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Students to learn from Stage AE

Point Park University students will have daily gigs at Stage AE on the North Shore beginning in the fall.

Classes of 25 undergraduate students enrolled in the Downtown university's Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management program will learn about business basics such as principles of management and accounting under the bright lights of the entertainment complex between Heinz Field and PNC Park.

"I believe Pittsburgh is an extension of our campus," said Steve Tanzilli, director of the management program. "What better way to prove that than to have space (at Stage AE)?"

Opened last fall, Stage AE is owned and operated by a partnership of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Continental Real Estate Cos. and PromoWest Productions, both of Columbus, Ohio. The $12 million building was paid for in part with a $2.5 million state grant.

The mid-sized venue already has attracted musical acts including Butler native Bret Michaels, Cake and Girl Talk. Rap icon Snoop Dogg is scheduled to play there Feb. 26.

"For students to get the chance to take class here is awesome," said Amy Cooper, a spokeswoman for Stage AE and PromoWest.

Tanzilli, who founded the Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management program at Point Park in 2002, said its alumni can be found in Hollywood, on Broadway and everywhere in between, working in positions ranging from talent representatives to public relations executives.

"Pittsburgh's world-class cultural offerings and champion sports teams make it a perfect learning environment to study these fields," he said.

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