Corey Mitchell wins first theatre ed Tony

June 4, 2015

Corey Mitchell, theatre teacher and director of Thespian troupe 5634 at the Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been selected to receive the first-ever Excellence in Theatre Education Award, presented by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University.

Mitchell has taught at Northwest for fourteen years and directed the Thespian troupe there since 2010. In 2013 he brought a memorable production of The Color Purple, with a cast, crew, and orchestra of more than a hundred students, to the main stage of the Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. The show was featured in Dramatics magazine’s coverage of that year’s festival.

“To me good is good, no matter what age you are,” Mitchell told Dramatics’s Gregory Bossler then. “I feel lucky that I had this great group of kids, this great group of young artists. I’m just so proud of the work they did.”

The award includes a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to the Tony Awards ceremony.

Two other finalists were announced. They are Marianne Adams, director of education at the Grandstreet Theatre School in Helena, Montana, who is an EdTA professional member, and Donald Hicken, theatre director at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

More on Mitchell, including lots of photo coverage of Northwest’s Thespian Festival production of The Color Purple, can be found on our Thespian Festival blog.


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