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Pictured are the Class of 2016 theatre showcase candidates. Pictured above: acting and musical theatre seniors in the 2016 showcase

Senior Showcase Helps Launch Students' Careers

Each year, seniors majoring in theatre and cinema are selected to participate in the Conservatory of Performing Arts annual showcases to help launch their careers. This year's showcase season is as follows:

Theatre Showcase

May 2017 information TBA

Fourteen students earned their spot in the 2016 theatre showcase through auditions adjudicated by a panel of agents and casting directors from New York City. The students had the unique opportunity to work with leading professionals in the industry to prepare them for this year's showcase. The artistic team included:

  • Ryan Stana (COPA '02), showcase executive producer, CEO of RWS & Associates, New York City
  • Sheila McKenna, showcase director, chair of Point Park's theatre department
  • Erin Ortman, showcase creative consultant, theatre director and teaching artist in New York City
  • Camille Rolla, showcase music director/accompanist, musical director in Pittsburgh
  • Jim Cooney, showcase choreographer, choreographer in New York City
  • Rachel Hoffman, showcase consultant, casting director at Telsey + Company, New York City
  • Josh Pultz, showcase consultant, senior agent at DGRW Talent, New York City

Conservatory alumni were invited to the showcase at the Signature Theatre.

Meet the Class of 2016 Theatre Showcase Candidates  

Cinema Showcase 

Cinema showcase students visiting CBS studios in Los Angeles. | Photo by Jeremy Braverman
Cinema students and faculty visit CBS studios in L.A.

May 2017 information TBA

A panel of professional filmmakers selected five student-created film shorts that were given a premiere screening for the 2016 cinema showcase at the historic Cecil B. Demille Theatre at the Culver Studios in Los Angeles. Additionally, links to the selected films were sent to agencies and production companies in New York City and Los Angeles.

The student filmmakers spent four days in Hollywood, meeting with agents, managers, executives at studios and television networks, being given one-on-one mentorship by professional producers, writers, cinematographers, as well as visiting TV sound stages, studios and visual effects and post-production houses.

Students also connected with cinema arts alumni who are established in the field through social functions and on-site visits.