Pittsburgh arts scene

First in a series of portraits of the arts scene in regions around the US, beginning with Pittsburgh, PA, a medium-sized city that was once called the Gateway to the West.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was founded in the eighteenth century at the place where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers converge to form the Ohio. An industrial and manufacturing giant for many decades thereafter, the city was home to some of the largest steel tycoons of the late nineteenth and earl twentieth centuries. One of these men, Andrew Carnegie, left the city a legendary bequest that ensured its continued cultural prosperity far beyond his death. But few people know that while building the many museums and cultural centers bearing his name, Mr. Carnegie did not, as many philanthropists did, acquire any original works of art — he didn’t see the point. Recreations, to his mind, were just as good for the people of Pittsburgh. Ironically, since Carnegie’s day, the city is responsible for producing such original talents as Stephen Foster, Andy Warhol, August Wilson, and Barbara Cook.

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Howard Emanuel
About the Author
As an actor, Howard Emanuel has appeared across the USA in regional theatres ranging from The Paper Mill Playhouse and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Houston's Theatre Under The Stars. As a playwright, he has recently completed his first full-length work, Last Supper. As a novelist, his urban fiction manuscript, Naked Angels, is currently being shopped to various publishing houses. He is currently hard at work on his second and third plays. He holds a B.F.A. in Acting from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.