Clark Atlanta University Theatre Majors to Attend the 2019 Tony Awards


ATLANTA, GA – May 10, 2019 Clark Atlanta University (CAU) today announced that two theatre majors received scholarships to participate in the highly selective 2019 SpringboardNYC Program from June 3rd-14th, 2019.  Gabrielle Ambeau CAU’20 and Keara Jones CAU’19 were selected from a large pool of applicants who study acting at universities all over the world.  Ms. Ambeau and Ms. Jones are the first Clark Atlanta University theatre majors that have been selected for this prestigious program and awarded scholarships.  

The SpringboardNYC 2019 program will introduce Ambeau and Jones to the New York City theatre industry and allow them to study with renowned Broadway artists and producers.   They will attend workshops and seminars, tour Broadway and off-Broadway theatres, and take acting intensive master classes with other theatre students from around the world.  They will also live and train in New York City for two weeks, culminating in the Tony Awards. 

The SpringboardNYC  2019 program is hosted by the American Theatre Wing Professional School, which was founded by Antoinette Perry.  The School has trained legendary actors such as Bob Fosse, Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones.

Ms. Jones is a member of the CAU Honors Program and the President of the CAU chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.  Ms. Ambeau is also a member of the Alpha Psi Omega.  Both students are very active members of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts.  Both recently starred in the department’s production of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, directed by Professor Eric J. Little.  

At the close of the SpringboardNYC 2019 program, Ms. Ambeau will travel to Connecticut to attend the Yale University Summer Conservatory for Actors from July 1, 2019 to August 2, 2019.  She will intensively train with critically acclaimed Broadway and film actors.  Ms. Jones will travel to England to study at the British American Drama Academy. 

“I am very proud of Ms. Ambeau and Ms. Jones.  I know that they will excel in the SpringboardNYC 2019 Program, the Yale Conservatory for Actors and at BADA.  The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts at Clark Atlanta University is committed to training global scholar-practitioners who are fulfilling the university’s mission to be innovative change agents and leaders in STEAM,” said Dr. Eve Graves, chairperson of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts.

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Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access to academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators. From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit