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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NEWS RELEASE: “With a Shrug” by Playwright Nicholas Priore (MFA ’10, The Actors Studio Drama School) Among 40 Elite Semi-Finalists in Samuel French’s 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival – Will Be Presented July 22 in NYC

Chosen from over 1,030 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs, and professional companies nationwide, “With a Shrug” by Playwright Nicholas Priore (MFA ’10) will be presented at the 36th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway (OOB) Short Play Festival at 8 pm on July 22nd at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). Powerhouse theatrical publisher Samuel French is one of the largest and most prestigious publishing houses in the world.

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

With a Shrug by Playwright Nicholas Priore (Actors Studio Drama School MFA ’10) Semi-Finalist in

Samuel French’s 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

– July 22, 8 pm at The Lion Theatre on Theater Row, New York City

NEW YORK, NY, July 13, 2011 – Chosen from over 1,030 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs, and professional companies nationwide, With a Shrug by Playwright Nicholas Priore (MFA ’10, The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University) and produced by Pamela Scott/Aching Dogs Theatre Company will be presented at the 36th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway (OOB) Short Play Festival at 8 pm on July 22nd at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC).

The week-long festival features a full program of 40 selected plays performed for a panel of judges comprised of established playwrights, agents and Samuel French editorial staff.  Six finalists are chosen to have their plays licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

 “It’s a great honor to be involved with the Samuel French OOB Festival this summer…our team is very excited to share this work,” said Priore.  “Everyone involved With a Shrug is associated in some way with the Actors Studio, “he added. “Gina Bonati, a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio, stars as Shelley, who is cleaning out her old childhood home after the death of her reclusive father when David Holmes, currently an intern at the Actors Studio who plays Chris, pays a visit to retrieve something he had her father borrow.  With a Shrug is directed by Robert Haufrecht, a member of the Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop.” 

For additional insight into the play and Priore’s thought process in creating it, go to http://oob.samuelfrench.com/index.php/the-final-forty/with-a-shrug-by-nicholas-priore

About the Playwright

Nicholas Priore was born and raised in Utica, NY, where he endured a Catholic education and graduated from Notre Dame High School.  He studied fiction and poetry for four years at SUNY-Purchase, earning a BA in Creative Writing, and went on to study playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, where he graduated with an MFA (May ’10).  He spent the past year as a finalist at the Actors Studio, and as a member of their Playwright Directors Workshop and Playwright Directors Unit.  Some of his plays include Unearthing the Tramp (ASDS Rep), Better than Nothing (Manhattan Rep), Beanie (Actors Studio PDU), Stuck (American Global Theatre), With a Shrug (Gallery Players) and Broken Record (Actors Studio PDW).  

About the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

For more information about the festival, plays, playwrights and participating companies, please visit the official festival website at www.samuelfrench.com/oobfestival. By requiring authors to collaborate with a producing organization and present their work in performance, Samuel French seeks to encourage the collaborative and creative process of playwriting.

All tickets are $18.  For more information and ticket purchase, call Telecharge 800-432-7250 or log onto www.telecharge.com. The 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival will run July 19th – July 24th at The Lion Theatre, Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY). 

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 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.

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Omaha World-Herald: “Nebraskan to graduate from N.Y. Actors Studio”

Lincoln native Melissa Rosenberger will graduate this month from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City.

Rosenberger’s family will travel to New York to see her repertory season performances in “Gypsy,” “Fool for Love” and “Dutchman” for her thesis.

Actress Melissa Rosenberger, 35, won a coveted place at the Actors Studio Drama School (ASDS) at Pace University in 2008.

ASDS is the only officially sanctioned master’s degree program of the Actors Studio. 

Founded in 1947, the Actors Studio has had many illustrious graduates, including fellow Nebraskan Marlon Brando. Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino are its co-presidents.

BroadwayWorld: “Academy Award-Winning Actress Melissa Leo Welcomes MFA Candidates of The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace to the Profession”

Oscar Winner and Actors Studio Member Melissa Leo offered personal words of encouragement to the 31 MFA candidates (actors, playwrights and directors) of The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University after attending the final performance of their 2011 Repertory Season.

“Welcome to the profession, and don’t let anyone take away your dreams, ” advised Melissa Leo, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the loving yet manipulative mother in The Fighter earlier this year. “Being an actor is a wonderful life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,”

Also on hand and offering their own “words of wisdom” following the last performance of The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2011 Repertory Season were James Lipton, Dean Emeritus and Executive Producer, Writer and Host of Bravo’s Inside The Actors Studio;  Andreas Manolikakis, Director of  The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace (pictured with Melissa Leo); and Nira Herrmann, PhD. Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

Click here to read more and view the group photo on BroadwayWorld.

BroadwayWorld.com: “Actors Studio Drama School at Pace Univ Announces Repertory Season”

The 2011 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 April 13 through May 14. 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) 613-6209 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu

This year’s 27 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates of  The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University include:

  • Young Simba from Broadway’s The Lion King and the originator of the role of Jack Scott in Disney’s stage version of High School Musical (Ruben L. Del Valle, Jr, pictured)
  • Reigning Miss Black USA (2010)
  • Loud Nanny in The Nanny Diaries (The Weinstein Company)
  • Musician featured on the double platinum album The Light & The Shadow, which launched hip hop into Israel’s mainstream
  • Grammy award winner, recognized for her outstanding choral and drama programs in a South Carolina high school
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Lauded playwright – For the Winter (finalist, 35th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Contest), and Four Sons (winner, Under 20’s Playwriting Contest, Tarragon Theatre).
  • Director of Martha and Me: A Musical, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the New York International Fringe Festival
  • Winner of the State of Ohio Solo Musical Theatre Thespian Competition at age 16
  • Tri-linguist in English, French and Spanish
  • Fortune 500 banker turned actor

Catch The Rising Stars: Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season Begins March 24

This year’s 31 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University have lived throughout the world (six countries, 19 states and two Caribbean islands). They’ve played professional tennis, recited slam poetry, and pirouetted in a tutu, as well as acted classically, comedically and experimentally. But all have chosen to spend the last three years in New York City, two express subway stops from Broadway … following their dream and refining their craft as actors, directors or playwrights in the only Masters’ theater program endorsed by the renowned Actors Studio.

Media Contact (photos on request)

Samuella Becker, Pace University, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172, Sbecker2@pace.edu

CATCH THE RISING STARS

19 ACTORS, 8 PLAYWRIGHTS, 4 (ALL-FEMALE) DIRECTORS … AND THE “ONE & ONLY” ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL AT PACE UNIVERSITY

LIMITED RUN: 2010 Repertory Season, March 24 through May 1

Free Theater Performances; General Public Invited

World Premieres: EMPTY BASKET, MALNATI MONDAY, MONKEY PLAY, OINK!, ON MULES WE FIND, THE LOBBY, THE MUTED PLANTATION, UNEARTHING THE TRAMP

Plays and Scenes from Edward Allan Baker, Stephen Belber, Kathryn Grant, Murphy Guyer, Lynn Nottage, Martin McDonagh, Dorothy Parker, Harold Pinter, John Patrick Shanley, Neil Simon

NEW YORK, NY, March 9, 2010 –This year’s 31 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University have lived throughout the world (six countries, 19 states and two Caribbean islands). They’ve played professional tennis, recited slam poetry, and pirouetted in a tutu, as well as acted classically, comedically and experimentally. But all have chosen to spend the last three years in New York City, two express subway stops from Broadway … following their dream and refining their craft as actors, directors or playwrights in the only Masters’ theater program endorsed by the renowned Actors Studio.

These 31 “rising stars” will make their professional debuts in a six-week repertory season that is open to the public beginning Wednesday, March 24, but are not total unknowns. Since the fall of 2007, they’ve been observed by viewers in 89 million homes and 125 countries around the globe as a result of the telecast of their master craft seminar, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted on Bravo TV by the school’s Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

This bird’s-eye view of industry greats also comes with red carpet/Schimmel Theater stage interview privileges, allowing the students to personally pose their very own questions “up close and personal” to Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy award winners they someday hope to emulate, Lipton guests such as: Judd Apatow, Jason Bateman, Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, James Cameron, Danny DeVito, The Family Guy Cast, Ricky Gervais, Kate Hudson, Denis Leary, Laura Linney, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Daniel Radcliffe, Diana Ross, Mickey Rourke, Richie Sambora, Brooke Shields, Christian Slater, Hilary Swank and Tico Torres.

The 2010 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 24 through May 1. 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) 714-4643 and email is ASDSRepTickets@gmail.com The works are considered educational and may not be reviewed.

Freedom to Flourish

Eight original one-act plays have been developed by the MFA emerging playwrights for the 2010 repertory season, with themes focusing on a surprise reunion, hostile friendship, forgiveness, extortion, fortitude, Louisiana plantation murder, father-daughter fractured relationship and monkey madness.

Established playwrights with one-act productions or scenes showcased are Edward Allan Baker/ROSEMARY WITH GINGER, Stephen Belber/TAPE, Kathryn Grant/THE WOUND OF LOVE, Murphy Guyer/LOYALITIES, Martin McDonagh/THE PILLOWMAN, Lynn Nottage/RUINED, Dorothy Parker/HERE WE ARE, Harold Pinter/ONE FOR THE ROAD, John Patrick Shanley/DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Neil Simon/THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE.

Who’s Directing the Show? She is!

Directors direct not just one production (as at other MFA programs) but several of varied style, length and genre. “After working so closely with the professional repertory team, our directors (which this year, for the first time in our 12-year history, are all women) find that they have established strong working relationship in the New York theatre community on which to build the foundation of a professional career after graduation,” said Andreas Manolikakis, who has been a member of The Actors Studio since 1987 and is the Chair of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA Program. “This of course applies to our actors and playwrights, as well.”

“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. “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 ‘carry spears.’”

“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,” concluded Manolikakis.

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 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. For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa

About Pace University

For 103 years Pace University 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit Pace on the web at www.pace.edu| Facebook | Twitter (@PaceUNews) | Flickr | YouTube

FOUR Days! EIGHT Playwrights! ONE Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University!

The death of a father, medical ethics, a drag queen, family secrets, mental illness, love, an honest detective and a family caught up in a hurricane (both internal conflicts AND the weather) are the themes resonating in the MFA playwrights’ staged reading series presented by the acclaimed Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University during the weekends of February 27 and 28 and March 6 and 7.

Media Contact: Samuella Becker, Pace University, 212-346-1637, 917-734-5172 or sbecker2@pace.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Discover New Talent – 2010 MFA Playwriting Showcase

Live from Studio W509, Pace University – New York City Campus

Actors Studio Drama School Presents Full-Length Staged Readings of a New Musical and Seven Original Plays over Two Consecutive Weekends – February 27 & 28; March 6 & 7

Free and Open to the Public

NEW YORK, NY, February 18, 2010 – The death of a father, medical ethics, a drag queen, family secrets, mental illness, love, an honest detective and a family caught up in a hurricane (both internal conflicts AND the weather) are the themes resonating in the MFA playwrights’ staged reading series presented by the acclaimed Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University during the weekends of February 27 and 28 and March 6 and 7.

The eight works-in-progress – one musical and seven contemporary dramas – were written and developed by the school’s third-year master’s degree students. The aspiring playwrights will be joined in their Off-Off Broadway debuts by their fellow acting and directing classmates, along with recent MFA alumni and current BFA students.

Performances of the Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Playwriting Showcase will take place weekend afternoons at 1 pm and 4 pm at Studio W509, a black box theater in the main building of Pace’s downtown Manhattan campus just east of City Hall at Park Row and Spruce Street. Tickets are free but space is limited so reservations are strongly advised.

For reservations and more information, visit www.Pace.edu/ASDSEvents or call (212) 714-4643.

Storytellers of Tomorrow

“The staged readings are a wonderful opportunity for the audience to discover the great American ‘professional storytellers’ of tomorrow,” said Associate Professor Edward Allan Baker, a published and frequently produced New York City playwright with 32 plays to his credit — most notably, DOLORES (which starred Joan Allen and is included in The Best Short Plays of 1989), NORTH OF PROVIDENCE, PRAIRIE AVENUE (which starred Ed Harris), ROSEMARY WITH GINGER and FACE DIVIDED (which starred Sam Rockwell).

Questionnaires given to audience members after each staged reading will allow playwrights to gain perspective of their scripts “performance power” and further assist them as they continue to develop their works.

This year’s eight, original full-length staged readings are:

TOPPING FROM BELOW

A new full-length musical with book by Christina Cigala

Saturday, February 27 at 1 pm

Chloe’s a drag queen. She’s got somebody tied up on her sofa. Also, that boy and that girl keep breakin’ up and yellin’ about it. Cue the music.

Music & Lyrics: Amanda Palmer

Director: Bridget Leak

Setting: Present day, New York City

Cast: Brad Harris, Jeanne Joe Perrone, Trey Tatum, Dario Torres, Christina Cigala

MAMA’S LAW

A new full-length play by Trey Tatum

Saturday, February 27 at 4 pm

Refusing to evacuate during an impending hurricane, a family reunion turns into a fight for survival. Waters and tempers rise as three siblings are trapped between long-suppressed memories and the raging storm outside.

Director: Bridget Leak

Setting: July 4th weekend. The present.

Cast: Shaz Khan, Dario Torres, Ashley Love, Melissa Rosenberger, Hannah Timmons, Abigail Treut

BROKEN RECORD

A new full-length play by Nicholas Priore

Sunday, February 28 at 1 pm

A weary mother attempts to provide her mentally-ill son with a better life by having him cared for by one of his siblings, whose resistance unleashes revelations long kept under the proverbial rug.

Director: Norma Medina

Setting: The east side of a small city in Central New York, 1995, once an Italian American community.

Cast: Chris Ferretti, Norma Medina, Marco Agnolucci, L.B. Roberts, Lawrence Sharp, Sarah Anfora, Steve Nicholas

BLOOD MOLOTOV

A new full-length play by Chris Pierce

Sunday, February 28 at 4 pm

A tawdry, insane, phantasmagoric love story reminiscent of a Eugene Ionesco play, which asks the question, “Who’s what and what is who, and do they even know?”

Director: Jamie Sellers

Setting: An office reminiscent of 50’s Noir, a strange dungeon like room.

Cast: Beau Burglund, Shereen Macklin, Shaz Khan Stage Directions: Brandon Stock

FREEDOM AT BLACKBIRD

A new full-length play by L.B. Roberts

Saturday, March 6 at 1 pm

A down-on-his-luck private eye is searching for his next case. Too honest to do dirty cases and too nice to turn down a beautiful woman, he becomes embroiled in a case with more faces than a Picasso painting.

Director: Bridget Leak

Setting: The 1940’s.

Cast: Marco Agnolucci, Dario Torres, Treasure Davidson, Ashley Love, Trey Tatum, Melinda Graham Raj, Vin Kridakorn, Marcus Terrell Smith, Suzanne Darrell

NEEDLES: A CHRISTMAS PLAY

A new full-length play by Katie Buckels

Saturday, March 6 at 4 pm

An old family friend arrives at a Christmas Eve party with a suitcase and a buried secret that ignites a struggle between the past and future.

Director; Jamie Sellers

Setting: The Godfrey house on Christmas Eve.

Cast: Melinda Graham Raj, Maria Roman, Jason Green, Nicholas Piore, Abigail Treut

Stage Directions: Anthony Cotto

REFUTING MILGRAM

A new full-length play by Christopher Edward Moss

Sunday, March 7 at 1 pm

An Illinois psychologist whose job and marriage are hanging by a thread has to choose between his career and his morals as he is pressured to conduct an unethical study.

Director: Jamie Sellers

Setting: A small state school in a dying town, Central Illinois. The start of a new school year, 2009.

Cast: Michael Albert, Treasure Davidson, Yoni Ben-Yehuda, Ashley Love, Lawrence Sharp, Chelese Belmont, Abigail Treut Stage Directions: Alla Ilysova

THE FIRST KISS

A new full-length play by Carston Turner

Sunday, March 7 at 4 pm

A brother and sister reunite to deal with the death of their father. One daughter is on the hunt for a child rapist. One son, a child prodigy pianist, comes home after 20 years. A mother, mute for 20 years, holds the answers to the questions they both need to know.

Director: Jee Hyun Jung

Setting: A funeral home. The present.

Cast: Karreem Washington, Shereen Macklin, Suzanne Darrell, Osas Ighodaro, Ruben Del Valle, Jr.

About Pace University

For 103 years Pace University 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit Pace on the web at www.pace.edu| Facebook | Twitter (@PaceUNews) | Flickr | YouTube

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 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. For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa

The Actor’s Studio Drama School’s 2009 Repertory Season Opens April 15 -Four Weeks of Free Theatre

Avid viewers of James Lipton’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” seen in 89 million US homes and 125 countries, know that the young people in the first few rows are advanced students in what is really a seminar on the craft of theater, held in one of the world’s most famous drama schools – the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

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CURTAIN GOING UP IN LOWER MANHATTAN … ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL’S INAUGURAL REPERTORY SEASON AT PACE UNIVERSITY OFFERS FOUR WEEKS OF FREE THEATER, APRIL 15 – MAY 11

Intense one-act plays and scenes from Eugene O’Neill, William Mastrosimone, Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Caryl Churchill, John Osborne, Edward Allan Baker and others.

World Premiere of two Ellen Orchid plays: PRESCRIPTONS and DREAM WEDDING!

NEW YORK, NY April 13, 2009 – Avid viewers of James Lipton’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” seen in 89 million US homes and 125 countries, know that the young people in the first few rows are advanced students in what is really a seminar on the craft of theater, held in one of the world’s most famous drama schools – the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

Now their moment has come to take the leap to center stage.

For the public, the result is four weeks of intense, fully-professional theater – free.

From April 15 through May 11 the 21 actors, three directors and one playwright in the first class to earn their Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) since the school moved to Pace in the fall of 2006 are presenting the school’s noted Repertory Season. The school is the only MFA theater program officially sanctioned by the Actors Studio, whose co-Presidents are Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino.

The rep season audience often includes members of the Actors Studio and other celebrities, including Lipton, the very active Dean Emeritus, as well as casting directors, agents and theatergoers looking, as one newspaper put it, for “the next DeNiro, Streep or Pacino.” The works presented are often frank cauldrons of raw emotions, chosen to challenge actors and directors to push themselves to their limits.

Performances take place at the Theater of Dance New Amsterdam, diagonally across from Pace’s downtown campus and north of City Hall Park at 53 Chambers Street, between Broadway and Centre Streets. Three to four works are performed each evening, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, with Saturday matinees at 3 PM.

The fifth opening night is Monday evening, May 11, for a staged reading of a full-length play – DREAM WEDDING! – written by MFA graduate Ellen Orchid. Mirroring real life, the production comically depicts the lengths a group of graduates fresh out of a New York City theatre conservatory go to in order to remain an ensemble.

The full schedule and information about plays, performers and directors can be found online at www.pace.edu/pace/asdsrep09. Playwrights with work on display this year include Eugene O’Neill, William Mastrosimone, Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Caryl Churchill, John Osborne, and Edward Allan Baker.

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: 212-613-6209 and the email address is: ASDSRepTickets@gmail.com.

The works are considered “in progress” and may not be reviewed.

Professional production values. The graduating MFA actors, directors, and this year, one playwright, are supported by a full professional stage crew providing set design, props, costumes, makeup, lighting and stage management.

For those on and off stage, the training has been intense and the motivation high.

“Collectively, the Studio’s actors, directors and playwrights have received a spectacular number of Oscar, Tony and Emmy awards,” said Andreas Manolikakis, Chair of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA Program at Pace and a member of the Acting and Directing Faculty. “Alone among America’s drama programs, we offer our students the privilege of personally observing the Actors Studio’s private sessions. In addition, we confer on our graduates the status of ‘Working Finalist’ at the Studio, a privilege that has led to admission to Studio life-membership for many of our alumni,” he added.

The Actors Studio Drama School‘s mission is to translate the 55-year experience of the Actors Studio into a three-year Master’s Degree program that trains its actors, playwrights and directors side-by-side in a coherent program organized around a central principle: The Stanislavski System.

The school is an academic division of Pace University, which is becoming an arts destination for students and the public alike. Its undergraduate performing arts program, and especially its Musical Theater specialty, now draws full houses to the University’s performance spaces and competes successfully for students with drama schools like that at NYU. The Pace Digital gallery and two visual art galleries show work by both students and professional artists; poetry readings and open lectures and seminars in the humanities present current work and thought.

Actors Studio involvement. From the outset of their training, all Actors Studio Drama School students participate in craft seminars, where the most accomplished members of the Actors Studio share their knowledge and experiences. Many Actors Studio artists also teach in intensive Friday Workshop sessions. While the Actors Studio itself – bicoastal, with locations in both New York City and Los Angeles – is a private space, accessible only to members, MFA candidates have the privilege of attending a number of the Studio’s closed-door sessions as observers. Each year, on a dozen or so occasions, the students also spend an evening or Sunday afternoon with some of the world’s most distinguished creative and performing artists in the “Inside the Actors Studio” craft seminars/tapings.

The comprehensive, three-year program is designed and taught by professional actors, writers, and directors to produce professional actors, writers and directors ready to go to work in theater, film and television. The curriculum includes course work in Acting, Playwriting, Directing, Scenic, Lighting and Costume Design, Voice and Speech, Movement, and Theater History as well as the “Inside the Actors Studio” craft seminars.

The Repertory Season represents the culmination of the intensive study. The productions are all directed and acted – and many written — by graduating students in their introduction to the public and the professional community.

About Pace. For 103 years Pace University 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, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media Contact Samuella Becker Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172 Sbecker2@pace.edu