The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University Honor Teachers with the 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.
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
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.
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:
Online Submission Form A completed online submission form, including name and contact information for your candidate.
Photo A color or black & white digital photo of the teacher.
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.
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.
Videos may not exceed three minutes in duration.
Video must be in MOV, AVI or WMV format, minimum resolution 320x240.
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.
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.
Drama Teacher/Director, Cass Technical High School Detroit, MI
Kevin G. Coleman
Director of Education Shakespeare & Company Lenox, MA
Artistic Director Destiny Arts Center Oakland, CA
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
Winner 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