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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”

All-female “Julius Caesar” takes over Pittsburgh Parks

By MJ LaRocque, For the Pitt News September 23, 2019
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrated its 15th Anniversary with an all-female production of “Julius Caesar,” which runs Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of September. This past weekend was the group’s second-to-last performance.
Charles Ross is the leading man in the “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy.”

Review: 70 minute saga: Charles Ross performs ‘One-Man Star Wars Trilogy’

By Charlie Taylor, For the Pitt News September 16, 2019
If you’re the kind of person who binge-watches the entire original “Star Wars” trilogy in a weekend, consider buying a ticket to Charles Ross’ “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” before sitting down for your next productive weekend. You’ll save yourself a whole lot of time, and enjoy an unexpected laugh or two.
Headdresses for use in the Benedum Center’s production of Disney’s “The Lion King.”

Review: ‘The Lion King’ delights audiences at the Benedum Center

By Delilah Bourque, Culture Editor September 10, 2019
“The Lion King,” which runs Sept. 4 through Sept. 29 at the Benedum Center, is a fantastic production. While the most memorable parts of the original Disney movie are maintained, the stage production keeps it fresh — balancing fantastic performances and amazing technical marvels from the puppetry, costuming and set pieces.
Pitt’s Musical Theater Club performs “Under the Sea” as a part of its 24 hour production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Saturday evening at Stephen Foster Memorial Theater.

Under the sea with Musical Theatre Club’s 24 hour musical

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer September 9, 2019
With only 24 hours to cast, direct, choreograph and design a set for the full two-and-a-half-hour production, the cast and crew attempted to throw together a hilariously imperfect musical.
Pitt Stages will offer four different productions throughout the 2019-20 academic year.

Pitt Stages: what we’ll see this fall

By Justin Gardner, For The Pitt News August 23, 2019
This upcoming semester, Pitt Stages is offering a total of four different shows. Two are Mainstage productions, directed professionally, while the others are student labs, which are directed by students at the University of Pittsburgh.
PITT ARTS introduces students to Pittsburgh’s cultural scene

PITT ARTS introduces students to Pittsburgh’s cultural scene

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Senior Staff Writer June 30, 2019
There’s more to college than just classes and extracurriculars, especially at an urban campus. Pitt students can expect dozens of opportunities each year to get out into the City and experience something new.
The Stephen Foster Memorial Theater is home to many of the Department of Theatre Arts’ productions.

Pitt theatre arts alumni succeed on and off stage

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Culture Editor May 29, 2019
Pitt’s department of theatre arts serves hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students per year, covering theatrical production, training and study. Class topics range from the obvious, such as studies in acting and performance, to the technical, such as lighting and set design.
Ben Levi Ross (center) in “Dear Evan Hansen.”

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ brings Pittsburgh audiences to tears

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer May 22, 2019
Recent popular media has taken a closer look at mental health and mental illness. The 2017 Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” focuses on the reasons a high school teenager took her own life, while “BoJack Horseman,” another Netflix original show, centers on a celebrity horse that copes with addiction and depression.
Youtuber Tyler Oakley speaks about Ubers while introducing himself at Pitt Program Council’s “An Evening with Tyler Oakley.”

Tyler Oakley reflects on YouTube fame and activism

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer April 9, 2019
Little did Tyler Oakley know, 12 years after he began his YouTube channel he would be sitting in the William Pitt Union speaking about his social media career, LGBTQ+ activism and life as an internet celebrity to a room full of more than 250 Pitt students — only a small segment of his fanbase.

Performers death drop at Rainbow Alliance drag show

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer April 9, 2019
Friday night, a charismatic performer clad in a silver sequin dress danced and swirled her poofy brown wig to the booming music. The hundreds of audience members leapt to their feet to clap along, roaring when the performer landed the drag-show-staple death drop.
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