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Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama Announces New Professional Program in Sound Design


January 10, 2006, PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama is offering a new curriculum in professional sound design for undergraduate and graduate students this spring.

“Sound design is the most rapidly growing area in theater,” said program director Joe Pino, assistant professor of sound design in the School of Drama. “Given the strong, established core design program in the School of Drama—not to mention resources in the schools of Music, Art, Design, the Entertainment Technology Center and the School of Computer Science—Carnegie Mellon is positioned to train a unique and potent breed of sound designers capable of working and excelling in all areas of the entertainment industry,” he said.

Carnegie Mellon is one of eight universities to offer the program at the graduate level and one of only six to open the program to undergraduates. Students who take sound design will find hands-on work experience in the 18 productions planned for the drama season. Many drama alumni have pursued careers in sound design. “We are delighted to be adding sound to the suite of design disciplines taught at the Drama School,” said Elizabeth Bradley, head of the Drama School. “In the outstanding talents of Joe Pino, we are confident the right leadership is in place to develop this area to a sterling level.”

Pino designed more than 65 productions, including the premiers of Robert Wilson’s “Danton’s Death” and Tony Kushner’s “Hydriotaphia.” In 1996, as assistant designer to sound artist/composer Hans Peter Kuhn for Robert Wilson’s “Hamlet: A Monologue,” Pino toured with the production to Lincoln Center and the Biennale Festival in Venice. His designs have been heard at Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theater, The Long Wharf Theater and The Ensemble Theater. His recent theatrical designs include “The Exonerated,” “After The Fall” and “The Crucible” at the Alley, and “Crowns” at City Theater.

The School of Drama is one of the nation’s most distinguished degree-granting theatre programs and is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For additional information about the sound program, email Pino at For more information on the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268- 5765 or, or visit


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