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,
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
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