SUMMIT, NJ - Fresh off her nomination for a a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Director for the Summit High School (SHS) production of "Sweeney Todd," SHS Performing Arts and Forensics Department Head Anne Poyner has been nominated for another prestigious honor.
The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University will be recognizing teachers who create the next generation of theatre artists with The Excellence in Theatre Education Award, honoring those dedicated professionals who discover talented students, nurture them, inspire them, and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals.
The winning teacher will receive the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award at 2015 Tony Awards on June 7, and be acknowledged on the CBS telecast.

The award includes a $10,000 cash prize for the teacher’s school, travel for two to New York City, including hotel accommodations, and a pair of tickets to the Tony Awards Ceremony and Gala. Finalists will each receive $1,000 for their schools, travel to New York City, hotel accommodations, and an invitation to an exclusive pre-Tony event.

This spring, the nominations will be screened and vetted by a panel of judges from The Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing, and Carnegie Mellon University. The award finalists will be announced later in the spring.

The organizers are encouraging supporters to Tweet personal show pictures to #NominateMyTeacher.