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 are looking for the teachers who create the next generation of theatre artists. Members of the public are invited to submit candidates for the 2017 Excellence in Theatre Education Award.
The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University are looking for the teachers who create the next generation of theatre artists. Members of the public are invited to submit candidates for the 2017 Excellence in Theatre Education Award.
The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University Honor Teachers

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.

Honoring the Teachers Who Inspire Us

Members of the public are 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.

#ApplaudMyTeacher

Give the ultimate thank-you to the teacher who inspired you by proposing him or her for the Award!

How to Submit a Candidate for the Award

Eligibility

Members of the public are invited to submit candidates for the Education Award. Your candidate must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The candidate must be a current, living teacher at an accredited K-12 institution, or reputable theatre organization, located within the U.S.
  • He or she must be a teacher whose position is dedicated to, or includes aspects of, theatre education.

Submissions will be accepted from students (for a current/past teacher) or from other individuals (submit a teacher you know as a candidate for the award). Self-submissions will not be accepted.

Submission Requirements

For an educator to be considered a candidate for the award, you must submit the following materials by 11:59p.m. ET on February 10, 2017:

  1. Online Submission Form
    A completed online submission form, including name and contact information for your candidate.
  2. Photo
    A color or black & white digital photo of the teacher.
  3. Three (3) Letters of Reference
    Letters may be submitted by any individual including, but not limited to, a colleague in the candidate’s school, an academic advisor or current supervisor, a former student, or a community leader. However, the letter cannot be submitted by the candidate himself/herself.
  4. Make a Video That Tells Us Your Teacher’s Story 
    You must submit a video to tell us about your candidate. Demonstrate why the candidate has a compelling story, and has gone above and beyond in the field of theatre education. For example, describe how the nominee has made a difference in the life of a student, school or community; or how he/she is working to advance and champion theatre education in today’s landscape.
  5. Video Guidelines
  • Videos may not exceed three minutes in duration.
  • Video must be in MOV, AVI or WMV format, minimum resolution 320x240.

Deadline

The deadline for all application materials including letters of recommendation was 11:59 p.m. on February 10, 2017.

Re-submitting Candidates from 2015

If you proposed a candidate in a past year, you may resubmit that educator this year and we will consider him or her for the award. Please note:

  • You must log on to the system to re-submit your candidate or s/he will not be considered this year.
  • The candidate must meet the 2017 eligibility requirements.
  • No self-submitted candidates will be considered in 2017.

Questions? Visit our Award FAQ page.

If you have additional specific questions, please email us - educationaward (at) TonyAwards.com.

Note: Complete rules are available here.  


Past Winners

2016

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.

2016 Winner

Marilyn McCormick

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

Marilyn McCormick

2016 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






2015

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

Finalists 

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

 

The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University

Revised November 16, 2016