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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.
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.
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.
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 23, 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...

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)
April 11, 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: The scenic route

Gianni Downs has traveled the nation chasing projects, transforming and recreating the world around him.
March 27, 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...

Pitt Stage’s Marie Antionette wows with symbolism and decadence

 (Illustration by Elise Lavallee | Staff Illustrator)
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...

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

(Illustration by Rick Steinhauser/TNS)
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...

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)
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...

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)
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....

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