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

A message from Peter Cooke, Head of the School of Drama: “The tragedy in Orlando early on Sunday morning was an appalling and senseless assault on peace loving people everywhere. In targeting a joyous LGBTQ gathering, it was an attack on all who choose to live peacefully in a diverse and inclusive world where care for, and the well being of others, is paramount. I know that the families and

“It’s not about belting it out. It’s about connecting,” says Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, alma mater to Hamilton’s Goldsberry and Odom. “To me, the secret — the skill, really — is the individual idiosyncratic voice. Street voices that are merely rough and edgy may be popular, but longevity that way does not lie. God gives you the voice. But not the stagecraft.”