Alums Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer to present first CMU/Tony Award honoring educators

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:32 AM Written by 

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Carnegie Mellon University has announced that alums Zachary Quinto (right, "Heroes," "American Horror Story": "Star Trek" and Broadway's "The Glass Menagerie") and Matt Bomer ("The Normal Heart"; "White Collar") — will debut the new educator honor at the Tony Awards ceremony, broadcast live from Radio City Sunday, June 8 on CBS. 

Quinto and Bomer will introduce the creation of the "Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre Education presented by Carnegie Mellon University," which is the first, national recognition program to honor kindergarten through high-school (K-12) theatre educators. This follows the university's announcement in April that it will collaborate with the Tony Awards as its first higher education partner. Nominations for theatre educators will be accepted online this fall and the first recipient will be honored on stage at the 2015 Tony Awards.

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. 

This year, six CMU alumni have been nominated for a Tony, including:

  • Paula Wagner as a producer for Best Play for "Mothers and Sons";
  • Jamie DeRoy (A'67) as a producer for Best Musical for "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder";
  • Cherry Jones (A'78) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for "The Glass Menagerie";
  • Sutton Foster for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Violet";
  • Peter Hylenski (A'97) for Best Sound Design of a Musical for "After Midnight";
  • Leigh Silverman (A'96) for Best Direction of a Musical for "Violet."

 

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