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.

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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

The Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater became a high school auditorium to host sex education for How To Put On A Sock, the first installment of the 2017-18 Director’s Series this November. Starring Jonathan Norwood, Roma Scarano, and Harry Thornton, How To Put On A Sock brings audiences back to their memories (or lack of memories) of ninth grade sex ed with interactive lessons, motivational posters, and a basket of

Carnegie Mellon University’s Barbara Anderson designed costumes in six George Romero films, but one moment stands out. During the filming of the anthology movie “Creepshow,” Anderson, a School of Drama professor emeritus, stood in a men’s bathroom covering an actor with an alien green grass while being surrounded by scurrying cockroaches. The actor and film’s author was Stephen King. “I was shaving his chest to make paths to glue on the green

On Sunday, Oct. 15, the junior Music Theater Ensemble presented Holding On, a cabaret from the repertoire of Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk at the CLO Cabaret at Theater Square in downtown Pittsburgh. They were joined by Lowdermilk who accompanied the performance.   Kerrigan (lyricist) and Lowdermilk (composer) made their off-Broadway debut in 2006 with their adaption of Henry and Mudge. Their songs have been recorded and performed internationally and

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, managing director of Ars Nova and CMU alumna Renee Blinkwolt visited Theater Lab — a course focused on creating new works with playwrights, actors, and directors — to speak about her role in new play development. Ars Nova is a New York City-based theater company with a mission to discover, develop, and launch new, diverse works of theater. Blinkwolt described Ars Nova’s projects as “weird places where artists

School of Drama alumnus Glenfield Payne (A 1990) visited students in a new class on television and filmmaking called Through The Lens on Monday, Sept. 25, to share his experiences working as a supervising sound editor and designer in film and television. Inspired by seeing Star Wars: Episode IV in theaters as a child, Payne knew that he wanted to make his career working on sound in film. After enrolling

One of the best places to watch top tier Tartan talent this fall is on the small screen. The Carnegie Mellon University alumni include 1972 graduate Ted Danson on the critically acclaimed “The Good Place” on NBC and 1970 graduate Judith Light, who was nominated for an Emmy in her role in “Transparent” on Amazon. In addition, many talented production designers and lighting directors on shows and series such as

Carnegie Mellon University alumni Andrew Leitch and Eugene Lee earned television’s top prize in production design at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Sept. 10. In all, 14 CMU alumni garnered 17 nominations for eight Emmy Awards. The Television Academy’s 69th Emmy Awards will air live at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Stephen Colbert will serve as host. Of the alumni nominated, 13 hail from the