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Theater promotes skills for improv — and life

Theater promotes skills for improv — and life

By Alex Stumpf, Point Park News Service: The Steel City Improv Theater makes one commitment: “Once you get good at improv, you will get better at life.” The founders, Kasey Daley and Justin Zell, brought their life-teaching skills to Pittsburgh from New York four years ago and have been spreading their philosophy ever since. “Good […]

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Playwright promotes women’s empowerment through theater

| November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
Playwright promotes women’s empowerment through theater

By Laurie Smith, Point Park News Service: As an author, director and actress, Virginia Wall Gruenert noticed gender bias in business, education and science, and the creative worlds of cinema, media and theatre arts. When she and her husband opened their own theatre, Off the Wall Theatre Productions, they made sure to encourage, foster and […]

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CLO’s ‘Plaid Tidings’ star talks about his new role

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
CLO’s ‘Plaid Tidings’ star talks about his new role

By Harrison Buzzatto, Point Park News Service: Brandon Lambert, a Point Park University graduate, stars in Pittsburgh CLO’s “Plaid Tidings.” The show runs Nov. 7 through Jan. 12 at The Cabaret at Theater Square. How do you feel about getting a role in a show like this right out of college? B: I’m so blessed […]

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Student-actors face real-world audition factors

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Student-actors face real-world audition factors

By Harrison Buzzatto, Point Park News Service: A young actor or actress who attends Point Park University to study theater, expects that, at some point, he or she will be cast in a play. But some student-actors graduate from the competitive Conservatory of Performing Arts program  — which is highly regarded among theater conservatories worldwide — […]

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Hollywood Theater raises funds to save ‘Rocky Horror’ screenings

| April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Hollywood Theater raises funds to save ‘Rocky Horror’ screenings

Lauren Finkel Point Park News Service The lights dim at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont and a pair of bright red lips appear on screen. The beginning scene to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” plays as a lone cast member struts toward the screen down the dark aisle of the theater. As the movie progresses, […]

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Belly dancer puts ‘personality’ into dance

| April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Belly dancer puts ‘personality’ into dance

By Elizabeth Hays Point Park News Service With a head flip, a mass of hair flew through the air landing wildly around her coin-clad petite body draped in gypsy fabrics. A quick hook kick of her left leg sent her body spiraling around only to abruptly stop with perfect posture. With a coy smile she […]

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New cabaret show relates to any relationship

| February 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
New cabaret show relates to any relationship

By Sara Payne Point Park News Service Robin Abramson left Pittsburgh, the place she grew up, to follow a boy to Israel. “I just wanted to have an adventure,” Abramson said while sitting in a Downtown Starbucks on Sunday. “There was a time when I really thought I was going to leave it all and […]

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Prom-themed fundraiser to support special needs theater program

| October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments
Prom-themed fundraiser to support special needs theater program

By Kim Roberts Point Park News Service As the fall foliage gives way to the gray days of winter, anticipation is building in the students and staff at the Center for Theater Arts in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., as they get ready for the glamour of prom night. But this November prom is not a typical […]

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Newly promoted soloist prepares for PBT season

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Newly promoted soloist prepares for PBT season

By Kim Roberts Point Park News Service Amanda Cochrane slides into her costume, covered in sparkles and sprinkled with fairy dust. She slips on her pointe shoes and wraps the pale, silk ribbons around her ankles. In an instant, she becomes Tinkerbell for a performance of Peter Pan. Under a bright spotlight, she dances spunky choreography […]

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prepares for upcoming season

| September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prepares for upcoming season

By Kim Roberts Point Park News Service During a break in rehearsals for the classic drama “Giselle,” Alexandra Kochis spoke of her excitement at having the opportunity to dance in the ballet that tells a story of love, madness and revenge. “(The role of) Giselle has been one of my all-time dreams to perform because […]

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