Effective Monday, Nov. 1, and for the second year in a row, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama within the College of Fine Arts will be offering virtual-only auditions and interviews for our undergraduate programs (Acting, Music Theater, Directing, Design/Production, Dramaturgy) for Fall 2022 admission.  CMU is one of the first conservatory training programs to lead the collegiate industry in moving to fully virtual auditions. Most peer institutions at

The School of Drama mourns the passing of distinguished alumnus, Danny Franks Danny Franks Born November 29, 1923 Resided in NYC on the upper west side with his wife of 63 years, Ruth Franks Danny Franks, whose television lighting design career spanned over 50 years, passed peacefully in his home, surrounded by family, on July 13, of natural causes.  He was 96. Born in Mobile, Alabama and raised in Montgomery,


by Pam Wigley The voices of the next generation of entertainment industry professionals will be heard loud and clear at the 2020 Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama “eShowcase”. Departing from its usual live format through presentations in New York and Los Angeles, the annual Showcase of talent from the school’s prestigious program will come to participants virtually this year on May 18, 19 and 20 through “eShowcase.” The May

Dear School of Drama Community, A big thank you and congratulations to all members of our great community for the remarkable past week of remote classes, production, and administration activities. While the changed landscape for us all is challenging, everyone’s health and wellness is of paramount concern. I encourage you to maintain the impost of social distancing, as a collective community response seems to be the only current way to

  After almost 50 years in the entertainment industry, it may seem hard to believe that actor Ted Danson needs to find inspiration for his craft. But that’s exactly what he was looking for — and found — when he returned to Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, his alma mater, for a visit with sophomore acting students Feb. 7. The 72-year-old award-winning actor, in town with his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen,

The School of Drama mourns the passing of our distinguished alumnus, René Auberjonois. René was a wonderful supporter of the school who kept in touch with us throughout his busy and very successful career. A multi-award winning actor, René gave the Carnegie Mellon Commencement address in 2001. Warm-hearted, quick-witted, wise and kind, René was a true original. On behalf of our school community, We send condolences to his family and

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 Joseph Hefner Could there be a living human being old enough to speak who hasn’t uttered some variation of those three little words?  You know the ones I mean—the words that can solidify a relationship… or destroy it entirely. The ones we may desperately want to declare, but for whatever reason, find ourselves unable to vocalize.  Or maybe they’re the words we say so often they’ve lost all meaning: