Roshunda Jones-Koumba, director of troupe 6753 at George Washington Carver Magnet in Houston, Texas, is the recipient of the 2022 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education.
The Tony is just the latest national recognition for Jones-Koumba: She was one of two teachers to receive the Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award from EdTA and ASCAP in 2021; she also earned EdTA’s Inspirational Theatre Educator Award. The recognition reflects her impact on students.
“I have been in awe of her vision; her tireless work ethic,” shared one student in the Tony announcement. “She taught us, usually black and brown kids from inner city communities, that we could do anything.”
The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University established the Excellence in Theatre Education Award in 2014 to recognize top K-12 drama teachers and to celebrate arts education. Jones-Koumba will receive her award at the 75th Annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 12.
In addition to Jones-Koumba, the selection committee also recognized five current EdTA member teachers with honorable mentions:
- Bill Cornforth, troupe 1942, Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, W.V.
- Patrick Garcia, troupe 8473, Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego
- Gina Painter, Saugus High School in Saugus, Calif.
- Nicole Quintana, troupe 8102, Miami Arts Studio at Zelda Glazer in Miami
- Matthew Wolfe, troupe 513, Westerville South HS in Westerville, Ohio, and Ohio Thespians Chapter Director
“We are incredibly proud of these teachers for this remarkable recognition of the amazing work they are doing in and out of the classroom,” said EdTA Chief Membership Officer Hans Weichhart.