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The Class of 2017 Senior Showcase Photo | Dirty SugarPictured above: acting and musical theatre seniors in the 2017 showcase

Senior Showcase Helps Launch Students' Careers

Each year, Point Park University 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 included:

Theatre Showcase

May 15, 2017, 4:30 and 7 p.m.
Westside Theatre - Upstairs
New York, NY

Twelve students earned their spot in the 2017 theatre showcase through auditions. 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:

  • Sheila McKenna, showcase director, chair of Point Park's theatre department
  • Zeva Barzell , showcase director/choreographer, head of Point Park's musical theatre program
  • Erin Ortman, showcase creative consultant, theatre director and teaching artist in New York City
  • Camille Rolla, showcase music director/accompanist, musical director in Pittsburgh
  • Cat Hickerson, showcase stage manager, senior B.F.A. in theatre arts (stage management) major

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

Meet the Class of 2017 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 17, 2017, 7 p.m.
Harmony Gold Theater
Los Angeles, Calif.

A panel of professional filmmakers selected five student-created film shorts that are given a premiere screening for the 2017 cinema showcase at Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles. Additionally, links to the selected films were sent to agencies and production companies in New York City and Los Angeles.

The Point Park University 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.