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Feb. 5: School of Drama Presents "Playground: A Festival of Student Work," Feb. 15–17


Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Presents
"Playground: A Festival of Student Work," Feb. 15–17

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will suspend classes next week to encourage students to create and perform independent and collaborative work for its annual "Playground: A Festival of Independent Student Work," Feb. 15–17. Now in its fourth year, "Playground" will feature 51 different independent student productions. Events include dramatic and musical performances, films, installations, mural projects, and light shows. All performances are free and open to the public, and will take place in various locations in the Purnell Center for the Arts at Carnegie Mellon.    

"Playground" began in the fall of 2003 at the suggestion of Elizabeth Bradley, head of the School of Drama. The initial implementation was spearheaded by Dick Block, associate head of the School of Drama; Catherine Moore, assistant professor of movement; and Jacob Climer, a graduate student in costume design. "Playground 2003" was such a success that it has become an annual event.    

"'Playground' represents a unique opportunity for students in the School of Drama. We encourage them to explore, collaborate and commit to experiences in theatre-making as diverse as their own passions and preoccupations," Bradley said. "Students move beyond the structure of their ongoing training to take on the unexpected. Design students direct, actors design and technical students perform."

Students must submit proposals for their productions, which are not to exceed 45 minutes in length. One week of rehearsal and preparation culminates in the festival. Students have no budget allocated for their productions, but do have access to the School of Drama's lighting, props, set and costume resources. Most actors are drawn from the Carnegie Mellon student body. School of Drama faculty members make themselves available as advisors, but students retain all creative control.

For a performance schedule, visit For other information, contact the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407.