Carnegie Mellon School of Drama

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The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama is the oldest degree-granting drama program in the United States, founded in 1914 as a division of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

Its undergraduate acting, musical theatre, directing, design, dramaturgy, and production and technology management majors are considered to be among the top programs in undergraduate conservatory training. Its MFA offerings in directing, design, and production and technology management are also considered to be top graduate programs. The School of Drama offers 18 events every season on campus, and also presents members of its graduating class in produced showcases in New York City and Los Angeles. Many Carnegie Mellon graduates have also gone on to successful careers in Pittsburgh theatre.

In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter ranked the School of Drama number three in the world amongst drama schools.[1]


Since 2000, the Purnell Center for the Arts, specifically designed for the School of Drama, has been home to the department. The space includes:

As well as two movement studios, three rehearsal studios, four design studios, a lighting lab, a sound lab, a costume shop, a scene shop, and various classrooms.

2012-2013 Season[edit]

  • The Rivals, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. directed by Annie Tyson, October 5-13
  • Request Concert, by Franz Xaver Kroetz, directed by Jamie Drutman, October 8-13
  • A Murder of Crows, by Mac Wellman, directed by Stephen Tonti, November 14-16
  • Antigone, by Mac Wellman, directed by Caleb Hammond, November 28-30
  • (Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches), by Tony Kushner, directed by Jed Allen Harris, November 30 - December 8
  • Macbett, by Eugène Ionesco, directed by Shannon Sindelar, December 5-8
  • Oleanna, by David Mamet, directed by Lio Sigerson, February 6-8
  • Four Saints in Three Acts, by Gertrude Stein, directed by Michelle Sutherland, February 20-22
  • Spring Awakening, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, directed by Tome Cousin, February 22 - March 2
  • (please take care of me), based on the works of Haruki Murakami, arranged and adapted by Tegan McDuffie, directed by Tegan McDuffie, February 27 - March 1
  • 1001, by Jason Grote, directed by Paige Kilany, April 10-12
  • Mud, by Maria Irene Fornés, directed by Asia Gagnon, April 10-12
  • Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, directed by Don Wadsworth, April 26 - May 4
  • Fireface, by Marius von Mayenburg, translated by Maja Zade, directed by Benjamin Viertel, May 1-3
  • As You Like It or Make It Hurt, adapted from William Shakespeare by the ensemble, directed by Jessie Mills, May 1-4

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Theatre in Pittsburgh


  1. ^ "The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  2. ^ Eric Spitznagel (February 17, 2011). "Q&A: Mike & Molly’s Katy Mixon Says Having a Boob Double Is “Surreal”". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 40°26′38″N 79°56′36″W / 40.443772°N 79.943211°W / 40.443772; -79.943211