Carnegie Mellon School of Drama

The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama is the first degree-granting drama institution in the United States. Founded in 1914, it is one of five schools within the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts.

Main atrium of the Purnell Center for the Arts, a building constructed specifically for the School of Drama

The school's undergraduate BFA programs in acting, musical theatre, directing, design, dramaturgy, and production technology and management majors are considered to be among the top programs in undergraduate conservatory training. Its MFA offerings in directing, design, dramatic writing, and production and technology management are also considered to be top graduate programs. The School of Drama offers 18 events every season on campus, and also presents members of its graduating class in produced showcases in New York City and Los Angeles. Many Carnegie Mellon graduates have also gone on to successful careers in Pittsburgh theatre.

The 2017, The Hollywood Reporter best undergraduate drama schools ranked Carnegie Mellon second.[1] In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter ranked the School of Drama number three in the world among drama schools.[2] In 2015, the same publication ranked the MFA program at the School of Drama number five in the world.[3] According to Playbill, the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama ranks fourth in the number of alumni represented in the 2015–2016 Broadway season.[4]


A set construction room in the Purnell Center

Since 2000, the Purnell Center for the Arts, specifically designed for the School of Drama, has been the department's home. The space includes:

As well as two movement/dance studios, three rehearsal studios, four design studios, a lighting lab, a sound lab, a costume shop, a scene shop, and various classrooms.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

Theatre in Pittsburgh


  1. ^ "The 5 Best Undergrad Drama Schools for an Acting Degree". The Hollywood Reporter. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ "The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014". The Hollywood Reporter. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  3. ^ "The 25 Best Drama Schools for a Master of Fine Arts". The Hollywood Reporter. 29 May 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Broadway's Big 10: Top Colleges Currently Represented on Currently Running Shows". Playbill. Archived from the original on December 17, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Catching Up With Neal Dodson, producer of All is Lost". 24 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  6. ^ Eric Spitznagel (February 17, 2011). "Q&A: Mike & Molly's Katy Mixon Says Having a Boob Double Is "Surreal"". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 16, 2013.

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