The award follows the university's announcement in April that it will collaborate with the Tony Awards as its first, exclusive higher education partner. Nominations for theatre educators will be accepted online this fall, and the first recipient will be honored 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, including eight winners in 2013.
This year, six CMU alumni have been nominated for a Tony: Paula Wagner as a producer for Best Play for Mothers and Sons, Jamie deRoy ('67) as a producer for Best Musical for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Cherry Jones ('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 ('97) for Best Sound Design of a Musical for After Midnight and Leigh Silverman ('96) for Best Direction of a Musical for Violet.
Wagner and fellow CMU alum Billy Porter ('91), a 2013 Tony Award winner, will join CMU’s College of Fine Arts Dean Dan Martin "for an on-stage presentation celebrating arts and theatre education, and its vital role in developing the next great generation of actors, directors, producers and all theatre professionals," according to press notes.
The 68th Annual Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.