Linda Chapman, the associate artistic director for the famed New York Theater Workshop, visited the School of Drama to discuss creating a common language for directors to use among their community. Around 40 graduate level directors, playwrights and designers gathered to hear Chapman speak at Purnell Center for the Arts. There she described her work in the New York theater community and particularly her involvement with NYTW and a sort

Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama has provided a lot of talent to the hit Broadway production, “The Book of Mormon.” Over the past couple of weeks, “The Book of Mormon” has been giving back. Since “The Book of Mormon” premiered in 2011, with three School of Drama grads originating principal and ensemble roles, several more alumni have played in the cast. In late September, when the national tour rolled

Originally published in American Theatre by Suzy Evans (In honor of the New York re-premiere of The Old Man and the Old Moon, currently at the New Victory Theater, we are reposting our story about the design of the show when it was at Writers Theatre in Chicago.) PigPen Theatre Company’s The Old Man and The Old Moon is a new folktale about an old man who abandons his daily

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama will open its 2014-2015 season at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, with August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars,” directed by Assistant Professor of Acting Cameron Knight. It runs through Oct. 11. “We are honored to bring August Wilson back home to a Pittsburgh stage as the opener of our first season of our next 100 years of theatrical innovation and education,” said Peter Cooke, head of

By Mike Vargo- originially published here. BLISS by Mikhail Bulgakov. Oct. 1-4, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama If satirical dystopian fantasy is your cup of tea, don’t miss Bliss, written by a virtuoso of the genre. Much of Bulgakov’s work was suppressed during his lifetime in Stalinist Russia, but he is known worldwide today for a novel published after his death: The Master and Margarita, in which the Devil visits

In the Sunday edition of the New York Times, Patrick Healy writes an endearing portrait of School of Drama alumnus Billy Porter and his Broadway Career: ‘When Billy Porter was a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, he took an unusual approach to an essay for a history class. Instead of topic sentences and footnotes, he wrote a short story about a fictional character on a quest that covered the points

Thursday morning in the Checco Rehearsal Studio at Purnell Center for the Arts, Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Voice Center, Jackie Gartner-Schmidt conducted a vocal health seminar for School of Drama students. She began her presentation by showing a YouTube video of the way the vocal cords look while singing. “What an incredible instrument,” she said as the video concluded. Gartner-Schmidt is not only an expert

Patrick Wilson (A ’95) visited Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote his new movie, Space Station 76 (also starring fellow-alum, Matt Bomer). After talking about the movie, Wilson goes on to give a shout out to the School of Drama and puts on his best Pittsburgh “yinzer” accent for Seth. Watch the video here.

A factual depiction of science may not often appear in Hollywood films, but graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama’s dramatic writing program have been tasked with challenging the status quo. “The drive is to get real science into a screenplay,” Peter Cooke OAM, head of the School of Drama explains. Students, drama faculty and six scientists gathered on Tuesday, Sept. 23 for the annual Sloan Symposium, which

Marc Janowitz’ work has been experienced in concert venues worldwide, in theater and on television. His experience ranges from live concert touring to musical theater. He’s worked with artist including My Morning Jacket, The Lumineers, Mosters of Folk, Fun., TV on the Radio, Girl Talk and The Decemberists. He also worked on the design team for Blue Man Group for nearly a decade. On Sept. 21, Janowitz conducted a one