Awards

Awards and Recognition

CoSA offers an exceptional arts education program.  Since its founding in 1996, it has earned many awards and recognitions, including state and national awards for excellence. Since 2000, CoSA has served as a model school and Demonstration Site for the California Department of Education’s Specialized Secondary Program.  It also served as a model program and Demonstration Site for the California Department of Education’s “Tech Prep” and Career Technical Education programs in 2010. A partial list of awards given to CoSA and CoSA students and faculty follows:

2013-2014

  • Young Arts National Finalist, Samantha Littleford, Musical Theatre and Drama senior
  • Old Globe Honors Winner - Spoken Theatre, Samantha Littleford, Musical Theatre and Drama senior
  • 29th Annual Shakespeare Competition, Ben Shaffer (MTD senior), 1st place - San Diego County
  • MTD Faculty Kim Strassburger, 2014 Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center in NYC
  • Distinguished ROP Student Award for San Diego County - Abbey Workman, MTD senior
  • Creative Leaders Scholarship Visual Arts Merit Award - Natalie Thompson, Visual Arts senior
  • USC Trustee Scholar (Full Tuition Award) - Shana Douglass, Technical Theatre senior
  • The Ben Vereen Awards for Best High School Musical - Southwest Region: "Legally Blonde The Musical"
  • Improv Team takes 1st Place, then goes on to beat the professionals at the National Comedy Theater Championships

2012-2013

CoSA awarded National Arts Music Education Merit Award

Kim Strassburger (Musical Theatre and Drama) and Gina Sorensen (Classical and Contemporary Dance) awarded National Teacher Artists Fellowships, to study in England and New York City, respectively.

CoSA Improv team wins National Comedy Theatre High School League Invitational Improv Show in San Diego

28th Annual Shakespeare Competition, 1st Place (San Diego), Chrissy Taylor

National Youth Arts Awards

  • Outstanding Production: Into the Woods
  • Lead Actress in a Musical: Kristen Sabesky as Baker's Wife in Into the Woods
  • Supporting Actor in a Musical: Mitch Connelly as Cosmo Brown in Singin'in the Rain
  • Supporting Actress in a Musical: Victoria Celano as Cinderella in Into the Woods
  • Supporting Actress in a Musical: Chrissy Taylor as Witch in Into the Woods
  • Ensemble: Into the Woods
  • Set Design: Cara Tougas for Into the Woods

National Youth Arts Nominations

  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Mitch Connelly as Baker in Into the Woods
  • Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kate Jamison as Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods
  • Featured Actor in a Musical: Kyle Donahue as Wolf in Into the Woods
  • Featured Actress in a Musical: Abbey Workman as Jack's Mother in Into the Woods
  • Youth Choreography - Dance Production: Ines Cruz for "Night Streets" in Tapestry

2011-2012

California Arts Council Artists in Schools grant through the CoSA Foundation

National Youth Arts Awards

  • “Outstanding Production” for Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • “Outstanding Ensemble” for Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Lead Actress in a Nusical, Kristen Sabesky, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Supporting Actress in a Musical, Miki Holmes, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • “Set Design” for Metamorphoses (Matt Scott)
  • Supporting Actor in a Play, Chase Fischer in Metamorphoses 
  • Individual Dance Performance, Caroline Courtney as Peter Pan, Flight to Neverland

Young Arts Awards

  • Elise Napier, Finalist in Spoken Word
  • Cierra Bartelt, Honorable Mention in Music Theatre
  • Katleen Dugas, onorable Mention in Music Theatre

Old Globe Honors

  • Chase Fischer, Outstanding Achievement for Leading Actor in a High School Musical
  • Chad Mata, Outstanding Achievement in Technical Theatre

6th Annual Red Rock Film Festival, one of five finalist in Young Filmmakers Competition, Simone Villamichel-Borel and Maya Barba for "A Trip to the Market: The Story of the Kayayo"

San Diego County Fair

  • Best of Show: Short Documentary, Simone Villamichel-Borel
  • Best of Class: 2D Animation, Enrique Guinea
  • Best of Class: Stop Motion Animation, Ian Ware and Isaiah Glasoe

2010 - 2011

  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant Recipient
  • National Youth Theatre Award for Best Ensemble for Hello, Dolly! (Also nominated for Best Production and Best Direction, Dr. Barbara Wolf)
  • Michael Silberblatt, Musical Theatre and Drama senior, awarded Presidential Scholar in the Arts and Young Arts Silver Medal in Spoken Word in Theatre

2009 -2010

  • CoSA wins the only Golden Bell Award for Performing and Visual Arts in California, California School Boards Association (CSBA)
  • San Diego Educational Theatre Association’s Bravissimo Award for “Distinguished Theatre Program,” CoSA’s Musical Theatre & Drama program
  • San Diego Educational Theatre Association’s Bravissimo Award for “Theatre Rookie of the Year,” Kim Strassburger, CoSA’s Musical Theatre & Drama program