Submissions are now closed for 2017.
Behind every great performance is inspiration, and behind inspiration is a great teacher.
The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University are looking for the teachers who create the next generation of theatre artists. These dedicated professionals discover talented students, nurture them, inspire them and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals.
Members of the public were invited to submit candidates for the 2017 Excellence in Theatre Education Award by telling the story of a theatre educator who made a difference in their lives, and the lives of others. The winning teacher will receive the Award at the 71th annual Tony Awards on June 11, and be acknowledged on the CBS telecast.
The Excellence in Theatre Education Award, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, is presented each year by the Tony Awards. This 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. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theatre industry selects the winner, based on candidates submissitted by members of the public.
The deadline for submissions for the 2017 award was Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
The 2017 winner will be acknowledged at the 2017 Tony Awards ceremony. Tune in to watch on Sunday, June 11, on CBS.
The winner will be notified in advance of the ceremony
The 2016 winner, Marilyn McCormick was selected 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.
Cass Technical High School
Director of Education
Shakespeare & Company
Destiny Arts Center
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.
Marianne Adams, Director of Education at the Grandstreet Theatre School in Helena, Montana
Donald Hicken, Theatre Department Director at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Baltimore, Md