Peter Cooke AM, Ph.D., head of the School of Drama was a largely quoted expert in Backstage magazine’s recent story titled “The 2019 Theater Trends You Should Absolutely Know:” Peter Cooke, the head of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama is here to help. Of course, helming one of the most influential performing arts programs in existence today, Cooke knows what he’s talking about. “As we look to the year ahead in theater,

January 18, 2019 By Erin Keane Scott E Geoff Marslett’s film, “The Phantom 52,” has been selected for the “Animated Short Films” category at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place Jan. 24-Feb.3 in Park City, Utah. Marslett is an associate professor of film and television in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. “It feels a bit like buying a lotto ticket, but you hope,” said Marslett of his sixth attempt at submitting

  Kayla Stokes, a senior BFA directing student, and her creative team produced a moving production of Amiri Baraka’s famous 1964 play, Dutchman. The piece dissects the interaction between a black man and a white woman on a New York Subway car. Their conversation escalates throughout the ride, culminating in a violent end. We sat down with Stokes to discuss how representation of race and gender are critical aspects of

On Thursday, April 26, School of Drama Music Theater students, along with other interested denizens of the Purnell Center for the Arts gathered in the Checco Studio for a Q&A with acclaimed composer and Carnegie Mellon alumnus Stephen Schwartz. As Schwartz answered questions from the audience, he talked about the journey from being fresh out of school to being known for Broadway hits like Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked. He also

Playwright and actor Jiehae Park visited the MFA Dramatic Writing program on Nov. 16 and 17. Park held a playwriting workshop and acted as a guest advisor for the Fall New Works productions written by three, second year MFA writers, attending each production and providing feedback to the writers. Park, who did her MFA in acting at UC San Diego, has had her plays produced at Yale Repertory Theater, Oregon

Oct 2017

Cameron Wise

Beginning Sept. 1, 2017, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama will begin accepting submissions for their first ever pre-screening auditions for the Acting and Music Theater option.   Over the past five years, applications to the School of Drama have increased over 50 percent and in 2017, School of Drama faculty saw ~1500 students audition for a projected 24 slots in the Acting and Music Theater option. “We’re hoping to

Find out why Jordon Bolden chose to come to the School of Drama and how it helped define his path as an artist.

Nov 2016

Claire Krueger

Nov 2016

Cosette Craig


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