Schools of the Stars: Where the 2014 Tony Nominees Went to College: The Actors and Actresses

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30 Apr 2014

Mary Bridget Davies
Mary Bridget Davies
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Where the 2014 Tony nominees in acting categories pursued their college studies.

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What does it take to get nominated for 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 nominees for the 2014 Tony Awards in acting categories 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.

Nominated Leading Actresses in a Musical
Mary Bridget Davies (A Night with Janis Joplin): Bowling Green State University
Sutton Foster (Violet): Carnegie Mellon University
Idina Menzel (If/Then): New York University – Tisch School of the Arts
Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical): Syracuse University
Kelli O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County): Oklahoma City University



Nominated Leading Actors in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch): NA
Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables): NA
Andy Karl (Rocky): Towson State University
Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder): Yale University and University of California—San Diego
Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder): Yale University and Boston College

Nominated Leading Actresses in a Play
Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons): Brandeis University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy
LaTanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun): Spelman College
Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie): Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill): The Juilliard School
Estelle Parsons (The Velocity of Autumn): Connecticut College and Boston University

Nominated Leading Actors in a Play
Samuel Barnett (Twelfth Night): London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Bryan Cranston (All The Way): Los Angeles Valley College
Chris O'Dowd (Of Mice and Men): University College, Dublin, and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Mark Rylance (Richard III): Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Tony Shalhoub (Act One): University of Southern Maine and Yale University

Nominated Featured Actresses in a Musical
Linda Emond (Cabaret): University of Washington
Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch): NA
Anika Larsen (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical): Yale University
Adriane Lenox (After Midnight): University of Memphis
Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder): Yale University

Nominated Featured Actors in a Musical
Danny Burstein (Cabaret): Queens College/CUNY and University of California—San Diego
Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway): Ryerson University
Joshua Henry (Violet): University of Miami
James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin): California State University—Hayward
Jarrod Spector (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical): Princeton University

Nominated Featured Actors in a Play
Reed Birney (Casa Valentina): Boston University
Paul Chahidi (Twelfth Night): Cambridge University and Central School of Speech and Drama
Stephen Fry (Twelfth Night): Queens' College, Cambridge
Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night): Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Brian J. Smith (The Glass Menagerie): Collin County Community College, Stephens College and the The Juilliard School

Nominated Featured Actresses in a Play
Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan): Gaiety School of Acting
Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie): University of Michigan
Sophie Okonedo (A Raisin in the Sun): Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Anika Noni Rose (A Raisin in the Sun): Florida A&M University
Mare Winningham (Casa Valentina): NA