Excellence in Theatre Education Award

The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University Honor Teachers with the Excellence in Theatre Education Award

The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University invite members of the public to submit candidates for the 2016 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. www.TonyAwards.com/educationaward
The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University invite members of the public to submit candidates for the 2016 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. www.TonyAwards.com/educationaward
The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University Honor Teachers

Carnegie Mellon University and the Tony Awards® congratulate the winner and finalists of this year’s Excellence in Theatre Education Award! These dedicated professionals discover talented students, nurture them, inspire them and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals.

Thank you to all who told us the story of a theatre educator who makes a difference in students' lives!

Excellence in Theatre Education Award

2016 Winner

Marilyn McCormick

Drama Teacher/Director,
Cass Technical High School
Detroit, MI

Marilyn McCormick

Finalists

Kevin G. Coleman

Director of Education
Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA

Kevin G. Coleman

Sarah Crowell

Artistic Director
Destiny Arts Center
Oakland, CA

Sarah Crowell

Honorable Mention

Mark Accardi
8th Grade Special Education Teacher
Montgomery Upper Middle School
Skillman, NJ

Beth Baur
Teacher
Memorial High School
West New York, NJ


Dana Brazil
Director of Education
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Orlando, FL


Maryjane Burton
Competitive Drama Teacher/Drama 1 and 9 Teacher/
Performing Arts Center Director
Choctaw High School
Choctaw, OK


James Russell Cooper
Director of Choirs & Theatre
Henry County High School
New Castle, KY


Gwendolyn Couch
Teacher
Chatham Hall
Chatham, VA

Harry Dietzler
Executive and Artistic Director
(Upper Darby Performing Arts Center)
and Founder & Executive Director
(Upper Darby Summer Stage)
Upper Darby, PA


Allison Galker
Teacher
Edward R. Murrow High School
Brooklyn, NY


Rachel Harry
Theatre Teacher
Hood River Valley High School
Hood River, OR


Kevin Hauge
Artistic Director
Children’s Musical Theater San Jose
San Jose, CA

Nancy Lee
Director of Arts Programming
Washburn 
High School
Minneapolis, MN


Heather Ling
Theatre Arts and Speech Teacher
Montgomery Junior High School
Montgomery, TX


David Montee
Instructor of Theatre
Interlochen Arts 
Academy
Interlochen, MI


Ryan Olson
Bard High School Early College
Queens, NY


Toby Orenstein
Founder and Artistic Director
Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts
Columbia, MD


Troy Powell
Director of Theatre
Union High School
Tulsa, OK


Sarah Reinhardt
Program Director/Artistic Director
Cypress Academy of Performing Arts
Houston, TX


Pat Sanders
MLS Theatre Company
Amherst, OH


Holly Stanfield
Teacher
Bradford High School/KUSD Theatre Arts
Kenosha, WI


Rhonda Wilson
Artistic Director/Founder and Media Specialist
Star Center Children’s Theatre,Inc.
Gainesville, FL



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The Teachers Who Inspire Us

Behind every great performance is inspiration, and behind inspiration is a great teacher. 

The Excellence in Theatre Education Award, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, will be presented at the 70th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12. This annual honor recognizes a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession. Members of the public were invited to submit candidates for this honor in the winter of 2016. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theatre industry selected McCormick from among finalists across the nation. She received $10,000 for her theatre program, tickets to the Tony Awards and Plaza Hotel Gala for her and a guest, travel to New York for her and a guest, and hotel accommodations. The award finalists were announced on CBS This Morning on June 1, 2016.

Thank you to all who submitted candidates.


Past Years

 The recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Theatre Education Award was Corey Mitchell, Theater Arts Teacher at the Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, N.C.

 

 

The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University

Revised June 13, 2016