Dear School of Drama community, As we prepare for week 3 of remote classes and production, I thank you for coping so well with these extraordinary changes to our social, administrative and educational practices. Your willingness to jump into this uncharted situation is inspiring. While I know we want things to return to normal as soon as possible, I wish you all the best and hope each one of us
By Alexis Trbovich The storytelling that happens on stage goes beyond an actor’s performance — it begins in the very fabric of their costumes. At the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, costume design and production students use fabric, design and their imaginations to visually enhance an on-stage performance. Tucked away in a corner on the third floor of the Purnell Center is Carnegie Mellon’s Costume Studio, where nearly two
After almost 50 years in the entertainment industry, it may seem hard to believe that actor Ted Danson needs to find inspiration for his craft. But that’s exactly what he was looking for — and found — when he returned to Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, his alma mater, for a visit with sophomore acting students Feb. 7. The 72-year-old award-winning actor, in town with his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen,
Alumnus Nick Lehane (BFA Acting ‘08) has received the 2020 Allelu Award International Travel Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation for his acclaimed performance piece, Chimpanzee. In January Nick and his team of puppeteers traveled to London, England to perform at the 2020 London Mime Festival. The piece was a UK premiere and was listed as “One of the Hottest Theatre Openings This Week” in Time Out London. The Allelu
“The bloodsucking plant that wants more, more, more can be interpreted as the lengths we’ll go to when we hunger for something. Seymour also craves all he has been previously denied: success, love, acceptance, and suddenly Seymour (pun intended) is faced with the killer dilemma at the center of “The Little Shop of Horrors. Happy opening to alum, Philippe Arroyo starring as Seymour, and fellow CMU Drama associates John McDaniel
Mojisola Adebayo at CMU School of Drama UK actor, playwright, director, producer, and artist/activist Dr. Mojisola Adebayo will discuss her black/queer performance processes and practices, from Antarctica to Africa, embracing Black Lives Matter and black love matters. All are invited to her performance/talk on Tuesday at 4:30 PM, as well as to view the pop-up performance of her “Black Lives/Black Words” festival short play, The Interrogation of Sandra Bland on Wednesday at 11:30
By Ted Hoover Pittsburgh Current Theater Critic firstname.lastname@example.org You don’t really run across French playwright Jean Giraudoux anymore. He was less prolific and his output less glamorous than his sorta/kinda contemporary Jean Anouilh. But in the early part of the 20th century, especially the period between World Wars I & II, Giraudoux was the name of the playwriting game in France. Carnegie Mellon University presents his anti-war drama Tiger at the Gates and
Billy Porter Makes History at Emmys By Heidi Opdyke With an Emmy Award Sunday night, Billy Porter is one step away from an EGOT. Porter was one of four Carnegie Mellon University alumni who were recognized at the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on Fox. At least 16 CMU alumni were nominated in 12 categories this year. The Tony, Grammy and now Emmy
LOOKING AT YOU: Professor Rob Handel’s Libretto Explores Surveillance Capitalism By Allie Donahue Librettist Rob Handel, CMU Professor of Dramatic Writing, and Composer Kamala Sankaram’s opera Looking at You, directed by Kristin Marting, made its world premiere at HERE Arts Center in New York this September. Handel and Sankaram describe their work as “an immersive techno-noir opera.” The show begins as a corporate tech party and audience members are guests,
CMU alumnus Marc Masterson returns to the helm of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre — 20 years after he led it the first time By Joyce DeFrancesco Whoever said “you can’t go home again” doesn’t know Marc Masterson (A 1978). The newly re-appointed artistic director of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, Marc returned to the role, one that he held from 1980 to 2000, in July 2018 after 19 years in other U.S. regional theaters.
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