The New York Times once described City Theatre Company as “Pittsburgh’s most innovative theater company.” As its Director of New Play Development, Clare Drobot (CW’05) is responsible for reading scripts submitted by writers and helping develop the company’s season of plays. We recently had a chance to ask Drobot about her work at City Theatre.
Anne Ray (CW'00) has won the national Danahy Fiction Prize for her short story, “Please Repeat My Name.” She received a $1,000 award for her story, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the “Tampa Review," the faculty-edited literary journal of the University of Tampa. Ray received a $1,000 award for her story, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal.
Through their work at The Sprout Fund, English Department alumni Cathy Lewis Long (LCS, PW’91) and Ryan Coon (CW, English’06) are making Pittsburgh a better place to live, work and play. The 15-year-old non-profit organization has made its mark on the city by funding projects like Bike Pittsburgh and GTECH Strategies when they were just in their early stages of development.
Chloe Fraboni earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and English in 2011 and is now an editor and author at Simon & Schuster, which is home to acclaimed novelists, such as Stephen King, David McCullough, Jennifer Weiner and more. Fraboni has launched two children’s book series at the publishing company: “The Hidden World of Changers” and “Living in…”
This fall, Nathan Doherty (LCS’15) will experience a few firsts. He’ll begin his studies in Johns Hopkins University’s Ph.D. in English Literature Program and his first journal article will appear in the leading interdisciplinary law journal, “Law and Literature.” The article started out as a paper for a course with Associate Professor of English Christopher Warren.
Non-academic career options are an increasingly exciting and fulfilling option for Ph.D. graduates. Take for example, recent graduates of Carnegie Mellon University’s English Department’s Ph.D. programs, Kurt Sampsel (LCS’15) and Matthew Zebrowski (Rhetoric’15), who are both pursuing nonprofit careers in civic engagement.
With 2016 being an election year, Emily Dobler (DC’13) says POLITCO Pro, where she is a copy editor, is more fast-paced and exciting than it already is. Dobler, a Carnegie Mellon University English and professional writing double major, recently joined the POLITICO Pro team, a subscription-based offshoot of the popular politics online magazine, POLITICO.
It’s been over a decade since Elisabeth Finch graduated, yet she continues to live and breathe the university’s motto, “My heart is in the work.” Finch, who majored in creative writing and professional writing and minored in drama, is constantly working in various Hollywood writing roles. She’s a writer for “Grey’s Anatomy” and between seasons, Finch periodically works with IAMA Theatre Company writing one-act plays for the company’s 23 Hour Plays Fest and IAMAFest.
As the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission's new executive director, Sarah York Rubin hopes to work with other members of the commission to make art increasingly accessible to diverse residents across Santa Barbara County. Even while she was studying in Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts in Rhetoric program, Rubin demonstrated leadership potential—one of the characteristics that helped her earn a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.
From organizing museum exhibits to developing lecture series, two Carnegie Mellon literary and cultural studies (LCS) alumni are engaging communities into conversation in diverse ways. Rachel Delphia (LCS’03), the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman curator of decorative arts and design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, is really excited to share with the public an untold story of design in Pittsburgh through the museum’s current exhibit.
While Braden Kelner was working towards his bachelor’s degree in creative writing and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon University, he had his heart set on one thing—working in journalism. A private equity editorial internship at Dow Jones, a passion for journalism and being digital savvy would soon help turn his dream into reality.
There is a good chance that your favorite TV show or movie has a connection to Carnegie Mellon University’s English Department. From “Toy Story” to the hottest sci-fi television hits, creative writing alumni are writing, producing and directing. As the co-executive producer of the CW Television Network series “The 100,” Javier Grillo-Marxuach (DC’91) works closely with showrunner Jason Rothenberg to bring the program’s dark vision to life.
After working as a successful freelance writer and publications manager at the California Shakespeare Theater, Keith Spencer started pursuing a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz – a notable Ph.D. program.
In his new book, Adam Lazarus (DC’06) goes behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams during former coach Joe Gibbs’ era in the 1980s and early 1990s. Lazarus’ “Hail to the Redskins” looks into Gibb’s career from a fresh perspective.
Ever since Michael Rectenwald earned a Ph.D. in literary and cultural studies from CMU in 2004, he’s been a prolific writer of significant books. In less than 12 months, he will have published three books, including his most recent, “Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age,” that he co-edited with distinguished Victorianist scholar George Levine.
As Carnegie Mellon University alumna Berryhill McCarty (DC’14) goes through the lengthy process of applying to some of the best medical schools in the country, including Columbia, Duke and Harvard, she feels confident that her bachelor of arts degree in English will be valuable to her career in medicine.
Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies Alum Michael Dwyer’s first book “Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties” is not your usual coffee table read looking at 1950s nostalgia.
The Idaho Prize for Poetry has selected “Fugitives,” a manuscript by Creative Writing alumna Danielle Pieratti (CMU’00), as its 2015 winner. A national poetry competition, the prize annually awards a poet $1,000 for the best book-length collection.
Three Carnegie Mellon University filmmakers are competing to win $100K. “We’ve Met Before” is a short film directed by Yulin Kuang, who earned her bachelor of arts degree in creative writing and international relations and politics in 2012.
Marci Calabretta has won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series, the award is given annually for excellent new book-length works. Calabretta, who received her bachelor of arts degree in English from CMU’s Department of English and had an additional major in creative writing, won for “Hour of the Ox,” a collection of poetry about an immigrant family that will be published next year.
It’s safe to say that Brittany McCandless (DC’08) knew she wanted to be a journalist at a young age. When most kids were playing house or school, McCandless and her brother would take anything that they could get their hands on — such as a TV manual or a book — and turn them into scripts to play news anchors.
Carnegie Mellon alumna Amy Berger’s (CW’00) new e-book, “The Alzheimer’s Antidote,” is a remedy for preventing the fear, confusion, and hopelessness Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients and their caregivers feel.
Gay Giordano recently published her first poetry collection of dreamlike poems, "Waking From So Rich A Nightmare." “It is a homage to the lost and sad people I see, read about, and find in literature,” said Giordano who graduated with a B.A. in creative writing in 1982. “I grew up in New York City and walked in and around these stories all my life.”
In “Entextualizing Domestic Violence: Language Ideology and Violence Against Women in the Anglo-American Hearsay Principle,” Ph.D. in Rhetoric alumna Jennifer Andrus discusses how legal views about language, or languages ideologies, fit with, reproduce and recirculate ideas about victims of domestic violence.
Graduate professional writing alumni, John Geyer and Samantha Reynard, recently won Merit Awards in the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Touchstone Competition for documentation they created while working at Salesforce, a global cloud computing company known for being the global leader in Customer Relationship Management.
Alum Adam Lazarus was on campus Monday, October 3, to speak with students and to offer a signing of his new book, "Super Bowl Monday: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV."
Alum Michael Scotto was named to Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 list, sponsored by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP (Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project).
Adam Lazarus (MAPW'06) has published his first solo-authored book, "Super Bowl Monday: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV."
Karen Rigby has won the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize for her manuscript Chinoiserie, which will be published by Ahsahta Press in January 2012.
Attached to Earth, a book of poems by Carnegie Mellon alum Maureen McGranaghan (BHA'99), will be published in July 2011.