Teachers push us to our best.
Teachers support us during tough times.
Teachers share learning adventures with us.
Teachers are role models.
Teachers do much more for us than just teach, and it’s no exaggeration to say, that some or even most teachers change our lives. They are responsible for many things, and we look to them for inspiration and guidance. In the performing arts industry, behind every great performer or actor is an excellent speech, choir, dance, band or drama teacher. Each year, the Tony Awards recognize an exceptional candidate in the area of theatre education in grades kindergarten through 12th. The award is new to the industry and first announced in April 2014 with Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) sponsorship. CMU 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 40 Tony Awards — eight winners in 2013 alone.
Each spring the Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University invite theatre lovers to tell the story of extraordinary theatre teachers who have made a difference in their lives, and the lives of others. Students, parents, and other members of the public may submit candidates for the 2016 Excellence in Theatre Education Award, which honors an active K-12 theatre educator in the US. The winning teacher will receive their Award at the 70th annual Tony Awards on June 12th, be acknowledged on the CBS telecast, and more!
Honor the people who inspire new generations of theatre artists — tell us the story of a remarkable teacher today!
To submit a candidate and get more information, visit