WASHINGTON – Howard University would like to congratulate Phylicia Rashaddean of Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, who won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in “Skeleton Crewwhich was also nominated for Best New Play.

Founded by theater producer and director Brock Pemberton and named after actress, producer and theater manager Antoinette “Tony” Perry, the Tony Awards recognize excellence in live Broadway theater. The awards are presented by the American Theater Wing and the Broadway League at an annual ceremony in Midtown Manhattan, New York.

“On behalf of the entire Howard University community, I would like to congratulate Dean Rashad on winning another Tony Award,” said Dr. Wayne AI Frederick, president of Howard University. “She has had an exemplary career and continues to pursue and achieve the highest levels of excellence in all that she does. Dean Rashadit is example will continue to inspire his students at Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts to set high ambitions for what they can achieve and the good they can do with their talents.

On the show, Rashad portrayed Faye, a factory worker who has worked at the same factory for 29 years and is facing a major pension increase after 30 years.

In the first impressions room at the 2022 Tony Awards, Dean Rashad advised young actors to “look into your craft, seek and find good teachers, and find your own path.”

In 2004, Rashad became the first black actress to win a Tony for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Lena Younger in a revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” (She later reprized her role in a 2008 television adaptation, for which she won an NAACP Image Award.)


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