John Wells

Hollywood producer – and Carnegie Mellon alum – John Wells (A’79) recently paid a visit to his alma mater.

While on campus, Wells had the opportunity to connect with students in the School of Drama and share what he’s learned over the years.

Thanks to a transformational gift from Wells, Carnegie Mellon students in the directing program will now have even greater learning opportunities. The university has established the John Wells Directing Program in honor of his accomplishments and in recognition of his support.

Wells’ gift establishes The John Wells Visiting Professorship in Directing, which will draw leading practitioners from theater, film and television to direct master classes, give lectures and work with students on productions.

It will also support student fellowships in directing, called “Wells Fellows.” The fellowships are intended to help the school attract and retain the brightest and most talented students.

Finally, the School of Drama will also be able to subsidize the cost of visits from guest artists, cross-disciplinary symposia and other activities to enrich the school’s theater training.

Wells is best known for his roles as executive producer of “ER,” “Third Watch,” and “The West Wing.” Shows produced by Wells have received more than 200 Emmy Award nominations and have won more than 50 Emmy Awards. They’ve also received more than 50 Golden Globe nominations and won four Golden Globes. Not to mention Wells is also a five-time winner of the prestigious Peabody Award.

“My education at Carnegie Mellon has been a central component of my success,” Wells said.

“The quality of the education, the interaction with the extraordinary faculty and the classical foundation I received I’m still using every day of my professional life. I’m honored to have been a graduate of Carnegie Mellon.”

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