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Gina Priano-Keyser, Director of Drama at Chatham Middle School since 1998, is a theater educator, professional actress and a lighting designer. She earned her BA in Theater from Point Park University, an MA in Theater from Villanova University, and an M.Ed. from Saint Peter’s College. She has been joyfully contributing to many aspects of the the high school Governor’s Awards competition since 2010, most notably and recently implementing the scoring software and helping to organize the first successfully virtually run 2021 competition. Gina is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and GIAA. Her acting work can be viewed at . Gina hails from Pittsburgh, PA, but has lived in NJ since 1994. She is a wife and a mother to teenage boy/girl twins and a girl singleton.

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.