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Operating as usual


by William Shakespeare
adapted by Sofia Osborne & Matthew Blankley
directed by Sofia Osborne

Tickets are free and available to reserve online beginning at 12pm the day before each performance.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 @ 8pm
Thursday, Feb. 8 @ 8pm
Friday, Feb. 9 @ 4pm
Friday, Feb. 9 @ 8pm

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Meet Kim Weild, Area Chair and Associate Professor for the John Wells Directing Program, spotlighted by MFA Directing candidate Kaycee Swierc.

Kim is a renowned director, collaborator, and educator with a decades-long practice of creating radically inclusive, bi-lingual performances integrating American Sign Language, spoken language, and Disabled artists.

Joining the CMU team in 2017, Kim has become an integral and dynamic member of our community. She teaches a breadth of courses at CMU, from text analysis and staging techniques, to classes focused on unlocking the secrets of creativity in order to develop and articulate the expansiveness of a director's imagination. Kim’s favorite part of teaching is “guiding and watching students develop as artist-generator-innovators and agents of change.”

Recently, Kim, Gregg Mozgala, Founder and Artistic Director of The Apothetae, (a New York-based theater company dedicated to the production of works that explore and reflect the nuance and complexity of the “Disabled Experience”), and University of Toronto’s Katherine Williams (leading scholar in the field of Shakespeare and Disability Studies) were named Co-Artistic Leads of an exciting new multi-year project called ON YOUR IMAGINARY FORCES. The project is an unprecedented model of collaboration, thoroughly expanding the scope of possibilities for the exploration, documentation, and implementation of Disability Aesthetics in performance.

The first phase of this multi-year project, is a two-year residency with the Public Theater in New York City workshopping Shakespeare’s "Titus Andronicus." Over two years, the project will investigate how all the elements of theatrical meaning—from text to design to performance to audience engagement–can center Disabled and d/Deaf identities in every element of the theatrical concept and characterization.

The residency provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore how familiar Shakespeare plays acquire new meaning when Disabled and d/Deaf actors are empowered to exercise their craft. As Kim notes, “ beginning by commissioning Directors of Artistic Sign Language, Kailyn Aaron-Lozano, Kalen Feeney, and Andrew Morrill, to create a new and wholly complete translation of the entire play into ASL, we are actively working to identify new protocols for a bilingual rehearsal process centering the needs of d/Deaf and Disabled artists, as we aim to expand, innovate, and create new, radical paradigms for integrated and inclusive theatrical research, practice and production.”

"Titus Andronicus" is part of a larger project focusing on four Shakespearean works–"Titus Andronicus," "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," "As You Like It," and "King Henry VI, Part III."

Kim, we are so honored that you are a part of our team, modeling what it means to be an Agent of Change as you actively work to push our field forward!

For more information about Kim and her work please visit

Photo by Nina Wurtzel



Congratulations to alumna Rivka Rivera, whose play "The Mourners" will have a reading tonight at 5:30pm as part of The Straz Center for the Performing Arts BIPOC Play-Reading Series.

"The Mourners" was part of the inaugural ColLABo project - a production development laboratory housed at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.

Learn more about Rivka and her play here:

Photos from Carnegie Mellon University's post 01/29/2024
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A sneak peek at our day spent with Jason Zembuch Young and his students!

Head of School Robert Ramirez, professors Kyle Haden, Lisa Velten Smith, Tomé Cousin, and alumnus Philippe Arroyo spent the day in workshop and conversation with these talented and enthusiastic young artists.

It’s clear to see why Mr. Zembuch Young was selected by Carnegie Mellon University and the Tony Awards as the 2023 Excellence in Theatre Education Award winner!

There’s still time to submit your favorite K-12 theatre teacher for the 2024 honor. Visit:

Crystal Manich Glides Home With Cirque du Soleil's 'Crystal' Ice Show 01/20/2024

Only a few more chances to see alumna Crystal Manich’s spectacular Cirque du Soleil ice show at PPG Paints Arena!

Manich is Artistic Director of “Cirque du Soleil: Crystal” in which acrobats and skaters perform on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world class audience experience.

“Growing in Pittsburgh really led me to this point of working with Cirque Du Soleil,” she said.

Read more in Sharon Eberson Axelrod’s feature on Manich and this one-of-a-kind production.

Crystal Manich Glides Home With Cirque du Soleil's 'Crystal' Ice Show By SHARON EBERSON It is purely coincidence that Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal, the ice show coming to PPG Arena January 18-21, is led by Crystal Manich. Her resume by any other name would be quite eno…

Photos from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama's post 01/18/2024

Attention Theater Makers!

Apply now for ColLABo – a two-week production development incubator housed on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus. Applications due January 31!

What is ColLABo?
ColLABo is a production development incubator–housed on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus–where theater makers from multiple disciplines come together to wrestle with production challenges on a project they intend to have produced. ColLABo is designed to be a director-centered and design-led process, giving creative teams valuable time, space, and resources to explore their projects and problem-solve before they dive into the production pressure cooker.

Who is right for ColLABo?
We are seeking diverse cohorts of American theater artists who are working with a particular focus on developing new stories that center marginalized voices OR reinterpretations of established plays to explore diverse perspectives. We are looking for teams that have very specific production-related challenges to explore. As a director- and designer-led process, ColLABo is meant to support production development more so than script development.

Want to learn more?


There is ONE WEEK left to get your submission in for the 2024 Excellence in Theatre Education Award and .⭐ Deadline is January 12.

Photos from Tony Awards's post 12/20/2023

Help us celebrate theatre educators! Submissions are now open for the 2024 Excellence in Theatre Education Award, presented by Carnegie Mellon University and the Tony Awards.

More details:

MFA in Design for Theater & Live Arts - e-flux Education 12/11/2023

Join us for a virtual open house this Friday at 12pm EST to learn about our MFA Design programs!

Click the link below for more info.

MFA in Design for Theater & Live Arts - e-flux Education Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama hosts 2024 virtual open house for applicants interest in the MFA Design programs in Costume, Lighting, Scenic, Sound, and Video & Media Design.

Photos from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama's post 12/07/2023

to the gorgeous final production of our fall season:

by Young Jean Lee
directed by Tatiana Baccari

Scenic Design – Sebastian Zavalza
Costume Design – Caifeng Hong
Lighting Design – Eva Oney
Sound Design – Ray Morgen
Dramaturg – Eliot Herron
Stage Manager – Bee Anderson
Fight & Intimacy Choreographer – Tomé Cousin

Cordelia/Olivia/Helena – Helena Chuang
Edgar/Gordon/Donny – Donathan Arnold
Edmund/Big Bird/Jack – Jack Ducat
Goneril/Maria/Siggy – Siggy Bijou
Regan/April/Anna – Anna Bakun

Production Manager - Danielle Bergman
Scenery Project Managers - David Martin Sunderland & Sophie Rodriguez
Scenery Job Lead - Akshatha Srivastava
Props Manager - Sebastian Zavalza
Scenic Charge Artist - Sebastian Zavalza
Wardrobe Supervisor - Hadley Holcomb
Draper - Diana (Huixue) Kang
Costume Crafts - Moire Diaz
Lighting Manager - Ariel Bernhard
Sound Engineer - Peter Burns

Assistant Director - Cole Schubert
Assistant Production Manager - Kelsey Harlow
Assistant Stage Manager - Emily Carleton
Assistant Scenic Designers - Louise Cutter & Peter Rule
Assistant Costume Designer - Bunny Brand
Assistant Sound Engineer - Chloe Cohen
Lighting Assistant - Xuewei Eva Hu

JJ Beck, Joanne Jiang, Maya Ousachi, Sam Regardie, Benji Santiago, Reigh Wilson

Photos by Louis Stein

CMU students, faculty and alumni help City Theatre celebrate 'Christmas at Pemberley' 11/29/2023

If you're in Pittsburgh this holiday season and want to see CMU talent on full display, head to City Theatre for "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley," directed by our own Kyle Haden and featuring a whopping 14 School of Drama-affiliated artists!

Senior acting students Leyla Davis, Sophia Macy, and Alex Sheffield make their City Theatre debuts, and the set, costumes, lighting, dramaturgy, and nearly every aspect of the production come by way of our faculty, alumni, and current students.

Check out the Post-Gazette feature below and get your tickets now!

CMU students, faculty and alumni help City Theatre celebrate 'Christmas at Pemberley' This unofficial stage sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” will be at City Theatre through Dec. 17.

Photos from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama's post 11/28/2023

based on 'Electra' by Euripides
adapted & directed by B Kleymeyer

Scenic Design – Yafei Hu
Costume Design – Izzy Kitch
Lighting Design – Zhengdao (Ernest) Wan
Sound Design – Emily Brunner
Media Design – Kolton Cotton
Dramaturg – Levi Chaplin-Loebell
Stage Manager – Gabrielle Harper
Fight And Intimacy Choreographer – Lisa Velten Smith
Assistant Director – Annaliese Pfeiffer
Assistant Scenic Designer – Phoebe Huggett
Assistant Costume Designer – Harumi Hirata
Assistant Lighting Designer – E. Lieu Wolhardt
Assistant Media Designer & Engineer – Sophia Coscia
Assistant Dramaturg – Ursula Sturgeon
Assistant Stage Manager – Kiana Carbone

Electra – Cordelia June Reynolds
Orestes – Cayden Mccoy
Chorus – Liz Leclerc
Chorus – Anya Edwards
Chorus – Mathilde Prosen-Oldani
Chorus – Ted Guzman
Chorus – Darryl Ifote
Clytemnestra – Harper York

Production Manager – Megan Hanna
Scenery Project Managers – David Martin Sunderland & Sophie Rodriguez
Scenery Job Lead – Hsin Ting Chen
Properties Manager – Todd R. Kulik
Properties Coordinator – Kristin Ward
Scenic Charge Artist – Beth Zamborsky
Lead Scenic Artist – Janelle Mosovsky
Wardrobe Supervisor – Jennifer Marks
Draper & First Hand – Becca Wood
Lighting Programmer – Logan Donahue
Lighting Manager – Jessica Winward
Sound Engineer – Tate Abdullah
Media Engineer – Matthias Neckermann
Assistant Production Manager – Kelsie Harlow

Moira Doolittle, Allison Dorsey, Kylie Edwards, Karter Labarre, Seva Lebedev, Helen Maleeny, Claire Roberts, Stephen Tao

Photos by Louis Stein
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It's Giving CMU Day!

We at the School of Drama take the responsibility and JOY of training the next generation of theater artists very seriously, and your support makes it all possible.

Consider a gift to the School of Drama – and these future artists – today!

Contributions to the School of Drama Head's Initiative Fund will directly support the necessary technology, supplies and experiences that give CMU drama students a competitive edge in the entertainment industry.

THANK YOU for being part of their educational journey!


We know what we're grateful for this year - all of the incredible teachers that are inspiring the next generation of theatrical artists and fostering a passion of the arts. 🎭

This Thanksgiving, and submit an inspiring educator for the 2024 Excellence in Theatre Education award! More info at


Tonight's the night! Our Junior Music Theater class has Magic To Do!

Don't miss their cabaret performance featuring the songs of CMU alumnus and legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz. We are so fortunate to have Mr. Schwartz join us for this special evening!

The theater seats are sold out, however there are still ways to watch.

If you are in the Pittsburgh area, you can join us in the Greer Cabaret Lounge for just $10, where the performance will be broadcast live. Food & drink menu available.

Virtual streaming tickets are available for $25, allowing you to watch from anywhere.

All ticketing options, and more info about the show can be found here:

[student photos by Louis Stein; poster design by Carlos E. Martínez]

Photos from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama's post 11/18/2023

Performances begin tonight for MFA Director B Kleymeyer's thesis production, "I Think I'm Starting to Want to Be a Mother," based on "Electra" by Euripides.

“It’s a meditation on our relationships to our mother and to each other. It allows us to examine q***r and trans ideas of parenthood. It’s also a pop punk girl group concert. Kind of.” –B Kleymeyer, Director & Adapter.

Saturday, Nov. 18 @ 8pm
Monday, Nov. 20 @ 8pm
Tuesday, Nov. 21 @ 8pm
Tuesday, Nov. 28 @ 8pm
Wednesday, Nov. 29 @ 8pm

Tickets and more info:

[graphic design by Carlos E. Martínez, MFA Directing Candidate 2025]

Alumni Profile: Rivka Rivera - Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama 11/15/2023

Alumna Rivka Rivera returned to CMU this summer to workshop her play "The Mourners" as part of the inaugural ColLABo - a production development incubator housed on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus and run by School of Drama Associate Head Kyle Haden.

Current MFA Dramatic Writing student Gretchen Suárez-Peña interviewed Rivka about her time at ColLABo. Check out her article below!

Applications for ColLABo 2024 are open now!
Learn more here:

Alumni Profile: Rivka Rivera - Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama Rivka Rivera made rice rain in the Rauh. It’s an alliteration that tickles the tongue and sparks an image if you’re familiar with the black box theater inside Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) School of Drama (SOD) Purnell Center for the Arts.

Empowering accessibility in live events — TPi 11/09/2023

Check out this terrific feature on alumna Marisa Rinchiuso (BFA, 2020) in TPi Magazine.

Having recently embarked on her first experience on the road – assuming the role of Assistant Stage Manager on the European leg of The Weeknd’s latest stadium tour – Marisa shares her hopes of cultivating greater accessibility within the live sector as an ambulatory wheelchair user and changing perceptions of what it means to be a modern-day ‘roadie’.

Empowering accessibility in live events — TPi Marisa Rinchiuso shares her hopes of cultivating greater accessibility within the live sector as an ambulatory wheelchair user and changing perceptions of what it means to be a modern-day ‘roadie’.

Photos from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama's post 11/06/2023

Did you miss our student production of "Put Your House in Order" last week? Take a peek at some of the production photos by Xuewei Hu...


"Put Your House in Order"
By Ike Holter
Directed by Alyssa Rivera

Scenic Design – Kejia Yu
Costume Design – Jeremy Pitzer
Lighting Design – Allison McSwain
Sound Design – Jessica Williams
Dramaturg – Jacey Lozada
Stage Manager – Kyle Musgrove
Intimacy Choreographer – Catherine Moore
Fight Choreographer – Andrew Smith
Assistant Scenic Designer – Mira Teng
Assistant Costume Designer – Kimberly Xu
Assistant Dramaturg – Lillian McDermott
Assistant Stage Manager – Alexander Farrell

Caroline – Kiara Lee
Rolan – Antione Gray Jr.
Josephine – Kyra Klonoski
Voice Over – Kaycee Swierc, Caroline Holmes, Imani Preyor, Juan Rivera Lebron

Production Manager - Maureen Pace
Project Lead - David Martin Sunderland
Job Lead - Monica Tran
Properties Manager - Kejia Yu
Scenic Charge Artist - Kejia Yu
Wardrobe Supervisor - Kendall Swartz
Lighting Manager - Madeline Miller
Sound Engineer - Iris Chiu
Assistant Production Manager - Natalie Lawton

Matthew Blankley, Arrim Jung, Valia Kavrakis, Matty Palmer, Madeline Scotti, Owen Sheehan, Willa Vu

Review: In ‘Stereophonic,’ the Rock Revolution Will Be Recorded 11/02/2023

A terrific review in The New York Times for our alumni Will Brill ("heartbreakingly unhinged") and Sarah Pidgeon ("riveting, in all aspects of the role").

See their work in "Stereophonic" – now extended through December 17 – at Playwrights Horizons!

Review: In ‘Stereophonic,’ the Rock Revolution Will Be Recorded David Adjmi’s riveting new play, with songs by Will Butler, is about a ’70s band that nearly destroys itself making an epochal album.

Box Office - 'Put Your House In Order' 11/01/2023

Happy Opening Night to the company of "Put Your House in Order" by Ike Holter!

Box Office - 'Put Your House In Order' November 1-3, 2023. This fast-paced roller coaster ride showcases the quick ascension of a relationship on one side of the fence, and the devastating downfall of humanity on the other.

Viardot's Cinderella — Resonance Works 10/27/2023

Happy Opening Night to Resonance Works production of "Cinderella," with costume design by alumnus Damian Dominguez and stage management by current MFA student, Virginia Tipps. Break a leg!

More information about the show at the link below.

Viardot's Cinderella — Resonance Works Celebrate our 10th birthday with the Pittsburgh premiere of Pauline Viardot’s CINDERELLA! Each immersive performance begins with a royal soiree, complete with cocktail hour and cabaret. Then, you will be guests at Prince Charming’s ball, woven into the magic of this beloved fairy tale!


Current MFA students Tate Abdullah (Sound Design) and Kolton Cotton (Video & Media Design) are part of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's Tough Art Residency.

Visitors to the museum can experience Tate and Kolton's artwork "Bog Bounce" by bouncing around on lily pads to discover the different mystical creatures living there and their unique characteristics.

Click here to learn more about the program:

Click here to watch Tate and Kolton talk about their work:

Employment Opportunities - Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama 10/17/2023

The School of Drama is hiring!

If you or someone you know might be the right fit for one of the positions below, please consider applying or sharing the link!

• Assistant/Associate Professor of Lighting Design (Tenure Track)
• Associate Professor of Costume Design (Tenure Track)
• Assistant/Associate Professor of Directing (Tenure Track)
• Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Theater Voice (Teaching or Tenure Track)

Learn more and apply:

Employment Opportunities - Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama As a member of the faculty and staff of the School of Drama you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the country’s foremost experts in arts and entertainment education.

Photos from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama's post 10/12/2023

A DOLL'S HOUSE - Oct. 11-14, 2023
by Henrik Ibsen
adapted & directed by Jasmine Roth

Scenic Designer – Ningning Renee Yang
Costume Designer – Olivia Curry
Lighting Designer – Xuewei Eva Hu
Sound Designer – Isaac Jo
Media Designer – Jin Oh
Dramaturg – Val Nayak
Stage Manager – Allie Blaylock
Intimacy Choreographer – Catherine Moore
Assistant Director – Daniel Sepehr Bamdad
Assistant Scenic Designer – Viscaya Wilson
Assistant Costume Designer – Pei Liu
Assistant Media Designer – Reiley Torfun
Assistant Dramaturg – Jesús E. Feliciano
Assistant Stage Manager – Julia He

Alex Sheffield as Nora Helmer
Lukas Jarvi as Torvald Helmer
Sophia Macy as Kristine Linde
Joshua Elijah Lewis as Doctor Rank
Travis Roy Rogers as Nils Krogstad

Production Manager – Melissa Lubina
Project Manager – David Martin Sunderland
Job Lead – Sophie Rodriguez
Properties Manager – Todd R. Kulik
Properties Coordinator – Kristin Ward
Scenic Charge Artist – Beth Zamborsky
Lead Scenic Artist – Janelle Mosovsky
Draper – Noelle Cremer
First Hand – Brandon Eridan
Lighting Manager – Eva Oney
Lighting Programmer – Logan Donahue
Sound Engineer – Pan-Pan Gou
Media Engineer – Lilian Kim
Assistant Production Managers – Selina Wang, Alexander Farrell
Assistant Media Engineer – Abby Bi

Spencer Byham-Carson, Seth Coppens, Lucy Feng, Samuel Greco, Isha Kanodia, Clare Katyal, Aster Lufkin, Madelyn Streisfeld, Luna Taveras, Courtney Vanauken

Photos by Louis Stein photography

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Our 2023/2024 Season opens in one week with MFA Directing candidate Jasmine Roth's thesis production of "A Doll's House."

Don't miss her contemporary take on Ibsen's classic tale of love, marriage, patriarchy, and transformation.

Wednesday, Oct. 11 @ 8pm
Thursday, Oct. 12 @ 8pm
Friday, Oct. 13 @ 8pm
Saturday, Oct. 14 @ 2pm
Saturday, Oct. 14 @ 8pm

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