Carnegie Mellon University

June 11, 2018

Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon University Community,

I am delighted to share that College of Fine Arts alumna producer Jamie deRoy has won three Tony Awards! You can read more in our news story online.

A member of the Class of 1967, deRoy won Tony Awards for Best Musical for "The Band's Visit," Best Revival of a Play for "Angels in America" and Best Revival of a Musical for "Once on This Island." With a total of five nominations, she was recognized during the live broadcast at Radio City Music Hall last night.

This year our alumni garnered a record-breaking 12 nominations in categories of achievement for production, design and performance. To date, Carnegie Mellon alumni have won an impressive 47 Tony Awards.

We also were pleased that several other CMU alumni were part of the telecast: Josh Groban was co-host, and Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Leslie Odom, Jr. were presenters.

Alumna Ming-Na Wen introduced Melody Herzfeld, the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award winner, who accepted her award to a standing ovation during the broadcast. Also during the broadcast, her drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, surprised the audience, singing an emotional rendition of “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.”

Finally, all of Carnegie Mellon had the chance to shine when our newest 30-second commercial, “Today, We Work,” aired twice during the telecast. 

Please join me in congratulating our CMU alumna Jamie deRoy on being the latest recipient of these prestigious accolades as the best on Broadway.

Warm regards,

Farnam Jahanian
Henry L. Hillman Chair