FALL 2014 OFF-BROADWAY PREVIEW: Into the Woods and Allegro Return Alongside New Works from Neil LaBute, Suzan-Lori Parks, Billy Porter and Heidi Schreck By Robert Simonson   “Nearly as impressive an undertaking is composer Michael Friedman and playwright Itamar Moses’ attempt to musicalize Jonathan Letham’s dense Brooklyn-based novel The Fortress of Solitude. The quasi-magical, coming of age story, which is set in the gritty 1970s and centered on the unlikely

By Sharon Eberson / The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On Aug. 24, Corey Cott gave his regards to Broadway, and Thursday the star of “Newsies” was in Pittsburgh, enjoying momentary down time for the first time in two years. The Carnegie Mellon grad had been front and center in the hit Disney musical, which closed at the Nederlander Theater after 1,000 performances. These days, there’s another Cott onstage, and Corey, having traded

Who Are Pittsburgh’s Best Professors? Whether they’re humanizing robots or illuminating human history, some of the finest minds working in higher education today can be found in Pittsburgh. BY NIKI KAPSAMBELIS Anne Mundell Scene Design, Carnegie Mellon University “When she’s not designing sets for a play or introducing third-graders to the world of theater, Anne Mundell is teaching students at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama how to be comfortable with

by Adam Harring, Photo L-R: Conductor Steven Reineke, Peter Cooke, Megan Hilty Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) School of Drama, Megan Hilty’s (BFA’04)  career has been nothing short of a “Smash.” From her start on Broadway in “Wicked,” to TV’s “Smash,” to doing voiceovers for movies, her career path has demonstrated the breadth of opportunities that exist for CMU drama graduates. Now touring the United States performing a

CMU’s Home Exploring Robot Butler (HERB) made his stage debut opposite drama student Olivia Brown (BFA’15) in a performance of David Ives short play SURE THING. Researchers and students from CMU Robotics Insttitue collaborated with students from the School of Drama for several months to prepare HERB to play the role of Bill in this comedy where two people meet for the first time. To read more about the performance

Carnegie Mellon University’s first network-prime time television commercial will air twice during the Tony Award broadcast on CBS on Sunday, June 8th. To read more about this commercial, please click here. CMU has been named by the Tony Awards(R) as its first, exclusive higher education partner.  During the broadcast, two CMU alumni–Zachary Quinto (BFA’99) of “Star Trek” and Broadway’s “Glass Menagerie” and Matt Bomer (BFA’01) of “The Normal Heart” and