Setting the Stage: Behind the scenes at the Playhouse
When audiences attend productions at Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse, what they see on stage represents the work of not only the performers but also dozens of student and faculty artists with expertise in the field of design, stage management and technical production. "The Conservatory of Performing Arts offers our students a wealth of opportunities with excellent mentorship and professional connections," says Stephanie Mayer-Staley, head of design. "The Playhouse produces about 20 shows per season and each student participates in at least two productions for credit each year, working in a variety of positions. Students work with The REP; the Conservatory Theatre Company, Playhouse Jr. or the Conservatory Dance Company."
High Production Values
"All of our productions are of very high production values and we produce drama (contemporary and historical), musicals, dance, children's theatre and an occasional opera. Students are mentored by professional artists and practitioners and also get to work with many of the visiting artists - directors, designers and chorographers. Graduates leave with a first-rate portfolio," says Mayer-Staley. "Theatre is a collaborative art form and it is extremely important to learn and know about all of the other disciplines. We make sure that even though our students focus on one discipline; they learn and understand all others."
Meet the Designers
The Point talked with some of the students, faculty and alumni who have pursued their craft behind the scenes at the Playhouse.
Text by Cheryl Valyo
Photos by Martha Rial
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