SAN JOSE, CA — This continues to be a significant year for Kevin R. Hauge who is celebrating his 20th anniversary as Artistic Director for Children’s Musical Theater San Jose (CMT San Jose). In April, he received the 2016 Legacy Laureate Award from Silicon Valley Creates, honoring lifetime artistic achievement and community impact.
In June, it was announced that Kevin Hauge received an honorable mention as one of the nation’s outstanding theater educators by the Theater Education Awards Team for The Tony Awards. Kevin and CMT San Jose will be acknowledged in the Tony Awards Playbill and on the Tony Awards website.
Each year for the Tony Awards broadcast, the Theater Education Awards team recognizes a K-12 theater educator in the U.S. who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies 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 selecting the winner and two finalists from more than 1,100 qualified entries.
One former student of Kevin Hauge’s is Alex Brightman, who will be at this year’s Tony Awards as a nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock. Alex says, “What Kevin Hauge has done for the theatre community is inescapable. His teachings are far-reaching… responsible for hundreds, if not thousands of performers working today. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about my time at CMTSJ and my experience there. Kevin Hauge is an educator, a nurturer of talent, and the gatekeeper of fun in this playground that we call theatre.”
Over the past two decades at CMT San Jose, Kevin Hauge has worked with more than 10,000 young performers and reached more than 50,000 audience members. Kevin’s innovative approach to productions includes incorporating modern techniques and technology, culminating in recognition of artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts 10 times, an unprecedented feat for a children’s theater company. [Read More]