A message from Peter Cooke, Head of the School of Drama: “The tragedy in Orlando early on Sunday morning was an appalling and senseless assault on peace loving people everywhere. In targeting a joyous LGBTQ gathering, it was an attack on all who choose to live peacefully in a diverse and inclusive world where care for, and the well being of others, is paramount. I know that the families and

“It’s not about belting it out. It’s about connecting,” says Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, alma mater to Hamilton’s Goldsberry and Odom. “To me, the secret — the skill, really — is the individual idiosyncratic voice. Street voices that are merely rough and edgy may be popular, but longevity that way does not lie. God gives you the voice. But not the stagecraft.”

Award-winning Associate Professor of Costume Design, Suttirat Anne Larlarb recently designed costumes for the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, a story that chronicles J.M. Barrie’s creation of beloved fairy tale, Peter Pan. Stage Directions magazine featured her use of period details with modern fabrics to create costumes for the heavily choreographed production in their August 2015 issue. In the piece Larlarb recalls her early career with a bit of advice for young designers:

Michelle Veintimilla (A’14) found her Broadway Fairy Godmother in the stage legend Chita Rivera. The two play the young and elderly versions of the same character in The Visit on Broadway. Read about their special relationship here.


Jan 2015

Dance Light 2015

Dance Light 2015 opened on Jan. 22 for a two-night run. The funds raised from the performance help send the senior class to their Showcase in LA and New York. This year’s festival, showcasing our lighting and costume design talent as well as the School of Drama dance program, featured 22 performances, mostly choreographed and performed by students. Dance Light is a class for costume and lighting design students, who

It was good news when the pall lifted from the August Wilson Center, Downtown, but that wasn’t really about August Wilson — the center is named for him, but it’s not about his work. The good news that does relate directly to the great Pittsburgh playwright is at Carnegie Mellon University, where the drama school is tackling “Seven Guitars,” a big, rich tragedy that challenges presenters and audience alike. It’s

Backstage published a roundup of the top 10 colleges and universities with best stage productions according to the 2014 Princeton Review. By Jack Smart “Attention, college applicants! The Princeton Review has released its annual rankings of everything from campus radio stations to the best parties. If you’re looking to study theater either as a major or an extracurricular activity, these 10 schools with the best stage productions merit a spot

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