SPOTLIGHT SERIES
BRINGING PITTSBURGHERS HOME | TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION

Be inspired by Pittsburghers like you.

Spotlight Series brings to Pittsburgh successful writers, producers, directors, actors and executives from the entertainment industry to share their journeys and experiences and discuss how the creative disruption in Hollywood is creating opportunities for Pittsburgh.

Spotlight Series events are educational and inspirational, and give local, emerging filmmakers access to successful professionals in the entertainment industry. These events have often led to mentorship relationships between expatriates at the top of their profession and emerging local talent.

Recent Spotlight Series

MAKING TV WITH THE FRED ROGERS COMPANY

Team members from the Fred Rogers Company gave our audience an insider perspective of the organization that keeps the legacy of Fred Rogers alive. They guided us through current productions, their roots, and the process of telling stories that kids will love and learn from – and that parents can trust.

WRITING COMEDY WITH     ROSS ABRASH

Comedy writer, Ross Abrash, gave our audience the chance to hear his stories from the writers’ rooms of top late night TV shows like Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, and Howard Stern. Ross offered insight into what it takes to be a full-time comedy writer and how to get the gig. 

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PAST SPOTLIGHT SERIES

LAUREN MORELLI ON WRITING

Writer and Pittsburgh native, Lauren Morelli, of the critically acclaimed show “Orange Is the New Black,” kicked off the Steeltown Spotlight Series on October 15th, 2013. Audience members heard Lauren’s story – from growing up on Pittsburgh’s North Hills to writing one of television’s hottest shows.

ANIMATION WITH LOUIE ANDERSON

Louie Anderson, of the Emmy-award winning animated series “Life with Louie,” led the discussion: “How to Draw Your Life in Animation,” joined by series creator Matthew O’Callaghan and Pittsburgh’s own Joe Wos, Executive Director of the Toonseum.

DIRECTING WITH DON ROY KING

Four time Emmy Award-winning Saturday Night Live director Don Roy King joined us the evening of February 5, 2014 to discuss his journey from growing up in Pittsburgh to becoming one of the most versatile and experienced directors in television.

WRITING/DIRECTING WITH STEPHEN CHOBOSKY

Novelist, screenwriter, and film director, Stephen Chbosky joined Steeltown to discuss writing and directing with our audience. The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer/director connected with the 300-plus audience in a way that was inspiring, significant, and conversational; often carrying on a congenial dialogue with audience members who asked for guidance.