CMU at the Drama Desk Awards The 65th annual Drama Desk Awards took place virtually on June 13 due to the ongoing pandemic.  The ceremony, which streamed on DramaDeskAwards.com, featured Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama alumni in numerous categories.  Among them were Leigh Silverman, nominated for Outstanding Director of a Musical for Soft Power and Peter Hylenski, who won Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical for Moulin Rouge! A

“I Will Prove You Wrong” School of Drama alumna Ming-Na Wen achieves her dream (and becomes a Disney Legend) By Pam Wigley It started with the Easter Bunny. Dressed as the holiday favorite, Ming-Na Wen started to take the stage at her third-grade play when she tripped and fell. The audience erupted into laughter. Some little girls would have been mortified. Wen, though, loved the reaction. The acting bug had

CMU Elects 5 New Trustees, Including Entertainer Tamara Tunie By Jason Maderer Media Inquiries Award-winning actor, director and producer Tamara R. Tunie was unanimously elected to Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees at their most recent meeting on May 15. The 1981 alumna of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts (CFA) is best known for her starring role as Dr. Melinda Warner in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and her longstanding character, Jessica

Chen-Wei Liao, MFA, was recently selected to join a group of early-career designers for a virtual commission co-curated by leading design practitioners, Clint Ramos and Cha See.  The commission, “DES19NED BY…,” was launched as part of the Movement Theater Company’s “1MOVE” program which will showcase designer-driven digital content created as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The completed content will be available for viewing on the Movement Theatre Company’s website

Please save the date for you, your friends, and families to attend an online MFA & BFA Drama Celebration of the Class of 2020!   CLICK HERE FOR LIVE STREAM

For any rising senior who is still interested in training and preparation for upcoming college auditions, we are excited to offer a unique online learning opportunity for three options: Acting, Musical Theater and Design/Production. The session will run for four weeks from July 6th through July 31st. Classes will meet for four hours per day, Monday through Thursday with special topics and guest speakers for all students on Fridays. There

Dear School of Drama students, I write to say hello and update you on our current thinking about the Fall semester. I wish I could give you a concrete answer as to when we will know exactly what the Fall will look like. Unfortunately I cannot. Given the nature of the pandemic and the complexity of the situation, it is clear that there may not be a final decision for the University as a whole

By Alexis Trbovich The storytelling that happens on stage goes beyond an actor’s performance — it begins in the very fabric of their costumes. At the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, costume design and production students use fabric, design and their imaginations to visually enhance an on-stage performance. Tucked away in a corner on the third floor of the Purnell Center is Carnegie Mellon’s Costume Studio, where nearly two

  After almost 50 years in the entertainment industry, it may seem hard to believe that actor Ted Danson needs to find inspiration for his craft. But that’s exactly what he was looking for — and found — when he returned to Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, his alma mater, for a visit with sophomore acting students Feb. 7. The 72-year-old award-winning actor, in town with his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen,