Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama is excited to welcome two new faculty members to our community at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year. Rick Edinger will be joining us as Associate Teaching Professor of Music Theater and Geoff Marslett will be our first ever Associate Professor of Film & Television. “We are delighted to make these new appointments to our faculty and know that they will bring excitement,

The Hollywood Reporter ranked the top 5 undergraduate acting programs. The magazine interviewed alumni, instructors, and top industry professionals to compile their list, which comprised Carnegie Mellon University, Julliard, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and UC San Diego. Of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama they wrote: “Josh Gad and Megan Hilty trained at this Pittsburgh institution, the oldest acting conservatory in the country.

Six Carnegie Mellon University alumni received a record-breaking 12 Tony Award nominations this morning. School of Drama alumnus and 2016 Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. and CBS star Katharine McPhee co-hosted the nominations announcement, which aired in part on “CBS This Morning” and in full on the Tony Awards page on Facebook. Five alumni were nominated for their outstanding behind-the-scenes work. Peggy Eisenhauer and Jules Fisher were nominated for lighting design, and Peter Hylenski and Ann

Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Josh Groban will co-host the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10. The live CBS broadcast, which honors the best on Broadway, will air at 8 p.m. ET from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Groban, who earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Pierre in “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,”

At the School of Drama, the theatrics don’t end on the stage. While our students seek to incorporate cutting edge technology into live performances, they also create such technology that can be used in numerous applications, such as gaming. At the 20th Annual Independent Games Festival awards ceremony at the alt.ctrl.GDC conference in San Francisco, a prototype that began in an experimental game design class at CMU last fall, Too

Steven Bochco, a 1966 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, died Sunday, April 1, after a valiant fight with leukemia. He was 74. Generations of fans were glued to their TV sets to watch Bochco’s television hits such as “Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue” and “L.A. Law.” He also created “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” which made its leading man, Neil Patrick Harris, a star. Bochco was one of the first

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama announced its 2018-2019 season on Friday. The season features a diverse selection of plays from women and playwrights of color, including the school’s first commissioned piece, “The Way Out West” by alumna Liza Birkenmeier. “This year we focused on making sure our season represents our School of Drama community by telling stories, both old and new, that reflect the experiences of a broad swath

Inside the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater, audiences road-tripped across California in I’m Sure I’ll Figure It Out, a comedy written and directed by senior directing student Burke Louis. In I’m Sure I’ll Figure It Out, a young medical marijuana farmer is visited by his idol, Werner Herzog, who inspires him to make a documentary to de-stigmatize the medical marijuana industry. The story explores mental illness, narcissism, and self-love. The

This February, a man in a chair placed a needle on his favorite record of the hundreds that surrounded him — a musical comedy from the 1920s — and so began Carnegie Mellon’s rendition of The Drowsy Chaperone, a love letter to classic Broadway directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.   The Drowsy Chaperone was written in the late 1990s — book by Bob Martin and Don McKeller, music and lyrics

This February, the John Wells Video Studio was transformed into a neon-splashed Thessaly for the third production of of the 2017-18 Director’s Series: Euripides’ Alkestis, translated by Anne Carson. Starring Sarah Pidgeon, Carson McCalley, Timiki Salinas, and Clayton Barry, the production puts an experimental twist on the Greek tragicomedy with captivating media design and audience participation. The week of the show’s opening, director Philip Gates discussed the process of tackling