NEW YORK and PITTSBURGH - June 1, 2016 - The Tony Awards announced today that the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, presented by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), will be presented to Marilyn McCormick, drama teacher at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich.
This annual honor recognizes a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theatre industry selected the winner and two finalists from more than 1,100 entries.
McCormick's students, present and past, along with colleagues at Cass Technical High School submitted heartfelt letters, tributes and videos through the application process. To celebrate her hard work and valuable contribution to theatre education, McCormick will receive a $10,000 grant for her theatre program and a trip to New York City to be recognized during the live CBS broadcast of the 70th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 2016.
McCormick and the Cass Tech students were informed of her selection by a surprise visit to McCormick's classroom by RenéeElise Goldsberry, a 2016 Tony Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her starring role in Broadway's "Hamilton." Goldsberry is a CMU alum and served on this year's judge's panel.
"To think that my students recommended me for this award … that's an honor," said McCormick, who is retiring in June. "I am overwhelmed to be receiving this recognition, and I can't wait to go to the Tony Awards. I have always told my students, 'Good, better, best; never let it rest, until your good gets better and your better is best.' Well, this is certainly the best!"