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Appalachian Paris, a production by Pitt’s theater arts department, provides a guided, one-hour audio tour of Oakland.

Oakland audio tour unearths neighborhood history

By Maria Scanga, For The Pitt News June 9, 2021
There was a time when you could ride a rollercoaster in the spot that is now residential North Craig Street. Oakland trivia like this is what you would learn while on a guided, one-hour audio tour of the neighborhood, called Appalachian Paris.
Photos: The Bard in Bloom

Photos: The Bard in Bloom

By Dalia Maeroff, Senior Staff Photographer May 26, 2021

About 100 people gathered on Flagstaff Hill last Saturday afternoon to watch the winners and finalists of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, who performed some...

Pittsburgh is home to many theater companies, such as Harris Theater, that had to stop production when COVID-19 was first declared a pandemic and Gov. Tom Wolf ordered a statewide shutdown. This shutdown forced the companies to halt their public shows and find new ways to bring theatre to their audiences.

A showstopping year: Pittsburgh theater companies reflect on anniversary of shutdown

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer March 26, 2021
Lou Castelli, managing director of Pittsburgh Public Theater, explained that when the company heard the news of the pandemic, they decided to close last March before their opening night.
Controlled Chaos, a hip hop dance crew of about 12 people, usually books as many as 10 performances in one semester, but this year the group compiled its routine into an eight-minute video posted on its YouTube page.

Students find space for dance on campus despite pandemic

By Kaitlyn Nuebel, Staff Writer February 26, 2021
Several of Pitt’s dance organizations nixed their live performances last semester and reimagined choreography to deliver socially distanced performances in a virtual format.
Pittsburgh Public Theater is virtually hosting “Romeo N Juliet” — an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” — on their website for a small donation fee now until Sunday.

‘Romeo N Juliet’ mixes Shakespeare with Black culture

By Hayley Lesh, Staff Writer February 19, 2021
Pittsburgh Public Theater is virtually hosting “Romeo N Juliet” — an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” — on their website for a small donation fee now until Sunday.
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ take on Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is showing this Thursday through Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.

Falling in love with Shakespeare on Zoom

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer February 10, 2021
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is bringing you a modern take on Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” this week.
Annmarie Duggan, chair of the theater arts department, said that moving to virtual theater presented many unique challenges, but she is proud of the work the department did.

Pitt Stages spring productions feature myths and childhood memories

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor January 19, 2021
Pitt Stages’ spring lineup features two undergraduate-directed Student Labs and three faculty-directed Mainstage shows, starting in February.
Playwright August Wilson was born and raised in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Pitt acquires archive of late playwright August Wilson

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor October 30, 2020
Wilson wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays “Fences” and “The Piano Lesson,” which are part of his 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle,” or “American Century Cycle.”
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park livestreamed a “Cymbeline” performance on Friday evening.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks turns the virtually impossible into the virtually possible

By Sona Sharma, For The Pitt News October 2, 2020
Last Friday’s performance of “Cymbeline” was different from any the company had put on before.
Noah Kotzin, a senior music composition major, faces uncertainty in the workforce after graduation due to the pandemic’s effect on the music industry.

Arts professionals, students reflect on changing industries

By Anna Ligorio, Staff Writer September 30, 2020
With many theater and venue doors closed to the public, students and professionals in the arts industry are having to open doors of their own during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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