Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama is excited to welcome two new faculty members to our community at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year. Rick Edinger will be joining us as Associate Teaching Professor of Music Theater and Geoff Marslett will be our first ever Associate Professor of Film & Television. “We are delighted to make these new appointments to our faculty and know that they will bring excitement,

The Hollywood Reporter ranked the top 5 undergraduate acting programs. The magazine interviewed alumni, instructors, and top industry professionals to compile their list, which comprised Carnegie Mellon University, Julliard, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and UC San Diego. Of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama they wrote: “Josh Gad and Megan Hilty trained at this Pittsburgh institution, the oldest acting conservatory in the country.

Six Carnegie Mellon University alumni received a record-breaking 12 Tony Award nominations this morning. School of Drama alumnus and 2016 Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. and CBS star Katharine McPhee co-hosted the nominations announcement, which aired in part on “CBS This Morning” and in full on the Tony Awards page on Facebook. Five alumni were nominated for their outstanding behind-the-scenes work. Peggy Eisenhauer and Jules Fisher were nominated for lighting design, and Peter Hylenski and Ann

Throughout the run of the School of Drama’s April production of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day, directed by Jed Allen Harris, each of the zones hosted people linked through time, wrestling with the political firestorms swirling around them. In fact, the Philip Chosky Theater was literally sectioned into three discreet time zones:1930’s Berlin laid out onstage in the form of an art-noveau-styled apartment with big, lofty windows; 1980’s

In April, Studio 201 was transformed into 1930s Chicago for Bertolt Brecht’s epic satire The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, directed by Stephen M. Eckert, graduating John Wells Directing Fellow. Trapped in Finland as World War II began, Brecht sought solace from wartime in the grandiosity of gangster films. Brecht saw a parallel between the gangster on screen and the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party. In response, Brecht

On Thursday, April 26, School of Drama Music Theater students, along with other interested denizens of the Purnell Center for the Arts gathered in the Checco Studio for a Q&A with acclaimed composer and Carnegie Mellon alumnus Stephen Schwartz. As Schwartz answered questions from the audience, he talked about the journey from being fresh out of school to being known for Broadway hits like Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked. He also

On Friday, April 13, short film Teaching Yourself How to Die Fast (screenplay by Burke Louis) had its debut in the Chosky Theater. Starring Brenna Power, Will Harrison, Sam O’Byrne, Antonio Jeffries and Leaf Rickard, the film weaves together a story of two aspiring meth cookers, an unhinged addict, and a Native American man caught in the middle of an explosive competition set against the backdrop of rural Tennessee. The

Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Josh Groban will co-host the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10. The live CBS broadcast, which honors the best on Broadway, will air at 8 p.m. ET from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Groban, who earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a leading role for his portrayal of Pierre in “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,”

Amidst a residency at Pittsburgh CLO’s SPARK Festival — the company’s new festival for developing small-cast musicals — Carnegie Mellon School of Drama alumnus Matt Schatz (’04) visited the current MFA dramatic writing students.   After completing an MFA in playwriting at CMU, Schatz moved to New York to continue to write plays. As a member of Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngbloods writing group, Schatz wrote “funny songs” that turned into plays with

At the School of Drama, the theatrics don’t end on the stage. While our students seek to incorporate cutting edge technology into live performances, they also create such technology that can be used in numerous applications, such as gaming. At the 20th Annual Independent Games Festival awards ceremony at the alt.ctrl.GDC conference in San Francisco, a prototype that began in an experimental game design class at CMU last fall, Too