Harry Dietzler receives Honorable Mention in ‘Excellence in Theatre Education Award’ challenge presented by The Tony Awards© and Carnegie Mellon University

Out of 1,100 submissions, Dietzler receives top honors, the only theatre educator in Pennsylvania

June 10, 2016, Drexel Hill, PA • The Tony Awards© and The Carnegie Mellon University Excellence in Theatre Education Award nationwide challenge, recently announced that Harry Dietzler was a top finalist and received an Honorable Mention. Dietzler, the Executive Director of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage, is the only theatre educator in the state of Pennsylvania to receive top honors. The 2016 winner, Marilyn McCormick of Detroit, Michigan, will be recognized during the live Tony Awards broadcast on Sunday, July 12 on CBS Philly.

The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon received over 1,100 submissions telling the stories of theatre teachers throughout the United States who have discovered talented students, nurtured them, inspired them and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals. Dietzler is recognized in the top 23 with Honorable Mention.

Dietzler’s name and Upper Darby Performing Arts Center will appear on the Tony Awards Playbill and will be featured on TonyAwards.com. As a producer of the Tony Award-nominated “Spring Awakening,” Monica Horan Rosenthal of Darby, PA and Summer Stage alum, will be in the audience during the Tony Awards and promised to save a program for Dietzler. Jeremy Morse from Havertown, PA, also a Summer Stage alum, will perform as part of the Tony Award-nominated “Waitress.”

Upper Darby Summer Stage submitted a video created by Temple University student Tristan Horan and accompanied the submission with letters of recommendation from Summer Stage alumni including, actor and producer Tina Fey; Producing Artistic Director of Arden Theatre Company, Terrance J. Nolen; and Broadway producer and star of “Everyone Loves Raymond” Monica Horan Rosenthal. “During my years at Summer Stage, I learned what it is to flourish with the love and support of everyone in your community, and I learned the importance of supporting others so that they can flourish…both on-stage and off,” said Monica Horan Rosenthal in the letter of recommendation.

“The ripple effect of Harry Dietzler’s impact and contribution to the community, to the theatre, and to Arts Education Is incalculable,” added Monica.

The annual Excellence in Theatre Education Awards recognizes K-12 theatre educators in the U.S. who have demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embody the highest standards of the profession. Over the past few months, several rounds of judging have taken place, with a final panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theatre industry. The panel selected a winner, two finalists, and 20 individuals who received honorable mention. Dietzler was selected as one of the 20 individuals who received honorable mention from more than 1,100 qualified entries.

Harry Dietzler founded Upper Darby Summer Stage in 1976 and continues to oversee the program as it enters its 41st season. Every summer Upper Darby Summer Stage welcomes over 750 young people (ages 12 -28) who work with theater professionals, and present seven unique musicals in six weeks. The performances take place at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and over 30,000 ticket-holders enjoy the performances. Upper Darby Summer Stage is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful youth theater programs. During the fall, winter and spring months, Dietzler is the Executive Director of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, a cultural gem in Delaware County that brings affordable family-friendly entertainment to the region.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.



JUNE 10, 2016

Contact: Lauren Stevenson Yacina • 610.506.1355 • lauren.stevenson@verizon.net

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