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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

A performer from Twelfth Night onstage at a Youth Shakespeare Society of Pittsburgh’s summer performance.

Youth Shakespeare Society spotlights local high school talent

By Anoushka Parnerkar, Staff Writer September 14, 2022
Ella Mizera and Theo Fantozzi, college students who met in high school, found a way to honor Shakespeare’s legacy when they started the Youth Shakespeare Society of Pittsburgh in 2019.
Opinion | Is 2022 the year of apathy?

Opinion | Is 2022 the year of apathy?

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist January 30, 2022
Amid yet another surge of COVID-19, another bat with virtual classes and another year of “pivoting,” apathy has become the name of the game. It seems we’re giving up — whether it’s becoming more and more pessimistic about performing, sacrificing some worker safety to preserve the workforce or seeming to ignore rising cases.
Opinion | Broadway can’t responsibly reopen without implementing necessary, promised change

Opinion | Broadway can’t responsibly reopen without implementing necessary, promised change

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist June 2, 2021
The theater industry is also deeply rooted in abusive power dynamics, many of which disproportionately impact already marginalized groups.
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.
janera solomon spoke with a dozen students on Tuesday morning to discuss Pittsburgh’s theater scene during the Honors College’s Alumni Breakfast Series.

Pitt alum talks past job as Kelly Strayhorn director, future plans

By Alaina Vento, For The Pitt News March 4, 2020
after 11 years serving as the executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, the Pitt alum retired from the position in December to head in a different, unknown direction. 
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.
A Wurlitzer theater organ.

Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist November 29, 2018
Millennials are quick to scoff at old art forms like the theater organ — but young ’uns shouldn’t write it off quickly. Many theaters put a modern spin on old art, making it fresh and entertaining.
Grippi, Aluise and Mullen during the finale of “The Midnight Snack.”

Photos: Redeye Theater

October 24, 2018

Redeye Theater hosted its second 24-hour playwriting, producing and performance event of the semester this weekend. Students worked through the night to produce and perform five original plays and musicals...

Pitt students rehearse for the Musical Theatre Club’s production of “Legally Blonde” Thursday in the Charity Randall Theatre. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer April 12, 2018

Chloe Torrence circled a group of actors and singers onstage at the Charity Randall Theatre, kicking off her normal weeknight routine. “Starting tonight, you cannot call ‘line’ anymore,” Torrence...

Gianni Downs has traveled the nation chasing projects, transforming and recreating the world around him.

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

By Marissa Perino March 28, 2018

By the time the show opens, Gianni Downs’ work is already done. As a scenic designer, Downs' favorite parts of the creative process all happen before opening night. His field is one of the crucial...

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