Steven Bochco, a 1966 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, died Sunday, April 1, after a valiant fight with leukemia. He was 74. Generations of fans were glued to their TV sets to watch Bochco’s television hits such as “Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue” and “L.A. Law.” He also created “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” which made its leading man, Neil Patrick Harris, a star. Bochco was one of the first

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama announced its 2018-2019 season on Friday. The season features a diverse selection of plays from women and playwrights of color, including the school’s first commissioned piece, “The Way Out West” by alumna Liza Birkenmeier. “This year we focused on making sure our season represents our School of Drama community by telling stories, both old and new, that reflect the experiences of a broad swath

On March 26-27, J.P. Nickel, producer on Amazon’s Just Add Magic and Carnegie Mellon alum, flew in from Los Angeles to give the MFA Dramatic Writing students a rundown on how to turn opportunities from the School of Drama into a career in film and television. After getting his undergraduate degree in Acting, Nickel pursued a career as an independent filmmaker in Pittsburgh, gaining international claim for his short films.

Inside the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater, audiences road-tripped across California in I’m Sure I’ll Figure It Out, a comedy written and directed by senior directing student Burke Louis. In I’m Sure I’ll Figure It Out, a young medical marijuana farmer is visited by his idol, Werner Herzog, who inspires him to make a documentary to de-stigmatize the medical marijuana industry. The story explores mental illness, narcissism, and self-love. The

On March 19 and 20, A. Zell Williams, award-winning playwright and TV writer, ran a process workshop with the MFA Dramatic Writing students. After earning a BA in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Williams continued in his coast-to-coast career trajectory. He has served as a National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence at Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, the Tow Foundation’s Playwright-in-Residence

Graduating Stage and Production Management student, Jialin “Liz” He, won the 2018 Young Designers, Managers and Technicians Award for Stage Management and was presented with her award at the 2018 United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference in March. “I felt very grateful to have been chosen as the winner,” He said. “As someone who just got to learn stage management three years ago, I believe this award is

A collection of materials from Carnegie Mellon University alumnus William H. Putch documenting his career as the artistic director of the Totem Pole Playhouse has been gifted to the Carnegie Mellon University Archives by his daughter, Pamela Putch, and son, John Putch. Under his 30 years of leadership, the Playhouse, in central Pennsylvania, developed a large subscriber base that was hungry for professional quality theater. Putch, who graduated from CMU’s College of Fine

On Wednesday, March 7, Mora V. Harris (A 2016), visited the current playwrights to share her experiences since graduation. At the end of her second year at Carnegie Mellon, Harris decided to continue living in Pittsburgh, and has found work as a professor of composition at the University of Pittsburgh. Harris has also done dramaturgy work and self-produced her own plays since leaving the program.    Harris talked with students

This February, a man in a chair placed a needle on his favorite record of the hundreds that surrounded him — a musical comedy from the 1920s — and so began Carnegie Mellon’s rendition of The Drowsy Chaperone, a love letter to classic Broadway directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.   The Drowsy Chaperone was written in the late 1990s — book by Bob Martin and Don McKeller, music and lyrics

On March 2 and 3, Onalee Hunter Hughes,co-executive producer on TNT’s The Last Ship, flew in from Los Angeles to give the MFA Dramatic Writing students a glimpse inside a television writer’s room. The two-day workshop, titled “Surviving the Writer’s Room,” covered a range of topics from the full process of writing an episode to the complex set of dynamics between the showrunner and their writers. After getting her undergraduate