Jeanine Tesori
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Jeanine Tesori
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Four-time Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori will receive the 2011 Junior Theater Festival Award for Advancement of Musical Theatre for Young People, during the 2011 Junior Theater Festival, held in Atlanta, GA, January 14 -16.

Tesori was Tony-nominated for Twelfth Night, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, or Change and Shrek the Musical. She also composed the music for the recent Broadway play, A Free Man of Color; the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Mother Courage and Her Children, starring Meryl Streep; and the Off-Broadway musical Violet, which received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1997.

In related news, Disney Theatrical Group President Thomas Schumacher will give a keynote address at the festival while Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Bryan-Michael Cox will take part in a Q&A.

The Junior Theater Festival is the world's largest musical theatre festival dedicated to schools and organizations working with elementary and middle school students.