The Cappies was created in the summer of 1999 by Bill Strauss, author of Millennials Rising:The Next Great Generation and founder of the Capitol Steps, and Judy Bowns, the Fairfax County Public Schools theatre resource teacher, in co-operation with theatre, music and journalism educators in the Washington D.C. area. Bill and Judy wanted to bring more positive attention to the creative efforts of teenagers. Bill, through his research and writing about generations especially the youth generation whom he named the Millennials, saw great promise in the talents of these young students and wanted to strengthen and celebrate their education in the arts and journalism.
There are currently fifteen Cappies chapters across the US and Canada. Each is made up of a cluster of high schools ranging in size from ten to sixty schools (public and private schools as well as home school groups). Within each chapter, every participating high school forms a critic team of students and designates at least one of its school shows to be its Cappies show which will be attended and reviewed by the critic teams from other schools.
For more information about the Greater Philadelphia Cappies program, please visit our website: