The Duquesne University Red Masquers is proud to lay claim to being the oldest amateur theatre company in the city of Pittsburgh. Known as the Red Masquers since 1914, the group traces its roots back to the late 1800s when Duquesne first started to offer an education in dramatics.
Through the years, countless people have made the Red Masquers a part of their experience at Duquesne University, and even more people from inside and outside the University community have attended a Red Masquers production.
In the years that have passed since the founding of the Red Masquers, much has changed for the group, for the university, for the city of Pittsburgh, and for the world. The Duquesne University Red Masquers hopes to give you a moment to pause and reflect on many of the changes that have taken place since its founding.
Duquesne University has grown from a steel-town boarding school to a nationally recognized university, with renowned programs in business, pharmacy and music. The city of Pittsburgh has been transformed from an industrial blight into one of America's "most liveable cities."
What has the Red Masquers accomplished? The Masquers has seen the coming and going of our performance venues, the production of literally hundreds of plays, and survived even through the plethora of curriculum changes that ended the formal study of the theatre arts at Duquesne. The group is made up of quite an amalgam of Duquesne University students from all majors, including pharmacy, business, communications, English, and more. Membership is open to all students in good academic standing and, whether you want to get up in stage or not, the Masquers has something for everyone.
The Masquers has seen many changes, most notably within the group itself: the addition of two new theatre groups to the campus expanded the University's theatrical domain to include musical theater, medieval and renaissance theatre, and the establishment of an online presence facilitated the group's communication, both internal and external.
The Duquesne University Red Masquers hopes through this brief narrative to impart some of its rich history as the oldest amateur theatre group in the city of Pittsburgh.
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