego, is a unique scholarship opportunity for talented high school students who have chosen to pursue a career in musical theatre. This is the 7th year that Broadway San Diego is producing the competition locally — it is the local branch of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards and has been in existence since 2009. Both the local and national competitions are programs of the Nederlander Organization.

In an effort to celebrate students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego chapter created this virtual program and online ceremony. This year's competition was unique in that high schools were not required to produce a full musical, as in years past. The two winners will move on to represent our region at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards also known as the Jimmy Awards on July 15. They will meet virtually and perform with champions from across the country to compete on a Broadway stage for a chance at winning various prizes.