A welcome from
PETER COOKE, Head Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
Greek plays are with us today because of the impact they have had on audiences throughout the past 2,500 years, and the need to tell and hear great stories. 2,500 years hence, I foresee that people will keep alive works inspired by the Coronavirus’ challenge to our 21st century way of life.
This E-Showcase is designed to build a bridge between the school and the profession in this period of national shutdown. While it will never supplant the face to face experience, I ask you to explore and enjoy the work of our graduating class. Their positive engagement during this historic pandemic has been a privilege to watch. I know that with the community behind them, the class of 2020 will grow, create and prosper.
The will of a community to bond together when challenged is predicated on its capacity to embrace empathy, generosity and solidarity. CMU Drama is just such a community. Please support this new class of artists as they search for creative ways in which to explore our combined humanity.
Keynote Panel Discussion | May 18, 6:00 pm EDT
Creating a Culture of Abundance in a Time of Uncertainty and Transition
Moderated by Kim Weild
A lively and open discussion about what it means to be entrepreneurial in this history defining moment, finding opportunities in challenging times, and examining how adversity can drive a future of innovation, unbounded creativity and social change.
- John Wells
- Molly Smith Metzler
- Sheldon Epps
- Daniella Topol
Keynote Panel Discussion | May 18, 7:00 pm EDT
A Conversation with Paula Wagner on The Future of the Entertainment Industry
Moderated by Peter Cooke, AM PhD
Noted producer Paula Wagner will provide insight to how she and others in the industry are moving forward during this unprecedented time. What are the glimmers of hope in this new industry landscape?
We hope you can join us to celebrate the connection, generosity and resilience of our unified community of industry professionals, alumni and educators, as we navigate through uncertain times. We are grateful for your support of our class of 2020 and of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama Community.