Conservatory of Performing Arts Receives National Recognition
Point Park University's Conservatory recognized by two top 10 lists.
Troy Centofanto Recruits Top Talent for Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts
"Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts is one of the top conservatories in the country. Having the opportunity to work with the current and future leaders of the industry is very exciting and rewarding," Centofanto said.
2016-17 Pittsburgh Playhouse Season Announced
Tony award-winning musicals, original choreography, modern twists to classic pieces and more.
Musical Theatre Students Spend Summer Performing for Music Theatre Wichita
Jacob Wasson and Jared Roberts spent the summer of 2016 in Wichita, Kan. as resident ensemble members for Music Theatre Wichita.
High School Students Gain Hands-On Experience at Digital and Traditional Animation Camps
During the intensive workshops, students were introduced to character development and movement, learned the basics of 3D computer modeling, as well as the basics of compositing visual effects and live action
Faculty Profile: Meet Zeva Barzell, Associate Professor of Theatre
"One of the most important messages I try to convey to my students is to have a taste for excellence in their work and to really know and understand their craft," said Barzell.
Alumna Taylor Goska Discovered Dual Passions for Dance and Psychology at Point Park
Meet Taylor Goska, a 2015 dance and psychology alumna who now works for Bel Air Dance Academy and Jewish Community Services.
Cinema Arts Student, Spain Native Interning for The Fred Rogers Company
"I work on children’s cartoons that air on PBS to select small clips and images for the website, transcribe videos and files from DVDs, as well as any other tasks as assigned," said Pamies.
M.F.A. Low-Residency Alumnus Alan Stevens is Executive Director of Academy Theatre
"Joining the M.F.A. program was the best thing I have ever done, it has opened doors for me that I thought would always be closed," said Stevens.
Dance Majors Train with Sought-After Choreographers for Signature Spring Concert
The concert featured choreography by Sonya Tayeh, Matthew Powell, Larry Keigwin and MADBOOTS Dance.
Alessia Ruffolo Selected as Dancer at Tanztheater-Staatstheater Kassel in Germany
"This is my first real job, so I feel as though I am constantly learning what it means to be an artist; to take classes, rehearse, communicate and express my ideas in a professional manner," Ruffolo said.
M.F.A. Graduates Host Festival of New Work
Fourteen screenwriters and playwrights will present a compilation of their work May 17-21 on campus.
Screenwriting Major Lands Internship at Pittsburgh CLO with Help from Professor
"My professors helped me land my internships and are constantly invested in my development as a writer. Their input is invaluable and I am so thankful for their support," Rick said.
Broadway's Tony Yazbeck to Give Commencement Address, Receive an Honorary Degree
"My message to the Class of 2016 is about how to be successful in life. I've learned that success comes from who are you are as a person," said Yazbeck.
American Stage Director Monica Payne Returns to Point Park as Director of 'The Bluest Eye'
In 2012-14, Payne was a visiting assistant professor at Point Park. She was thrilled to return to campus during the spring semester to direct The Bluest Eye at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Faculty Profile: Meet Jason McDole, Assistant Professor of Dance
"I love walking into class knowing that my students are there to learn about what they love. I find so much joy teaching young people who really want to commit to what's in their hearts," McDole says.
2013 Alumna Madison DeCoske Lands Stage-Management Roles on Broadway's Sylvia, Wicked
"Sylvia was my Broadway debut! It's hard to describe what it feels like when your dreams come true," said DeCoske.
Hundreds of Scholarships Awarded to High School Dancers at NHSDF Closing Ceremony
More than 300 students received scholarships at the NHSDF closing ceremony to help them pursue their dreams of a career in dance.
Alumni in Parsons Dance Company Host Master Class at Point Park for NHSDF 2016
Dance alumni Ian Spring and Ahmad Simmons led the master class on March 4. Check out photos from the class.
NHSDF Brings High School Dancers from Around the World to Point Park's Downtown Campus
From Australia and Bermuda to South Carolina and California, 1,300 dancers from 78 high schools traveled from near and far to Downtown Pittsburgh for the 2016 National High School Dance Festival hosted by Point Park University.
Point Park Welcomes 1,300 High School Dancers to Downtown Pittsburgh for NHSDF, March 3-6
High school students will converge on campus this week from across the country and around the world for the 2016 National High School Dance Festival. Follow updates on social media: #NHSDF2016.
Meet Matt Pelfrey, M.F.A. Low-Residency Program Director and Assistant Professor
"I love working with students and helping them articulate their vision, so the chance to interact with both young and mature writers is a thrill," said Pelfrey.
Conservatory Dance Company Presents World Premiere of 'Five'
'Five' is a collaborative work by Ruben Graciani and Kiesha Lalama, Feb. 5-14 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Cinema Alumnus Alex Tracy is an Associate Producer at Method Studios in New York City
"I began producing films for Point Park during my first year in the program. That prepared me more than anything," said Tracy.
Students Train with Industry Professionals to Stage Contemporary Choreographers
Choreography by Gregory Dolbashian, Ori Flomin, Jessica Hendricks & Septime Webre.
Transfer Student Designs Wigs, Makeup, Special Effects Prosthetics for 'Into the Woods'
"I really do love everything about being a design major at Point Park; every day excites me! Being able to put what is in my head into an actual performance is both unreal and fascinating to me," said Dilla.
'Our Lady of 121st Street' Features Lighting Design by Theatre Production Major Joshua Ice
"It is my job to portray the mood captured in the text into atmosphere that the actors can play with," said Ice. Read more about his role and Point Park experience in the Q&A.
Dance and SAEM Programs Help 2015 Alumna to Land Role as a Company Dancer
Meet Christina Cairns, a 2015 graduate of Point Park's dance and sports, arts and entertainment management programs.
World Cultures Dance Week Exposes Students to a Variety of Styles and Techniques
Irish Step Dancing, West African Drumming, Buddhist Meditation, Salsa and more were taught during the week.
Freshman Dance Majors Perform at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Anniversary Gala
Six weeks into their first semester, 60 freshman dance majors performed at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Entire Cast of Pittsburgh CLO's 'Altar Boyz' Features Point Park Students and Alumni
“Working with Point Park alumni and another current student is a dream come true,” said Mason Alexander Park, a B.A. in theatre student.
Students Perform for Renowned Composer Stephen Flaherty at Pittsburgh Playhouse
"Singing in front of Stephen Flaherty was a dream. It was amazing to receive feedback from the man who composed what I was singing," said musical theatre major Jasmine Overbaugh.
Cinema Major Expands Professional Network, Gains Experience at International Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival is a cinematic spectacle saturated with collaboration, entertainment and the love of cinema.
Row House Cinema to Showcase Student Films
Students’ short films screen at 7 and 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 6. Tickets are $5.
Students, Faculty Spend Two Weeks In Prague at The World Exhibition of Theatre Design
Michael Essad, Stephanie Mayer-Staley, Tucker Topel and Claire Daniels attended The Prague Quadrennial.
Dance Student Christian Warner Awarded Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship
"I am grateful for having come to Point Park. All of the experiences that I have had, good and bad, have taught me so many lessons that I am eternally grateful for," said Warner.
Musical Theatre Major Studies Shakespeare at London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
Jennifer Arfsten had the unique opportunity to study Shakespeare at one of the premiere performing arts conservatories in London.
Dance Alumnus Joshua Manculich Honored With Princess Grace Award
Joshua Manculich is the third Point Park grad to receive the Princess Grace Award.
M.F.A. Students Explore Creativity and Dramatic Storytelling During Low-Residency Program
"I like the flexibility of the program and have really enjoyed the residencies. I've learned about myself, my writing and the real difference between a single story script and a pilot," said student Shirley Felder.
Conservatory Dance Company 2015-2016 lineup
The Student Choreography Project kicks off the season, Oct. 1-3.
High School Students Learn the Elements of Storytelling at Screenwriting Camp
"I learned how to enjoy the experience of writing and it's so much fun. I'm leaving this camp with two scripts to add to my portfolio," said Jonah Krause, a junior from Pine-Richland High School.
Faculty Q&A: Meet Ruben Graciani, Chair and Associate Professor of Dance
"I love the energy when I come to work, not just from the students, but also from the city. It's really encouraging," Graciani said. Watch his video to learn more.
Conservatory Theatre Company Announces New Season
Into the Woods, The Wild Duck, The Bluest Eye and more this season at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
2015-2016 REP season announced
The season runs Sept. 4 through April 24 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Dance and Accounting Double Major Studies Abroad at American University of Rome
Student Julia Grubbs talks about her experience studying abroad and why she recommends Point Park's dance and accounting programs.
2013 Alumna Nicole Soriano Lands Leading Role in Berenstain Bears Live! The Musical
Soriano earned a B.F.A. in musical theatre and credits her Point Park experience for helping her find success in her career.
2015 Cinema Grad's Photo Series 'Perception of Complexion' Gains National Attention
Brown created a stark series of photos that feature classic police mug shots of several of his fellow Point Park classmates.
Faculty Profile: Meet Robin Walsh, Associate Professor of Theatre
Associate Professor Robin Walsh studied Acting at Point Park University and West Virginia University — earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts. Her regional acting career is ongoing and helps keep her fresh as a teacher.
2015 Cinema Production Grad Interns at Cannes Film Festival, Makes Industry Connections
Meet Lexx Truss, a 2015 cinema production graduate.
Faculty Profile: Meet Jack Allison, Theatre
Jack Allison has directed at most of the major regional theatres in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has staged acclaimed productions in New York and has received prestigious awards for his direction.
Point Park hosts 2016 National High School Dance Festival
1,200 student dancers from around the world visit campus, March 3-6, 2016.
Dance Major Performs at Cuba International Dance Competition and Workshop
Sasha Alvarez discusses her experience performing in Cuba and what it's like to be a student at Point Park University.
Women in Film and Media Awards Scholarships to Mina Hoffman and Hannah Snyder
After a review by a scholarship committee, Hoffman was selected to receive the Point Park University scholarship ($2,500) and Snyder was selected to receive the Amy Lamb scholarship ($1,000).
Alumni and student win top prizes at NFFTY
Three short films won audience awards in their categories.
Steve Tolin Hosts Special Effects and Blood Workshop with Theatre Production Majors
Using household items like corn syrup, chocolate fudge, food coloring and detergent, theatre production majors learned how to make fake blood and wounds.
Students' Films to Screen at Shot for Shot Festival
Seven of the 10 films screening are created by Point Park students.
Alumna stage manages 'Endless Lawns' and 'Prussia' at the Pittsburgh Playhouse
Madison DeCoske is thrilled to be bringing her professional experience back to Point Park, and credits her experience here with launching her career at an acclaimed theater in New England.
Internship at Sundance Film Festival Connects Students with Industry Professionals
Three freshmen and two seniors were selected as interns at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Students' Short Films to Screen at National Festival
The NFFTY festival runs April 25-28 in Seattle, Wash.
Dance Alumna Alexandra Pernice Performing in North American Tour of Phantom of the Opera
Pernice performs in the Corps de Ballet and is the Meg Giry understudy in the North American Tour.
Dance Majors Take Master Class with Desmond Richardson, Complexions Contemporary Ballet
A professional dancer with more than 30 years of experience, Desmond Richardson was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theater and Ballet Frankfurt. He has performed with Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Aretha Franklin.
Sesame Street Live Features Alumnae Alexandra Zegar and Eileen Janesz
Zegar landed the role of Count Von Count and Janesz plays the role of Elmo. The alumni discuss how the education and training they received at Point Park prepared them for professional success.
Alumnus Callan Bergmann Lands Role in Pippin, Hosts Q&A with Theatre Students
Bergmann plays Lewis and is Pippin's understudy in the first national tour of Pippin the Musical.
Jay Kirk, Professor of Dance, Specializes in Classical Ballet and Kinesiology
Kirk has danced professionally with the Americana Dance Theatre, Dallas Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Chicago Ballet and others.
Faculty Profile: Michael McKelvey, Private Voice Coordinator and Associate Professor
McKelvey earned his D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.M. at Southern Methodist University and a B.M. from California State University at Northridge.
Students Interning at Sundance Film Festival
Students will have access to film screenings and networking events to build relationships that can lead to jobs within the film industry.
‘The Chair’ gets Directors Guild nomination
DGA nominates director Anthony Sacco; awards ceremony is Feb. 7.
Hollywood Producer Mark Canton Offers Career Insights to Cinema Students
"Point Park has such a great reputation because the cinema program is very specialized in the process of learning your craft," said Canton.
Contemporary Choreographers Features Work by Alumnus Luke Murphy
Murphy, a 2009 graduate, had a lot to share about his time as a student and how Point Park helped to prepare him for his future. Learn more in the Q&A.
2013 Alumna Heidi Schlegel Worked as a Unit Production Manager on "The Chair"
"Internships, working on other student films and working on projects that aren’t student films are all very important. Working with professionals is the best way to secure a job after graduating," said Schlegel.
Alumni Profile: Meet Jason Elrod, Editor, MTO Productions
"Point Park’s cinema program is one of the few in the country that allows you to start handling equipment and shooting films in your first year," said Elrod.
Conservatory Theatre Students Present World Premiere of "21"
Theatre students had the opportunity to train with award-winning director Richard Sabellico to stage "21."
'Student Choreography Project' Offers Dance Students a Unique Learning Experience
The Student Choreography Project is an innovative production that is completely student produced; choreographers have the responsibility of holding formal auditions, casting dancers, running rehearsals and making costume decisions.
Alumni Profile: Meet Jonathan Joseph, Line Producer on "The Chair" Series
Point Park has a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on production. Being on set and having to actually produce a large amount of work while in school really helps to prepare you for real-world production.
Inside the Production Office: Alumni Gain Hands-On Experience on "The Chair" Project
Cinema arts alumni Kaleigh Fitzgerald and Kaitlyn Serevicz had the opportunity to work as production office interns during the spring 2014 semester.
Alumnus Landon Kijowski Describes his Role as Grip/Electrician Swing on 'The Chair'
"The education I received at Point Park gave me a well-rounded knowledge in the craft of film," said the 2013 cinema arts alumnus.
Acting major Luke Halferty tackles iconic role in his first REP show 'Of Mice and Men'
Luke Halferty landed a supporting role playing Curley in The REP's Of Mice and Men, a timeless and heartwrenching tale of two migrant workers in the Great Depression.
‘Student Choreography Project’ to be streamed live worldwide
Watch the live streamed performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 4.
Alumni Profile: Meet Rebecca Markuson, Art Department Coordinator, "The Chair" Series
"The cinema program gave me the opportunity to learn a number of different roles and how each of those roles works together," said Markuson.
Alumni Profile: Meet Missy Haught, Intern Coordinator, "The Chair" Series
"If you are looking for a school that will ignite your creativity and broaden your knowledge of filmmaking, film theory and film history, consider Point Park," said Haught.
Cinema students intern with “The Chair,” receive valuable professional experience
Meet cinema production majors E.J. Brown and Megan Kuntz to learn more about their experience working on the project. Watch the series this fall on Starz.
University-Produced Reality Series "The Chair" Debuts in Pittsburgh
Students, alumni and faculty lined the red carpet at SouthSide Works Cinema on Sept. 4 for the world premiere of "The Chair."
Point Park Welcomes Inaugural M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Playwriting Class
Visiting artists included writer and director Gordy Hoffman, screenwriter Rob Lieber and playwright Tammy Ryan.
High School Students Explore Careers in Animation at Point Park
Twelve students spent the week on Point Park's Downtown Pittsburgh campus learning classic hand-drawn techniques, cartooning skills and the storyboarding process.
University-Produced Series 'The Chair’ Airs Sept. 6 on Starz
More than 100 Point Park students and alumni supported the series as interns, employees and through class projects.
Dance Minor, SAEM Major Gaining Industry Experience at Andy Warhol Museum
"The biggest influence I had in choosing Point Park was the dance program," said Brooke Perkins.
Conservatory Dance Announces New Season
Student Choreography Project kicks off the dance season Oct. 3 in the GRW Performance Studio.
Conservatory Theatre 2014-2015 Season Announced
The season opens Oct. 17 with "21," a world premiere about the life of Roberto Clemente at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Musical Theatre Major Discusses Summer Job at Waldameer Water World
"I love every aspect of theatre — I love that I discover more about myself by learning about other people, their emotions and experiences," said Alexandra Schultz.
Cinema Workshop Class Produces Short Films in London and Paris
Senior Teaching Artist John Rice and eight students explored London, Paris and Northern France at the end of the spring semester.
2014-2015 REP Season Announced
The season opens Sept. 5 with "Of Mice and Men" directed by Robert A. Miller at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Faculty Profile: Meet Philip Winters, Associate Professor of Theatre
Philip Winters has more than 35 years of professional experience as an actor.
Cinema Professors Present at Film Summit
Steve Cuden and Elise D'Haene spoke at the seminar held in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Cinema Production and SAEM Graduates Intern at New Perspective Communications
Cinema production graduate Jayme Jennings, along with sports, arts and entertainment management alumni Craig Woolridge and Evan Schall, interned at New Perspective Communications Agency this spring.
'The Umbrella Man’ to premiere June 22
The University-produced feature film will be screened at 1:45 p.m. at the Father Ryan Arts Center.
Nelson Chipman Speaks at Broadcast Education Association Conference
Chipman discussed Point Park's involvement on "The Chair" documentary series.
Point Park University-Produced Series ‘The Chair’ to Premiere on Starz
The 10-episode unscripted series will be shown in the fall.
Veteran Hollywood Producer Chris Moore Hosts Internship Forum with Students
More than 35 cinema students worked as interns on "The Chair" project, a new documentary series produced in part by Point Park University.
Students Find Inspiration at Animation Director John Dilworth's Lecture
Dilworth provided insight into his career in animation by explaining the creative process behind his work to the group of more than 65 students, faculty and guests.
Academy Award-Nominated Animation Director Hosts Lecture April 5
John Dilworth to talk about the animation process and his career at 5:30 p.m. in the GRW Theater.
Students Gain Hands-On Experience Crafting Set of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson'
Several Point Park students worked with Michael Thomas Essad, scenic designer and adjunct instructor, to build pieces of the set.
Alumnus Performing in Tour of West Side Story Hosts Master Class on Campus
2013 musical theatre alumnus Jonathan Freeland talks about his current role in West Side Story and his Point Park experience.
Alumna Maranda Wodzinski is a Production Manager for Nancy Glass Productions
The 2009 alumna has worked for the Travel Channel and Food Network. Learn more.
Students Hear First-Hand From 'Chair' Producers
Neal Dodson and Zachary Quinto spoke to students about the role creativity plays in today’s film industry.
Alumna is Technical Director at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
"Point Park provided me with a hands-on experience like no other undergraduate program. You will experience theatre from every angle and from the inside out. It also teaches you so much about yourself and how you collaborate with others," Caitlin E. Howley, B.A. in technical theatre.
Students Explore The Creative Side of Filmmaking with 'Chair' Producers
Executive producers of 'The Chair,' discussed how to establish a solid career in today’s film and television industries.
Theatre Professor and Alumna Direct 'Heads' at The Pittsburgh Playhouse
Professor John Shepard and alumna Kate Bodner directed The REP's production of Heads at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Business of Filmmaking Event Kicks Off 'The Chair' Project on Campus
Producers Chris Moore and Corey Moosa talked about how to be successful in today’s film business.
Conservatory Theatre Company and Alumna Gab Cody Collaborate on The Alchemists' Lab
Cody, a playwright and actress, returned to Point Park's campus to devise The Alchemists' Lab, in collaboration with the Conservatory Theatre Company.
Register Now for the National Unified Auditions
The Los Angeles audition is Feb. 8-9 for acting and musical theatre applicants.
'The Chair' Team Presents Filmmaking Discussion on Campus
Join us live for a special event from the producers of “The Chair,” a new documentary series based in Pittsburgh following two directors as they compete to make the best feature film from the same script and resources.
Point Park University to Serve as Home to New Documentary Series
More than 100 Point Park University students and alumni from a variety of majors will support the television series and two feature films as interns, employees and through class projects.
2012 Alumnus Earns Best Actor Nomination for Web Television Awards
Connor Russell stars in 'The Hinterlands,' a musical web series.
Award-Winning Singer Ann Hampton Callaway Hosts Master Class at Point Park
Four musical theatre students had the opportunity to sing and receive feedback from Callaway.
Tony Award-Winning Playwright Christopher Durang Visits Point Park
Conservatory of Performing Arts students had the unique opportunity to attend a conversation and reception with Tony award-winning playwright Christopher Durang.
Conservatory Dance Company Presents Nicolas Petrov's ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company honored Professor Nicolas Petrov with a full-length production of Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Dec. 10-15 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Internship Profile: Meet Animation Major Kaitlyn Colhouer, Animal Inc.
Meet Kaitlyn Colhouer, a junior majoring in animation and visual effects. Her experience in the animation program has always been engaging and fun, and has helped her realize where she wants to go in her career as an artist.
Stage Management Majors Work Side-by-Side with Broadway's Patrick Cassidy
Patrick Cassidy came to Point Park to direct the Conservatory Theatre Company's production of Oklahoma! at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Visiting Assistant Professor Monica Payne Directs Hecuba at the Pittsburgh Playhouse
Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company presented Hecuba at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Monica Payne.
Acclaimed Alumnus Rob Ashford Directs NBC's 'The Sound of Music Live!'
The Sound of Music Live! will be televised at 8 p.m. on NBC, Dec. 5.
Musical Theatre Alumnus Jaron Frand Credits Point Park for Success On Stage
In 2011, Frand had the chance to work with Marvin Hamlisch at Point Park. After only a year in New York, Frand landed a role in the New York cast of Smile, which features music by Hamlisch.
New Facilities and Equipment Provide Cinema Students Hands-on Training
Work was done in the Patterson Building and in West Penn Hall to create a production and screening facility, new classrooms, computers and edit suites.
Conservatory Dance Presents Contemporary Choreographers
Point Park dance students perform Nov. 15-24 in the George Rowland White Performance Studio.
Famed Movie Star Shirley Jones Visits Pittsburgh Playhouse for Oklahoma!
Pittsburgh Playhouse alumna and Hollywood veteran Shirley Jones attended the Conservatory Theatre Company's opening performance of Oklahoma!, directed by her son Patrick Cassidy, a Broadway star.
Point Park Alumni Launch Loose Cannon Creative, a Multimedia Company
Jonathan DeCarlo earned his B.A. in cinema production in 2009, and Cristin Goss and Mike DiGuglielmo earned their M.A. in journalism and mass communication in 2012.
Alumni profile: Kevin James Doyle, Actor, Comedian and Writer
The 2008 theatre arts alumnus said the training he received at Point Park gave him the necessary tools to know how to write and perform his own material.
Broadway's Patrick Cassidy Directs ‘Oklahoma!’
Oklahoma! runs Oct. 18-27 in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Visiting Artist Cara Friez Brings Industry Experience to Cinema Program
Some of her most notable production opportunities include work for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, As the World Turns, NightTalk on PCNC and the short film Moving in Together.
Dance and History Grad Spends Five Months in Israel Dancing and Studying Culture
Meet Nicole Jones, a 2013 Point Park graduate who earned bachelor's degrees in dance and history.
World Premiere of ‘Soldier’s Heart’ Features Students, Alumni and Staff
Directed by John Amplas, Soldier’s Heart runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Point Park to Offer Low-Residency M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Playwriting
Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Conservatory of Performing Arts will be offering Downtown Pittsburgh's first low-residency Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting and playwriting.
Pittsburgh Playhouse Launches New Website
Check out the new website to learn more about the upcoming season lineup, read the latest Playhouse news, view photos or purchase tickets.
Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’ Opens New Season at Pittsburgh Playhouse
Directed by Robert A. Miller (son of Arthur Miller), 'All My Sons' previews on Sept. 5 and runs Sept. 6-22.
High School Students Gain Hands-On Experience at Traditional Animation Camp
During the interactive sessions, the group developed their cartooning skills as they learned classic hand-drawn techniques and the storyboarding process. As part of a production team, they explored stop motion animation to design and bring clay characters to life.
High School Students Explore Careers in Technical Theatre and Stage Management
Area high school students spent two weeks on Point Park's campus to learn how to stage manage and call a dance performance, operate a light and sound board, hang lights and crew backstage.
2012 Alumnus James Ogden is a Stage Manager at North Carolina Dance Theatre
James Ogden II describes the theatre faculty as "working professionals with extensive resumes that continue growth in front of your eyes. The faculty does not only teach what they once knew to be the way, but what they know works out in the world today."
Alumni Land Jobs at Parsons Dance
Meet 2005 alumna Lauren Garson and 2009 alumnus Ian Spring.
Alumni Profile: Meet Lauren Garson, Parsons Dance
The 2005 dance alumna participated in the Pre-Professional Dance program before attending Point Park. She credits Point Park for providing her an education that prepared her to succeed in her career.
Alumnus Ian Spring Credits Point Park's Dance Program for Professional Success
"I would be no where near the dancer I am today had it not been for the teachers I had at Point Park and the classes I took," Spring said.
Conservatory Dance Company Announces 2013-2014 season
Point Park honors retiring internationally renowned choreographer Nicolas Petrov with his production of Romeo and Juliet in December.
Playhouse Jr. Announces 2013-2014 Season
Conservatory of Performing Arts students have leading roles both on and off stage to help bring 'Wind in the Willows,’ ‘Hush,’ and 'Spelling Bee' to life.
Broadway's Patrick Cassidy Directs 'Oklahoma' for Conservatory Theatre
Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company will produce five works, including a special, student-devised production, a rock musical and a famous Irish play, in the 2013-2014 season.
Alumni Profile: Meet Dave Droxler, Actor and Playwright
Droxler said the thing that piqued his interest the most at Point Park was the intimacy of the class size and the opportunity to learn from teachers who have an eclectic range of acting methods.
The REP Announces 2013 - 2014 Season
The season opens Sept. 6 and runs through April 6 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Assistant Professor of Screenwriting Steve Cuden Pens "Beating Broadway"
Assistant Professor Steve Cuden's new book, "Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations," published in April.
2012 Cinema Alumni Working on Second Short Film, Front Galley
2012 cinema arts alumni Mark Christian and Madeline Puzzo co-wrote their second film, Front Galley.
Cinema Alumnus' Short Film Awarded Second Prize at Steeltown Film Factory Competition
2004 alumnus Glenn Syska's short film, "The Sketch," earned second prize at the 2013 Steeltown Film Factory competition.
Intercollegiate Film Fest Showcases Point Park Student Filmmakers
Seven of the 12 official selections in the first annual Shot for Shot: Student Film Festival feature the work of Point Park students.
Houston Metropolitan Dance Company is Home to Six Point Park Alumni
Dance alumni Mia Angelini, Allie Kronick, Marlana Doyle, Patti Hogan, Kiki Lucas and Terrill Mitchell discuss their Point Park experience and offer career advice to students.
Dance Students Perform, Connect with Industry Professionals in New York City
Sixteen Point Park dancers shared the Joyce Theater stage with principal dancers from The New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.
Heidi Schlegel Receives Conservatory's Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
Cinema arts major Heidi Schlegel shares her most rewarding experiences at Point Park and advice to today's students.
Academy Award-Nominated Director Hosts Master Class at Point Park
"From idea to Oscar nomination: Making a documentary that can make it to market," was the topic of the April 5 master class.
Acting Alumnus Amadeo Fusca Roasts Comedian Jack Black
The 2009 alumnus earned a spot as a comedian roast at the Jack Black Roast on April 5.
Cinema Students’ Short Film Selected for World’s Largest Youth Film Festival
A Matter of Time features Point Park students Joe Balewski, producer, Graham Caroll, editor, Blase Ward, sound designer, and Sam Mosco, director of photography.
Stage Management, Technical Theatre/Design Students Receive Awards, Network at Conferences
Point Park students attended the South Eastern Theatre Conference and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference, earning awards at both.
Screenwriting Class Hears First-Hand from Writer, Producer Norman Steinberg
Assistant Professor Steve Cuden's Intermediate Screenwriting class welcomed Norman Steinberg to offer career advice on March 19.
Theatre and Forensic Science Classes Collaborate on Mock Crime Scene Project
Students in the Introduction to Stage Properties class collaborated with forensic science students in the Development of the Death Investigation System course to create and process a mock crime scene on campus.
Cinema Arts Students Learn From Oscar-Nominated Animator Bill Plympton
Point Park’s cinema arts department partnered with the Toonseum to bring Plympton, an Oscar-nominated animator, to teach a master class on Saturday, March 16.
Faculty Profile: Meet John Rice, Senior Teaching Artist, Cinema Arts
John Rice, senior teaching artist at Point Park, received his B.A. in film/television production from Penn State University.
Turner Broadcasting's Jeff Gregor Shares the Strategy Behind Turner Classic Movies
Jeff Gregor, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for TNT and TBS and general manager of TCM led a presentation on The Strategy Behind Turner Classic Movies in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom.
Award-winning playwright David Caudle hosts workshop with theatre majors
Caudle hosted a workshop on his new play, Leg Man, with eight theatre students, Feb. 11-17 on campus. Adjunct faculty member Tammy Ryan served as the director.
Academy Award-Nominated Animator to Host Master Class at Point Park
Bill Plympton will host a screening of his animations and teach a master class on March 15 and 16 in the GRW Theatre. The public is invited to attend.
Hollywood Director Offers Career Advice to Cinema Arts Class
Director and actor Rusty Cundieff spoke to the students in the acting and directing for writers class on Feb. 11 in the GRW Theatre.
Theatre alumnus E. Clayton Cornelious lands leading role in Sister Act
Cornelious earned a B.A. in theatre in 1998. He returned to campus to hold a Q&A with students.
Turner Broadcasting's Jeff Gregor to Speak at Point Park Feb. 27
The Strategy Behind Turner Classic Movies event will be held at 1 p.m. in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom.
Cinema alumnus is assistant editor on film showcased at Sundance Film Festival
2006 cinema arts alum Steve Jacks worked as assistant editor on "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete," which was showcased at the Sundance Film Festival.
Alumni Dancers Teach in Suriname
August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble members perform for youth in South America.
Internship leads to part-time job for cinema student Heidi Schlegel
Meet Heidi Schlegel, a senior majoring in cinema arts.
Faculty Profile: Meet Associate Professor Jeremy Braverman, Cinema Arts
Associate Professor Jeremy Braverman earned his M.F.A in film and video from Columbia College and a B.A. in politics from Cornell College. He has been teaching the craft of filmmaking to aspiring artists at the university level since 2000. Outside of his first love of teaching, he is an independent filmmaker and works as a freelance director and assistant director.
Theatre alumnus lands leading role in 'Not Fade Away'
Meet John Magaro, a 2005 alumnus of the theatre program.
2009 Dance Alumnus Luke Murphy Returned to Pittsburgh to Showcase 'Drenched'
Meet B.F.A. in dance alumnus Luke Murphy, a choreographer and dancer.
Theatre Alumni, Faculty and Student Showing Off in a Grand Way in CLO Cabaret
'A Grand Night for Singing,' directed by Assistant Professor Jack Allison and choreographed by Associate Professor Kiesha Lalama, runs through Jan. 20 at the CLO Cabaret.
Portfolio Animation Workshop to be held for High School Students
The cinema arts department will host a Portfolio Animation Workshop for high school juniors and seniors on Jan. 26.
Musical Theatre Grad Performs in 'Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking'
Meet B.F.A. in musical theatre alumnus Marcus Stevens, an actor and writer.
Veteran Actor F. Murray Abraham Offers Career Advice to Conservatory Students
F. Murray Abraham participated in a question-and-answer session with students and worked with them on scenes and monologues.
COPA Alumna and Former Student Perform in National Tour of 'Jersey Boys'
Musical theatre alumna Candi Boyd and former musical theatre student Natalie Gallo returned to Pittsburgh to perform in 'Jersey Boys' at the Benedum Center.
Faculty Profile: Meet Andrew Halasz, Cinema Arts
Assistant Professor Andrew Halasz received his M.F.A. in film and digital technology from Chatham College and a B.A. in communications from William Patterson University. He is a filmmaker and media artist originally from New Jersey.
2012 Alumna Works as Haunt Manager at The Scarehouse
Lori Colbert received her B.F.A. in technical theatre and design in 2012.
Alumnus Rob Ashford to Choreograph 2013 Academy Awards
Rob Ashford, a 1983 graduate of the dance program, will choreograph and provide musical staging for the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
Cinema Arts Alumnus is Art Director for 'The Umbrella Man'
Meet Shawn D. Bronson, a 2008 cinema arts graduate.
Three Rivers Film Festival Features Point Park Student, Alumni and Faculty Works
The festival, running Nov. 2-17, includes the work of students, alumni and faculty from the cinema arts department.
Alum honored with prestigious dance award teaches master class on campus
Franco Nieto, a 2009 graduate of Point Park University's dance program and this year's recipient of the Princess Grace Award, returned to campus to teach a master class to dance students.
Dance Building Named The George Rowland White Performance Center
Dance building on the Boulevard of the Allies officially named the George Rowland White Performance Center in honor of the late George White and his wife, Kathleen.
Student swing roles are anything but a walk in the park
The Conservatory Theatre Company's opening production of The Producers cast four students as swings, providing them the opportunity to experience another side of the acting business.
Point Park student, alumni land roles in national tour of 'A Chorus Line'
Musical theatre major Andrea Weinzierl and two Point Park alumni are performing in the non-equity national tour of 'A Chorus Line.'
Dance students create works for Student Choreography Project, Oct. 5-7
Starting Oct. 5, the Conservatory of Performing Arts presents the annual Student Choreography Project concert, with 14 juniors and seniors from the dance program showcasing their abilities.
Multi-talented director leads the way in The REP’s production of 'Rope'
Point Park welcomes award-winning artist Elmore James to direct the The REP’s second show of the season, Rope, by Patrick Hamilton.
L.A. screenwriter brings industry experience to Point Park cinema classes
Visiting Artist Tim Griffin is a Los Angeles based TV/screenwriter who has written for the HBO show 'Entourage' as well as sold several original pilots.
Members of the Italian Embassy Visit Point Park for Visconti Film Festival
The Department of Cinema Arts, in conjunction with the Italian Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Italy, presents a retrospective film festival of Luchino and Eriprando Visconti, Sept. 21-23 in the George R. White Theater.
International Student Oscar Carrillo Discusses Why He Chose Point Park
Meet dance major Oscar Carrillo from San Jose, Costa Rica.
Musical Theatre Student Wins Miss Pennsylvania Teen Queen
Sophomore musical theatre major Melessie Clark will compete for the National American Miss Teen competition in November.
'August: Osage County' opens vibrant season at the Pittsburgh Playhouse
The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, presents 'August: Osage County' at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Sept. 7 - 23.
Acting Major Spends Summer as Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprentice
Rebecca Knowles is a senior acting major with a minor in musical theatre.
Stage Management Major Interned at Pittsburgh CLO
Meet Nik Nemec, a junior stage management major.
Stage Management Major Discusses Summer Internship at O'Neill Theater
Meet Madison DeCoske, a senior stage management major.
Acting Major Spends Summer as Cinderella
Katherine Bodner, a junior acting major, spends her summer playing the role of Cinderella at Story Land.
M.F.A. Alumna Writes, Directs Independent Feature Film
Gab Cody, a 2011 graduate of Point Park University's M.F.A. in Acting program, and her partner, Sam Turich, co-wrote, directed and produced 'Progression.'
Cinema Student Working as Video Intern at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Meet Kelsey Sylvester, a cinema arts major.
Point Park Alumna Has Role in 'The Dark Knight Rises'
Actress Daina Michelle Griffith is a 2003 graduate of Point Park's B.F.A. in musical theatre program.
Dance major/PR & advertising minor interning with Doug Varone and Dancers Company
Meet Michelle Bronstein, a dance major with a public relations and advertising minor, interning with Doug Varone and Dancers Company.
Conservatory Dance Company Performs at Jazz Dance World Festival
Point Park's Conservatory Dance Company performs faculty member Kiesha Lalama's piece, Torque, Aug. 1 at the Byham Theater.
Student Majoring in Dance and SAEM Interning at Walking Thumbs
Meet Hannah Finch, a double major in dance and sport, arts and entertainment management, interning at Walking Thumbs this summer.
Cinema Production Major Interning at Exclusive Media in Beverly Hills
Meet Joe Balewski, a cinema production major, interning at Exclusive Media in Beverly Hills this summer.
Audition, interview session added for prospective dance students
The Conservatory of Performing Arts will hold the final on-campus audition and interview session for dance students on July 18.
Alumnus Directs 'The Producers' for Conservatory Theatre Season Lineup
Alumnus and Broadway veteran Tome Cousin returns to Point Park this fall to direct and choreograph The Producers.
International Summer Dance Program welcomes students and faculty from around the world
Dance students will train with nationally and internationally-recognized teaching artists during the comprehensive program that specializes in Ballet, Jazz and Modern.
The REP announces 2012 - 2013 season
Point Park University’s professional theatre company will produce four works, including one world premiere and one Pittsburgh premiere. The season opens Sept. 7 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
COPA students gain professional experience through summer jobs and internships
Several students are broadening their skills as they begin their summer apprenticeships, internships and jobs to gain hands-on experience and training related to their major.
Faculty profile: Meet Deirdre Maitre, Cinema Arts
Deirdre Maitre received her M.F.A. in film & media arts from Temple University. In addition to teaching, she does freelance work on independent films.
Dance Major receives Academic Excellence Award
Recent graduate, Kimberly Marcotte, discusses her experience at Point Park University and her future career plans.
Cinema Production Major Receives Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
Cory Stoken, a 2012 cinema production alum, discusses his experience at Point Park and his future career plans.
Cinema Students Honored as Finalists for Academy Awards
For the first time, a senior thesis film, Requited, was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Cinema Alumni Create Documentary for Cannes Film Festival
Pasquale Greco, a 2008 cinema arts graduate, will have his short documentary, The Other Dave, presented as part of a collection of short documentaries that will screen at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, May 18.
Playhouse Jr. Offers a World of Opportunity for COPA Students
Beginning this May, Playhouse Jr. kicks off its 63rd season of high quality theatre for young people and families.
Showcase season underway for Conservatory students, alumni
The showcases are an opportunity for some of the University’s top talents to perform and promote their work in front of industry professionals who can help them find a job after graduation.
Jazz Dance World Congress comes to Point Park in Aug.
Point Park University and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago present Jazz Dance World Congress Aug. 1-5 in Pittsburgh for dancers, teachers and choreographers from around the globe. The public is invited to festival performances each evening.
Point Park film named as finalist for Student Academy Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced U.S. finalists for the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards, and the short list includes a Point Park student film.
Musical Theatre Grad Performs in Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret's 'Ruthless!'
Marlana Dunn, a 2007 graduate of Point Park University's musical theatre program, is performing in the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret's production of Ruthless!
Dance and communication majors connect to stage 'Perception'
Conservatory of Performing Arts and School of Communication students are holding a dance production at New Hazlett Theater. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Conservatory Dance Company Performs Impressive Lineup at Byham Theater
This year’s show featured the works Bow Out by Val Caniparoli, Heretic by Martha Graham, Sky by Kevin Iega Jeff and Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin.
Spotlight on Africa film series continues this week
An afternoon with Melissa Fitzgerald will be held Sat., April 28, 2 p.m., JVH Auditorium Thayer Hall.
Spotlight on Africa film series continues this weekend
The April 22 afternoon event includes a presentation by Kimi Takesue, director and cinematographer and screening of Where are you taking me?
Dark of the Moon Rises on the Pittsburgh Playhouse Stage April 13 - 22
Dark of the Moon runs from April 13 – 22, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Pittsburgh theater shows alum's film 'The Complex'
On Sat., March 24 the Hollywood Theater in Dormont is showing the film The Complex by Point Park alumnus Josh Spiegel.
Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post note Point Park's selection for Martha Graham event
The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post this month noted Point Park University’s selection to perform under the auspices of the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance in New York City.
Dance students to perform Martha Graham work in New York City
Dance students perform 'Heretic' at Joyce Theater in New York this week. Martha Graham's iconic work is also the focus of notation project at Point Park and an upcoming Byham concert.
Kiesha Lalama is featured choreographer in Dynamic Women of Dance
Point Park faculty member Kiesha Lalama is one of four choreographers featured in Dynamic Women of Dance at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture March 9-10
Vote for A Day at the Pittsburgh Playhouse student video
Watch 'A Day at the Pittsburgh Playhouse' by Point Park technical theater/design students, and vote for Point Park to win the "Show Us Your ETC" competition.
Conservatory Dance Company showcases students in faculty works
Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company presents the work of several accomplished dance faculty March 2-4 at the George Rowland White performance studio in the University’s Downtown dance complex.
Conservatory Theatre stages world premiere of Marathon 33
Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre is staging the world premier of Marathon 33 (M33) with a student cast and crew, Feb. 24 - March 4 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Dance alum performs this week at Benedum in 'Shen Yun 2012'
Seongho Cha, 2006 dance grad, performs in Shen Yun 2012, the classical Chinese dance and musical experience, Feb. 15-16.
The REP stages world premiere of 'Mid-Strut'
The REP, Point Park University’s professional theatre company, presents the world premiere of Mid-Strut at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Feb. 3 – 19.
Alumni profile: Adam Meys, entertainment technician for Disney's Finding Nemo - The Musical
Adam Meys, a 2007 stage management graduate, is entertainment technician for Finding Nemo-The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
'Fat Beckett' named a top 10 production in Pittsburgh
Fat Beckett, written by 2011 M.F.A. in acting graduates Gab Cody and Rita Reis, has been named one of the top 10 plays in 2011 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Financial workshop to be held for dance, theatre students
A free workshop discussing the financial basics performing artists need to know will be held Jan. 30 in the University Center.
Cinema Showcase to be topic on WQED program
The Jan. 7 episode of Filmmakers Corner on WQED will focus on the Point Park University Cinema Showcase.
Hamlisch shares personal insight, stories during workshop
Marvin Hamlisch, Point Park's 2011 distinguished master artist in residence, provided personal insight into his work, creative process and career success during his Dec. 13 workshop The Works and Imagination of Marvin Hamlisch at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Dance students perform alongside swing band in twist on Christmas classic
Student dancers describe the experience of dancing in Doug Bentz's The Jazz Nutcracker, which ran Dec. 9–11 and Dec. 16–18.
Students get unique opportunity to perform Shakespeare two ways
During the fall 2011 semester, the Conservatory Theatre Company performed Illyria, a musical based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which was then staged a few weeks later.
Dance faculty member brings her outside experiences to classroom
Kiesha Lalama, assistant professor of dance in the Conservatory of Performing Arts, recently choreographed works for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, and the movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Hamlisch to discuss his work, creative process during workshop
Marvin Hamlisch, Point Park's distinguished master artist in residence, will provide personal insight into his work and creative process during his Dec. 13 workshop, "The Works and Imagination of Marvin Hamlisch."
'The Jazz Nutcracker' returns to Pittsburgh Playhouse
Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company presents The Jazz Nutcracker Dec. 9–11 and Dec. 16–18 in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Conservatory Theatre Company to stage 'Twelfth Night'
Show presented by Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company Dec. 9 – 18 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Auditions, interviews to be held in Atlanta on Dec. 4
The Conservatory of Performing Arts will be holding an off-campus audition and interview session in Atlanta for prospective cinema, dance and theatre students on Dec. 4.
Conservatory Theatre Company presents 'Illyria'
Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company presents Illyria at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Nov. 11-20 .
Conservatory Dance Company presents four premieres
Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company presents Contemporary Choreographers Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 18-20.
Alumni Profile: Jordan Grubb, B.F.A. in musical theatre
Jordan Grubb, a 2008 graduate, currently lives and works in New York City. He is currently in the national tour of Mary Poppins and has performed in the New York Musical Theatre Festival and has appeared in several productions of 42nd Street.
Meet Garfield Lemonius, assistant professor of dance
Garfield Lemonius joined the conservatory's full-time faculty as an assistant professor of dance after serving as a guest artist. Lemonius was a principal dancer with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and is a sought-after master teacher.
Students audition for Hamlisch during workshop
Musical theatre seniors Elle DeMaria, Leah Fox, Jaron Frand and Connor Russell were selected by the conservatory faculty to perform in front of Marvin Hamlisch during his “The Art of the Audition” workshop, which was held Oct. 19 in the George Rowland White Performance Studio on campus.
Original cast member directs production of 'Chorus Line'
The Point Park University Conservatory Theatre Company kicks off its season with a production of 'A Chorus Line,' directed by Danny Herman. More than 30 conservatory students are performing in the show.
Documentary screening, Q&A with director set for Oct. 25
On Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the GRW Theater at 7:30 p.m. the Cinema Arts Department is hosting Julien Nitzberg and his documentary The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia.
Conservatory Theatre opens season with 'A Chorus Line'
Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company opens its 2011-12 season with "A Chorus Line" at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Oct. 21 through Oct. 30. A preview performance is open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 20
Dance majors to showcase original choreography
Point Park's Conservatory Dance Company opens its season with Student Choreography Project, a showcase of original student choreography.
Students make connections on set of 'Dark Knight Rises'
More than 50 Point Park students and alumni worked on the set of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," parts of which were filmed in Pittsburgh.
Point Park to host production assistant training seminar
The production assistant training seminar will be held Sept. 24 and 25 in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom on the Point Park campus. The seminar is open to all Point Park students.
Class projects exhibited at global conference in Prague
A set model by Lindsey B. Mayer, a technical theatre major specializing in scenic design, was chosen for the student exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. A model by Richard Preffer was also on display at the event.
Hamlisch to be Distinguished Master Artist in Residence
Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts welcomes Marvin Hamlisch as Distinguished Master Artist in Residence in the fall of 2011. Hamlisch will give three workshops for Point Park students at the University.
McKenna named chair of theatre department
Sheila McKenna, assistant professor and Point Park alumna, was named chair of the theatre department in the Conservatory of Performing Arts.
Hollywood veteran brings 30 years of industry experience
Steve Cuden, assistant professor of screenwriting, is co-creator of the musical "Jekyll & Hyde" and has many years of experience in the entertainment industry.
Point Park alum nominated for two Tony Awards
Rob Ashford, a 1983 graduate of the Conservatory of Performing Arts, has earned Tony nominations for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography, both for How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.
Technical theatre students connect with companies, get jobs
James Ogden II, a student in the stage management program at Point Park, received five job offers at the Southeastern Theatre Conference's annual convention, which was held in Atlanta in 2011.
COPA dean teaches at film school in Prague
Fredrick Johnson, acting dean of the Conservatory, was a guest teacher at Film and Television Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague.
Shirley Jones Scholarship recipient meets star
Point Park musical theatre major Kristen Smith met Shirley Jones after receiving a scholarship named in her honor.
Point Park dancers compete on international stage, earn top 12 placement
A Point Park University dance ensemble was named one of the top 12 dance ensembles at the Youth America Grand Prix International Student Ballet and Contemporary Dance Scholarship Competition (YAGP) in New York City.
Alumni network pays dividends for actress Ashley Archambeau
Access to alumni network helped COPA alumna Ashley Archambeau land lead role in film.
Conservatory dance concert receives critical acclaim
Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company performed its annual signature concert at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District Feb. 24–26 to critical acclaim. The show featured signature works by dance luminaries George Balanchine, Bill T. Jones, Trey McIntyre and Toru Shimazaki.
Conservatory Theatre stages 'Evita' with unique casting
Evita, the stunning Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, is the final show of the Conservatory Theatre Company’s 2010–2011 season. Director John Shepard, theatre department chair, faculty member and performer, has included a unique twist in this particular production that will surprise audiences and provide greater insight into the musical’s leading lady.
Former acting student lands major role in feature film
Former acting major and Pittsburgh-area native Gino Anthony Pesi is gearing up for the March 11 worldwide release of his latest and most notable feature film, Battle: Los Angeles.
Conservatory faculty and students collaborate on compelling documentary
Conservatory of Performing Arts alumni, students and faculty collaborate to produce "What Does Trouble Mean, Nate Smith's Revolution," a documentary about the Pittsburgh African American labor rights activist Nate Smith. It premieres Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and airs again on Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. on WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh.
Alums with 'Mary Poppins' national tour teach master class
Conservatory of Performing Arts alumni Case Dillard, 27, Shua Potter, 28, and Eric Hatch, 29, all part of the national tour of 'Mary Poppins,' recently returned to campus to teach students “Step in Time” and a second number from the Broadway show.
'Mary Poppins' alumni Q&A draws students from across Point Park
Three COPA alumni who are in the cast of the national tour of "Mary Poppins" offered a master class to COPA students and a Q&A open to all Point Park students.
Acclaimed screenwriter shares his craft with cinema students
Rick Hawkins brings 30 years as a highly successful and Emmy-winning TV screenwriter to Point Park as an artist-in-residence with the Department of Cinema Arts.
Conservatory Dance Company performs impressive lineup at the Byham Theatre
Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company will perform their annual concert at the Byham Theater in the Cultural District Feb. 24 - 26. The concert will feature signature works choreographed by dance luminaries George Balanchine, Bill T. Jones, Trey McIntyre and Toru Shimazaki.
An inside look: Technical theatre/design & stage management
A world of opportunity awaits students who are interested in working to make the artistic vision of theatre and dance productions a reality through Point Park's technical theatre/design and stage management programs.
Conservatory Theatre Company presents The Time of Your Life
Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company presents William Saroyan's award-winning drama The Time of Your Life at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Jan. 28 through Feb. 6.
Conservatory Theatre brings 'Camino Real' to Playhouse
The Conservatory Theatre Company is bringing 'Camino Real,' one of Tennessee Williams' lesser-known works and his most experimental play, to the stage at the Pittsburgh Playhouse as part of the 2010-11 season.
Cinema program offering new major in animation and visual effects for fall 2011
Starting the fall of 2011, Point Park will begin offering a new Bachelor of Arts degree in animation and visual effects through the Department of Cinema Arts. The degree has two concentrations: animation or visual effects.
Local film festival showcases cinema arts talent
The work of Point Park students, faculty and alumni are featured heavily at the 2010 Pittsburgh Film Festival. Works that are featured at this year's festival include Mr. Pleasant and Silent City.
Conservatory Theatre stages 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'
Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company is opening its 2010-2011 season with the classic musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
Theatre showcases create great opportunities for students
Point Park's theatre showcases take the Conservatory's top acting and musical theatre seniors to New York City and Los Angeles to perform for casting directors, talent agents, managers and other industry professionals to help the students launch their careers.
Student Choreography Project showcases artistic prowess
Each year the Conservatory Dance Company kicks off its season with the highly anticipated Student Choreography Project, a showcase of the artistic ability of some of the Conservatory’s most creative and driven students.
The REP’s 'La Ronde' offers M.F.A. students chance to shine
La Ronde offers several of this year’s graduating class of M.F.A. in acting students an opportunity to grow and develop as performing artists.
Dance graduate wins prestigious Pittsburgh CLO award
Point Park University graduate Ahmad Simmons (COPA 2010) in July received Pittsburgh CLO’s prestigious “Julia Deberson Award” in recognition of his professional skill, work ethic, optimistic attitude, ability to work well with others and passion for his work.
Dance professor conducts teaching residency in Uganda
As one of the first artists selected for Teach and Tour Sojourners, dance Professor Doug Bentz blazed the trail for future dancers participating in the international program. Bentz traveled to Kampala, Uganda this summer and conducted a two-week teaching residency in American contemporary jazz dance for dancers ranging from 17 to 25 years old.
Dance major to compete for Miss America crown
Point Park dance major Madison Tabet won the Miss New Mexico pageant competition and will compete for the Miss America crown in January 2011 in Las Vegas.
Alumni Profile: Irene Kent, choreographer / performer / teacher
Irene Kent, a dance alumna, is a choreographer, performer and teacher.
The REP stages world premiere of 'Confluence of Dreaming'
Point Park University’s professional theatre company, The REP, closes its 2009-2010 season with a world premiere, A Confluence of Dreaming, written by Tammy Ryan and directed by John Amplas, from May 28–June 13, 2010.
Showcase 2010 takes students to New York, Los Angeles
Each spring, a select group of Point Park musical theatre and acting seniors are selected to participate in a showcase in both New York and Los Angeles.
Cinema grad assisting producer on 'Transformers 3'
Katie Woolridge, a member of the Cinema Arts Class of 2008, is currently working as producer Ian Bryce’s assistant for Transformers 3.
Dance professor embraces engaging artistic collaboration
Dance Professor Doug Bentz presented his 61st original work, Allegro Gypsioso, as part of the 2010 spring concert Dance With Me.
Oscar winner Estelle Parsons visits Point Park
Conservatory of Performing Arts students and faculty had the honor to talk with Estelle Parsons, the Academy Award-winning actress who was in Pittsburgh in April playing the female lead in August: Osage County at the Benedum Center.
Musical theatre alum on tour with 'Grease'
Musical theatre alumna Christina Sivrich is appearing in the national Equity tour of the musical "Grease."
Conservatory Theatre stages musical 'Light in the Piazza'
The Conservatory Theatre Company is proud to end the season with the contemporary musical, The Light in the Piazza.
Cinema faculty film gets screening in Beverly Hills
Milk Crate, a short film by Point Park University cinema arts teaching artist John Rice, will screen on Saturday, March 13 at the 2010 Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Producer, writer offers career insights to cinema students
Two-time Emmy- and Grammy Award-winner Scott Goldstein spoke to cinema arts students about lessons he’s learned throughout his illustrious career.
Conservatory Theatre opens world premiere musical
Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company is staging the world premiere of Time After Time, under the direction of Gabriel Barre.
Musical theatre freshman looks toward Broadway
Jenny Wine is enjoying her freshman year as a musical theatre major at Point Park after winning the 2009 Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress.
Cinema alum producing, directing documentary for ESPN writer
Kevin Kauffman, class of 2009, is the director and producer for Todd vs. High School, a documentary and book about Todd Gallagher's second time through his senior year, this time at Trinity Christian High School in the Pittsburgh suburb of Forest Hills. Gallagher is a 33-year-old ESPN writer and author of the book Andy Roddick Beat Me With A Frying Pan.
Concert features signature works by dance masters
Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company will perform its annual concert at the historic Byham Theater in the Cultural District Feb. 11-13. The concert will feature signature works choreographed by dance masters.
Students expand theatre repertoire with 'Room Service'
The Conservatory Theatre Company presents the screwball comedy 'Room Service.'
Cinema grad works on major motion picture 'Unstoppable'
Cinema Arts graduate Dave Thomas worked on the production of the major motion picture "Unstoppable."
Musical theatre grad named PG Performer of the Year
Robin Abramson, a 2003 musical theatre graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts, was named Post-Gazette Performer of the Year for her roles in City Theatre's productions of Mary's Wedding by Stephen Massicotte and Blackbird by David Harrower.
'Child's Christmas' uses unique approach to casting students
Based on the poem by Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales is a re-telling of Christmas memories, complete with everything from throwing snowballs at cats, to discussing Christmas presents, to caroling and singing "King Wenceslaus."
Conservatory Dance Company premieres multimedia dance work
Point Park's Conservatory Dance Company is staging the world premiere of The Bench, by dance faculty member Kiesha Lalama-White.
Dance student balances studies, career as Rockette
Point Park senior dance major Erin Harold is performing for the second year with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes on a leave of absence from her studies.
Production 3 course gives cinema students invaluable experience
Known as one of the most competitive, grueling and intense courses in the program, the 40 cinema arts students in Production 3 will celebrate the culmination of their hard work at a screening of their films on Friday, Dec. 11.
Conservatory Theatre presents 'Carousel'
Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, Carousel, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Alum Rob Ashford wins Emmy
Alumnus Rob Ashford receives an Emmy Award.
'Antigone' opens Conservatory Theatre season
Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company kicks off the 2009-2010 season with Antigone, adapted by Lewis Galantiere from the play by Jean Anouilh.
Student film draws buzz at festivals
The short film "The Heart of a Bee," a film created by Point Park University students, is being shown at the Rogue and Midwest 3-Minute film festivals.
Reinking to choreograph 'Time After Time'
Broadway legend Ann Reinking will choreograph the world premiere of Time After Time, which will run at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse from Feb. 26 through March 14, 2010.
Point Park students stage flash mob peace demonstration
Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts staged a flash mob peace demonstration on Monday, Sept. 19 when 300 dancers hit the streets for a spontaneous dance performance to welcome the world for the G-20 Summit.
Cinema arts alumna gives student first big break
Beverly Cole, a 2007 graduate of the cinema arts program, has made it to the big time and is taking Ally Weeks, currently a sophomore in the program, along with her.
Dance faculty member having great year
Kiesha Lalama-White was featured in Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," is set to stage the world premiere of her new work The Bench, and choreographed several pieces.
Four alumni perform at Tony Awards
Four Point Park University alumni performed at the 2009 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall.