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.
We invited memners of the public 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. Submissions closed in February. 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 is the 2018 award’s official ambassador and is taking part in the selection committee.
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.
And, for the first time ever, two students from the theatre program overseen by the winner of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award will receive full scholarships to the six-week Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama Pre-College Program. The program will introduce you to our internationally acclaimed conservatory program through classes in acting, music theatre, design and production, taught by School of Drama faculty. You’ll live on campus and take part in university activities and, together with your fellow students, prepare for college auditions and interviews. Scholarship winners will be chosen by the winning teacher and/or his/her school.
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.
Hood River, Oregon
Drama teacher at Hood River Valley High School.
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Ana Mederos Blanco
A. Lorraine Robinson
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