When Rob Marshall (A’82) selects new film projects, he looks for things that are “fresh and new and scary.” His latest, “Into the Woods,” features a star-laden cast including Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp and translates an iconic musical from stage to screen. To tackle that challenge he relied on his Carnegie Mellon University training. “Carnegie gave me everything, it was the foundation for my work today,” Marshall said. “It

Dance Professor Tomé Cousin directed the production of longtime collaborator Susan Stroman’s Contact opening tonight at the Zendai Himalaya Arts Center in Shanghai. More information about the run can be found here.

The School of Drama congratulates alumnus Matt Bomer (’00) on his nomination for a 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie for his work on the The Normal Heart. The Normal Heart is an HBO original movie that originally aired May 25. The film explores the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic in New York City in the early 1980s. Bomer plays Felix

“Two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood (A ’88) has boarded Marvel’s second-year drama, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Underwood, whose TV credits include NBC’s sci-fi drama The Event and its remake of Ironside, will have a recurring role and play May’s (Ming-Na Wen(A ’86)) estranged ex-husband Dr. Andrew Garner. The actor will make his debut in a March episode and begins filming the role this week.” Learn

School of Drama alumna Sarah Krohn (MFA ’11) directed the New York Premier of Horse Girls at the cell. After the initial three-week run of the black comedy about middle school lies and deception sold out, performances were added through Jan. 23. To learn more about this production check here.

Thomas Kelly, a freshman pursuing the Design and Production option at the School of Drama was awarded the H.G. Wells Award by the Museum of Science Fiction Monday. The honor, for his design of the yet-to-be-built Museum of Science Fiction preview exhibition, was granted for his thoughtful, practical approach to the design problems presented in the competition. Kelly entered the competition, which was to design a 3,000-square-foot rotating exhibition space

Two School of Drama alums, Pablo Schrieber (’00) and Aaron Staton (’04) will star in the January 2015 thriller, Preservation, written and directed by Christopher Denham. Check out the trailer here.

Jordan Plutzer is just finishing up his first semester at the School of Drama as a Music Theater major. He describes his work here thus far as “Utterly mind-blowing.” Read his take on good peer-pressure, the faculty and experience of the School of Drama here.

Eleanor Bishop, a second-year directing student in the John Wells Directing Program at the School of Drama was featured in a recent article that will appear in the January 2015 issue of American Theatre magazine. The piece, titled “14 Theatrical Plans to Change the World,” is about theater artists who put sociopolitical issues at the heart of their work. Bishop is being featured for her upcoming play called Steubenville, which

Graduate student playwrights Julie Jigour, Eugenie Carabatsos, Karina Cochran, Dan Giles and Stephen Webb have all had pieces accepted in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region II. The festival takes place Jan. 2-6 at Cleveland State University. While at the festival, the Kennedy Center pairs each playwright with a professional director with whom they watch auditions and cast their play. Then, they will work with the director and