Carnegie Mellon University
July 09, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Drama Student Wins Scholarship for Sound Design

Contact: Renee Caudle / 412-268-4045 /

Maggie BurkePITTSBURGH—A native of Seattle, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama student Maggie Burke has received a 2013 John and Helen Meyer Scholarship.

Burke, a 2011 Roosevelt High School graduate, is majoring in sound design. She was one of six recipients of the scholarship, which is awarded to undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates for showing the most dedication and interest in their field through their scholarship application materials. The scholarship pays for tuition to the Broadway Sound Master Classes in New York City.

Burke became interested in theatrical sound design in high school. She decided to attend CMU because it was one of the only universities in the U.S. with a program that suited her interests.

"The classes and production experiences that I have had at CMU have shown me how much there is to learn about this field and the plethora of career opportunities available," Burke said.

Throughout her time at CMU, Burke has proven to be an outstanding student.

"Maggie is a very gifted student: talented, smart, inquisitive, dedicated and proactive in her education," said Joe Pino, associate professor of sound design. "These are the same qualities that will make her a great sound designer."

Burke has excelled outside of the classroom as well. She is currently interning for a sound shop in New York City and plans on applying to CMU's Fifth Year Scholars Program, which would enable her to complete a minor in engineering.

"After spending three more years at CMU, I plan to move to New York and pursue a career as a Broadway mixer and sound designer," she said.


As a recipient of the 2013 John and Helen Meyer Scholarship, Maggie Burke will attend Broadway Sound Master Classes in New York City.