In Their Own Words: Theater Community Shares Why Arts Education Matters

Through the partnership with the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University, 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. 

Since the Tony nominations were announced in May, CMU has spoken with many members of the Broadway community to learn why theatre education is important to them and how art can bring people together.

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Two CMU alumni earned Tony Honors, another (Jamie deRoy) won a Tony for Best Play and CMU and the Tonys recognized high school teacher Madeline Michel with the 5th annual Excellence in Theatre Education Award.
Tonight, we celebrated the 5th winner of the Excellence in Theatre Education Award winner, Madeline Michel, at the Tony Awards. On the Red Carpet before the show, we asked Broadway’s biggest stars why theater education matters. #ApplaudMyTeacher
Each year, Carnegie Mellon University and the Tony Awards recognize a K-12 theatre educator 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. Madeline Michel of Charlottesville, Virginia, is the 2019 recipient and talks on the red carpet prior to the 73rd Tony Awards.


Alumna @judithlight has spent her career working for LQBTQ+ rights and in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Tonight, she was awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Award at @thetonyawards and stopped to talk to us on the Red Carpet about her remarkable activism. pic.twitter.com/ICH9APHYZ8

- Carnegie Mellon (@CarnegieMellon) June 10, 2019


Alumna Jamie deRoy wins for @TheFerrymanBway , bringing our #cmutonys total to 50 @TheTonyAwards among our alumni to date! #cmuproud #iamcmu @cmualumnihouse pic.twitter.com/g5eHJWzQsb

- Carnegie Mellon (@CarnegieMellon) June 10, 2019


We are so proud to highlight the teachers who make inclusion a priority, give their students the courage to have a voice, and put their students before themselves...even when they’re on @TheTonyAwards stage. Congratulations, Madeline! #applaudmyteacher https://t.co/qgve7Al5t7

- Carnegie Mellon (@CarnegieMellon) June 10, 2019


Tonight we celebrate the 5th Excellence in Theatre Education Award winner and @EvaNoblezada, nominated for @hadestown tonight, was a student of our first winner, Corey Mitchell. Theater changes lives. #applaudmyteacher

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EDIT: We loved seeing @thetonyawards WINNER! @SantinoFontana on the @thetonyawards stage tonight. Nominated for his role in @TootsieMusical, Santino stopped by to tell us why theater education matters. #applaudmyteacher. See the whole interview on IGTV!

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Alumni Marcus Gladney, @daniel_bellomy and @johnclayiii’s performance on @thetonyawards tonight was incredible! We talked to @johnclayiii about the skills he learned at @cmudrama that he still uses today in #choirboy. #cmutonys

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@abrightmonster was a bright star on @thetonyawards stage tonight along with the cast of @beetlejuicebway. He sat down with us to talk about why theater education is so important. #applaudmyteacher

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Nominated for Best Direction of a Musical for @ThePromMusical (which, can we just talk about that performance on @thetonyawards stage’!) Casey Nicholaw talked to us about the importance of theater education. #applaudmyteacher pic.twitter.com/cFUUb99kaA

- Carnegie Mellon (@CarnegieMellon) June 10, 2019


Sunday, CMU & @TheTonyAwards will give the 5th Excellence in Theatre Education Award. As we celebrate this milestone, enjoy CMU students celebrating the teachers who cultivate the imagination that brings the magic of theater to life in this year’s music video. #applaudmyteacher pic.twitter.com/D1tICfsJMp

- Carnegie Mellon (@CarnegieMellon) June 7, 2019


The incomparable @JudithLight is the 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Award winner, presented by @TheTonyAwards. She shared with us why theater education is important, and the lessons she learned during her time as a student here at CMU. #CMUTonys #ApplaudMyTeacher pic.twitter.com/5ZIQSldc25

- Carnegie Mellon (@CarnegieMellon) June 5, 2019
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