Billy Porter Makes History at Emmys By Heidi Opdyke With an Emmy Award Sunday night, Billy Porter is one step away from an EGOT. Porter was one of four Carnegie Mellon University alumni who were recognized at the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on Fox. At least 16 CMU alumni were nominated in 12 categories this year. The Tony, Grammy and now Emmy


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LOOKING AT YOU: Professor Rob Handel’s Libretto Explores Surveillance Capitalism By Allie Donahue Librettist Rob Handel, CMU Professor of Dramatic Writing, and Composer Kamala Sankaram’s opera Looking at You, directed by Kristin Marting, made its world premiere at HERE Arts Center in New York this September.  Handel and Sankaram describe their work as “an immersive techno-noir opera.” The show begins as a corporate tech party and audience members are guests,

CMU alumnus Marc Masterson returns to the helm of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre — 20 years after he led it the first time By Joyce DeFrancesco Whoever said “you can’t go home again” doesn’t know Marc Masterson (A 1978). The newly re-appointed artistic director of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, Marc returned to the role, one that he held from 1980 to 2000, in July 2018 after 19 years in other U.S. regional theaters.


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From the small screen to the Silver screen, alumnus Andrew Baseman sets the scene in Hollywood By Amanda S.F. Hartle An award-winning set decorator for blockbuster films and top television shows, Andrew Baseman (A 1982) immerses viewers in lush, vibrant scenes from wildly varied times and places.  From the stunning homes and weddings of Singapore’s elite in “Crazy Rich Asians” to the everyday existence of Russian spies in 1980s Washington, D.C.,

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 Kate Hamilton When “comedy” is in a play’s title, the production better deliver. And if a play is billed as a farce, it has even more specific boxes to check. Some key elements of farce include broad physical comedy, exaggerated characters, entrances, exits and clever puns. In other words, audiences come to expect mistaken identity and a lot of spanking. Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors does not disappoint, but in

Five Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama alumni received a total of 11 Tony Award nominations this morning for their Broadway work behind the scenes. This marks the 11th consecutive year that at least one Carnegie Mellon graduate has received a nomination. The nominations were announced at the Lincoln Center in New York. Producer Jamie deRoy, a 1967 Carnegie Mellon alumna, led the way with a total of six nominations in three categories. Tootsie,

By Pravin Wilkins Atlas of Depression, created and directed by Eben Hoffer, consists of the retelling of a series of interviews between Hoffer and various people at Carnegie Mellon who experience depression. The piece was created in a documentary style called verbatim theater, which constructs plays from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic. Atlas of Depression allowed Hoffer to investigate his own experience

“The title of University Professor is the highest designation a faculty member can receive at Carnegie Mellon. University Professors are distinguished by international recognition and for their contributions to education, artistic creativity and/or research,” wrote Carnegie Mellon University Provost James H. Garrett on Wednesday, May 1. “Each University Professor exemplifies a high level of professional achievement, and an exceptional commitment to academic excellence at our university.” Peter Cooke AM, Ph.D. was named among