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
The Hollywood Reporter released its list of the top 10 university Costume Design programs on Feb. 19, naming Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama among other noteworthy universities including Yale and Cal-Arts. X-Men: Dark Phoenix costume designer and alumnus, Daniel Orlandi, was quoted for the piece: “I started school with the idea of being a set designer but realized that I really enjoyed working with actors and helping them inhabit their characters
By Bruce Gerson Maria Stoy has your ticket to the theater at Carnegie Mellon University. Stoy is box office manager for the School of Drama, responsible for ticket sales, playbills and the student ushers for about 15 shows per year. She also is associate director of the school’s summer pre-college program for high schools students. “There’s always something going on, which is fun,” said Stoy, who has been running the box office for 20 years.
The New Works Series is a weeklong run of new plays written by second-year dramatic writing MFA students. Split into a first and second series by semester, playwrights Gillian Durkee, Ryan Hudak, and Lauren Wimmer will see their works realized as productions this November. New Works is an exciting opportunity for dramatic writing students to work with both undergraduate and graduate theater-makers — and each year, those collaborations yield exciting, unique
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