Sensational. Nurturing. Inspirational. Admirable. Welcoming. Remarkable. If there ended up much more superlatives in existence, prospects are they would be employed to explain Roshunda Jones-Koumba, the Houston trainer who has been named the 2022 Excellence in Theatre Instruction Award winner. The award is presented each year by Carnegie Mellon University and its Tony Award companions at The Broadway League and American Theatre Wing.
Jones-Koumba, or “Overlook Jones” to her students at G.W. Carver Magnet High University for Performing & Visible Arts in Houston, will acknowledge her honor at the 75th Once-a-year Tony Awards on June 12 at Radio Metropolis Songs Corridor in New York City. Despite the fact that no stranger to recognition for her perform as a theatre arts educator, Jones-Koumba is modest when it arrives to accepting recognition. She chooses, rather, to aim on her pupils and presents them credit rating for the success they have had as an award-successful troupe of thespians for the past 17-furthermore a long time.
“My children are hungry,” she mentioned. “I appreciate their willpower and their generate. They encourage me to do better.”
It would be hard to think about that she could do any greater. A self-explained tricky worker (a trait that will come from her mothers and fathers), Jones-Koumba grew up as an only little one in Wharton, Texas. Regardless of currently being a compact city, Wharton made available a healthy theatre program. Oscar-winning screenwriter Horton Foote (“To Destroy a Mockingbird”) hailed from Wharton, and the city formed an grownup theatre group named the Footlighters in his honor. Jones-Koumba became involved in the team and, in the end, aided to produce on offshoot of the team for pupils — the Litefooters.
It was in her character — and her bloodline — to nurture the up coming era of theatre lovers. Hailing from a household of educators, she understood she required to be an educator considering the fact that she was young. Her center university and, later on, high university trainer, Marjorie Tydlacka supported Jones-Koumba as a prose and poetry creator.
“She thought in me,” Jones-Koumba explained. “She created me see that the sky was the limit, no matter what I wished to do.”
She enrolled at Prairie Perspective A&M College, and majored in English with a insignificant in theatre arts. Her hope was to grow to be a superior faculty instructor and come to be associated in theatre programs at the significant faculty amount. Her important modified, nonetheless, when a professor named C. Lee Turner pulled her apart and informed her to observe her real desire 1st.