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Marcos de Niza Drama Teacher Nominated for Excellence in Theater Education Award Presented by The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University

Patrick McChesney MDN Drama Teacher
Marcos de Niza High School drama teacher Patrick McChesney is a nominee for the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award. 

The new award was established to celebrate the educators who transform lives through the power of the arts. According to the Tony Awards website, “These are dedicated professionals who discover talented students, nurture them, inspire them, and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals.”

Mr. McChesney has taught in the Tempe Union High School District for 17 years. He began at Desert Vista High School and has been at Marcos de Niza since 2000, where he serves as Theater Director and Drama Club Sponsor and teaches classes in Basic Drama, Play Production and Performance, Advanced Acting & Directing, Stagecraft and TV Production.

"I love teaching at Marcos de Niza High School and the Tempe Union High School District. There is nowhere else I would rather teach,” said McChesney. “Our students are so wonderfully talented, have an amazing work ethic and turn out to be some of the most amazing individuals you will ever know.  I would also like to acknowledge our parent booster organization, CDP, for their support and generosity which helps to make sure our productions are extraordinary.  I am honored and humbled that the MdN students and alumni have gone to such great lengths to show their appreciation for me and what I do."

The Excellence in Theatre Education Award nominations are being screened and vetted by a panel of judges from The Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing and Carnegie Mellon University.

The winning teacher will receive the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award at 2015 Tony Awards on June 7, 2015 and be acknowledged on the CBS telecast. The recipient will also receive a $10,000 cash prize for his or her school and other prizes. A select number of finalists will each receive $1,000 for their schools and other prizes.
The winning teacher will receive the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award at 2015 Tony Awards on June 7, 2015 and be acknowledged on the CBS telecast. The recipient will also receive a $10,000 cash prize for his or her school and other prizes. A select number of finalists will each receive $1,000 for their schools and other prizes.


 

 
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