Purnell Center For The Arts (Carnegie Mellon University)

4908 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 [ map ] [ website ]
Phone: 412-268-2407


Completed in the fall of 1999, the Purnell Center For The Arts houses Carnegie-Mellon University's School Of Drama.

The facility offers several state-of-the-art performance venues. The mainstage Chosky Theater seats 500 audience members for large-scale productions. A studio theater provides a more intimate, "black-box" setting space for smaller productions.

Additional facilities in the Purnell include classrooms, faculty offices, rehearsal studios and a dance studio. A costume shop, scene shop, paint shop and metal shop provide students with hands-on experience behind the scenes. A TV studio is located within the facility.

The Purnell also houses the Regina Gouger Miller Art Gallery, a 6000-square-foot exhibition space for contemporary works of art.

Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) was founded in 1900 by industrialist Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical School (it became CMU in 1967). Throughout its long history, the college has focused on education and research.

CMU often has events open to the general public, including plays and art exhibits.

Hours of operation

The center is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and other times depending on the performance.


Metered parking is available on the CMU campus.

In partnership with Pittsburgh A&E Group