Roshunda Jones-Koumba named winner of Carnegie Mellon University’s 2022 Tony Awards and Excellence in Theater Education Award


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Roshunda Jones-Koumba named winner of Carnegie Mellon University’s 2022 Tony Awards and Excellence in Theater Education Award

Jones-Koumba is a drama teacher at GW Carver Magnet High School in Houston, Texas.

Roshunda Jones-Kumba
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Roshunda Jones-Koumba, a drama teacher at GW Carver Magnet High School in Houston, Texas, will receive the 2022 Excellence in Theater Education Award. The honor will be presented to her at the Tony Awards, which will be held on June 12 at Radio City Music Hall.

Jones-Koumba was selected from a national call for entries by a panel of theater experts from the American Theater Wing, Broadway League and Carnegie Mellon University. “I was impressed with her vision; her tireless work ethic; the countless hours; the blood, sweat, tears, money, food she gave to her students in the community around her. “, reads the approval of a submitted student. “And she taught us, usually black and brown kids from inner city communities, that we could do anything.”

In addition to teaching acting classes, Jones-Koumba directs productions at Carver, whose Thespian Troupe (#6753) has won numerous regional and national awards for competition plays and one-act plays. Jones-Koumba is a former recipient of the Stephen Schwartz Musical Theater Teacher of the Year Award and the Inspirational Theater Educator Award from the International Thespian Society, and was inducted into the Texas Thespians Hall of Fame.

“Our students are doing amazing things,” Jones-Koumba shares. “Many work on stage and on television; some continue their studies; some pursue careers outside of performing. In the theater we accept everything, so you’re not afraid to be yourself. And it gives you the confidence to do whatever you want, allows you to work with different people and be a better person in all areas,” Jones-Koumba said. “Theatre is life. I am very grateful to the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University for this honor.

The award comes with a $10,000 grant for Carver’s theater program and tickets to the Tony Awards and gala. Jones-Koumba students will also receive a masterclass taught by CMU drama teachers.

Following last year’s two-part broadcast shared by CBS and Paramount+, the 2022 Tony Awards will include an hour of exclusive programming streaming on Paramount+ on June 12 from 7 p.m. ET, followed by the awards ceremony. three-hour awards show live on CBS and simulcast on Paramount+ (for premium-tier subscribers only) starting at 8 p.m. ET, making this year’s ceremony the first in Tony Awards history to be available live nationwide. The broadcast will also be available for on-demand streaming on Paramount+ for all membership levels after the live stream. Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will host the awards show, with the first hour set to be hosted by POTUS‘ Julianne Hough and American buffaloit’s Darren Criss.

For more Tony Awards coverage, visit Playbill.com/Tonys.

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