By Kate Hamilton Greeted by old-fashioned microphones, a piano, and an illuminated APPLAUSE sign, this February, the audience in the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater was transported to 1940 to serve as the live studio audience for the Burns & Allen radio show. John Wells Directing Fellow Rachel Karp’s It’s in the Bag used comedienne Gracie Allen’s prank presidential run to track female presidential candidates through history. The result? A

by Pravin Wilkins Dark Play, by Carlos Murillo, tells the story of Nick, a friendless teenager who—in his isolation—turns to online chatrooms. What begins as a prank against Adam, another teenage boy whose online profile states that he “wants to fall in love,” morphs into a dangerous quest for acceptance through deception and manipulation. I had the opportunity to sit down with Director Adil Mansoor to parse through his team’s

January 18, 2019 By Erin Keane Scott E Geoff Marslett’s film, “The Phantom 52,” has been selected for the “Animated Short Films” category at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place Jan. 24-Feb.3 in Park City, Utah. Marslett is an associate professor of film and television in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. “It feels a bit like buying a lotto ticket, but you hope,” said Marslett of his sixth attempt at submitting

“Feel free to take a selfie,” the ushers chimed to guests entering the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater, indicating three photo booths in front of a silver tinsel curtain, set for Philip Gates’ A/B Machines, adapted from the work of Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol. The tinsel dropped to reveal the three performers: Hagan Oliveras, Henri Fitzmaurice, and Patrick Davis, spotlit amidst a visual homage to the 1960s and it was

Kaytie Nielsen, an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University and international filmmaker, is adding to her impressive list of credits. The 2016 graduate is the fourth CMU student to earn the highly selective international Marshall Scholarship, which funds up to two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom. Nielsen, who earned her bachelor’s degree in humanities and arts with concentrations in creative writing and drama, plans to study screenwriting at the National Film and Television

  Kayla Stokes, a senior BFA directing student, and her creative team produced a moving production of Amiri Baraka’s famous 1964 play, Dutchman. The piece dissects the interaction between a black man and a white woman on a New York Subway car. Their conversation escalates throughout the ride, culminating in a violent end. We sat down with Stokes to discuss how representation of race and gender are critical aspects of

The 30th Annual Lighting Dimensions International (LDI) Convention was held last week in Las Vegas during which 14,000 members of the production community, working in a wide range of international live and broadcast venues convene to connect design, tech and production to the live experience. Several members of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama community attended the Convention including second year MFA Lighting Design students Shawn Nielson and John

Sixteen Carnegie Mellon University alumni will be lighting up the small screen this year as nominees in 14 categories at the 70th Emmy Awards at 8 p.m. ET, Sept. 17 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Colin Jost and Michael Che, Weekend Update anchors on “Saturday Night Live,” will serve as co-hosts. Leading the CMU pack with the most nominations is Noah Mitz, a 2005 alumnus, who is nominated

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,