Schools of the Stars: Where the 2014 Tony Winners Went to College

By Robert Viagas
10 Jun 2014

Where the 2014 Tony Award winners pursued their college studies.



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What does it take to win a Tony Award? Hard work, talent, luck — all backed up by a good education. You have to supply the first three yourself, but PlaybillEDU™ can help you find the fourth.

Here is a rundown on where the 2014 Tony Award winners pursued their college studies. Visit PlaybillEDU.com to learn how you can follow in their footsteps. Individual school listings on the site are linked below.

Best Play
Robert Schenkkan (All The Way): University of Texas, Austin and Cornell University

Best Book of a Musical
Robert L. Freedman (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder): University of California, Los Angeles and New York University

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Jason Robert Brown (Music & Lyrics for The Bridges of Madison County): Eastman School of Music

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical): Syracuse University

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch): NA

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Playy
Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill): The Juilliard School

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bryan Cranston (All The Way): Los Angeles Valley College

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch): NA

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin): California State University—Hayward

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night): Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sophie Okonedo (A Raisin in the Sun): Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

Best Director of a Play
Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun): Clark Atlanta University

Best Direction of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder): Swarthmore College and Columbia University School of the Arts

Best Choreography
Warren Carlyle (After Midnight): Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts and Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts

Best Orchestrations
Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County): Eastman School of Music

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher Barreca (Rocky): Yale University and University of Connecticut

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt (Act One): Vassar College and New York University—Tisch School of the Arts

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jenny Tiramani (Twelfth Night): Trent Polytechnic University

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder): Yale University

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz (The Glass Menagerie): Oberlin College

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch): University of Texas and California Institute of the Arts

Best Sound Design of a Play
Steve Canyon Kennedy (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill): NA

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical): SUNY Oswego