FWAFA Announced BEST PLAY at 2022 Betty Lynn Buckley Awards and More!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, Fort Worth, TX –  Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts’ High School Play As You Like It by William Shakespeare won Best Play at the 2022 Betty Lynn Buckley Awards. FWAFA had a total of seven nominations, competing with public and private schools across the DFW metroplex.

Awards Won:
  • Best Play – As You Like It
  • Best Male Lead Actor in a Play – Jackson Layton, As You Like It


  • Excellence in Sound Design – Caleb Jackson, Jackson Layton, & Oakley Serrano, As You Like It
  • Excellence in Choreography – Jenna Williamson and Gabriela Yarbrough, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Best Male Supporting Actor in a Musical – Anthony Nevitt and Caleb Jackson, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Best Female Lead Actor in a Play – Gabriela Yarbrough, As You Like It

About the Betty Lynn Buckley Awards:

The awards, which are named after Tony Award-winning Best Actress, Fort Worth Independent School District and Casa Mañana alumnae Betty Buckley, have promoted and celebrated excellence in high school musical theatre since 2000. A panel of judges composed of local theatre professionals and educators votes for a winner in each of 13 award categories for musicals. Design categories are divided into two levels dependent upon the budget size of the school’s production.

“To continue and expand on our mission to nurture live theatre in Tarrant and surrounding counties, we felt it was important to include and celebrate the theatrical accomplishments of our local schools, whether it is a musical or a full-length play,” Wally Jones, executive producer and president of Casa Mañana, said in a statement.

About Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts:

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) is a tuition-free, public charter school in Fort Worth, TX that serves grades 3-12. Admission is audition-based and the school meets state standards for academics, exceed standards for performing arts, and has a 100% graduation rate.

At FWAFA, we believe that education goes beyond the classroom. To foster a passion for the arts and enhance student life, we offer numerous activities, clubs, companies, and ensembles. Students are provided an abundance of occasions and venues to step out of the classroom and apply their lessons through performances or exhibits for the public. FWAFA gives more than 50 performances annually, including the prestigious Subscription Series, which is marketed to the general public. And while the musicians, dancers, and actors get to play on stage, the visual artists frequently exhibit their work both inside and outside the school.