May 9, 2022 Broadway returned to its springtime tradition of announcing Tony Awards nominations in May ahead of the June 12 ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Four Carnegie Mellon University alumni were nominated for nine Tony Awards during a streaming nominations event on May 9. This marks 13 consecutive years in which Carnegie Mellon alumni earned Tony nominations. Producer Jamie deRoy, a 1967 School of Drama alumna, received a total of four

May 6, 2022 Wendy Arons, professor of dramatic literature in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, has been appointed the new director of the Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) for a four-year renewable term. Arons will start at the end of this academic year. Mary Ellen Poole, Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts, and Richard Scheines, Bess Family Dean of the Dietrich College for Humanities and Social Sciences,

“afterWARds: Mozart’s Idomeneo Reimagined” photo by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera Enter Stage Right CMU alumnus heads to global stage design exhibition By Pamela Wigley January 14, 2022 Christian Fleming is used to designing stages. Now, he’ll have to get used to being on one. Fleming, who earned his undergraduate degree in directing in 2012 and master’s degree in scenic design in 2020 from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, was

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