The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University are looking for the teachers who create the next generation of theatre artists. These dedicated professionals discover talented students, nurture them, inspire them and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals.

Honoring the Teachers Who Inspire Us

We invite you to submit candidates for the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award by telling the story of a theatre educator who made a difference in your life, and the lives of others. The winning teacher will receive the Award at the 72nd annual Tony Awards on June 10, 2018, and be acknowledged on the CBS telecast.

CMU alumnus, actor and producer Zachary Quinto will serve as the award’s official ambassador and will take part in the selection committee.

New this year: The Tonys and Carnegie Mellon are thrilled to recognize the person or persons who submitted the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education winner. For this year’s award, theatre professionals from Carnegie Mellon will arrange a special master class presentation for the winner’s school or organization.

The Excellence in Theatre Education Award, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, is presented each year by the Tony Awards. This honor recognizes a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theatre industry selects the winner, based on candidates submitted by members of the public.


Give the ultimate thank-you to the teacher who inspired you by proposing him or her for the Award!

How to Submit a Candidate for the Award