Tony Award Nominees

CMU School of Drama alumna Patina Miller talks about her training.

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This year, seven — count 'em — seven alumni from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama were nominated for Tony Awards, Broadway's highest honor. 

(Among them, two were college roommates.)

"The staff, faculty and students of the School of Drama could not be prouder of CMU's Tony Award nominees," said Peter Cooke, who is head of the School of Drama.

"Collectively, they reflect the breadth and depth of talent of our highly successful alumni," Cooke said.

And the nominees for 2011 Tony Awards were:

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
    Josh Gad (A'03), "The Book of Mormon"
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
    Patina Miller (A '06), "Sister Act"
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
    Rory O'Malley (A'03), "The Book of Mormon" (Gad and O'Malley roomed in the Hamerschlag dorm. Read more about the duo's success via the Playbill interview.)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
    Judith Light (A'70), "Lombardi"
  • Best Scenic Design of a Play:
    Mark Wendland (A'84), "The Merchant of Venice"
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical:
    Ann Roth (A'53; Hon'00), "The Book of Mormon"
  • Best Sound Design of a Musical:
    Peter Hylenski (A'97), "The Scottsboro Boys"

To date, CMU's alumni have received 22 Tony Awards.

Cooke noted that "innovative teaching, committed students and a supportive university leadership have placed the School of Drama in the top echelon of theater training institutions worldwide."

Patina Miller, as well as the cast of "Book of Mormon," performed during the awards show, which aired on CBS, June 12.

Alumnus Patrick Wilson (A'95), who previously earned Tony nominations for "Oklahoma!" and "The Full Monty," was a presenter.

View CMU's ad in Variety Magazine paying tribute to our nominated alums [.pdf].


Related Links: School of Drama | Sister Act | Backstage with Andrew Kober | TonyAwards.com