Allison Engel is an author and produced playwright who has been an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor at national magazines.
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Simon Helberg of The Big Bang Theory makes a strong impression at USC
The self-deprecating actor gives his take on Nicolas Cage and Al Pacino before talking about his CBS series and working with Meryl Streep.
As students move in, we asked freshmen: What did you pack that you’ll never use?
We asked them about what they brought with them — and what they left behind.
USC costume design degree leads grad to dream job on TV’s Outlander
A chance meeting leads to a Beverly Hills exhibition and elaborate work on the time-traveling romantic drama.
Classical KUSC has a new Apple TV app
The app celebrates Southern California lifestyle through landscapes and architectural details as the station’s music streams 24/7.
USC Kaufman introduces its second incoming class
The 18 talented dancers are a diverse bunch ethnically and geographically, with 11 states, Canada and Mexico represented.
USC Radio Group expanding classical service to Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur
The addition of two stations will bring San Francisco’s Classical KDFC to the Monterey Bay area.
Young musicians put the emphasis on performing — with feeling
USC Thornton alumnus takes pride in his students helping each other to perform in an authentic way.
Tough guy Michael Chiklis opens up as speaker at Dramatic Arts graduation
The performer delivers a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ speech and hands his daughter her diploma on an emotional day.
At the Piatigorsky Festival, there’s always room for cello
A USC Thornton Piatigorsky Fellow looks forward to interacting with renowned players.
Transfer student moves from L.A. Trade Tech to a PhD program at USC
Against tough odds, Adrian Trinidad makes the leap from a community college to the University Park Campus.
SNL cast members return to USC with wise words for aspiring sketch comics
Alums Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney speak with students and watch rehearsal of a daunting class project.
How do you create a dance building from scratch?
Extensive research, superlative design and strong oversight yield an uncommon USC Kaufman building, dean of operations says.
Zach Galifianakis gives stand-up lessons to aspiring comedians on ‘this desperate art form’
You may have to supply your own audience or perform in a cage to protect yourself against beer bottles, the battle-tested comic tells USC students.
Celebrated USC composer Andrew Norman earns Guggenheim Fellowship
The musician, whose works have been performed around the world, is one of just 12 composers picked for the honor.
International architectural historians honor USC scholars
Vittoria Di Palma and Amy Ogata write award-winning books on desolate regions and the history of architecture.
USC theater scholar wins Shakespeare prize
Carla Della Gatta accepts the accolade for dissertation on contemporary performance, which represents a shift for the Shakespeare Association of America.
Making playwright August Wilson a household name
Theater veteran leads a USC workshop showcasing the nuances of the acclaimed artist whose dialogue reads like poetry.
Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music enchants theatergoers
Catch up with the romantic lives of colorful characters in five Bing Theatre performances this week.
USC Latino Alumni Association honors first-generation students
Award winner talks about the influence of her grandfather, who dreamed of a world where every Latino has access to medical treatment.
Renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival holds first-ever USC auditions
Hopefuls from the MFA program try out for a coveted spot with the Massachusetts summer company.
Musicians can check one off their bucket list: ‘I played the Troubadour’
Seniors perform original music at the legendary West Hollywood venue where many of their idols have played.
You made a jacket out of what? Architecture students use unlikely materials — and their wits
Designs put metal to work in unexpected — and colorful — ways.
USC calls on the creator of Saul, Breaking Bad
Vince Gilligan, who began his career on The X-Files, reveals how he found his way in TV.
Oscar nominee Bryan Cranston: Charming, thoughtful and very funny
The Trumbo star brings amusing anecdotes to Bing Theatre.