Back in the mid-90s Shawn Sides and several other alumni of the Shakespeare at Winedale program at the University of Texas in Austin met in New York. Through their shared experience and a desire to create theater without waiting for someone to let them, they started the Rude Mechanicals. From New York, Sides and the rest of the Rude Mechanicals co-producing artistic directors moved their headquarters to Austin, where the

Read the original article here. Ever since Chicago ushered the movie-musical back to the big screen with panache, the song-and-dance genre has had a bumpy road in Hollywood (here’s lookin’ at you, Rock of Ages). But the man behind the 2002 Best Picture winner hopes to turn the trend around with another tuner, this time based on one of Broadway’s most beloved Stephen Sondheim musicals. Director Rob Marshall takes the

American Theatre Magazine’s  “Know a Theatre” series featured Pittsburgh’s Quantum Theatre this month. The Q&A with Artistic Director Karla Boos talks about why Pittsburgh works for the environmental theater she produces, but also, the article prominently features photos of sets designed by Associate Professor of Design at the School of Drama, Narelle Sissions. See Sissions work here.

The School of Drama congratulates PigPen Theatre Co. on winning two JEFF Awards for their production of The Old Man and the Old Moon at Writers Theatre in Chicago. The Old Man and the Old Moon garnered awards for “Best Original Music in a Play” and “Best Sound Design.” PigPen Theatre Co. originated at The School of Drama in 2007, where the troupe used our annual week of experimental artwork

Friday morning, eight Pittsburgh-area high schools brought about 300 students to Purnell Center for the Arts to see the School of Drama production of Seven Guitars produced on the stage of the Philip Chosky Theater. Having students from Pittsburgh in the audience was particularly poignant as the play is written by August Wilson, a Steel City native, and takes place in the Hill District in the late 1940s. The youthful

The School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University jumps into its second century with both feet in an exciting yet moving production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. The 1996 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winner for best play — it was nominated for the Pulitzer, Tony and Drama Desk as well — blends poetry, anger, hope, despair and more relevance than most Americans would like to admit. It’s 1948 in

PITTSBURGH—Acclaimed composer and songwriter Andrew Lippa, best known for his music and lyrics for Broadway musicals such as “The Addams Family,” “Big Fish” and “The Wild Party,” will accompany the musical theater ensemble of The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama for an evening of song Sunday, Oct. 26, at CLO Cabaret at Theater Square. Lippa recently starred alongside longtime collaborator Kristin Chenoweth in I Am Harvey Milk at Avery

The School of Drama was Ranked No. 1 among top Musical Theater programs in the United States by Buzzfeed. The article weighed notable alumni, rigour of the program, network and reputation when compiling the list, which also included schools such as University of Michigan, New York University and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Read the full article here.

Michael Finkle (A ’09) returned to the School of Drama to answer the questions of senior actors in Don Wadsworth’s Business of the Business class. Finkle studied directing and production here at the School of Drama and has since gone on to work at the La Jolla Playhouse, Tisch School of the Arts and is now an agent at the William Morris Endeavor. During the class Finkle talked about industry