BroadwayWorld.com: “The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University Announces 2012 Season”

This year’s 36 Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates will take the stage at The Theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from March 28 through April 28. The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at www.Pace.edu/ASDSRep. Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu

“Our 36 MFA candidates are accomplished and have multiple credits on the big screen, small screen, on stage and in the wings,” said Andreas Manolikakis, chair of The Actors Studio Drama School and a board member of The Actors Studio in an article about the upcoming repertory season on BroadwayWorld. “They have founded their own theater companies as well as performed, written and directed for others.  But they have collaborated together these last three years in New York City, united as they pursued their dreams and refined their craft as actors, directors or playwrights in the only Masters’ theater program endorsed by the renowned Actors Studio … two express subway stops from Broadway.

“All have diverse backgrounds, and that’s the beauty of it, because one learns not only from the faculty but from one another,” continued Manolikakis.  

The 2012 Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates include:

  • U.S. Navy Chef, National Runner-Up in the Season 5 Mad Men Casting Call with recent TV credits on White Collar, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Humanly Impossible, and I’m Alive. (Michael Crowe)
  • Captain of the Women’s Soccer Team at Connecticut College.  (Rachael Schefrin)
  • Actor in Robert DeNiro’s new crime drama series The 2-2 on CBS-TV. (Charles Brice)
  • Award-winning playwright (Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival – 1999, 2000) who has authored 140 works – some now being performed Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.  (Sean Michael Welch)
  • Opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. (Sandra Dianne Wilson)
  • International Puppeteer, Fulbright Scholar and American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow.  (Terhi Lintukangas)
  • Gymnast, Women’s Gymnastics Team at the University of Michigan on full athletic scholarship. (Kara Rosella)
  • Actor appearing on Lifetime’s Army Wives and the Atlanta soap opera, Love Always Charleston.  (Artisha Mann)
  • Gospel mime on the international gospel television network, TBN.  (Crystal Thompson)
  • NYC Fringe Film Festival Director.  (Chris Triebel)
  • Clowning, Syo-Kon-Do (Mixed Martial Arts) and Kyudo (Japanese Archery) expert.   (Yokko)
  • Michigan dairy farmer.  (Ollie Oliver)
  • Silk Road Dance Company member who performed at the 2011 Asia Cup Games in Doha, Qatar.  (Ahmad Maaty)
  • Two members of the Festival of Fools, a NYC based verse-inspired theatre company. (Amie Lytle and Kaitlyn Huczko)
  • Intern at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London. (Melody Erfani)                

NEWS RELEASE: The Actors Studio Drama School Announces Its 2012 Repertory Season

Inspired by recent insight from Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, James Franco, the casts of “Glee” and “Modern Family,” as well as other distinguished celebrity guests of their craft class – Dean Emeritus James Lipton’s “Inside the Actors Studio” – a new generation of performers and creators prepare for their five-week Repertory Season beginning March 28.

THE ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL AT PACE UNIVERSITY PROUDLY

ANNOUNCES ITS SPRING 2012 REPERTORY SEASON

Wednesday, March 28 – Saturday, April 28, 2012

15 Productions in Five Weeks; Acted and Directed by Our 36 MFA Candidates; World Premiere of Playwright Sean Michael Welch’s “All An Act”

Selected Plays, Scenes, Books by: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Lewis John Carlino, Anton Chekhov (translated by Paul Schmidt), Noël Coward, Darlene Craviotto, Cindy Lou Johnson, George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath, John Kolvenbach, William Mastrosimone, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adam Rapp, Christopher Shinn, Nicky Silver, John Van Druten, Craig Wright.

NEW YORK, NY, March 14, 2012 –This year’s 36 Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates have received advice about the craft of acting, directing and writing from some of the most influential bold-faced names in entertainment.  

Those who have recently graced the stage of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York City and been interviewed by Dean Emeritus James Lipton — the creator, executive-producer, writer and host of “Inside the Actors Studio, which is seen in 89 million American homes on Bravo TV, and around the world in 125 countries – include:

  • Brad Pitt
  • George Clooney
  • Bradley Cooper (Actors Studio Drama School, MFA’00)
  • James Franco
  • James Cameron
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Jim Carrey
  • Sean Combs
  • Kate Hudson
  • Cast of Modern Family (Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet)
  • Cast of Glee (Creator Ryan Murphy, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer)
  • Legendary rock band, Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres)

This bird’s-eye view of industry giants also comes with interview privileges, allowing the graduate students to ask their own individual questions of the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, Grammy and BAFTA award winners they someday hope to emulate. 

“Our 36 MFA candidates are accomplished and have multiple credits on the big screen, small screen, on stage and in the wings,” said Andreas Manolikakis, chair of the Actors Studio Drama School and a board member of the Actors Studio. “They have founded their own theater companies as well as performed, written and directed for others.  But they have collaborated together these last three years in New York City, united as they pursued their dreams and refined their craft as actors, directors or playwrights in the only Masters’ theater program endorsed by the renowned Actors Studio … two express subway stops from Broadway.

“All have diverse backgrounds, and that’s the beauty of it, because one learns not only from the faculty but from one another,” continued Manolikakis. 

The 2012 Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates include:

  • U.S. Navy Chef, National Runner-Up in the Season 5 Mad Men Casting Call with recent TV credits on White Collar, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Humanly Impossible, and I’m Alive.
  • Captain of the Women’s Soccer Team at Connecticut College.
  • Actor in Robert DeNiro’s new crime drama series The 2-2 on CBS-TV.
  • Award-winning playwright (Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival – 1999, 2000) who has authored 140 works – some now being performed Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. 
  • Opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
  • International Puppeteer, Fulbright Scholar and American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow.
  • Gymnast, Women’s Gymnastics Team at the University of Michigan on full athletic scholarship.
  • Actor appearing on Lifetime’s Army Wives and the Atlanta soap opera, Love Always Charleston.
  • Gospel mime on the international gospel television network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
  • NYC Fringe Film Festival Director.
  • Clowning, Syo-Kon-Do (Mixed Martial Arts) and Kyudo (Japanese Archery) expert.
  • Michigan dairy farmer.
  • Silk Road Dance Company member who performed at the 2011 Asia Cup Games in Doha, Qatar.
  • Two members of the Festival of Fools, a NYC based verse-inspired theatre company.
  • Intern at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London.

The 2012 Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season performances will take place at The Theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from March 28 through April 28. The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at www.Pace.edu/ASDSRep

Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu

The works are considered educational and may not be reviewed.

Established playwrights with one-act productions or scenes showcased are:

  • Week One: Scenes from Fabuloso by John Kolvenbach; Scenes from Dying City by Christopher Shinn; Scenes from Pizza Man by Darlene Craviotto
  • Week Two: Snow Angel by Lewis John Carlino; Scenes from The Woolgatherer by William Mastrosimone; The Bear by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt; Amicable Parting by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath
  • Week Three: Scenes from Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks; Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson; Scenes from Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver
  • Week Four: A Scene from: The Voice of the Turtle by John Van Druten; Scenes from Orange Flower Water by Craig Wright; A scene from Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp
  • Week Five: A Scene from Fallen Angels by Noël Coward; A New Play All An Act by Sean Michael Welch; Scenes from The Producers, A New Mel Brooks Musical, Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks.

World Premiere

A published and frequently produced New York City playwright, with 32 plays to his credit, Edward Allan Baker has written for HBO and Showtime, attended Sundance Film Institute and been a faculty member of the Actors Studio Drama School since 2005 as Associate Professor – Playwriting.

During Week Five of the 2012 rep season, the one-act play All an Act by Baker student Sean Michael Welch will be making its world premiere. The play takes place in a dressing room in Clown Alley in the present day, and is about two clowns with relationship troubles.

“Real” Rep Season: Off-Broadway, Practical Level Experience

“The season is produced, managed, and designed by union member industry professionals, creating an actual Off-Broadway experience that prepares our graduates with practical experience as working professionals before graduation,” said Manolikakis, a Lifetime Member and a member of the Board of Directors of the Actors Studio.

Among the industry professionals who will be supporting the Actors Studio Drama School 2012 MFA candidates during repertory season are:

Brierpatch Productions (General Manager) Brierpatch Productions is the partnership of Laura Janik Cronin and Scott Newsome. Off-Broadway: Triassic Parq (June 2012); 7th Monarch (June 2012); Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play; Sex in Mommyville; Lidless (Page 73/Walker Space) Tales From The Tunnel (Bleecker Street Theatre); The Road To Qatar! (The York Theatre); Glimpses of The Moon (The Oak Room).

Shawn Lewis (Supervising Director, Set Designer).  Based in New York City, Lewis has worked as a set designer for more than 50 productions throughout the United States and abroad, designing plays, musicals, opera and film. Lewis’s mentor has been Tony Walton, with whom she started teaching in 1996 at the Actors Studio Drama School.  As a resident scenic designer for ASDS, Lewis has designed more than 500 one-act productions.  She is a member of the League of Professional Theater Women and of United Scenic Artists.

Paul Hudson (Lighting Designer). Design highlights: Synaesthetic Theatre’s The Trial of K (The Culture Project); Mirror Rep’s Shanghai Gesture (The Julia Miles Theater); Oslo Elsewhere’s Sa Ka La (Bleeker Street Theater); Golden Boy (dir. Danny Goldstein), Top Girls (Dir. Janet Zarish), Beyond the Machine 2010-2012 (Juilliard); Dance Anonymous’ Petra (Lefkosia Theater, Cyprus); Clubbed Thumb’s One Thing I Like to Say Is... (Ohio Theater); The Dangers of Electric Lighting (Luna Stage).  

David Pinkard (Sound Designer) has worked as composer, sound designer and musical director in and around New York City since 1995. He has studied orchestral conducting with Louis Lane and Charles Bruck.

Brittany Loesch (Props Designer). Previous designs include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Violet, A Perfect Ganesh, and Iboga. Brittany has also toured with Rent, taking her across the country and to Japan. Other New York credits include sets for Language of Angels at the Abrons Art Center and props for Cosi fan tutte and The Ghosts of Versailles at Manhattan School of Music.

Lara de Bruijn (Costume Designer). Recent and current projects include: The Public (The Flea Theater), A Man in a Black Coat (Target Margin’s Russian Futurist LAB), l’Heure Espagnole & l’Enfant et les Sortilleges (Boston Conservatory), the Commonalities that Bind Us (Dance iQuail!), Animal Love 1 (Charlene Kaye), Kaged (Stockholm Fringe Festival), Measure for Measure (Peterborough Players), Finian’s Rainbow (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Three Penny Opera (Trinity Rep Consortium), Lysistrata (La MaMa), Dog Act (Flux Theatre).

Sydney Maresca (Costume Designer) recently designed costumes for Hand to God (Ensemble Studio Theater), The Lapsburgh Layover (Ars Nova), Buddy Cop 2 (The Debate Society), The Yellow Brick Road (TheatreWorksUSA), The Little Death, Vol. 1 (Incubator Arts Project), Nostradamus Predicts the Death of Soho (Soho Think Tank), The Zero Hour (13P), OMG, I am so Thirsty (Little Lord) and MilkMilkLemonade (The Management).  Film work includes The Wedding Video and Robin’s Big Speed Date starring Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, Kristin Bell and Uma Thurman. 

Ron Piretti (Fight Director) is an actor and fight director.  He has staged the fights for the Broadway and National touring productions of West Side Story, In the Heights, has worked on The Miracle Worker with Abigail Breslin, and Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo starring Robin Williams. At Goodspeed Opera House, he was the fight director:  Cutman, Show Boat, City of Angels.  Ron appeared as Officer Krupke in the Broadway production of West Side Story.

Joseph A. Onorato (Production Stage Manager) has been Stage Managing the ASDS Repertory Season since its beginning in 1997. He has been a proud member of both Actors’ Equity Association (29 years) and The American Guild of Variety Artists for (24 years). In that time, he has Stage Managed On Broadway: Romance Romance, Off Broadway: Olympus On My Mind & Mambo Mouth, many Special Events, Industrials, and Award Shows such as the TONY, Daytime EMMY, MTV & GRAMMY Awards as well as The Christmas Spectacular and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zarkana at Radio City Music Hall.

Fran Rubenstein (Production Stage Manager) spent her fall working on The Fartiste and the past two summers at the Dorset Theatre Festival: 2011- Dial M for Murder and Mauritius, DTF 2010- Fallen AngelsThe Novelist and When Something WonderfulEnds. Recent credits: Reading Under the Influence at the DR2, Honey Brown Eyes for The Working Theater & This at Dreamcatcher Rep. Member AEA.

Shannon O’Connor (Assistant Stage Manager). Off-Broadway/New York: Lyric is Waiting (Kef Productions), Convenience Theatre (Desipina),The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  Regional: My Way, Forbidden Broadway, The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gateway Playhouse).

Christine Lemme (Assistant Stage Manager). Broadway: Reasons to be Pretty, Swan Lake. Off-Broadway: Red Bull, MCC, Irish Repertory Theatre, Vineyard, TBG, Primary Stages, AJT, John Houseman, TFANA, and Working Theater.

Scott Wynn (Photographer) has worked for and been published multiple times in Variety and has also been published in New York Magazine, Where Magazine, The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, Time Out, Quest, The Conservationist, The Villager, American Theatre, Theatre Week, Backstage and numerous others. Scott is a seasoned photographer of Broadway and Off Broadway shows, as well as the Drama Desk Awards.

“The Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season is real repertory where our students work as a repertory company – acting, directing and writing the material – creating collaborations that can last a lifetime,” underscored Manolikakis. “Unlike other MFA programs’ productions, we provide each and every student actor with the opportunity to be the ‘lead’ in a production. In many other programs, a few students carry those roles while the rest play secondary roles.”

The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is the only MFA theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The entire faculty is chosen and approved – and the curriculum is designed and supervised – by the leadership of The Actors Studio through its Curriculum Advisory Committee, including the Presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. All of the students — actors, directors, playwrights – train side-by-side as actors. All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton. Upon graduation students receive the title of Working Finalist at The Actors Studio and are invited to attend sessions of The Actors Studio for one year and audition for membership.  For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa

About Pace University For 105 years Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media Contact: For photos, interviews and more contact: Samuella Becker, Pace Performing Arts Publicist, (212) 346-1637 or 917-734-5172, sbecker2@pace.edu

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Monday, March 26 at 6 PM – “Pace Performing Arts Presents “THE MASTER SERIES” – Conversations with Leading Theatrical Producers Gregory Mosher, Amanda Feldman and Alexander Fraser

“The Masters Series” returns on Monday, March 26 as Pace Performing Arts presents three of our most influential American theatrical producers: Gregory Mosher, Amanda Feldman and Alexander Fraser. Conversations begin at 6 pm in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. RSVP: PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu

Pace Performing Arts Presents

“THE MASTERS SERIES”

Conversations with Leaders in the American Theater

Visionaries from three of our most influential American theater institutions discuss

PRODUCING CONTEMPORARY THEATER AND NEW WORK

 

  • GREGORY MOSHER – Producer, Director. Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire (starring Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin), James Joyce’s The Dead, John Leguizamo’s Freak, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge (starring Liev Scheiber and Scarlett Johansson), That Championship Season (starring Brian Cox and Jim Gaffigan).  Former head of the Lincoln Center Theater and the Goodman Theater.
  • AMANDA FELDMAN – Producer. Off Broadway: The Hotel Project, Prison Light, Lake Water, The Play About My Dad. Coordinator of NYC World Theatre Day Coalition. General Manager of the Lark Play Development Center, 2006-11.
  • ALEXANDER FRASER Producer, Daryl Roth Productions. Broadway: The Normal Heart (Tony Award), Irena’s VowBombay Dreams, Topdog/UnderdogNoises OffCrazy for You;  Off-Broadway: Love, Loss and What I WoreJitneySaturday NightJar the Floor, This is Our Youth; Former Executive Director, Second Stage Theatre, NYC.

WHEN:           Monday, March 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038. Directions: http://bit.ly/qxH0g3

COST/RSVP: Free admission, open seating. Reservations: PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu 

PRESS RSVP: Samuella Becker, Pace Media Relations, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637

MODERATOR: Cosmin Chivu, Winner of the 2012 Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Project; Director of Directing at Pace Performing Arts

ABOUT THE MASTERS SERIES:  “The Masters Series” at Pace is dedicated to providing the new generation of students/artists with the opportunity of interacting with well-established, outstanding professionals that have developed new voices and ideas. The goal is to reinvigorate the theater’s ancient role as a public forum by focusing on the social and cultural context for the works of the American Theatre of today and tomorrow.  The evening’s guests engage in discussions of their unique practices and bodies of work, followed by a Q&A session with Pace BFA and BA Performing Arts students. Come to the place where art and industry intersect.

COMPLETE BIOS

GREGORY MOSHER has directed and produced nearly 200 stage productions at the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres, on and off Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End. Among them were John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation; David Rabe’s Hurly-Burly; the South African township musical Sarafina!; Richard Nelson’s musical adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead; David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross; and John Leguizamo’s Freak. Mosher’s collaboration with Mamet began with American Buffalo in 1975 and continued for over two decades and more than twenty works. He has produced or directed new work by such theatre artists as Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Elaine May, Spalding Gray, and Nobel Prize winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott. He has directed many of America’s well-known actors, including William Macy, Jessica Lange, Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, Matthew Broderick, Ed Harris, Vince Vaughn, Sally Field, Liev Scheiber, Scarlet Johannson, and Kiefer Sutherland. He has received every major American theatre award, including two Tonys.

AMANDA FELDMAN is one half of the producing team Neighborhood Productions and the Managing Director of CollaborationTown, A Theatre Co. Producing credits include: HOTEL PROJECT (The Grand Summit Hotel, Summit, NJ and The WJ Hotel, NYC), Prison Light (HERE), Lake Water (IRT Theater); The Play About My Dad (59e59); The Wife (Access Gallery); What May Fall (Fordham University); HACK! An IT Spaghetti Western (The Brick); Neighborhood 3 and Unfold Me (Summer Play Festival ’08 and ’07); Dressing Miss Julie (NYC Fringe Festival); The Deepest Play Ever, They’re Just Like Us, The Astronomer’s Triangle, and The Trading Floor (CollaborationTown 2003–2006). She was the General Manager of the Lark Play Development Center 2006-11. She has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well as in the regional theater world. She sits on the board of the League of Independent Theaters New York, she co-runs the Community Dish, and she coordinates the NYC World Theatre Day Coalition.

ALEXANDER FRASER is currently Producer for Daryl Roth Productions, capping a career as a producer, general manager and nonprofit executive, including over 75 shows on Broadway (The Normal Heart (Tony Award), Irena’s Vow, Bombay Dreams,Topdog/Underdog, Noises Off, Crazy for You), Off-Broadway (Love, Loss and What I Wore, Jitney, Saturday Night, Jar the Floor, This is Our Youth), West End (Ragtime, Boston Marriage, Lobby Hero) and the road. He was the Executive Director of the Second Stage Theatre from 1996 to 2001.

COSMIN CHIVU (Moderator) has directed over fifty professional and university productions in America, Austria, England, Germany, Greece, and Romania. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, NYC, a fellow of the Jack O’Brien Lab at the Old Globe, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is the winner of the 2012 Drama League’s New Directors New Works Project. Chivu is currently running the Directing program and teaches theater courses in the Department of Performing Arts at Pace University’s New York City. In recent months he also taught Master Classes on Improvisation, Directing styles, and European Drama at the Tisch School at NYU, the University of Hawaii, and T.O.C. Athens, Greece. He is actively involved in developing courses in translating contemporary European plays for an American audience and has been developing new plays in the Actors Studio’s Playwriting Directing workshop. He holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School University, NYC and a BA in Acting from the G. Enescu Art Academy, Romania.

ABOUT DYSON COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE’S PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS AT PACE UNIVERSITY:

Undergraduate: Dyson’s Performing Arts Department (PAD) offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting and in Musical Theater and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized focuses in Acting, Directing, Commercial Dance or Design/Technical Theater. On average, there are 1,000 applicants for every 100 new openings each year. PAD presents over 50 performances every year. Performance spaces range from the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Schaeberle (black box) Theater, and Studio 501, home to many student-directed productions. http://www.pace.edu/dyson/academic-departments-and-programs/performing-arts

Graduate: The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is the only MFA theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The entire faculty is chosen and approved – and the curriculum is designed and supervised – by the leadership of The Actors Studio through its Curriculum Advisory Committee, including the Presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. All of the students — actors, directors, playwrights – train side-by-side as actors. All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton. Upon graduation students receive the title of Working Finalist at The Actors Studio and are invited to attend sessions of The Actors Studio for one year and audition for membership.  For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa

ABOUT PACE UNIVERSITY: For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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NEWS ADVISORY: The Actors Studio Drama School Presents The “Graduating MFA Playwrights Staged Reading Series”

Sean Michael Welch, the author of 140 plays, is the only graduating playwright in this year’s MFA program.

NEWS ADVISORY: SATURDAY, MARCH 3 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012 AT 2 PM

THE ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL (ASDS) AT PACE UNIVERSITY AND PLAYWRIGHT/FACULTY MEMBER EDWARD ALLAN BAKER INVITE YOU TO DISCOVER A PROMISING NEW STORYTELLER:

 Sean Michael Welch, Actors Studio Drama School MFA ’12 Candidate, Playwright

Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Award Winner (1999, 2000)

 Staged Readings of Welch’s two plays – Inventory and Murdertown – performed and directed by his ASDS classmates, are gripping tales of:

  • Corporate greed
  • Lost obsessions
  • Sex industry

WHEN & WHAT (PLAY SYNOPSIS):

  • Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 pm. Inventory: full-length play, cast of 11, about a man tracking down a past infatuation: a woman he worked with at a sex shop/massage parlor 20 years ago. Directed by Ken Urso.
  • Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 pm. Murdertown: one-act play, cast of 5, about a corporation’s desire to turn Flint, Michigan, into the world’s largest amusement park.  Directed by Colleen Britt and Chris Triebel.

WHERE: Pace University, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. Black Box Studio Theater, Room W509. Directions: http://bit.ly/eUwAch

RSVP/COST: Email ASDSReadings@pace.edu or call (212) 501- 2177. Tickets are free but space is limited so reservations are strongly advised.

MEDIA CONTACT: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Sean Michael Welch was awarded the 1999 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival John Cauble Short Play Award for Earl the Vampire, and won the 2000 KC/ACTF Region III Ten-Minute Play Competition for Charleston’s Finger. Past productions of his work include Slab, Try Not to Step on the Naked Man, Rise Up You Bloody Animals, and Boise, Idaho. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Flint (BA 2000, Drama). Learn more about the 140 plays he has written to date at: www.freewebs.com/seanmichaelwelch/theworks.htm

NEWS RELEASE: Pace New Musicals Announce Premiere of its 2012 Official Selection, Zoe Sarnkak’s “A Lasting Impression” on January 18

Pace New Musicals has selected Zoe Sarnak’s “A Lasting Impression” – a tangled story of three artists: a composer, a writer, and a painter – as its 2012 official selection. There will be seven staged reading performances with a live band beginning January 18 at Pace’s Schaeberle Studio Theater, 41 Park Row, 10th Floor. For reservations call (212) 346-1352 or email performingarts@pace.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Samuella Becker, Pace Media Relations, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172; Robert Meffe, Music Director, rmeffe@pace.edu, 917-297-3897

Pace New Musicals Announces Premiere of its 2012 Official Selection,

Zoe Sarnak’s A Lasting Impression, at

Pace University’s Schaeberle Theater on January 18 – 22

 Staged Reading Performances with Live Band

 Directed by Amy Rogers; Music Direction by Robert Meffe

NEW YORK, NY, January 13, 2012 – Pace University’s Pace New Musicals program, dedicated to the discovery of new theater works, has selected Zoe Sarnak’s A Lasting Impression from over 50 submissions as its 2012 most promising show.

Amy Rogers, Associate Professor of Musical Theater and creator of the BFA Musical Degree program at the Dyson College of Arts & Science at Pace University, and Robert Meffe, Musical Director, are collaborating with Sarnak on a staged reading of her musical.

A Lasting Impression will be presented at Pace’s Schaeberle Studio, 41 Park Row, 10th Floor, Pace NYC Campus  from January 18-22;  performances Wednesday-Friday at 8:00PM; Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00PM and Sunday at 8:00PM.  Ticket prices: $5 for students; $10 for adults.  For reservations call (212) 346-1352 or email performingarts@pace.edu

In A Lasting Impression, each of the three lead characters chose their own artistic medium – book, music or visual design – to express one shared story. Josh, a once guarded journalist, acts as the play’s narrator, using old taped interviews and pictures to guide us through his memory of his two sisters. Kali, a manic musician, is the piece’s composer, moving in and out of “her” band as the story unfolds. Simone, a young painter, controls the evolution of what begins as a blank set, and comes to life through the addition of her visual art. A Lasting Impression is about impressions that we make through love, on those close to us, and through art, on those we may never meet.

The eight Pace Musical Theater students who will be bringing A Lasting Impression to life without costumes or scenery are (in alphabetical order, with hometown and their character roles):

  • Aaron Albert (Los Angeles, CA) as Josh Weinstein
  • Bethany Jeffery (Cincinnati, OH) as Mother
  • Taylor Noble (Glastonbury, CT) as Kali Blanche
  • Danny Quadrino (East Rockaway, NY) as Josh Understudy
  • Krista Pioppi  (Succasunna, NY) as Kali’s Band
  • Cailan Rose (Sarasota, FL) as Simone Blanche
  • Kevin Shotwell (Wilmington, DE) as Franklin
  • Emily Thomas (Pittsburgh, PA) as Kali’s Band

The actors will be supported by Alex James (Schwenksville, PA) as Stage Manager and Dylan Bustamante (Babylon, NY) as Assistant Director.

The Pace New Musicals Program was developed in 2007 to nurture the creation of new musical theater in New York City, while at the same time providing an invaluable educational opportunity for students to work directly with top professionals in the field. Perhaps most importantly, the program allows students to experiment with new, untested works without precedent-setting productions, a rare opportunity in theater education.

The BFA Musical Theater Program at Pace University began with six majors in 2002, and has grown to more than 90 majors. In 2006, Pace became only the second school in New York City to offer a BFA in Musical Theater.

Past works in the Pace New Musicals Program include staged workshops of Factory Girls by Creighton Irons, Sean Mahoney, and Maggie-Kate Coleman; Quanah by Larry Gatlin, Anthony Dodge, Marcia Milgrom Dodge; Darling by Ryan Scott Oliver and B.T. Ryback’s; Luck!, by Mark Waldrop and Brad Ross; and College: The Musical, which was later selected for a production with the New York Musical Theatre Festival where the authors, Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola, won the NYMF award for Excellence In Writing (Lyrics).

ZOE SARNAK (Writer) is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where her first show, The Quad, was produced in 2009. In addition to numerous concert/cabaret features and performances with her band, TheWD, Sarnak has written two new musicals including A Lasting Impression, and Mixtape, which will be featured in Silent Street Productions 2011/2012 season.

AMY ROGERS (Director) is a tenured Associate Professor of Musical Theater at Pace University where she created the BFA Musical Theatre degree program.  Originally from Canada, Amy received her degree in musical theatre from Arizona State University, and her MFA from San Diego State University.  NYC directing credits include: Carousel, College: The Musical, Ragtime, The Wild Party (Lippa), Little Women and Violet. Amy has assisted director Lonny Price on Can-Can and Kismet at Encores at City Center, Candide with the New York Philharmonic and the Emmy Award winning Passion for Live at Lincoln Center.

ROBERT MEFFE (Music Director) is a professional music director, pianist, orchestrator, and vocal coach. On Broadway he was the Associate Conductor of Little Women as well as Les Miserables for the last six years of its run. Off-Broadway: Violet, The Prince and the Pauper, and Gutenberg! The Musical!. He was the Music Director for the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and has played keyboards for Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, and Bombay Dreams.  Meffe is the Director of Music for the Musical Theater Program at Pace University.

About Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Performing Arts Programs at Pace University:

Undergraduate: Dyson’s Performing Arts Department (PAD) offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting and in Musical Theater and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized focuses in Acting, Directing, Commercial Dance or Design/Technical Theater. On average, there are 1,000 applicants for every 100 new openings each year. PAD presents over 50 performances every year. Performance spaces range from the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Schaeberle (black box) Theater, and Studio 501, home to many student-directed productions. http://www.pace.edu/dyson/academic-departments-and-programs/performing-arts

Graduate: The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, also located in Dyson College, is the only MFA (Acting, Directing and Playwriting) theatre program officially sanctioned by the legendary Actors Studio (co-presidents Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino). All MFA students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series Inside the Actors Studio (taped at Pace’s Schimmel Theater and open to students), hosted by James Lipton, Dean Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Actors Studio Drama School. www.Pace.edu/ASDS

About Pace University: For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Bloomberg.com: “Scene Last Night: Herbert Allison, Dale Chihuly’s Venice”

World-renowned artist Dale Chihuly received The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Fritz Redlich Alumni Award in recognition of his distinguished career in creating art across many different cultures.

On hand to honor him at the institute’s “Opening Minds to the World” gala benefit was Terhi Lintukangas, an Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidate and Fulbright fellow from Finland. IIE administers exchange programs, including the Fulbright.

The Institute of International Education (IIE), a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas, administers exchange programs, including the Fulbright. 

At the IIE  awards gala on October 4th at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street, Bloomberg.com reports there were more than 400 business, education, government, foundation and policy leaders … plus 15 exceptional student-guests including Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidate Terhi Lintukangas, a Fulbright fellow from Finland who has performed and taught puppet theater. 

“It was a good opportunity to talk about my studies at Pace to the top people of many fields,” said Lintukangas, whose goal is to become a well-rounded theater artist.

MEDIA EVENT ALERT, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5: Go INSIDE The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University for a FREE Master Class on The Method and The Stanislavski System

The Theater Master Class will be conducted by Andreas Manolikakis, Chair of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and members of the MFA program’s faculty. For more information or to be considered for participation, send your resume and contact information to actorsstudiomfa@pace.edu or call 212-346-1531.

CALLING ALL ASPIRING ACTORS, DIRECTORS, PLAYWRIGHTS …

MEDIA EVENT ALERT: FREE THEATER MASTER CLASS

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 1- 4 PM

Go INSIDE The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University for a FREE Master Class on The Method and The Stanislavski System.

The Master Class will be conducted by Andreas Manolikakis, Chair of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and members of the MFA program’s faculty.

Unique Aspects of The Actors Studio Drama School:

  • The Actors Studio Drama School is the only MFA program officially sanctioned and supervised by the legendary Actors Studio.
  • It is the only school that offers the authenticity, continuity and authority of the Stanislavski System and the Method.
  • The curriculum has been designed and supervised by the leadership of the Actors Studio, including the Presidents of the Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino.
  • Faculty members include major figures at the Actors Studio, many of them Moderators, Board Members and Associate Artistic Directors of the Actors Studio.
  • All students — actors, directors, playwrights — train side-by-side as actors.
  • All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network TV series “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton.
  • In Friday Workshops the MFA candidates are exposed to different elements of the theater, such as script analysis, design, stage combat, directing, and auditioning for plays, musicals, film and television.
  • All MFA dance courses are taught by the famous and prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at their uptown studios.
  • All students participate in an Observership Program at the Actors Studio.
  • All MFA black-box studios for professional training are designed and equipped according to state-of-the-art standards.
  • Located at prominent and easily reached campus in downtown New York City.

Repertory Season and Industry Showcase:

  • In their final year, all Actors Studio Drama School students present their work to the professional world and the public, in a fully-produced professional Repertory Season at a theater in downtown Manhattan. 
  • In addition, after the Repertory Season, our actors present their work to representatives from the theater, film and television industries in an Industry Showcase at the Actors Studio itself in midtown Manhattan.

After Graduation:

  • All students have the privilege, for one year, of the status of Working Finalist at the Actors Studio itself, which means they are eligible to attend weekly sessions and take a Final Audition for Studio Membership, bypassing the usual Preliminary Audition. Some of these students, if they successfully pass their Final Audition, will become Lifetime Members of the Actors Studio.
  • All directing and playwriting students are invited, for at least one year, to be part of the Playwrights and Directors Workshop of the Actors Studio, a unit especially created for the continuation of the training of our directing and playwriting graduates.

Next Steps:

For more information or to be considered for participation, send your resume and contact information to actorsstudiomfa@pace.edu or call 212-346-1531. Attendees must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or be within one semester of graduation. Admissions representatives will be available to answer your questions.

Media Contact:

Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172

BroadwayWorld.com: “Jorge Luis Cacheiro as New Chair of Pace Performing Arts Department”

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Jorge Cacheiro’s caliber as the leader of our rapidly growing performing arts department, which has attracted nearly 400 declared majors from all over the country,” said Nira Herrmann, PhD. Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

Jorge Luis Cacheiro joins Pace from Montclair State University, where he was the founder and first director of the New Works Initiative (NWI), which is dedicated to developing new work for the American theater and dance world.

A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, during the past two decades Cacheiro has also headed MFA Professional Director Training Programs at Ohio University in Athens, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. 

Considered one of the country’s leading acting teachers, Cacheiro has taught Master classes at UCLA, Cal Arts, Princeton and the University of Iowa, as well as run his own studio in Los Angeles.

“From my very first visit on Pace’s campus, I sensed an immense energy from students, faculty and administration alike,” said Cacheiro, in an article appearing on BroadwayWorld.com. “There is an undeniable united goal to make Pace’s Performing Arts Deparrtment (PAD) one of the nation’s leading professional training programs. I am confident that with the support of our outstanding faculty, we will succeed.”

In choosing Cacheiro, PAD has gotten a scholar/artist with a keen entrepreneurial vision of present-day education.  According to Cacheiro, “We are in the business of education. This is our contemporary reality. I am very comfortable in both of these worlds. The cross section between the university world and the larger industry is still being defined. I believe it offers immense opportunities in the training and career prospects of young artists and creative thinkers.”

Cacheiro plans to immediately introduce a New Work Initiative similar to one he created at Montclair State University. This would complement the Pace New Musicals program.

“The two programs will help imprint Pace’s Performing Arts Department as an important incubator of new American performance work, a place where major professional artists — writers, composers, choreographers — can draft and develop work in a safe environment,” elaborated Cacheiro. “For our students to take part in the process as performers is an invaluable training and networking opportunity. We want to nurture work at Pace from the development phase hopefully all the way to a world premiere.”

BroadwayWorld: “CHAGRIN Plays Fringe NYC” – Opens August 12 with Actors Studio Drama School MFA Grads

Recent graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA program come together to perform “Chagrin,” a humorous and heartbreaking story of failed friendship at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.

Outside Inside was founded in 2011 by graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University to produce new plays written, directed, and performed according to the tenets of the influential Stanislavsky “System,” and the philosophies of the world-renowned Actors Studio

Outside Inside’s inaugural production will be Chagrin by Michael Ross Albert, debuting at the largest multi-arts festival in North America, the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.

Chagrin takes place outside of a small town hospital, where four estranged friends are unexpectedly reunited. Fifteen years ago, these child geniuses rose to mega-stardom on a popular TV game show. Now, brought together by a tragic accident, they must grapple with their collective past in the place where it all began – Chagrin Falls. 

Adam Levi directs this world premiere production which stars Marco Agnolucci, Heath Carr, Suzy Kimball, and Melissa Rosenberger. Kaitlyn Samuel serves as Associate Producer/Assistant Director.

Performance schedule for Chagrin @ LaMaMa’s First Floor Theater (74A East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery): 

  • FRIDAY 8/12 @ 7:15-8:15 pm (Opening Night!)
  • SUNDAY 8/14 @ 4:15-5:15 pm
  • WEDNESDAY 8/17 @ 10:00-11:00 pm
  • THURSDAY 8/18 @ 4:00-5:00 pm
  • SATURDAY 8/20 @ NOON-1:00 pm

The Strawberry One-Act Festival (NYC/Summer 2011) Abounds with Actors Studio Drama School Playwrights, Actors and Directors

The Strawberry One-Act Festival features six recent graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Program. Ellen Orchid’s “Criminal Mischief” (Thursday, July 28 at 9 pm) and Kerri Campbell Evans’ “Weight” (Saturday, July 30 at 7 pm) take the stage at the Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 26th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenue), NYC.

A sweet treat this summer is the 20th annual Strawberry One-Act Festival , a play competition in which the audience and the theatre’s judges cast their votes to select the best play of the season.  Twice a year, hundreds of plays from across the country are submitted for the competition.  Plays move from the 1st Round to the Semi-Finals and then the Finals.  The playwright of the winning play receives $1,500.00 and the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant.  The awards to be presented are Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. 
 
Here are some familiar names that you may remember from past Actors Studio Drama School Spring Repertory Seasons:
 
Thursday, July 28th at 9:00 pm
 
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF by Ellen Orchid (MFA ’09)
Directed by Ellen Orchid (MFA ’09)
Featuring: Melinda Graham (MFA ’10), Suzanne Darrell (MFA ’10), and Angel Dillemuth (MFA ’10)
He was a great boyfriend.  Until his wife showed up.
 
 
Saturday, July 30th at 7:00 pm

WEIGHT by Kerri Campbell Evans (MFA ’10)
Directed by Larissa Dzegar (MFA ’09)
Featuring:  Melinda Graham (MFA ’10), Geiselle Nix-Fauntleroy, and Kerri Campbell Evans (MFA ’09)
3 embryos, 2 women & 1 waiting room

 
The Strawberry One-Act Festival is held at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street, NYC.  Tickets: www.therianttheatre.com