WESA, Pittsburgh’s local NPR affiliate featured School of Drama alumna Erika Strasburg for their series on people making a difference in the Steel City: “Erika Strasburg, a singer/actress and graduate from CMU drama school, has used her talent to comfort the children at Children’s Hospital, where she volunteers every week to go room to room dressed as a Disney princess. It may be Belle, Ariel or Rapunzel, but to dress

Neal Dodson (Actor ’00), principal at Before the Door, a production company based in Los Angeles, returned to Pittsburgh for the premier of The Chair, a reality series based on producing two movies in the Steel City. The show airs on the Starz network on Saturdays at 10PM. Dodson joined Don Wadsworth’s Business of the Business class Thursday afternoon to share his journey from an acting major at the School

Theatre Communications Group will honor School of Drama alumnus and lighting designer Jules Fisher at their annual gala in November. The dinner in New York brings attention to organizations and artists who have been positively impacted by the services provided by TCG, whose mission is “To strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre.” Fisher’s career has garnered nine Tony Awards since his graduation in 1960, several of which

Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama was featured prominently in the Fall 2014 issue of Shady Ave magazine. The story, “Live and on Stage” by Mary Gilbert detailed the active theatre scene in Pittsburgh’s East End. Following is an excerpt from the article. Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama Now in its centennial year, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama—the oldest degree-granting drama program in the United States—was recently

FALL 2014 OFF-BROADWAY PREVIEW: Into the Woods and Allegro Return Alongside New Works from Neil LaBute, Suzan-Lori Parks, Billy Porter and Heidi Schreck By Robert Simonson   “Nearly as impressive an undertaking is composer Michael Friedman and playwright Itamar Moses’ attempt to musicalize Jonathan Letham’s dense Brooklyn-based novel The Fortress of Solitude. The quasi-magical, coming of age story, which is set in the gritty 1970s and centered on the unlikely

By Sharon Eberson / The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On Aug. 24, Corey Cott gave his regards to Broadway, and Thursday the star of “Newsies” was in Pittsburgh, enjoying momentary down time for the first time in two years. The Carnegie Mellon grad had been front and center in the hit Disney musical, which closed at the Nederlander Theater after 1,000 performances. These days, there’s another Cott onstage, and Corey, having traded

Who Are Pittsburgh’s Best Professors? Whether they’re humanizing robots or illuminating human history, some of the finest minds working in higher education today can be found in Pittsburgh. BY NIKI KAPSAMBELIS Anne Mundell Scene Design, Carnegie Mellon University “When she’s not designing sets for a play or introducing third-graders to the world of theater, Anne Mundell is teaching students at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama how to be comfortable with

by Adam Harring, Photo L-R: Conductor Steven Reineke, Peter Cooke, Megan Hilty Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) School of Drama, Megan Hilty’s (BFA’04)  career has been nothing short of a “Smash.” From her start on Broadway in “Wicked,” to TV’s “Smash,” to doing voiceovers for movies, her career path has demonstrated the breadth of opportunities that exist for CMU drama graduates. Now touring the United States performing a

CMU’s Home Exploring Robot Butler (HERB) made his stage debut opposite drama student Olivia Brown (BFA’15) in a performance of David Ives short play SURE THING. Researchers and students from CMU Robotics Insttitue collaborated with students from the School of Drama for several months to prepare HERB to play the role of Bill in this comedy where two people meet for the first time. To read more about the performance

Carnegie Mellon University’s first network-prime time television commercial will air twice during the Tony Award broadcast on CBS on Sunday, June 8th. To read more about this commercial, please click here. CMU has been named by the Tony Awards(R) as its first, exclusive higher education partner.  During the broadcast, two CMU alumni–Zachary Quinto (BFA’99) of “Star Trek” and Broadway’s “Glass Menagerie” and Matt Bomer (BFA’01) of “The Normal Heart” and