Carnegie Mellon University

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10-09-2009

Drama Alumni Return To Host Student Workshops, Seminars

bochcowagnerSchool of Drama alumni Steven Bochco (A'66), a television writer and executive producer, and Paula Wagner (A'69), a film executive and producer who is also a university trustee, returned to campus this week (Oct. 6-7) to host a series of workshops and seminars for current drama students. They taught students about the business of acting and hosted a playwrights forum, as well as workshops with designers, directors and dramaturgs. They also held a TV workshop with senior actors. The sessions provided students with the opportunity to receive candid, first-hand knowledge from leaders in the entertainment industry.

"I was blown away by these young people," Bochco said afterward. "I kept flashing back to my time here. I remember thinking to myself, 'What a clueless, silly, absolute bozo I was.' When I saw those students, who were so forward and so connected, it was wonderful to be here."

Bochco is perhaps best known for developing the TV hits "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue." Wagner is currently developing and producing films through her company, Chestnut Ridge Productions.

Read more in the story from the Tribune Review.

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