Stockard Channing in Other Desert Cities (© Joan Marcus)
This year's Tony Award nominees come from a huge variety of backgrounds. Most, however, have received some form of higher education on their path to the top. TheaterMania has compiled information about the alma maters of many of the artists who are nominated. Is your school on the list?
Leading Actor in a Play James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors - N/A (left school at 17) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - New York University James Earl Jones, Gore Vidal's The Best Man - University of Michigan Frank Langella, Man and Boy - Syracuse University John Lithgow, The Columnist - Harvard, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur - AMDA, New School (BA), New York University (MFA) Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow - Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities - Radcliffe College Linda Lavin, The Lyons - College of William and Mary Cynthia Nixon, Wit - Barnard College
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Danny Burstein, Follies - Queens College (BA), UC San Diego (MFA) Jeremy Jordan, Newsies - Ithaca College Steve Kazee, Once - Morehead State University (BA), New York University (MFA) Norm Lewis, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - no record found Ron Raines, Follies - Oklahoma City University, Juilliard
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Jan Maxwell, Follies - Minnesota State University Moorhead Audra McDonald, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - Juilliard Cristin Milioti, Once - New York University Kelli O'Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It - Oklahoma City University Laura Osnes, Bonnie & Clyde - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher - Carnegie Mellon Michael Cumpsty, End of the Rainbow - Haileybury College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors - Rose Bruford College Andrew Garfield, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Central School of Speech and Drama Jeremy Shamos, Clybourne Park - New York University (Grad acting)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Linda Emond, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - University of Washington (MFA) Spencer Kayden, Don't Dress for Dinner - Northwestern University Celia Keenan-Bolger, Peter and the Starcatcher - University of Michigan Judith Light, Other Desert Cities - Carnegie Mellon University Condola Rashad, Stick Fly - California Institute of the Arts
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music, Howard University Michael Cerveris, Evita - Yale University David Alan Grier, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - University of Michigan, Yale School of Drama Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It - Boston Conservatory Josh Young, Jesus Christ Superstar - Syracuse University
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Elizabeth A. Davis, Once - Baylor University, Cleveland Playhouse/Case Western University Jayne Houdyshell, Follies - Oakland University Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It - UCLA Jessie Mueller, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever - Syracuse University Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Ghost the Musical - Temple University, Yale School of Drama
Best Play Bruce Norris, Clybourne Park - Northwestern University Jon Robin Baitz, Other Desert Cities - Beverly Hills High School Rick Elice, Peter and the Starcatcher - Cornell University (BA), Yale Drama School (MFA), Teaching Fellow at Harvard David Ives, Venus in Fur - Northwestern University, Yale Drama School (MFA)
Director of a Musical Jeff Calhoun, Newsies - N/A (Attended Richland High School) Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It - Smith College Diane Paulus, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - Harvard University, Columbia University John Tiffany, Once - University of Glasgow (Masters), Harvard Radcliffe Fellow
Director of a Play Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors - Trinity Hall, Cambridge Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park - University of Toronto Mike Nichols, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Dropped out of both NYU and University of Chicago Roger Rees, Peter and the Starcatcher - Slade School of Fine Art Alex Timbers, Peter and the Starcatcher - Yale School of Drama
Choreography Rob Ashford, Evita - Washington and Lee University, Point Park University Christopher Gattelli, Newsies - no record found Steven Hoggett, Once - Swansea University Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It - Smith College
Additional research for this article compiled by Sarah Moore and Giselle Waters.
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