Carnegie Mellon University

2022 Tony Award Winners

Carnegie Mellon University congratulates CMU alumni Jamie deRoy, Kevin Emrick and Billy Porter, who were recognized at the 75th annual Tony Awards. These three winners increase the number of Tonys received by Carnegie Mellon alumni to 58.

A headshot of Jamie DeRoy

Jamie deRoy

Class of 1967

Best Play

The Lehman Trilogy — Producer

Best Revival of a Musical

Company — Producer


Jamie deRoy is a an award-winning producer; cabaret, stage, film and TV performer, recording artist/producer and humanitarian. In addition to seven Tony Awards®, deRoy has won eight MAC Awards, eight Drama Desk awards, two Audience Choice Awards, eight Drama League Awards, four Back Stage Bistro Awards, 13 Telly Awards and CaB Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been honored by Theatre Works/USA, Primary Stages and the Ruth Kurtzman MAC Award. A frequent presence on the New York nightclub scene, Jamie has produced nine CDs in the “Jamie deRoy & friends” series on Harbinger and PS Classics labels. Her long-running shows benefit her favorite charitable causes, such as “The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative,” a program to assist people in the cabaret industry with help for medical needs and concerns. She has co-produced 60 Broadway shows and 46 Off-Broadway shows.

Kevin Emrick

Kevin Emrick

Class of 2007

Best Play

The Lehman Trilogy — Producer

Best Musical

A Strange Loop — Producer

Best Revival of a Musical

Company — Producer


Kevin Emrick is Co-Head of Theatre for Annapurna Pictures and a 2007 graduate of Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama. On behalf of Annapurna, he is currently producing "A Strange Loop," "Company," "Macbeth," and "The 47th" in London starring CMU alumna Tamara Tunie. Previous producing credits include the New York, London and Live Broadcast of "Fleabag" written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, "The Lehman Trilogy," "Home I’m Darling" (Olivier Award), "American Utopia" (Tony Award) and Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Sweat."

Billy Porter

Billy Porter

Class of 1991

Best Musical

A Strange Loop — Producer


Billy Porter has won Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards and was nominated for Golden Globes for his work. The Pittsburgh native received his bachelor's degree from CMU's School of Drama in 1991. Porter won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in “Kinky Boots” and also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. In 2014 Porter won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for “Kinky Boots.” Porter starred in all three seasons of the television series “Pose,” for which he was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and won the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first gay black man to be nominated and win in any lead acting category at the Primetime Emmys. In 2020, he was included on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Porter released his first literary project, "Unprotected," in 2021. The memoir is described as "a powerful and revealing autobiography about race, sexuality, art and healing."