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

The Drama Queens festival took place in the Rauh Theater to a sold-out crowd on Thursday, Sept. 29. The program tackled the patriarchy through pieces that both enthralled and challenged the audience. Three legendary performance artists—Holly Hughes, Deb Margolin and Carmelita Tropicana—selected three of their protégés—Erin Markey, Desiree Burch and Becca Blackwell, respectively—to perform for the Carnegie Mellon community. The next day, all of the performance artists spoke in an

Carolyn Kras is using her creativity to shed light on sexual assault. On Sept. 24, the Carnegie Mellon University alumna continues the global readings of her play, “The Subject,” with six simultaneous performances, including one at CMU. “People are excited that these issues are being spoken about and that art and activism is uniting to get people engaged,” said Kras, who earned her master’s degree in 2010 from CMU’s College

Just one year out of school and Will Gossett already has an Emmy. Gossett, a 2015 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, was a member of the team that won the 2016 Emmy for Best Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special for his work on “Grease: Live.” The Creative Arts Emmys were announced Sept. 10 and 11. Fellow alumni, Ryan Tanker (A 2010) was also a member

Carnegie Mellon University congratulates CMU alumni Renée Elise Goldsberry and Leslie Odom, Jr., who received Tony Awards on Sunday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. These two winners increase the number of Tonys received by Carnegie Mellon alumni to 43. Goldsberry and Odom, Jr., received two of the 11 Tony Awards bestowed on the musical “Hamilton,” which was nominated for a record 16 Tonys. Goldsberry, a 1993

Seven Carnegie Mellon University alumni garnered Tony Award nominations this morning when they were announced from New York City via a webcast on TonyAwards.com and “CBS This Morning.”