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Michael James McEachran 1969 – 2014

Michael McEachran

Michael James McEachran 1969 – 2014


Michael McEachran, my college roommate and friend, sadly passed away this past Sunday morning after a year long battle with Brain Cancer. Michael, an alumnus of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (CFA ’95), acted, sang, and danced on television and in theaters on Broadway, off Broadway, on tour and regionally across the country.  Michael was an immensely talented actor and most importantly a beautiful human being. He has been an inspiration to me .  My heart and prayers are with his Spouse, Mother, Stepfather, Siblings, his Nieces, Nephews and those who loved him.

I first met Michael at the beginning of second semester of freshman year, January 1992. Matthew Stocke, a classmate of Michael in the Music Theatre program at the School of Drama, Paolo Malabuyo, a Fine Arts and Industrial Design double major, and I occupied prime real estate of the Carnegie Mellon Campus, Roselawn Terrace #7.  It was light blue individual row house for 5 roommates with a porch, back area, a big living room, dining room, basement with a washer and dryer, and three bedrooms upstairs.  Over the holidays that year, our two previous roommates Ed Walker and Michael Solomon left the CMU Drama school and Roselawn 7 for different pastures so we had two vacancies.  One went to directing student Tim Conley who quickly claimed the basement.  The other went to this thin, tall, handsome, dapper young man with red hair, Michael McEachran.  Thanks to some nifty maneuvering for the single room by Mr. Stocke, Michael and I shared a room for what would become three semesters.

The new Roselawn 7 guys became fast friends and in addition to our rigorous schedules in the College of Fine Arts, we found ways to hang out with each other and be the de facto CFA – Drama and Music congregation hall – party house – over the weekends.  Michael was older than all of us and because of his maturity and personality, he easily became a big brother to me and I sure to the others.  He patiently would answer the questions I had regarding the basics of acting and give strong encouragement to me in my times of despair.  He would be able to negotiate the different strong artistic egos and personalities in the house.  Don’t get me wrong, Michael had a healthy ego but his was tempered by great empathy, generosity, and compassion.  He also was a magnet as he dripped charm and a joie de vivre that always served for a good laugh.  He was the life of any gathering.

In the School of Drama productions, I remember being struck by his acting work in the George Kaufmann/ Moss Hart play “Once in a Lifetime.”  His physical work, the ability for the audience to empathize with his character, his comedic chops, and his brilliant choice to shell and eat peanuts throughout the play as the dimwitted George were eye-opening to me.  His work in that play was so believable and incredible to watch, so human and honest.  To this day, at every first rehearsal of a new play, I think about that eating peanuts choice and how cool it was.

I did get to perform with Michael once in the senior production of “Cabaret,” he as the tall, bean pole, Joel-Grey-be-damned EMCEE full of charm and fury and me as the KitKat “girl” with the short purple skirt and hairy legs playing the Saxophone in the band.  Again he was incredible – this time additionally as a song and dance man.  To this day “Cabaret” is still my favorite musical.

The summer after graduation, Michael was scheduled to do a production upstate and had some time off before.  He invited me on a road trip with him to Orlando to visit his family.  On the highway in North Carolina in the middle of the night, we saw a small furry bundle trying to cross the road.  Michael stopped the car, put it in reverse and we added one more soul to our duo heading south.  A small, tick riddled, cute-as-a-button puppy dog which he gave to his sister Lisa and her family.  It was a great trip.  Getting to experience first hand the newly graduated Michael returning home to showers of love from his proud, proud family.  It was quickly apparent where Michael got his best attributes.

I don’t know why over time Michael and I lost the closeness of those collegiate years.  He moved to New York City, I was on tour for four years and then was in and out of the city for the first few years after.  Wrongly, I took his friendship for granted.  I have seen him a few times, but never once shared with him what how much his friendship and Artistry had influenced me.

Mikey, thank you my friend for everything that you shared with and have given me.  I am not sure why things happen the way they do, but wherever you are, I hope that you can fully see and sense the immense love for you that is zapping back and forth on the internet, but more importantly how much it swells in our hearts and minds. Rest in well deserved peace my friend you are already greatly missed.

Memorials may be made in Michael’s memory to:

St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital

P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

or by calling 1-800-822-6344.

Please provide Michael’s tribute #35893813 and the family will be notified of your gift.


Michael’s Obituary and Funeral information from his sister Diane Wolf:

Dear friends and family – Here is my wonderful brother Michael McEachran‘s obituary and funeral service information. I miss him and there will forever be a hole in my heart. Writing about his amazing life was my greatest honor. He is resting in the loving arms of our father – singing and dancing in heaven. If you are in the New York area, please come celebrate with us on Saturday, May 3rd.

Michael James McEachran, age 44, Broadway and Television singer/actor, went into God’s arms on Sunday, April 27th at his dream home in Brooklyn, NY. He was diagnosed in 2013 with brain cancer. He fought courageously and continued his selfless love during the last 12 months, just as he did his entire life. He is survived by a loving family including his spouse, Hector Rojas who was faithfully beside him; his mother and stepfather, Joyce and Charles Frantzen; a brother, Jeffrey McEachran; two sisters, Lisa Cowan and Diane (John) Wolf, and a sister-in-law, Amy McEachran-Todd. He will be remembered as a loving uncle and honorary father-figure to ten nieces and nephews: Jeffrey McEachran Jr., Jared McEachran, Justin Cowan, Ryan Anderson, Aliya Cowan, Katey Wolf, Amy Wolf, Emilie Wolf, Johnny Wolf and Tory Cowan. He is preceded in death by his father and step-mother, James A. (Elaine) McEachran, his infant brother, James C. McEachran, his grandparents, and lifetime friend, Timothy Mitchell.

Michael was born in Alpena, Michigan on June 9, 1969. He was the youngest child with bright red hair and sparkling blue eyes singing ‘Joy to World’ at the age of two. He graduated from Goshen, Indiana High School in 1987 and was inspired to sing and dance by participating in the ensemble ‘Crimsonaires.’ He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995 and starred in ‘Cabaret’ his senior year. His Broadway credits include several touring productions including ‘How to Succeed in Business’ with Ralph Macchio, 1996; ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ 2000. He also appeared in Broadway’s ‘Little Me’ starring Martin Short, 1998. He starred in the 2006 off-Broadway Musical “How to Save the World and Find True Love” which was written and produced for him. Michael was in numerous television commercials and TV appearances. He is a member of Actor’s Equity. He joined Edison Learning, an education services company as Enrollment Manager in 2007. He used his creativity and his inexhaustible energy to inspire students throughout the country to stay in school. In addition to his passion for song and dance, Michael later became a fine artist including pencil sketching and acrylic paint. In 2012, he helped inspire the creation of Mod Cup, LLC., a specialty coffee business in Hoboken, NJ.

Michael will be remembered for his passion, love, creativity, talent, soulful wisdom, wit, and lasting friendship. He will continue to be a light that shines forever. Services will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at the Actors’ Chapel – St. Malachy’s, 239 W. 49th Street, New York, NY 10019, 212-489-1340. Visitation starts at 9:30 a.m. and funeral services begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held privately.

Expressions of condolences can be sent to the Actor’s Chapel. Memorials may be made in Michael’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or by calling 1-800-822-6344. Please provide Michael’s tribute #35893813 and the family will be notified of your gift.


Inauguration of Carnegie Mellon University’s Ninth President, Dr. Subra Suresh – November 15, 2013

I am looking forward to the events on November 14th and 15th at Carnegie Mellon University to celebrate the inauguration of our new President Dr. Subra Suresh.  I am already amazed at the exciting things that Dr. Suresh has already put into motion for our University and cannot wait to formally celebrate his appointment and dream about the future.


Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to announce a series of inaugural events to welcome its ninth president, Dr. Subra Suresh.  The formal investiture ceremony will take place on November 15, 2013.

Google Executive Chairman Dr. Eric Schmidt will be the keynote speaker, and Dr. Suresh will deliver the inaugural address.

In addition, symposia and discussions are planned for President Suresh’s inaugural year with the theme of “Crossing Boundaries, Transforming Lives.”

Dr. Subra Suresh

Dr. Subra Suresh

Schedule of Events

NOVEMBER 7, 2013

The Study of Human Diseases at the Intersections of Engineering, Sciences & Medicine

A Lecture by President Subra Suresh

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
No tickets required

NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Campus-wide Celebration
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., University Center
No tickets required

Symposium: Leveraging the Data Sciences
3:00 – 4:15 p.m., McConomy Auditorium | * Webcast Available
No tickets required

Symposium: New Paradigms of Teaching and Learning
4:30 – 5:45 p.m., McConomy Auditorium | * Webcast Available
5:45 – 6:30 p.m., Showcase: Connan Room
No tickets required

Dinner (by invitation only)
Omni William Penn Hotel
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Symposium: Opportunities and Challenges in Energy and Climate
10:30 – 11:45 a.m., McConomy Auditorium | * Webcast Available
No tickets required

Inaugural Luncheon (by invitation only)
Carnegie Music Hall Foyer (just a short distance from CMU campus)
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Investiture Ceremony & Reception

3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall | * Webcast Available

No tickets required

All events will be held in the University Center on the Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh Campus, unless otherwise noted.


Subra Suresh (born May 30, 1956) is the ninth and current president of Carnegie Mellon University.

A distinguished engineer and scientist, Suresh served as Director of the National Science Foundation from 2010 to 2013. Before his appointment to NSF, he was the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was the Dean of the School of Engineering (2007-2010).

In October 2013, Suresh was elected to the Institute of Medicine, the branch of the U.S. National Academies that honors researchers in medicine and health care. He already had been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2012) and the National Academy of Engineering (2002). Suresh is one of only 16 American scientists to be elected to all three branches, and the only current university president to hold this distinction.

His appointment as president of Carnegie Mellon University was announced on February 5, 2013.[1] Commenting on Suresh’s tenure at NSF, President Obama stated, “We have been very fortunate to have Subra Suresh guiding the National Science Foundation . . . . [He] has shown himself to be a consummate scientist and engineer — beholden to evidence and committed to upholding the highest scientific standards. He has also done his part to make sure the American people benefit from advances in technology, and opened up more opportunities for women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups. I am grateful for his service.”

In 2011, Suresh received the Padma Shri award, India’s fourth highest civilian honor, bestowed by the President of India.[16] Other honors include the 2006 Acta Materialia Gold Medal; the 2007 European Materials Medal, the highest honor conferred by the Federation of European Materials Societies comprising 27 countries (he was the first scientist based outside Europe to receive this medal); the 2008 Eringen Medal of the Society of Engineering Science; the 2011 General President’s Gold Medal from the Indian National Science Congress; the 2012 R.F. Mehl Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society; the 2011 Nadai Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); and the 2011 National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies. He also received ASME’s 2012 Timoshenko Medal, the highest global recognition in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics.

In 2006, Technology Review magazine selected his work on nanobiomechanics as one of the top-10 emerging technologies that “will have a significant impact on business, medicine or culture.” Suresh received the Franklin Institute‘s 2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science for “outstanding contributions to our understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials in applications ranging from large structures down to the atomic level. This research also showed how deformation of biological cells can be linked to human disease.”[17][18]

Suresh also received the Alan Cottrell Gold Medal for his pioneering work on fracture and fatigue of materials at the 2013 International Conference on Fracture.

Suresh has been elected to ten science and/or engineering academies: U.S. National Academy of Engineering; U.S. National Academy of SciencesAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences; the U.S. Institute of Medicine, Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering; Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences; German National Academy of Sciences; Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy; Indian National Academy of Engineering; Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore). He is a recipient of nine honorary doctorate degrees from universities in the United States, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, India, and China.

Suresh has been elected a fellow or honorary fellow by all major materials societies in the United States and India, including the Materials Research Society, the American Society for Materials International; The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Ceramic Society; the Indian Institute of Metals; and the Materials Research Society of India.

Suresh graduated from high school in Tamil Nadu, India, at the age of 15. He received his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai in May 1977 and his MS from Iowa State University in May 1979. He completed his doctoral thesis two years later, in August 1981, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a ScD. He is the first Asia-born professor to lead any of the five schools at MIT, and the first Asia-born scientist to lead NSF.

2013 NL WildCard – Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinatti Reds #BUCTOBER


I grew up watching my Pittsburgh Pirates. Omar Moreno, Bill Madlock, “Pops” Stargell, Kent Tekulve, Bob Walk, etc.  Last time I watched the Pirates in the postseason was that Infamous game seven 21 years ago in 1992.  I was a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon watching on the CFA mezzanine on a gerry rigged Black and White TV (remember those?).  I along with most Pittsburghers still can feel the echoes of being sick to my stomach when our best player skinny MVP Barry Bonds, failed to throw out our ex player Sid Bream (running with a leg injury) on a pinch hit from a no name, Francisco Cabrera.

I have gone to many games since then both at Three Rivers and now at beautiful PNC Park.  I have gone with friends, and family.  The last time I went with my late father was on his 70th Birthday.  As we crossed the Clemente Bridge,  he turned to me and said “just to let you know, they never win when I come.” I said, “Dad,  look around, I don’t think it is you.  They never win period.”

Times have finally changed. Twenty One years and a bunch of baseball hopelessness later, here we are.  One Wild Card game at home to continue forward into the “real” multi game playoffs.  Our team is riding a high into tonights game with the hated Cincinnati Reds.  Those same Reds, who we just swept in Cincinnati to finish the regular season.  Those same Reds that have been so dastardly at throwing right at our NL MVP Andrew McCutchen since the end of last year.

Dad, if you are watching, times have changed, they finally have turned things around.  I wish you were here to enjoy it.  but wherever you are, please give the North Side Boys a ton of offensive power and our Francisco, Mr. Liriano some awesome movement and location.  Oh yeah and Screw the REDS!

GO BUCCOS! The City’s hopes rest on you!

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at George Street Playhouse, NJ from 9/24-10/27/13

I am having a blast in rehearsals for Ken Davenport’s new musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together (previously known as Garage Band: the musical) at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. Performances run September 24th – October 27th, 2013. Opening night is scheduled for October 4th at 8PM.

Getting_the_band_back_together_flyer1This original Mike Myers/Will Farrell style ensemble musical is about four high school friends from a small town in New Jersey, who, while grappling with turning 40, reunite their hometown garage band to reclaim their dreams and finally triumph over their high school nemesis.

The cast is incredibly talented with the resumes that speak to their superb singing, acting, dancing and instrumental skills. The rehearsal room is a constant source of fun as we are having a ball collaborating with the creative team here in New Brunswick, NJ. I am hopeful that this funny, poignant musical will be a hit here and later up the New Jersey transit lines to Manhattan.  You definitely will be humming the tunes back home from the theatre.

I won’t give away too much, but our re-formed band of heroes are called “Juggernaut.” It consists of four high school classmates: I play Robbie, the dermatologist on keyboards;  my fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages) is Mitch the investment banker and lead singer;  Jay Klaitz (High Fidelity) is Bart, the high school math teacher on Bass; Adam Monley (Mamma Mia!) is Sulley, the hometown cop on drums, as the reuniting band mates.  Newcomer to the band is Evan Daves (The Coast of Utopia) on guitar.  The cast also features two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (GSP’s Lend Me a Tenor, Gypsy on Broadway) as Sharon, Mitch’s mom, and another fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus and classmate of mine Brandon Williams (TV’s “Entourage,” “Stay at Home Dad”) as Tygen, the band’s high school arch-nemesis.  The company is rounded out by Heather Brave (Circle of Friends) as Billie , Michelle Duffy (Leap of Faith) as Dani, Ryan Duncan (Soul Doctor) as Dr. Patel, Sr., Deidre Goodwin (A Chorus Line) as Officer Roxy, Christopher Gurr (Memphis national tour) as Sargent Sullivan & JP, Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Ritchie, Emily McNamara (NEWSical the Musical) as Tawney, and Tad Wilson (Wonderland) as the Mayor.

photo courtesy of Ken Davenport productions

The cast and creative team of “Gettin’ the Band Back Together” at George Street Playhouse. photo courtesy of Ken Davenport productions

Mitch Jarvis (MITCH) on a Coffee Break

CMU Alumnus Mitch Jarvis (MITCH) on a Coffee Break

Jay Klaiitz (BART) on Bass in “Juggernaut” music rehearsal

Evan Daves,Ryan Duncan, Heather Brave,

Evan Daves (RICKY), Ryan Duncan (Dr. PATEL), Heather Brave (BILLIE) in GTBBT Rehearsal at Davenport Studios, NYC 8/27/13

Fellow CMU Alumnnus Brandon Williams (TYGEN), Deidre Goodwin (ROXY), Emily McNamara (TAWNEY) at Davenport Studios in NYC 8/27/2013

Fellow CMU Alumnnus Brandon Williams (TYGEN), Deidre Goodwin (ROXY), Emily McNamara (TAWNEY) at Davenport Studios in NYC 8/27/2013

Tony Award-winner John Rando (Urinetown, GSP’s Toxic Avenger) is director of Gettin’ The Band Back Together which is written by Ken Davenport and The Grundelshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg, and music and lyrics by Mark Allen.  Fred Hartenstein is Stage Manager.

Orchestrations are by Doug KatsarosFred Lassen serves as musical director, Kelly Devine is choreographer. Creating the world of the play are scenic designer Derek McLane, lighting designer Ken Billington, costume designer Gregory Gale and sound designer Peter Fitzgerald.

George Street Playhouse is run by Artistic Director David Saint.  It was founded in 1974 by former Rutgers faculty member Eric Krebs.

Discount code using the word BOMBAY

GSP flyer advertising the 2 for 1 discount code using the code BOMBAY

A 2 for 1 ticket deal is available using the code “Bombay” which harkens back to my Broadway debut as the lead in AR Rahman’s Bombay Dreams.

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Manu Narayan, Alison Fraser, Garth Kravits, Emily McNamara and More Set for Gettin’ The Band Back Together at George Street Playhouse, September 24-October 27, 2013 – Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Alison Fraser & Mitchell Jarvis to Lead GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at George Street Playhouse; Full Cast Announced by

Manu Narayan appointed to the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees

Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang

Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang

When Dr. Jared Cohon, the outgoing president of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), set up an appointment to talk with me in May, I assumed that we were going to discuss some of the details regarding my duties as Master of Ceremonies for the June 15th CMU Inspire Innovation Gala in Pittsburgh, PA.

I quickly realized that this conversation was about something bigger and much more personal to me. Dr. Cohon stunned me with the invitation to join the Leadership of Carnegie Mellon University as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Fully aware that there is a Silicon Valley Manu Narayan who, unfortunately for me, has most combinations of the name as his email and other usernames, I asked Dr. Cohon if he was sure that he was asking the right guy. He assured me that this Manu Narayan is whom they wanted: the actor/musician. I was beside myself – thrilled and at the same time stunned. But it was an easy decision, I heartily accepted!

On July 1, 2013, I began my three year term on the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees as a Young Alumni Term Trustee, joining new president Subra Suresh and the distinguished members of the Board (listed below). As an alumnus of the College of Fine Arts, School of Music, with a double degree in Vocal Performance and Saxophone Performance, and as a performing arts professional, hopefully I bring a unique perspective to the University that has given me much.


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Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a global research university with more than 12,000 students, 92,000 alumni, and 5,000 faculty and staff.

CMU has been a birthplace of innovation throughout its 113-year history.

Today, CMU is a global leader bringing groundbreaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses.

Their award-winning faculty members are renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientific, technological and societal challenges. They put a strong emphasis on creating things—from art to robots. Their students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies.

CMU has campuses in Pittsburgh, Qatar and Silicon Valley, and degree-granting programs around the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

  • In 2012, Times Higher Education of London ranked CMU No. 22 in the world, and No. 15 among U.S. universities.
  • In a 2010 Wall Street Journal poll, job recruiters looking for new hires ranked CMU No. 1 in computer science, No. 4 in finance and No. 7 in business. CMU ranked 10 overall.
  • Nearly 35 percent of CMU’s students are from 115 countries outside the US, giving the university one of the 10 most international student bodies, by percentage, among four-year U.S. institutions.
  • CMU has ranked No. 1 among all US universities without a medical school in the number of startup companies created per research dollar spent since 2007. Find out more: CMU’s Entrepreneurial ecosystemhelping to create startup companies– Greenlighting Startups 
  • In the past 15 years, CMU faculty, students and alumni have created more than 300 companies and 9,000 jobs.
  • CMU is a world leader in robotics. CMU’s autonomous vehicle, Boss, earned the $2M prize for winning the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. Now, CMU researchers are developing a flying car, and working to land and operate a robot on the moon through Google’s Lunar X Mission—a project that combines technology and art.
  • CMU attracts award-winning talent. Current and former faculty and alumni are winning top awards in art, science and technology.
  • With 100 percent of CMU’s electricity coming from green power sources, the university ranked as a green power leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Currently in the final stages, the university’s “Inspire Innovation” campaign has already reached its $1 billion goal.

CMU consists of seven schools and colleges: Carnegie Institute of TechnologyCollege of Fine ArtsDietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences,  Heinz CollegeMellon College of ScienceSchool of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business.

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Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University

Officers of the Board

Raymond J. Lane, Chairman
E. Kears Pollock, Vice Chairman
James E. Rohr, Vice Chairman
Subra Suresh, President
Mark S. Kamlet, Provost and Executive Vice President
Jay Calhoun, Treasurer
Mary Jo Dively, Vice President and General Counsel
Cheryl M. Hays, Secretary
Charles A. Kennedy, Chief Investment Officer
Karen T. Khan, Assistant Secretary
Robbee Baker Kosak, Vice President for University Advancement
Elizabeth Milavec, Assistant Treasurer
Michael Murphy, Vice President for Campus Affairs
Amir Rahnamay-Azar, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Ex Officio Trustees

Subra Suresh, President
Darlene M. Harris, President, Pittsburgh City Council
Roberta Klatzky, Chair, Faculty Senate, Carnegie Mellon University
Steven Price, President, Andrew Carnegie Society
Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Antoinette Ungaretti, President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association

2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Life Trustees

John R. Bertucci, Chairman, MKS Instruments, Inc.
Frank Brunckhorst, Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Erroll B. Davis, Jr., Interim Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools
Linda A. Dickerson, Principal, 501(c)(3)2
Philip L. Dowd, Sherick Enterprises, LLC
Dina Dublon
Howard Ellin, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom
Edward H. Frank, Vice President, Apple, Inc.
Yoshiaki Fujimori, President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation
Ira J. Gumberg, President and CEO, J.J. Gumberg Co.
Teresa L. Heinz, Chairman, Heinz Family Philanthropies
Torrence M. Hunt, Jr.
Tod S. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, The NPD Group, Inc.
Raymond J. Lane, Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Bruce McWilliams, CEO and President, SuVolta
Ambar Paul, Director, Caparo Group Limited
E. Kears Pollock, Retired Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc.
James E. Rohr, Executive Chairman, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Jonathan Rothberg, Founder and Chairman, Raindance Technologies and Ion Torrent Systems
David S. Shapira, Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc.
J. Lea Hillman Simonds
Manoj Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte
James C. Stalder
Donald E. Stitzenberg, Principal, CBA Associates
David Tepper, President and Founder, Appaloosa Management
Mary Ann Ulishney, Vice President and Wealth Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Sunil Wadhwani, Chairman and Co-founder, iGATE Corporation
Paula Kauffman Wagner, Producer/Owner, Chestnut Ridge Productions

2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Term Trustees

Joel Adams, General Partner, Adams Capital Management, Inc.
Kushagra Bajaj, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Group
Luis Ball, President, Allegheny Medical Systems LLC
Ronald Bianchini, Co-founder, President and CEO, Avere Systems
Aristides Candris, Senior Consultant, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
Eric Cooper
David Coulter, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC
Russell Crockett
Jeanne Cunicelli, Partner, Bay City Capital
Francisco D’Souza, President and CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Evan Frazier, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark, Inc.
Dirk Gates, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc.
James Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
Eric Giler, Chief Executive Officer, WiTricity Corporation
Edward Grefenstette, Chief Investment Officer, Dietrich Charitable Trusts
Roy Haley, Retired Chairman of the Board, WESCO International, Inc.
Oscar Harris, CEO and Founder, Turner Associates
Jeffrey Housenbold, President and CEO, Shutterfly
Larry Jennings, Jr., Senior Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC
Erren Lester, Director, Product Management, The Advisory Board Company
Candace Matthews, Chief Marketing Officer, Amway Corporation
David McCormick, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates
Michael McQuade, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation
William L. Meaney, Chief Executive Officer, Iron Mountain
Anne M. Molloy, Executive Director, Posner Fine Arts Foundation
Manu Narayan, Performance Artist
David Porges, Chairman, President and CEO, EQT Corporation
Roy J. Shanker, Consultant
Ajit Shetty, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutica
Luke Skurman, CEO and Founder, College Prowler, Inc.
Lip-Bu Tan, Chairman, Walden International; CEO, Cadence Design Systems
Rohet Tolani, Managing Director, Tolani Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Thomas Tull, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Legendary Pictures
Carol A. Williams, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company

2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Emeritus Life Trustees

Paul A. Allaire, Former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation
Arthur H. Aronson, Retired Executive Vice President, Allegheny Teledyne
Carol R. Brown, Former President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Robert M. Brown, III, President, B-III Capital LLC
Frank V. Cahouet, Retired Chairman and CEO, BNY Mellon
Lucian Caste, Retired Owner, Lucian Caste Architects & Engineers
Douglas D. Danforth, Retired Chairman and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Corporation
W. Logan Dickerson, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. & Protos Foods, Inc.
Edward Donley, Former Chairman, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
William B. Ellis, Retired Chairman and CEO, Northeast Utilities
Cynthia Friedman, Co-owner, Union Real Estate Company of Pittsburgh
Henry J. Gailliot
Claire W. Gargalli
William Goldsmith, Chairman of the Board, Nucon Energy Group
Richard D. Hamilton, Retired Director of Product Supply, Procter and Gamble
Wilton A. Hawkins
Orion Hoch, Chairman Emeritus, Litton Industries
T. Jerome Holleran, Chairman, Precision Medical Products, Inc.
W. Lee Hoskins, Retired Chairman and CEO, The Huntington National Bank
Justin M. Johnson, Retired Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Patricia Askwith Kenner, President, Campus Coach Lines
David M. Kirr, Partner, Kirr, Marbach & Company
Hans W. Lange
Edward E. Lucente
Thomas A. McConomy, Retired Chairman of the Board, Calgon Carbon Corporation
Jack E. McGrath, Retired Senior Vice President, Booz & Company
Regina Gouger Miller, Owner/Artist, Ginger and Spice; Regina Gouger Miller Studio
Lindsay J. Morgenthaler
Alessandro Ovi, President, TechRev srl
Norman F. Parker, Retired President, Varian Associates
Charles J. Queenan, Jr., Retired Senior Counsel, K&L Gates LLP
John G. Rangos, John G. Rangos, Sr. Charitable Foundation
David M. Roderick, Former Chairman and CEO, United States Steel Corporation
Vincent A. Sarni, Retired Chairman and CEO, PPG Industries, Inc.
Joyce Bowie Scott, J. Bowie Scott Studio
Raymond Smith, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments
William P. Snyder, III, President and Chairman, The Wilpen Group, Inc.
W. Lowell Steinbrenner, Retired Chairman, Contours, Ltd.
James M. Walton, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute
Konrad M. Weis, Former President and CEO, Bayer Corporation

My June: a new Opera, an Ibsen Play, 3 Concerts and an Important Celebration

I am very excited for the busy month ahead. I’ll be working on four varied projects with many diversely creative artists, and am glad to be back on the East coast after spending most of the year in California.

OPERA: June 3 – 9, 2013 @ The Watermill Center, Watermill, NY. I’ll be in New York rehearsing a new contemporary opera called Thumbprint created by composer Kamala Shankaram and playwright/librettist Susan Yanowitz, at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center on Long Island.

IBSEN: June 10 – 29, 2013 @ University of Scranton, PA. I join rehearsals a week late as Peer Gynt in a continuing workshop of the Ibsen play in Scranton, PA. The Peer Gynt Project, co-directed by Grace Zandarski and Felix Ivanov, is part of a new artistic summer residency that was dreamed up by Grace, and is sponsored by the University of Scranton as a collaboration amongst its students, faculty, and outside arts professionals. Last summer, we worked on the first three acts, and this year we are working the rest of the piece.

CONCERT 1: June 10, 2013 @ The Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC (9:30PM). I am excited to return back to NYC to sing a concert celebrating the music of a fantastic theatre composer Rona Siddiqui. Entitled Songs Rona Wrote, The Music of Rona Siddiqui, the evening features some of the most talented Broadway actor/singers.

CONCERTS 2 & 3: June 14, 2013 @ The Stone, NYC (8 & 10PM). I have two Klezmer/Bhangra concerts in NYC (The Stone is at Ave. C and 2nd Street, Manhattan), with Frank London, Deep Singh and the rest of the crew from the Washington Jewish Music Fest concert we did a few weeks ago in DC. The two sets are part of Frank London’s week long residency at The Stone, which is under the Artistic direction of John Zorn.

CELEBRATION: June 15, 2013 @ The Fairmont Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA. I am proud to be at my alma mater – Carnegie Mellon University – to celebrate the successful completion of the Inspire Innovation Campaign which, amongst many other things, has impacted CMU’s global visibilty by raising over $1 billion for the university endowment. For More Information on Carnegie Mellon University go to :

After the celebrations, I am back to Scranton for the last two weeks of the Peer Gynt Project.


 THUMBPRINT – (a new contemporary opera)  

June 3 – 9th @ The Watermill Center, 39 Watermill Town Road, Water Mill, New York.

(Public open rehearsal on June 9th, 6 – 7 PM)

I am excited to be doing my first contemporary opera – theatre work, THUMBPRINT by Indian-American composer Kamala Sankaram and playwright/librettist Susan Yankowitz,  from June 3rd – June 9th at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in Long Island.  Using a mix Indian Classical and European Opera styles, Thumbprint is a new piece inspired by the experiences of Mukhtar Mai, a young illiterate peasant who was gang-raped as retribution for an alleged ‘honor’ crime by her little brother and who became the first woman in Pakistan to bring her rapists to justice. When offered a settlement, she instead asked for a school where girls in her village could be educated so that they, unlike her, would never know the humiliation of having to sign their names with a thumbprint. Despite government opposition and repeated death threats, she has now become an international voice for human rights. Mukhtar’s remarkable story is at the heart of this boundary-leaping work. While in residence at Watermill Center this summer, Kamala and Susan will be revising and finalizing the libretto and score. At the same time they will be exploring the piece on its feet with director Rachel Dickstein and a small cast of singers/actors as a first opportunity to work on the intersection of words, music, movement and character. The cast includes Eric Brenner, Miriam Khalil, my friends Rajika Puri and Kannan Vasudevan, whom I grew up with in Pittsburgh.

Kamala Sankaram’s music has been praised as “strikingly original” (Allan Kozinn, The New York Times), and performed as part of American Opera Projects Opera Grows in Brooklyn series, at HERE Arts Center, the Stone, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Santa Fe New Music Festival, and the Lucerne Festival, among others. She had the featured commission on the 2009 21C Liederabend, selected as one of Time Out’s 10 Best Classical Concerts. Her music for Sounding (directed by Kristin Marting) was praised as “gorgeous pop-rock interludes” (Time Out New York). She was the 2011 Con Edison/Exploring the Metropolis Composer-in-Residence at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy and the 2012 Composer-in-Residence at the Eugene O’Neil Theater. She has received grants from the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Asian Women’s Giving Circle, as well as residencies from the MacDowell Colony and the Hermitage. As a resident artist at HERE Arts Center, Kamala created Miranda, a steampunk murder mystery opera called “enjoyable, utterly original opera” and “among the very best theater achievements of 2012”.

Susan Yankowitz is a playwright, novelist, librettist and occasional screenwriter. Among her best-known plays are Night Sky (produced off-B’way and internationally); Phaedra In Delirium (produced at CSC and WPP, NY; winner, QRL poetic play competition); Terminal and 1969Terminal1996, collaborations with Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre (Drama Desk Award); and A Knife in the Heart (Sledgehammer Theatre). Boxes A-Z just won the 2012 award for Best Ensemble Play in Ankara, and her long monologue about Mukhtar Mai is in continual production in the U.S. and internationally, on its own and as part of Seven, most recently in India and Afghanistan. Silent Witness, her novel, was published by Knopf and her teleplay about Sylvia Plath aired on PBS and won her a WGA nomination for best-written documentary of the season. She has collaborated on opera-theater works with Elmer Bernstein, Taj Mahal, Moshe Cotel, and Michael Dellaira, and has been awarded grants from the NEA, NYFA, TCG, and Guggenheim, McKnight, Bogliasco and Rockefeller Foundations, among others. She is a frequent resident at Yaddo and MacDowell. Her work is archived and catalogued at Kent State Library.



Monday, June 10th @ The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd St.,  New York, NY


Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at

Join composer Rona Siddiqui and her amazing lyricist friends, Zayre Ferrer, Sander Gusinov, Laura Kleinbaum, Rebekah Melocik, Zoe Samuel, Chris Staskel, Liz Suggs, and Max Vernon, for a night of new theatre music spanning from comic metal love songs to aquatic predator funk jams and everything in between.

The Featured Performers: Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams), Erin Dilly (A Christmas Story), Sarah Stiles (Avenue Q), Gideon Glick (Spring Awakening), Mykal Kilgore (Hair), MJ Rodriguez (Rent), Margo Seibert, Liam Forde, Ayesu Lartey, Matt Bauman, Andrew Leggieri, and Ben Langhorst.

Directed by: Andrew Willis-Woodward

Band: Rona Siddiqui (Piano), Jon Russ (Guitar), Ayesu Lartey (Bass), Hiroyuki Matsuura (Drums), Susan Mandel (Cello)

Rona Siddiqui is a composer and music director based in New York City. She is the 2011 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation/Max Dreyfus Scholarship and the 2010 recipient of the award for Best Musical Direction by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle in San Francisco. Rona wrote the music for the original musical One Good Day which has had readings at NYU, Custom Made Theatre Company in San Francisco, and in the Sacramento New Works Festival. She also composed the music for an original 20-minute musical, The Tin, which was selected to be part of the 2012 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. She vocal arranged and music directed Tree of Life, the Oneida Nation float song in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Original scores she has written include The Vagina Monologues, The Good Person of Szechuan, The Clean House, and Love Song of J Robert Oppenheimer. She received international recognition for her composition “Storms and Whispers” from the International Association of Women in Music. She was recently a featured songwriter in The Bill Finn Cabaret: A Night of Comedy Songs, Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should at Barrington Stage, and the concert series Broadway’s Future at Lincoln Center. She received her B.A. in music composition from UCLA and her Masters from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Rona is currently Music Director for the Off-Broadway production of Piggy Nation.


The Frank London Klezmer Brass Allstars & Bhangra Brass Party feat. Deep Singh, Sarah Gordon & Manu Narayan

Friday, June 14th @ THE STONE (corner of Avenue C and 2nd street, NYC)

8 & 10 PM

 $15 per set *there are no advance ticket sales, all admissions are at the door prior to each performance

8 pm
Bhangra Brass Party: featuring Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars & guests—Yiddish Cabaret feat. Eleanor Reissa + Bhangra Brass Party feat. Deep Singh, Sarah Gordon & Manu Narayan
Frank London (trumpet, alto horn, piccolo trumpet, leader) Susan Sandler (trumpet, vocals) Mark Hamilton (trombone) David Harris (trombone, baritone horn) Curtis Hasselbring (trombone) Merlin Sheperd (clarinet)

Matt Dariau (clarinet, alto saxaphone, guida) Mark Rubin (contrabass helicon) Aaron Alexander (drums) Matt Moran (bass drum) Deep Singh (percussion) Sarah Gordon (voice) Eleanor Reissa (voice) Manu Narayan (voice) And many more!

10 pm
Bhangra Brass Party: featuring Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars & guests—Songs of Zebulon feat. Jeremiah Lockwood & Shoko Nagai + Bhangra Brass Party feat. Deep Singh, Sarah Gordon & Manu Narayan
Frank London (trumpet, alto horn, piccolo trumpet, leader) Susan Sandler (trumpet, vocals) Mark Hamilton (trombone) David Harris (trombone, baritone horn) Curtis Hasselbring (trombone) Merlin Sheperd (clarinet)

Matt Dariau (clarinet, alto saxaphone, guida) Mark Rubin (contrabass helicon) Aaron Alexander (drums) Matt Moran (bass drum) Deep Singh (percussion) Sarah Gordon (voice) Eleanor Reissa (voice) Manu Narayan (voice) And many more!


The Peer Gynt Projecta month long exploration of the classic Ibsen play

June 3 – 29th @ University of Scranton, Pennsylvania

Grace Zandarski is a faculty member of the Acting Department at Yale School of Drama where she has taught Voice since 2002, specializing in Advanced Vocal Technique and Text for 2nd and 3rd Year Actors. She has coached numerous YSD productions and coaching credits at Yale Rep include Comedy of ErrorsThe Master Builder and the 2010-2011 season’s Romeo and Juliet. In addition to YSD, she has served on the faculties of some other fine actor training programs in the U.S. including Fordham University, A.R.T./MXAT (Harvard’s Advanced Actor Training Program), N.Y.U., and The Actors Center. She has taught master classes on Voice and Text for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Lab. Grace was named Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework in 1998. She was a member of the 2006 Voice Consortium Delegation/Teaching Exchange Program with Russia’s MXAT, GITES, and Vaktangov Theatre Schools. In 2008 and 2010, she was the recipient of YSD STAR Grants for work with Pantheatre, Paris, France. Grace continues to work as an actor, director, and voiceover artist. Stage acting credits include the McCarter Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland, and A.C.T. Vocal Coaching credits include Yale Rep, McCarter Theatre and BAM. She has an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and a B.A. in English from Princeton University.

Felix Ivanov has an M.F.A. from the Vakhtangov Academy Theater, Russia. He is a graduate of the Schukin Theater School at the Vakhtangov Academy Theater and the Stasov Musical School (violin), Moscow, Russia. Mr. Ivanov is well versed in the art of the musical clownery, physical comedy, stage combat, movement, and character dance. In addition, he has achieved the master’s level in Chinese martial arts of Kuoshu and the black belt/Shodan rank in Judo. Felix has developed an original dynamic training for the actors, and he gained an international recognition for his teaching method. He has taught at numerous international and American colleges and universities. His choreography of stage movement/combat has been seen at such venues as the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C.; the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; the Shakespeare Theater Festival in Cleveland; and the Acting Company, the Lincoln Center Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Theater Workshop, the Wooster Group, at the Pearl Theater, the Cherry Lane Theater, the Soho Repertory Theater, Soho Playhouse, and Tele/Vest (TV serial) in New York City, among others in the U.S.A.