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Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts podcast program “Lab A6,” covers contemporary visual art, architecture, design, drama and music.  The program invites faculty members, students, local artists and other community members to informed conversations on how art impacts life.

Here are the Lab A6 podcasts done by Carnegie Mellon School of Drama dramaturgs and others. Download them at

Drama in Academia vs. For-Profit Theatres. Listen to Elizabeth Bradley and Michael Chemers discuss the differences in programming a theatre season for an academic environment versus a professional for-profit theatre. Also, LabA6 host Marge Myers, takes listeners through an interesting discussion about the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama 2007/08 theater season with the guests.

Director Discusses Fresh Approach to Guys & Dolls. Steve Cosson, guest director of the School of Drama's production of the classic musical Guys and Dolls, discusses how he and the student production team refreshed the often-performed musical.

Gregory LeHane discusses Trends in Opera. Gregory Lehane discusses the increasing importance of acting for opera singers. He also argues that Gian-Carlo Menotti's 1950 opera, The Consul, which was produced by the School of Music, is as relevant to today as it was when it was written.

Dramaturg Retraces August Wilson's Steps Through Pittsburgh in The Piano Lesson. Breanna Zwart discusses August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, the first of his plays to be staged by the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Zwart and the cast visited Wilson's home and interviewed numerous primary sources (like Wilson's niece and friends) to inform their performances.
School of Drama Presents Into the Woods. Kent Gash, noted Carnegie Mellon School of Drama alum and the Associate Artistic Director of The Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, talks about
his plans on directing Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s collaborative musical “Into the Woods” Nov. 13-Nov. 22 in the university’s Philip Chosky Theater.

The London Cuckolds Examined. Rose Sengenberger, dramaturg for the School of Drama production of The London Cuckolds interviews Don Wadsworth, director of the The London Cuckolds, Leah Pettis, set designer and Ryan Park, costume designer. They discuss the upcoming production Feb. 20 – 28.

Lauren Parks discusses the recent play The Father. Carnegie Mellon School of Drama student Lauren Parks (Dramaturg)  interviewed Lawrence Graves (Director), Ethan Saks (Actor), and Michaela Waters (Actor). The Father is a 19th Century play by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. The plot surrounds the darwinian struggle for insanity between a military Captain and his wife.