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
Dear School of Drama community, I write to bring you into the fold of outrage that I know you will all be feeling having witnessed the shocking racist actions of the police in Minneapolis with the death of George Floyd. The devastating treatment of Mr. Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, along with countless other members of our communities of color over the years, highlights yet again the unacceptable racism
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
“With Figure Drawing class being moved online after spring break, our professional models, who live in various parts of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania enthusiastically set up their studios at home after we learned that they could not come into our school as usual. The improvised studios consisted of neutral backgrounds, a wall, a curtain or sheet as a background with adapted lighting, sometimes professional lights found in a garage or table lamps from
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
Dear School of Drama community, As we prepare for week 3 of remote classes and production, I thank you for coping so well with these extraordinary changes to our social, administrative and educational practices. Your willingness to jump into this uncharted situation is inspiring. While I know we want things to return to normal as soon as possible, I wish you all the best and hope each one of us
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