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Omaha Burke High School teacher honored with Broadway award

Sep 25, 2018, 14:51 PM by Kelly Bartnick


OPS Drama Teacher Emily Mokrycki 
presented with prestigious League Educator Apple Award 

OPA Broadway League Apple Educator Award

From left, Rachel Reiner of The Broadway League, Apple Educator Award winner Emily Mokrycki and OPA President Joan Squires at Broadway Ball.

Omaha Burke High School drama teacher Emily Mokrycki has been honored with the 2018 League Educator Apple Award from The Broadway League, the national trade organization for the commercial theater industry. 

Mokrycki was given the award September 7 at Omaha Performing Arts’ Broadway Ball, a fundraiser for Omaha Performing Arts education programs, including Disney Musicals in Schools, Carnegie Musical Explorers, and the Nebraska High School Theater Academy, of which Ms. Mokrycki is an active participant.

“Emily Mokrycki is a fantastic community partner and a driving force in theater education at Burke High School,” said Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires.  “She tirelessly encourages students, teaching them that a professional theater career – even on Broadway – is possible.”

Mokrycki has been an educator for 15 years. Over the past five years, she has taken advantage of the numerous workshops, forums, master classes and other learning opportunities available through Omaha Performing Arts to introduce theatrical elements and skills to her students. She also has served as a leader and advocate for the Nebraska High School Theater Academy and the Nebraska State Thespian Festival.

“It is a huge honor,” Mokrycki said. “I thank Omaha Performing Arts for their support and look forward to continuing to work with them to engage Nebraska’s theater students.” 

Now in its sixteenth year, the awards acknowledge the efforts of local teachers and advocates who support programs relating to Broadway or Touring Broadway shows, promoting further development of theater education. Omaha Performing Arts nominated her for the award.

 “The Broadway League has been recognizing teachers, administrators, school district heads, and advocates from around the country for their commitment to arts education since 2003. We are proud to honor these outstanding individuals for their work in collaboration with Broadway League member venues that present Broadway and Touring Broadway shows,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Enriching young minds with the power of the arts is crucial to our communities and the future of live theater. Through this award and other initiatives, we encourage the ongoing development of theater education programs nationally.”

Mokrycki is one of four recipients in 2018. Other winners come from Buffalo, NY, Belle Glade, FL and Pasco County, FL.