Tony award winner honored with Fullinwider

By Teddi Cliett

Actor Victoria Clark. Photo courtesy of DSM

One Dallas native followed her dreams all the way to the Great White Way! Tony Award winner Victoria Clark is the 2018 recipient of the Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) Fullinwider Award, honoring her for her impact in the Dallas theater community and beyond.

Clark is a Dallas native and graduate of The Hockaday School and Yale University, where she participated in the drama programs.

The Leah & Jerome M. Fullinwider Award is named after Leah and Jerry Fullinwider, the founding donors of DSM’s High School Musical Theater Awards. The award was created in 2016 to honor the Fullinwiders for their initial gift of $100,000, which helped fund and produce DSM HSMTA and College Scholarship program in 2012.

Clark won the Tony Award for “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” for her role in “The Light in the Piazza,” in addition to the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. She received Tony Award nominations for her roles in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” “Sister Act” and “Gigi.”

She is currently writing a solo autobiographical play which will debut later this year. Her solo debut album, “Fifteen Seconds of Grace,” is available through PS Classics. Clark serves on the Board of Trustees for the Kurt Weill Foundation and New York City Center.

Patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the DSM HSMTA celebrate the power of the arts and its ability to significantly improve all areas of education.

This year’s HSMTA ceremony is on Thursday, May 17, at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

The evening will kick off with a red carpet event at 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at or by phone at 800-745-3000.