Alumni Award Winners
|Tony Meola '76|
|Edgar "Dusty" Bredbenner Jr. '50 Distinguished Alumni Award|
From an early age, Tony Meola was captivated by sound. By the time he arrived at Ithaca College, that fascination had transformed into a passion for theater. When he graduated from Ithaca magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in drama, his sights were firmly set on a career in show business.
Tony started working as a sound designer in his own right in the mid-1980s and quickly established himself as one of Broadway's leading designers. The result speaks for itself. Starting with Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed revival of Anything Goes, directed by Jerry Zaks, Tony's list of Broadway smashes (and the occasional flop) is dazzling. Among his many credits are Guys and Dolls; The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public; A Christmas Carol (at Madison Square Garden); Chronicle of a Death Foretold; The King and I; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; The Lion King (for which he won the 1998 Drama Desk Award); The Sound of Music (for which he was nominated for a 1998 American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award); Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; and Wicked.
In addition, Tony's work has been heard extensively overseas. And though his most visible achievements have come from the large musicals he's designed, some of his most cherished experiences have come from his ongoing commitment to smaller shows and shows still in development.
Tony is an avid runner and triathlete, an accomplished chef, and a voracious reader. He has traveled the world, often for business, though his most memorable trip was to Nepal, where he trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest. He lives in New York City.