Ready for a New Stage
President Paul Hennigan presided over a gathering of invited guests and the media on Dec. 4 to unveil the designs of Point Park's new Pittsburgh Playhouse, which will be located on Forbes Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. “We believe the new Pittsburgh Playhouse will be a game-changer for Downtown Pittsburgh,” Hennigan said. “Not only will the new facility be a dynamic learning environment for students in our Conservatory of Performing Arts, it will allow their creative process to be an integral part of the Downtown experience.” Set to open in 2017, the 92,000-square-foot structure will be located on approximately 1.6 acres of land along the Forbes Avenue corridor between Wood and Smithfield streets. The site is close to two major, ongoing construction projects — PNC’s new world headquarters and The Gardens at Market Square by Millcraft.
Smithton, Pa. native Shirley Jones (HON 1991) is an Academy Award-winning actress and celebrated Broadway performer who also gained fame as America’s coolest mom in the TV series The Partridge Family. Her career began in 1952, when she won a scholarship at the Playhouse Theatre School, allowing her to take acting, dancing and singing classes during the day, and audition for Playhouse productions that ran in the evening. “The Pittsburgh Playhouse is the reason I am in show business,” Jones said. “It was truly a wonderful place.” She returned to campus to participate in the unveiling of the plans for the new Playhouse:
Angel of Music
When Point Park student Kaley Ann Voorhees was given an extraordinary opportunity to audition for The Phantom of the Opera in New York City last summer, she thought it would merely be a chance to gain experience with the audition process. Little did she know that, just a few weeks later, the Aurora, Ohio native would be onstage at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre, singing the lead role of opera soprano Christine Daaé in Broadway’s longest running musical. Her Cinderella story is “amazing and a bit unreal,” says Voorhees, whose short road to Broadway began when her talents caught the attention of a manager who heard her perform in a singing competition.
On the Job
The Point Park Career Development Center’s mission is to provide services and programs to students to help develop the professional skills needed to achieve their goals, advance in their professions, and serve their communities. The Center also facilitates partnerships among students, faculty, staff, employers, and alumni to maximize professional opportunities. From individual counseling, to resume and interview preparation, to internship and job opportunities at job fairs, networking events and the Point Park Career Network online, the Career Development Center is a one-stop resource. The Point talked with Angela Scaramucci, coordinator of employer relations, about the growing number of opportunities to match employers with the University’s talented students and alumni.
On the Record
Hannah Jenkins, a sophomore at Point Park, unwinds by strumming her guitar and writing songs. Music is her passion, and the 19-year-old is obsessed with shows such as American Idol that thrust unknown singers into stardom. This spring, the musician will get her own pop-star moment when she becomes the first artist featured on Point Park’s new label, Pioneer Records. The record label will not only showcase her voice and original songs with titles like Illusions and Something out of Nothing, but it will tap the other business talents of students like herself who are enrolled in the Sports, Arts, Entertainment and Management (SAEM) program, part of the School of Business.
Traditions don’t happen overnight. They must be cultivated over time. That's the goal for the Point Park Athletics Alumni Weekend, which was initiated in 2010 as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebration. The 2014 event took place September 26-28 in Pittsburgh. The celebration gives the University’s athletics alumni a chance to reconnect with former teammates and coaches, a chance to relive their playing days on the field, and an opportunity to honor the newest inductees to the Pioneer Athletics Hall of Fame. The event has gained momentum over the past four years, thanks to the participation of alumni who have a great time reuniting with fellow athletes and reconnecting to their alma mater.