Submission Deadline Extended for 2019 Theatre Education Award

Stage Directions • Industry News • February 13, 2019

The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are once again set to recognize an exemplary teacher with the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. The 2019 honor will be presented to the winner at the 73rd annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The deadline to submit teachers for this award has been extended until February 22nd. Here’s a video of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education winner Melody Herzfeld from Parkland, FL announcing that submissions are open for the 2019 award: {youtube} v=PXGZe59j9Pk{/youtube}


Do you know an extraordinary theater teacher who changed someone’s life? Behind every great artist is a teacher—and The Tony Awards and CMU want you to tell them the story of a remarkable theater educator who has made a difference.

Now through February 22, 2019, submissions will be accepted online for K-12 theater educators at an accredited institution or recognized community theater organization. Anyone—from students and school administrators, to friends, neighbors, and family—can submit a worthy teacher for consideration. He or she must be a teacher whose position is dedicated to and/or includes aspects of theater education. Submissions can be made here: www.TonyAwards.com/EducationAward.

Since 2014, the Excellence in Theatre Education Award has been bestowed annually at the Tony Awards. Last year’s honor was presented to Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, Florida, where she is a drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“For the past five years, we have had the unique opportunity to recognize educators who are inspiring and mentoring the next generation of outstanding artists with the Excellence in Theatre Education Award,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, in a statement. “Each year, we are amazed by the teachers featured in the submission process, and we cannot wait to see what next year brings!”

“Carnegie Mellon is delighted to recognize exemplary teachers who are preparing our young people for the next steps of their education and, ultimately, their professional experiences,” said Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian. “One of our founder’s greatest beliefs was in the power of arts education, and this award proudly continues Andrew Carnegie’s legacy, shining a national spotlight on the vital role theater educators play in helping students embrace their creativity. This five-year milestone is particularly rewarding for us and our Tony partners, and we look forward to continuing this tradition for many years to come.”

A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University, and other leaders from the theater industry will select the winner. The winner will receive a cash grant for his or her school, flights to New York City, hotel accommodations, and a pair of tickets to the 2019 Tony Awards Ceremony and Gala.

In addition, the winning teacher’s theater arts students will receive a master class presentation from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, as well as two scholarships for students of their choosing to attend the School of Drama Summer Pre-college Program in summer 2020. 

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama is the oldest drama degree-granting program in the United States. In the past century, CMU has produced hundreds of Tony nominees, and its alumni have won 47 Tony Awards to date. Carnegie Mellon is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 13,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

The 2019 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will air live on CBS on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Further information from the Tony Awards: www.TonyAwards.com/educationaward

The 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award from the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University

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