Posted Monday, May 9th, 2016

The Morris County School of Technology’s Visual and Performing Arts students have won a host of awards at various competitions in dance, theater and multimedia across the state this spring.

The awards came in a variety of fields, including dance, theater and filmmaking.

Amanda Edore

Amanda Edore

Award winners include:

  • Amanda Edore received the Dance NJ’s Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance. She was chosen based on her academic excellence, written and artistic expression, and her leadership in the field of dance.
  • Students in MCST’s Thespian Troupe #7890 were recognized at the New Jersey Thespian Festival, where they competed against some 700 students presenting work in performance and technical events. MCTS winners were: Rachel Shklyarov, Lighting Design; Dennis Shteyen, Scenic Design; Helena Pallay and Anna Taggart, Short Film; Tiffany Grossfeld, Dramatic Monolgue; Julia Majerscak and Hannah Owens, Pantomime; and Jack Ferentinos, Advanced Tech Challenge.
  • Students in Multimedia submitted films to SOMA FF Young Filmmakers. Two were selected as the SOMA Film Festival Best of 2016: the films “I Scream” by Brett Boon and “The Expected Pitch” by Harrison Kraft. They will be screened at the festival as part of the “Local Filmmakers Program.”

MCVTS 2Additionally, the Academy’s drama production of “The Government Inspector” received three final nominations at the Montclair State University Theater Night Awards in the following categories: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy, Tiffany Grossfeld; Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Ethan Hoffman; and Outstanding Production of a Comedy.

The Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance is one of the annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education, and is sponsored by Dance New Jersey, the official state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization.

The SOMA Film Festival is dedicated to presenting unique, and aspiring filmmaking from around the world. 

Theatre Night Awards recognize excellence in the production of high school and middle school straight plays throughout New Jersey.

The Academy for Visual & Performing Arts is a four-year full-time public arts high school program offering career preparation in dance and multimedia. Students also receive extensive career training in acting and technical theatre and participate in all the publicity and management roles involved in operating an arts production company.

Find out more at ( to learn about programs, including high school Career Academies, Share Time Programs, and Adult Education programs.