By Mike Vargo- originially published here. BLISS by Mikhail Bulgakov. Oct. 1-4, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama If satirical dystopian fantasy is your cup of tea, don’t miss Bliss, written by a virtuoso of the genre. Much of Bulgakov’s work was suppressed during his lifetime in Stalinist Russia, but he is known worldwide today for a novel published after his death: The Master and Margarita, in which the Devil visits

In the Sunday edition of the New York Times, Patrick Healy writes an endearing portrait of School of Drama alumnus Billy Porter and his Broadway Career: ‘When Billy Porter was a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, he took an unusual approach to an essay for a history class. Instead of topic sentences and footnotes, he wrote a short story about a fictional character on a quest that covered the points

Thursday morning in the Checco Rehearsal Studio at Purnell Center for the Arts, Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Voice Center, Jackie Gartner-Schmidt conducted a vocal health seminar for School of Drama students. She began her presentation by showing a YouTube video of the way the vocal cords look while singing. “What an incredible instrument,” she said as the video concluded. Gartner-Schmidt is not only an expert

Patrick Wilson (A ’95) visited Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote his new movie, Space Station 76 (also starring fellow-alum, Matt Bomer). After talking about the movie, Wilson goes on to give a shout out to the School of Drama and puts on his best Pittsburgh “yinzer” accent for Seth. Watch the video here.

A factual depiction of science may not often appear in Hollywood films, but graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama’s dramatic writing program have been tasked with challenging the status quo. “The drive is to get real science into a screenplay,” Peter Cooke OAM, head of the School of Drama explains. Students, drama faculty and six scientists gathered on Tuesday, Sept. 23 for the annual Sloan Symposium, which

Marc Janowitz’ work has been experienced in concert venues worldwide, in theater and on television. His experience ranges from live concert touring to musical theater. He’s worked with artist including My Morning Jacket, The Lumineers, Mosters of Folk, Fun., TV on the Radio, Girl Talk and The Decemberists. He also worked on the design team for Blue Man Group for nearly a decade. On Sept. 21, Janowitz conducted a one

This fall, catch some of your favorite Carnegie Mellon University alumni on television during prime time. Among the newest faces to the small screen is Tony Award®-winning actress Patina Miller(A’06) who will be joined by Geoffrey Arend and Corey Cott (A’12) on the set of “Madam Secretary.” The drama follows female Secretary of State Elizabeth Faulkner McCord (Tea Leoni) as she tries to balance her personal and professional life. Several

Performance and visual artist Julia Scher turned the idea of the guest lecture on its head when she qualified the artistic makeup of the Sept. 10 art talk at the School of Drama. “This presentation will be a combination lecture, performance, fifties comedy sketch and retaliatory word arrangement in order to get you angry, or excited, or bored about something,” Scher said. Professor Lawrence “Larry” Shea invited Ms. Scher to

School of Drama alumnus Zachary Quinto (A ’99) is set to star alongside Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard in The Slap, an eight-part miniseries about what happens when you slap another person’s child. For Quinto’s part, he will be playing the slapper. Entertainment Weekly writes: Quinto has signed on as Harry, the slapper. From the official description: ‘Married, with a 15-year-old son, he is a mechanic/dealer specializing in expensive European

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