For the 10th time in the last 11 years, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate has won a Tony Award. On Sunday, June 9, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Jamie deRoy earned a Tony for Best Play for “The Ferryman.” It is the 50th Tony for Carnegie Mellon alumni in the 73-year history of the ceremony, which honors the best on Broadway. Two CMU alumni earned Tony Honors, another

By Erin Keane Scott  Broadway experienced an unexpected first last fall: an all-female creative team assembled by alumna Leigh Silverman, mounted a production of “The Lifespan of a Fact” by journalist John D’Agatta. “I feel it is our responsibility as we gain power and any kind of platform, that we continue to widen the road as we go,” said Silverman, a 1996 CMU graduate. “This is my fourth Broadway show

by Joseph Hefner Could there be a living human being old enough to speak who hasn’t uttered some variation of those three little words?  You know the ones I mean—the words that can solidify a relationship… or destroy it entirely. The ones we may desperately want to declare, but for whatever reason, find ourselves unable to vocalize.  Or maybe they’re the words we say so often they’ve lost all meaning:

Peter Cooke AM, Ph.D., head of the School of Drama was a largely quoted expert in Backstage magazine’s recent story titled “The 2019 Theater Trends You Should Absolutely Know:” Peter Cooke, the head of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama is here to help. Of course, helming one of the most influential performing arts programs in existence today, Cooke knows what he’s talking about. “As we look to the year ahead in theater,

January 18, 2019 By Erin Keane Scott E Geoff Marslett’s film, “The Phantom 52,” has been selected for the “Animated Short Films” category at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place Jan. 24-Feb.3 in Park City, Utah. Marslett is an associate professor of film and television in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. “It feels a bit like buying a lotto ticket, but you hope,” said Marslett of his sixth attempt at submitting

  Kayla Stokes, a senior BFA directing student, and her creative team produced a moving production of Amiri Baraka’s famous 1964 play, Dutchman. The piece dissects the interaction between a black man and a white woman on a New York Subway car. Their conversation escalates throughout the ride, culminating in a violent end. We sat down with Stokes to discuss how representation of race and gender are critical aspects of

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

Playwright and actor Jiehae Park visited the MFA Dramatic Writing program on Nov. 16 and 17. Park held a playwriting workshop and acted as a guest advisor for the Fall New Works productions written by three, second year MFA writers, attending each production and providing feedback to the writers. Park, who did her MFA in acting at UC San Diego, has had her plays produced at Yale Repertory Theater, Oregon

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