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Nominations Due March 31 for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award!

Nominations Due March 31 for 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. These are dedicated professionals who discover talented students, nurture them, inspire them, and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals. The winning teacher will receive the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award at 2015 Tony Awards on June 7, and be acknowledged on the CBS telecast!

ALL NOMINATIONS MATERIALS, including required recommendations, must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31, 2015 or your candidate will NOT be considered fior the award.

The award includes a $10,000 cash prize for the teacher’s school, a flight for two to New York City, hotel accommodations and a pair of tickets to the Tony Awards Ceremony and Gala. Finalists will each receive $1,000 for their schools, a flight for one to New York City, hotel accommodations, and an invitation to an exclusive pre-Tony event.

Nominations will be accepted online, screened and vetted by a panel of judges from The Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing and Carnegie Mellon University. The award finalists will be announced in the spring; each will receive an honorarium and attend the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015.

Give the ultimate thank you to the teacher who inspired you by nominating him or her!

The deadline for all materials (including required letters of recommendation) is11:59p.m. ET on March 31, 2015.

NOTE: Please read the Nominations FAQs before submitting your nomination.

If you have specific questions, please email us - educationaward (at)

Nominations Criteria


  • The nominee 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.


Nominations will be accepted in three categories:

  • Self-nomination
  • Student nomination (for his or her current/past teacher)
  • General public nomination (nominate a teacher you know)

Nomination Requirements

To be considered for the award, nominations must include the following:

  1. Online Nomination Form
    A completed online nomination form, including contact information and resume details for the nominee. Nominations forms will be available here beginning January 12, 2015.
  2. Photo
    A color or black & white photo of the nominee.
  3. Three Letters of Reference
    Letters may be submitted by any individual including, but not limited to, a colleague in the nominee’s school, an academic advisor or current supervisor, a former student, or a community leader; however, the letter cannot be submitted by the nominator himself/herself.
  1. Tell Us the Story (Supporting Materials)
    Demonstrate why the nominee 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. You may choose to submit supporting materials in one of two formats--a video or an essay.

    Video (Option 1)
    Videos may not exceed three minutes in duration.
    Video must be in AVI or WMV format, minimum resolution 320x240.

    500-word essay (Option 2)
    The nominator may submit a written essay, not to exceed 500 words. The essay must be in plain text (.txt) or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

NOTE: Please read the Nominations FAQs before submitting your nomination.

If you have specific questions, please email us - educationaward (at)

Submit a Nomination


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