This image released by Madeline Michel shows Monticello Drama director Michel, foreground left, on stage with Monticello High School students in Charlottesville, Va. Michel will be the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award on June 9 at the Tony Awards in New York City. (Madeline Michel via AP)

Charlottesville drama teacher to get special Tony Award

May 23, 2019 - 1:06 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal riffs, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the city.

Madeline Michel from Monticello High School will receive the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award on June 9 at the Tony Awards in New York City.

Under Michel's guidance, the school has mounted student-written shows such as "A King's Story," about a fictional black Charlottesville teenager who is shot and killed by police; "#WhileBlack," about racial profiling; and "Necessary Trouble," which explores racial and identity symbols that high school students can encounter during a normal school day.

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