Sandra Oh is heading the new Netflix series The Chair – a comedy-drama from the minds of Amanda Peet and Annie Wyman, starring Jay Duplass and Holland Taylor.

The Chair follows Oh’s Ji-Yoon Kim as the first woman of colour who fulfils the role of the English department head at the elite Pembroke University. The series will narrate Kim’s troubles settling into such an intimidating role and how she navigates the expectations hanging over her. Naturally, fans are wondering if Pembroke is a real university and what locations were visited to film the series.

The Chair | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Chair | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Chair Filming Locations – Is Pembroke University a Real Location?

  • Sadly, Pembroke University is a fictional place of education. The Netflix series was primarily filmed in the American state of Pennsylvania, where the state’s suburbs and college campus were used to stand in for the fictional town of Pembroke.

Season 1 began filming early this year until March, where various bouts of on-location shooting took place around Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The surrounding suburbs of Pembroke University leaned on the Allegheny County of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to bring it to life. The picturesque streets and neighborhoods were used to create the idyllic university town.

Sewickley Borough, also located in Allegheny County, was used primarily to shoot the residential scenes in the series. Beaver Street, Broad Street, Wolcott Park, and Pittsburgh International Airport were the locations used for filming outside of the fictional university.

Additionally, the Shadyside neighborhood was reportedly used for various scenes, located in the east of Pittsburgh. The Shadyside campus at Chatham University as well as the surrounding Woodland Road were both used to create Pembroke.


Washington, Pennsylvania

Pembroke University itself is actually the interior and exterior of Washington & Jefferson College, found in the town of Washington, in Washington County, Pennsylvania. 

Both outdoor and indoor filming took place at the liberal arts college, which sits around 30 minutes away from Pittsburgh on South Lincoln Street.


The Chair is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on August 20th, 2021

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