The 2020 Henry Hewes Design Award Honors, recognizing artistry on the Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway stages for the 2019–2020 season, were celebrated at a virtual ceremony October 14 via Zoom by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Illinois Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One of those nominated in the scenic design category was School of Drama faculty member Narelle Sissons for her work on playwright Stephen
A message from Dean Dan J. Martin: Celebrating Peter Cooke as he retires from Carnegie Mellon University Dear School of Drama community, Earlier this summer, I wrote to all of you to inform you that Peter Cooke, AM PhD, decided to step down as head of the School of Drama to resume his practice as a designer and consultant, and to continue teaching in international arts academies. Today, Peter formally
Exploring the Human Condition Two worlds colliding set CMU alumnus Dick Hughes on the path to a meaningful life By Pam Wigley Raised in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood in the 1950s, Dick Hughes (A 1966) didn’t venture far to attend college, choosing to major in drama at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating in 1966, he went further afield to earn a Master of Fine Arts from Boston University. Soon, he found himself around
Dean Dan J. Martin Announces Interim Leadership at the School of Drama Dan J. Martin, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, announced the establishment of a four-person leadership team to support the School of Drama’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its position as an innovative, impactful and internationally prominent theatre school, and to invest more energy and effort into bringing greater justice and equity for every member of the Drama
Relationship Builder School of Drama alumna crafted her own pathway to Hollywood As a teenager, Mary-Margaret Kunze (A 2012) was reading a book detailing the production of the movie series “The Lord of the Rings” when she stumbled upon a photo that set her course for the future. “I remember very vividly seeing a picture of a female producer standing in front of a big group of orc warriors and instructing
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
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