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

janera solomon spoke with a dozen students on Tuesday morning to discuss Pittsburgh’s theater scene during the Honors College’s Alumni Breakfast Series.

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: what we’ll see this fall

Pitt Stages will offer four different productions throughout the 2019-20 academic year.

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.

Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

A Wurlitzer theater organ.

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.

Photos: Redeye Theater

Grippi, Aluise and Mullen during the finale of “The Midnight Snack.”

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 — “The Midnight Snack,” “Frog Bones Can’t Handle That Kind of Stress,” “The Case...

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

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)

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 said. “We start tech rehearsals soon, so you should know your lines by now.” The junior theatre arts ...

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

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

By Marissa Perino & Issi Glatts

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 elements behind any onstage performance. He speaks of his process as an extension of history. “T...

Pitt Stage’s Marie Antionette wows with symbolism and decadence

 (Illustration by Elise Lavallee | Staff Illustrator)

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor

February 20, 2018

Pitt’s production of “Marie Antoinette” has everything needed to recall the history of its title character — chandeliers, a guillotine and plenty of wigs. But make no mistake — this is not a historical play, but a “meditation on excess,” as director Le’Mil Eiland notes in the program. After ...

Review: Pitt Stages puts modern spin on Little Shop of Horrors

(Illustration by Rick Steinhauser/TNS)

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor

February 15, 2018

Upon walking into the Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland Friday night, I was immediately transported from the dreary Pittsburgh weather to the even drearier Skid Row. But after two hours there, I didn’t want to return to the Steel City. Pitt’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a 1982 off-...

Students celebrate sexuality in The Vagina Monologues

Natalie Miller (left), Emily Rush, and Savannah Garber (right) perform as part of the Vagina Monologues hosted by the Pitt Campus Women’s Organization in the O’Hara Student Center this weekend. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018

Cheers roared throughout the O’Hara Ballroom as the individuals on stage repeated the word “mine” over and over in an effort to reclaim their sexuality, prompting the audience to join in. The Campus Women’s Organization’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” — a play about the reclama...

Rhodessa Jones brings art and activism to Pitt

Rhodessa Jones, co-artistic director of San Francisco’s performance company Cultural Odyssey, was chosen by Pitt Arts to be Pitt’s artist-in-residence for the month of February. (Photo courtesy of Rhodessa Jones)

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

February 8, 2018

Since she found theater, San Francisco-based artist Rhodessa Jones said she has always had a place in the world — whether it be to share her ups and downs or to offer other women a chance to speak out. “Theater has been the one lover that has never let me down — it demands a lot of me, but t...

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