This spring, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) was named by the Tony Awards® as its first, exclusive higher education partner. As part of the collaboration, the two organizations will jointly create and launch the first, national recognition program to honor kindergarten through high-school (K-12) theatre educators. That honor will be announced at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 

At the June 8 awards this year, CMU's Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Dan Martin, presented details about the university's participation prior to the national telecast. (He is pictured here with his wife, Cheryl Pinto, on the red carpet prior to the ceremony.) Joined by alumni Paula Wagner and Billy Porter, Dean Martin talked about the importance of arts education in society today and encouraged the audience of 6,000+ at Radio City to thank the teachers who had influenced their lives. Several award winners that night recognized the people who had played a part in their own arts education during their acceptance speeches.

CMU’s School of Drama is the oldest drama degree-granting program in the United States and celebrates its centennial in 2014. In the past century, CMU has produced hundreds of Tony nominees and 31 Tony winners—eight winners in 2013 alone. Recognized as an international leader in the arts and technology, CMU’s drama school consistently ranks as one of the world’s best.

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