The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University Present the Excellence in Theatre Education Award
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
We invite you to submit candidates for the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award by telling the story of a theatre educator who made a difference in your life, and the lives of others. The winning teacher will receive the Award at the 72nd annual Tony Awards on June 10, 2018, and be acknowledged on the CBS telecast.
CMU alumnus, actor and producer Zachary Quinto will serve as the award’s official ambassador and will take part in the selection committee.
New this year: The Tonys and Carnegie Mellon are thrilled to recognize the person or persons who submitted the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education winner. For this year’s award, theatre professionals from Carnegie Mellon will arrange a special master class presentation for the winner’s school or organization.
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 submitted 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 the deadline listed below:
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 is 11:59 p.m. ET on February 16, 2018.
Re-submitting Candidates from Past Years
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 2018 eligibility requirements.
No self-submitted candidates will be considered in 2018.