East Noble teacher in running for awards at Tony Awards

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WANE) East Noble High School’s theatre director Craig Munk is up for a theater education award at this year’s Tony Awards.

East Noble High School Theatre Director Craig Munk has been nominated for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award presented by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University.
East Noble High School Theatre Director Craig Munk has been nominated for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award presented by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University.

Alumni of the East Noble High School theatre program submitted Munk’s name for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award presented by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University. The submission was made Monday.

“What an honor,” said Munk, who was surprised with the news Monday during preparations for the theatre program’s 50th anniversary celebration. “I don’t need to receive an award; the effort put into this nomination is the real gift.”

Munk has directed the theatre program at East Noble all but two years of its existence, since 1968. He was recognized numerous times during his 48 years, including being awarded Kendallville’s Key to the City, Citizen of the Year, Indiana Thespian Hall of Fame and a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor O’Bannon.

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The theatre program at East Noble produces six shows a season, including a variety show, a comedy/drama, two musicals and two student directed productions.

“While we would love for Mr. Munk to receive a Tony Award, this nomination is truly about sharing the Munks’ story,” said Michael Barranda, an East Noble theatre program alum and Fort Wayne City Councilman. “They have been such inspiration to an entire community, and we want the world to know that.”

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