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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 16, 2013 – Tony Award-winning theatrical set designer Donyale Werle will be the featured speaker for the Design Dialogue presentation hosted by the La Roche College Interior Design Advisory Board on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Carnegie Science Center.

Ms. Werle will present “Design Realized: Developing Theatrical Environments Through Concept, Lighting and Sustainable Practices,” to demonstrate how designers can achieve sustainability through studio practices, budgeting, working with local artisans and technicians, and using new and rediscovered materials.

“The interior design program at La Roche prides itself on a cross-disciplinary approach to design and problem solving. The conceptual process that Ms. Werle uses to create inspiring environments provides the exact context for discussion that our Design Dialogue series seeks to create. We are proud and honored to have her join us,” Vicky Acerni, chair of the Design Dialogue series, said.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception hosted by La Roche alumni and will include light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction. Ms. Werle’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30 for general admission, $20 for alumni and $15 for students. To order tickets or for more information, contact the La Roche Interior Design Department at 412-536-1024 or

Ms. Werle is the co-chair of the Pre/Post Production Committee for the Broadway Green Alliance, an organization that inspires, educates and motivates the entire theater community and its patrons to implement environmentally responsible practices.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2012 Tony Award for “Peter and the Starcatcher” on Broadway, an Obie for Sustained Excellence of Set Design, and a Lucille Lortel Award in 2011.

For more information about the La Roche Design Division, visit

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.


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