2018  Normadene Carpenter Award Honors
Paul Tomei

“For nineteen years Paul has helped nearly 3,000 students find their voices, soar with confidence, discover new friendships, and learn to communicate through the powerful medium of dramatic art.  The recipient of numerous honors and awards for teaching, directing, and producing, Paul is a dedicated and passionate educator whose students have gone on to perform on Broadway, in regional theater, and in television and film projects.  What they learn in his theater classes they keep for life.

The Normadene Carpenter Award recognizes extraordinary commitment to culture and creativity.  the year’s special theme is Arts in Education.  The arts improve academic performance, enhance civic engagement, and help young people understand themselves and each other.  Paul Tomei makes this happen for his students year after year, and we are very proud to honor him.” – The El Dorado Arts Council

Congratulations 2017 Elly Award Winners!

Production: Imaginary Invalid

  • Paul Tomei, Direction
  • Tierin Salstrand, Leading Male
  • Marin Deason, Sound Design
  • Trinity Harwell, Leading Female
  • Gabriel Tomei, Supporting Male

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