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Nicholas DeMartino

NJ Thespians — Scenic Design

Nicholas DeMartino began his theater career his 9th grade year with the musical Spamalot at Pinelands Regional High School as a part of the stage crew, and shortly afterwards also joined their construction team. His most memorable sets are: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Outsiders, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and by far the hardest he had done, Mackintosh and Disney’s Mary Poppins, also assisting in the set design and the flight rigging installation. He had also received the opportunity to be the sole set designer for the Pinelands Thespian Society’s production of D.W. Gregory’s Radium Girls his senior year. Nicholas also got the chance to construct props for his school. At Pinelands Regional High School, Nicholas has won the Pinelands Thespians Stage Crew MVP award and the Daedalus award for his creativity and mechanical thinking skill. At the 2019 Thespians Festival, Nicholas won first place in the Rigging and Knot Tying and Scenic Design categories, and a superior for the Scenic Design category. After High School, Nicholas plans on attending Ocean county college through NJ STARS, then transferring to a state college for a major in mechanical engineering and minor in theater tech.

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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.