Cole Vitelli Headshot_small

Cole Vitelli Headshot_smallCole Vitelli

STANJ — Best Actor

Cole Vitelli is a junior at Hunterdon Central Regional High and has been acting since the second grade. He’s very involved in his school’s Thespian Society and some of his previous roles include Agustin Magaldi in Evita, Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose, George Wickham in Pride and Prejudice, and Frederick Fellows in Noises Off. He is honored to have won the Governor’s Award for Best Actor for his performance as Swift in Words, Words, Words at STANJ 2020. He would like to thank his scene partners and his director Alexander Rupp. He is incredibly grateful and plans to continue his work in Theater for the rest of his high school and college career!

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.