Theatre Education Award-CMU & the Tony Awards - Carnegie Mellon University

Excellence in Theatre Education Award

Behind every great performance is inspiration, and behind that inspiration is a great teacher. Carnegie Mellon University is the first-ever higher education partner of the Tony Awards. The partnership commenced during 2014, the year in which the university's School of Drama celebrated its 100th year of granting degrees.

The CMU 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 41 Tony winners — eight in 2013 alone!

Through the partnership with the Tony Awards and CMU, the Excellence in Theatre Education Award was created to help recognize a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who embodies the highest standards of the profession and demonstrates a positive impact on the lives of students, advancement of the theatre profession and a commitment to excellence. The winner is announced at the annual Tony Awards.

About the Award

William Ivey Long, chairman of the American Theatre Wing and Broadway costume designer, designed the trophy for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Long has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards and recently won his sixth Tony Award for his designs for Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella." He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005.

2016 Award WinnerMarilyn McCormick

Marilyn McCormick

Performing Arts Teacher / Theatre Director
Cass Technical High School
Detroit, Michigan 

Among the thousands of students McCormick has taught, she has trained actors, playwrights, poets, producers, directors and theatre educators. Her students have gone on to attend colleges and conservatories before performing in regional theatre, Off-Broadway, Broadway, television and film. 

Read more about Marilyn McCormick. 

2015 Award Winner

Corey Mitchell

Corey Mitchell

Performing Arts Teacher / Theatre Director
Northwest School of the Arts
Charlotte, North Carolina

Corey’s diverse background in theatre and commitment to the craft has made him a great asset to the community and region in which he works. He has mentored many students, who now find themselves working for him on a professional level. Through his tutelage, his students hone their craft and bring first-class productions to their audiences. Thanks to Corey’s influence and the power of arts education, some of those students are now attending the country’s most prestigious theatre arts schools and looking to make their own mark within the industry.

Read more about Corey Mitchell.