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
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
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