The Excellence in Theatre Education Award, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, is presented each year by the Tony Awards. 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.
THE EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE EDUCATION AWARD
Tell us the story of a theatre teacher who has changed someone’s life.
Each year we invite members of the public to submit candidates for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award by telling the story of a theatre educator who made a difference in their life, and the lives of others.
The award 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. The winning teacher will be recognized on the Tony Awards telecast on CBS. The award comes with a grant of $10,000 for the teacher’s theatre program, and tickets for the winner to attend the Tony Awards ceremony and Gala.
MASTER CLASSES FROM CARNEGIE MELLON
The Tonys and Carnegie Mellon will recognize the person or persons who submitted the Excellence in Theatre Education winner with an additional prize: Theatre professionals from Carnegie Mellon will arrange a special master class presentation for the winner’s school or organization, or an equivalent student experience to be determined by Carnegie Mellon.
We invite members of the public to submit candidates for the Education Award. Your candidate must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- The candidate must be a current, living teacher at an accredited K-12 institution, or reputable theatre organization, located within the U.S.
- They must be a teacher whose position is dedicated to, or includes aspects of, theatre education.
- Self-submissions will not be accepted.
See requirements and deadline information below.
Questions: Visit our Award FAQ page.
Rules: View our complete rules.
Applications for the 2023 Educator Award are now open.
Email: If you have questions about your application, please email us.