Detroit ’67, by Dominique Morisseau, is the story of a tight-knit group of working-class black people—Chelle and Lank, brother and sister, and their friends, Bunny and Sly—who live in a deeply segregated Detroit. Their lives are interrupted and, ultimately, forever changed by the riots that take their community by storm and by the sudden appearance of the mysterious Caroline, a young white woman whom Lank takes in after having

“Feel free to take a selfie,” the ushers chimed to guests entering the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater, indicating three photo booths in front of a silver tinsel curtain, set for Philip Gates’ A/B Machines, adapted from the work of Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol. The tinsel dropped to reveal the three performers: Hagan Oliveras, Henri Fitzmaurice, and Patrick Davis, spotlit amidst a visual homage to the 1960s and it was

Kaytie Nielsen, an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University and international filmmaker, is adding to her impressive list of credits. The 2016 graduate is the fourth CMU student to earn the highly selective international Marshall Scholarship, which funds up to two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom. Nielsen, who earned her bachelor’s degree in humanities and arts with concentrations in creative writing and drama, plans to study screenwriting at the National Film and Television

  Kayla Stokes, a senior BFA directing student, and her creative team produced a moving production of Amiri Baraka’s famous 1964 play, Dutchman. The piece dissects the interaction between a black man and a white woman on a New York Subway car. Their conversation escalates throughout the ride, culminating in a violent end. We sat down with Stokes to discuss how representation of race and gender are critical aspects of

It’s 1945. World War II rages across the globe. The Allied Powers are pressing to bring it to a definitive close. In the United States, in the unforgiving desert climate of Los Alamos, New Mexico, a group of scientists execute the first successful test of the most powerful weapon known to man—the atomic bomb. As they struggle with the moral dilemma of their unparalleled innovation, their spouses grapple with government-enforced

On Friday, Oct. 19, the Music Theater Ensemble presented a “The Spark of Creation” a cabaret composed by Carnegie Mellon alumnus Stephen Schwartz (A 1968). A second-time guest composer for this annual event, Schwartz worked with the 13 students of the junior Music Theater ensemble to deliver a powerful performance. Every song, sashay and cheeky-over-the-shoulder glance reminded the audience of musical theater’s ability to delight. The sold out Greer Cabaret

The 30th Annual Lighting Dimensions International (LDI) Convention was held last week in Las Vegas during which 14,000 members of the production community, working in a wide range of international live and broadcast venues convene to connect design, tech and production to the live experience. Several members of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama community attended the Convention including second year MFA Lighting Design students Shawn Nielson and John

On September 27, Patrick Vassel, the associate director of Hamilton spoke with School of Drama students in the Rauh Studio Theater. Dressed in jeans and a smart blazer, he traced his journey to and through staging the hit musical. He used his personal transition from education to directing as an example to urge students to actively seek mentors in the theater industry and pursue their passions. “Don’t be afraid to

Sixteen Carnegie Mellon University alumni will be lighting up the small screen this year as nominees in 14 categories at the 70th Emmy Awards at 8 p.m. ET, Sept. 17 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Colin Jost and Michael Che, Weekend Update anchors on “Saturday Night Live,” will serve as co-hosts. Leading the CMU pack with the most nominations is Noah Mitz, a 2005 alumnus, who is nominated

Carnegie Mellon University and its School of Drama had many reasons to celebrate at the 2018 Tony Awards, including three awards alumna Jamie deRoy took home as producer. A member of the class of 1967, deRoy won Tony Awards for Best Musical for “The Band’s Visit,” Best Revival of a Play for “Angels in America” and Best Revival of a Musical for “Once on This Island.” With a total of five nominations,