By Alexis Trbovich The storytelling that happens on stage goes beyond an actor’s performance — it begins in the very fabric of their costumes. At the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, costume design and production students use fabric, design and their imaginations to visually enhance an on-stage performance. Tucked away in a corner on the third floor of the Purnell Center is Carnegie Mellon’s Costume Studio, where nearly two

  After almost 50 years in the entertainment industry, it may seem hard to believe that actor Ted Danson needs to find inspiration for his craft. But that’s exactly what he was looking for — and found — when he returned to Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, his alma mater, for a visit with sophomore acting students Feb. 7. The 72-year-old award-winning actor, in town with his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen,

Alumnus Nick Lehane (BFA Acting ‘08) has received the 2020 Allelu Award International Travel Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation for his acclaimed performance piece, Chimpanzee. In January Nick and his team of puppeteers traveled to London, England to perform at the 2020 London Mime Festival. The piece was a UK premiere and was listed as  “One of the Hottest Theatre Openings This Week” in Time Out London. The Allelu

Or, Liz Duffy Adams Directed by Kim Weild Nov.14-23 We all embody opposites within Or else we’re frankly far too dull to live “Or,” is a colorful, energetic, door-slamming farce (only partially based on historical fact) that celebrates the emergence of women in the theatre scene. After being released from a debtor’s prison, Aphra Behn is desperate to leave her life of espionage behind. Aphra’s dreams of writing for the

Mojisola Adebayo at CMU School of Drama UK actor, playwright, director, producer, and artist/activist Dr. Mojisola Adebayo will discuss her black/queer performance processes and practices, from Antarctica to Africa, embracing Black Lives Matter and black love matters. All are invited to her performance/talk on Tuesday at 4:30 PM, as well as to view the pop-up performance of her “Black Lives/Black Words” festival short play, The Interrogation of Sandra Bland on Wednesday at 11:30

By Ted Hoover Pittsburgh Current Theater Critic info@pittsburghcurrent.com You don’t really run across French playwright Jean Giraudoux anymore. He was less prolific and his output less glamorous than his sorta/kinda contemporary Jean Anouilh. But in the early part of the 20th century, especially the period between World Wars I & II, Giraudoux was the name of the playwriting game in France. Carnegie Mellon University presents his anti-war drama Tiger at the Gates and

Billy Porter Makes History at Emmys By Heidi Opdyke With an Emmy Award Sunday night, Billy Porter is one step away from an EGOT. Porter was one of four Carnegie Mellon University alumni who were recognized at the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on Fox. At least 16 CMU alumni were nominated in 12 categories this year. The Tony, Grammy and now Emmy

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Sep 2019

LOOKING AT YOU

LOOKING AT YOU: Professor Rob Handel’s Libretto Explores Surveillance Capitalism By Allie Donahue Librettist Rob Handel, CMU Professor of Dramatic Writing, and Composer Kamala Sankaram’s opera Looking at You, directed by Kristin Marting, made its world premiere at HERE Arts Center in New York this September.  Handel and Sankaram describe their work as “an immersive techno-noir opera.” The show begins as a corporate tech party and audience members are guests,

CMU alumnus Marc Masterson returns to the helm of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre — 20 years after he led it the first time By Joyce DeFrancesco Whoever said “you can’t go home again” doesn’t know Marc Masterson (A 1978). The newly re-appointed artistic director of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, Marc returned to the role, one that he held from 1980 to 2000, in July 2018 after 19 years in other U.S. regional theaters.

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Jul 2019

CRAZY RICH DECOR

From the small screen to the Silver screen, alumnus Andrew Baseman sets the scene in Hollywood By Amanda S.F. Hartle An award-winning set decorator for blockbuster films and top television shows, Andrew Baseman (A 1982) immerses viewers in lush, vibrant scenes from wildly varied times and places.  From the stunning homes and weddings of Singapore’s elite in “Crazy Rich Asians” to the everyday existence of Russian spies in 1980s Washington, D.C.,