“The Rising Star Award, established by LDI/LiveDesign magazine, is given annually to a young professional at the beginning of his or her career. The award recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in scenic, lighting, sound, projection design, and convergence of these design disciplines. The Rising Star Award is presented to young professionals in the first four years of their careers after completing their highest academic degree. Cutler received his BFA in

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Despite the familiar trappings of what on the surface may well resemble an older, posher version of Porkies, CMU’s The Rover strays far from expectation thanks to some explosive stagecraft and clever direction. Adapted by John Barton and directed by David Bond, The Rover easily navigates the very uneasy line between faithfulness to the original text and dynamic critical interpretation. The ingenious mixture of period appropriate and bombastic contemporary design

For the Third Year, “Excellence in Theatre Education Award” Will Honor a Deserving Teacher at the Tony Awards The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University will recognize a deserving teacher with the “Excellence in Theatre Education Award” for the third year in a row. Now through Feb. 10, 2017, submissions are accepted online for K-12 theatre educators at an accredited institution or recognized community theatre organization. Anyone — from students

Two alumni, Josh Groban and Denée Benton made their Broadway debuts last night in “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” Charles Isherwood of the New York Times wrote: “The golden vitality of Mr. Groban’s tenor was not a surprise. But he doesn’t just make pretty sounds; he invests his singing with the pain and frustration that define Pierre. With a bushy beard and a plumped-up costume (Pierre is

On Oct. 28, award-winning director David Fincher visited the students of the John Wells Directing Program. Fincher is in Pittsburgh filming the new Netflix series Mindhunter. Fincher spoke with students about navigating the business side of being an artist, as well as working with actors. “There’s no getting around having to show up to work,” he said. “There’s no getting around having to tell your story.”  

A trip to Indonesia helped Carnegie Mellon University senior Iris Beaumier merge her passions. In 2015, the drama major who is working toward an environmental studies minor joined an Operation Wallacea expedition to collect data on invertebrates and coral structures. While there, she experimented with underwater cinematography. “I wanted to create a piece of art that is scientifically based,” she said. Using underwater film and interviews with local fish farmers,

Billy Porter (A 1991) returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh this week for a series of concerts in the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Cabaret Series on Oct. 17. His stop was not without a visit to his alma mater to observe students, conduct master classes, take selfies to be sent home to moms and answer some hard questions about life in the theater. “I was supposed to be a statistic, but

If there is a shibboleth for American actors — at least since Brando debuted on Broadway in the late 1940s — it’s been their ability to convey accents, as well as non-native language, in a convincing manner. Just listen to the desultory attempts to speak like a South Bostoner in the 2006 film The Departed. So we might approach Carnegie Mellon University Drama’s production of Irish playwright John Millington Synge’s Playboy of

“The Playboy of the Western World,” by Irish playwright laureate John Millington Synge, will be the first production of the 2016-2017 season for Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. The play was notorious for causing riots after it opened in 1907, because it revealed a much less idyllic Ireland than Dubliners wanted to see. It will run from Oct. 6-15 in CMU’s Philip Chosky Theater. “Playboy is a miracle of the