Jul 2019


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.,

For the 10th time in the last 11 years, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate has won a Tony Award. On Sunday, June 9, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Jamie deRoy earned a Tony for Best Play for “The Ferryman.” It is the 50th Tony for Carnegie Mellon alumni in the 73-year history of the ceremony, which honors the best on Broadway. Two CMU alumni earned Tony Honors, another

By Erin Keane Scott  Broadway experienced an unexpected first last fall: an all-female creative team assembled by alumna Leigh Silverman, mounted a production of “The Lifespan of a Fact” by journalist John D’Agatta. “I feel it is our responsibility as we gain power and any kind of platform, that we continue to widen the road as we go,” said Silverman, a 1996 CMU graduate. “This is my fourth Broadway show

By Kate Hamilton When “comedy” is in a play’s title, the production better deliver. And if a play is billed as a farce, it has even more specific boxes to check. Some key elements of farce include broad physical comedy, exaggerated characters, entrances, exits and clever puns. In other words, audiences come to expect mistaken identity and a lot of spanking. Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors does not disappoint, but in

Five Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama alumni received a total of 11 Tony Award nominations this morning for their Broadway work behind the scenes. This marks the 11th consecutive year that at least one Carnegie Mellon graduate has received a nomination. The nominations were announced at the Lincoln Center in New York. Producer Jamie deRoy, a 1967 Carnegie Mellon alumna, led the way with a total of six nominations in three categories. Tootsie,

By Pravin Wilkins Atlas of Depression, created and directed by Eben Hoffer, consists of the retelling of a series of interviews between Hoffer and various people at Carnegie Mellon who experience depression. The piece was created in a documentary style called verbatim theater, which constructs plays from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic. Atlas of Depression allowed Hoffer to investigate his own experience

“The title of University Professor is the highest designation a faculty member can receive at Carnegie Mellon. University Professors are distinguished by international recognition and for their contributions to education, artistic creativity and/or research,” wrote Carnegie Mellon University Provost James H. Garrett on Wednesday, May 1. “Each University Professor exemplifies a high level of professional achievement, and an exceptional commitment to academic excellence at our university.” Peter Cooke AM, Ph.D. was named among

by Joseph Hefner Could there be a living human being old enough to speak who hasn’t uttered some variation of those three little words?  You know the ones I mean—the words that can solidify a relationship… or destroy it entirely. The ones we may desperately want to declare, but for whatever reason, find ourselves unable to vocalize.  Or maybe they’re the words we say so often they’ve lost all meaning:

By Pravin Wilkins Pilgrims by Claire Kiechel tells the story of a soldier and a teenage girl who are quarantined together on a ship that is bound for a recently discovered planet. Through their interactions—and their interactions with their robot servant—both characters explore their past traumas as they imagine their futures in an unsure colonialist setting. After the performance, I got the chance to ask Director Connor Driscoll some questions

Alumnus Leslie Odom, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony on May, 19. Odom, who earned his bachelor’s degree from our College of Fine Arts in 2003, is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor, singer and dancer best known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “Hamilton”