This is the first time that Pace has produced Off-Broadway – and the play, “Our Lady of 121st Street” – ends its limited run on Saturday, April 14. BroadwayWorld.com features ten photos from the show taken by Ellise Lesser that will entice you to buy your $13.25 ticket now and be part of Pace’s inaugural Theatre Row audience. Go to http://theatrerow.org/thelion.htm
On April 7-14, Performing Arts at Pace University will present “Our Lady of 121st Street” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Grant Kretchik, at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row.
Check out production photos by Ellise Lesser here
The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood characters in this dark, edgy and insightful comedy.
Theatre Row – The Lion Theatre
410 West 42nd Street
New York NY 10036
Ticket Price: $13.25
Phone: Call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250
In person: Box Office, 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Aves.) 12pm until 8pm daily
2 hours, including one intermission
Pace University has announced “An Evening with Zoe Caldwell” for their Master Series. The event will be held Monday, April 23, at 6pm at the university’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. The moderator will be Cosmin Chivu, the head of the Directing program at Pace Performing Arts.
A four time Tony Award winner, Zoe Caldwell was born in 1933 in Melbourne, Australia, and quickly became a professional actress playing “Slightly Soiled” in Peter Pan. Recently, she appeared in the film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and starred Off-Broadway in David Adjmi’s play Elective Affinities, reported Sarah Moore for Theatermania.
“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.
Tickets are free and open to the public, and can be reserved by emailing PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu
What becomes a legend most? Playing other legends. Spend the evening of Monday, April 23 with Zoe Caldwell, who has electrified audiences and won Tony Awards for portraying women of charismatic power on Broadway – Euripides’ Medea, Opera Diva Maria Callas and Jean Brodie (a teacher who describes herself as being “in her prime”).
PERFORMING ARTS at Pace University presents “THE MASTERS SERIES”
AN EVENING WITH THE LEGENDARY ZOE CALDWELL
The Actress Who Has Won Tony Awards for Portraying Women of Charismatic Power on Broadway –
Medea, Maria Callas and Jean Brodie
ZOE CALDWELL was born in 1933 in Melbourne, Australia, and quickly became a professional actress playing “Slightly Soiled” in “Peter Pan.” Telling other people’s stories, using other people’s words to keep audiences awake and in their seats was all she knew how to do. She has spent the last half century learning more about her craft in many of the greatest companies of the Western World. To her credit are four Tony Awards, an OBE (Order of the British Empire), and a book “I Will Be Cleopatra” published by W.W. Norton. In 2003, she doffed her bonnet to the chancellor of Melbourne University and was made an honorary Doctor of Laws. Recently, she appeared in the film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and starred in David Adjmi’s play “Elective Affinities.”
WHEN: Monday, April 23, 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, email@example.com; 212-346-1637
MODERATOR: Cosmin Chivu, Winner of the 2012 Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Project; the Head of the Directing program 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.
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From College Gymnast to Off-Broadway Actress. Kara Marie Rosella discusses her incredible three-year journey at The Actors Studio Drama School, James Lipton and how what she’s learned as an athlete transfers over to being an actress.
Ann Arbor Native & UM Gymnast Stars Off-Broadway: Kara Marie Rosella, Actress – After receiving her BA in English with an emphasis in screenwriting from The University of Michigan, where she was also a scholarship athlete on the Women’s Gymnastics team, Kara Marie is now graduating from The Actors Studio Drama School in NYC with a Masters in Fine Arts in Acting. Later this month she will appear Off-Broadway in the play, Orange Flower Water.
Click here, then scroll down to listen to Kara Marie’s 20-minute live radio interview with Lucy Ann Lance.
Actors Studio Drama School MFA Directing Candidate Ken Urso grew up in Sun Prairie and Middleton, Wisconsin. Recalls Urso: “Lynda Sharpe was my high school drama teacher. She really took me under her wing, even allowed me to do an ‘Independent Study’ in Directing with her my senior year, in which I adapted a 15th Century Morality Play, “Everyman,” into a modern day play about bullying in High School. Every morning she would mentor me, and at night I would rehearse. She was the one who took me on my first trip NYC.”
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native and Master of Fine Arts candidate Ken Urso will be directing four plays during the Repertory season at New York’s Pace University from March 28 – April 28, reported the Sun Prairie Star.
Urso is the son of Kathy Urso of Middleton and Joe Urso of Mazomanie. He grew up in Sun Prairie before moving to Middleton when he was a freshman in high school. Urso graduated from Middleton High School in 2001 and from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting in 2005.
Urso has directed productions throughout the United States, including The Shape of Things, Chicago, The Producers, Everyman and Cabaret.
New York directing credits include Bent, Never the Sinner and the original productions of Kidnapping Laura Linney, Gay Camp and Riverside. He is also an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
During the Repertory season, Urso directed scenes from John Kolvenbach’s Fabuloso from March 28 -31. He will also be directing Amicable Parting from April 4- 7 (by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath); a scene from Red Light Winter (by Adam Rapp) from April 18 – 21; and a scene from Fallen Angels (by Noel Coward) from April 25 – 28.
James Lipton is more than than just a TV personality. The actor, director, producer, choreographer, playwright and founder of the Actors Studio Drama School is also the author of the novel “Mirrors” (which he adapted for TV) and the nonfiction book “An Exaltation of Larks.”
In mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview, James Lipton spoke about how he prepares his questions for each episode of his popular Bravo show Inside the Actors Studio and explained why he doesn’t believe in pre-interviews reports Ji Hyun Park on MediaBistro’s GalleyCat.
“Nothing is handed to me. I get raw material from my researcher… and then I watch all the movies, read everything that the person has written about himself or herself, and I go through all the articles that have been written about them, and from that I distill the blue cards, which are approximately 300-500 [cards] for each person,” he told Amanda Ernst.
“And then they come to me and they’re on stage with me for three and a half to four hours, up to five or six hours, because it’s a class. The students would stay all night. I literally threw [the casts of] Mad Men and Glee out of there in the middle of the night.”
To find out which actor just wouldn’t stop crying during his Inside taping, read the full interview here.
Award-winning playwright Sean Michael Welch will premier his new play, “All An Act,” at The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2012 Spring Repertory Season, the only Masters of Fine Arts program officially sanctioned by the Actors Studio.
This month, Former University of Michigan-Flint playwright Sean Michael Welch will present his work with a theatre program that has ties with some of the most accomplished actors, directors and other entertainers in the world.
Welch will premier his new play, All An Act, in week five of the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Repertory Season at Pace University Actors Studio Drama School. The one-act play takes place in Clown Alley, and is about two clowns’ relationship troubles.
Pace’s program is the only MFA theatre program that is officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio, the decades-old membership organization most known for its Emmy-nominated Bravo TV series “Inside the Actors Studio.” The show’s host, Dean Emeritus James Lipton, has recent interviewed the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, James Cameron, and other Hollywood superstars.
The Spring 2012 Repertory Season, which began on March 28, will host 15 productions in five weeks, acted and directed by the school’s 36 MFA candidates. Welch’s fellow candidates have performed opera at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, acted in Robert DeNiro’s new crime drama series The 2-2, and have achieved a variety of other notable achievements. Still, the Flintstone is accomplished in his own right: he won the 1999 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival John Cauble Short Play Award for Earl the Vampire, and the same festival’s Region III Ten-Minute Play Competition in 2000 for Charleston’s Finger.
Welch’s mentor is Edward Allan Baker, an award-winning associate professor/playwright at Pace who has written for HBO and Showtime. At University of Michigan-Flint, Welch studied under the support of Professor Carolyn Gillespie and Professor Lauren Friesen, reported William E. Ketchum III, Entertainment Reporter for The Flint Journal.
Check out the production photos from The Bear, Amicable Parting, Snowangel, and The Woolgatherer – Week Two of the Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Repertory Season – which runs from April 4 – 7. For reservations please call (212) 501-2099 or e-mail: ASDSRep@pace.edu
Inspired by recent insight from Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper (ASDS MFA’00), Jennifer Aniston, James Franco, the casts of Mad Men, 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 have taken the stage at The Theatre at Dance New Amsterdam for a five-week Repertory Season, March 28 – April 28, 2012.
to view the photos from Week Two.
A must-see concert for new musical theatre lovers. “Pace Musical Theatre Sings: The Music of Carner & Gregor” is a showcase of the work of songwriters Sam Carner and Derek Gregor featuring Dyson performing arts students from the Class of 2015.
Pace Musical Theatre Sings: The Music of Carner & Gregor, a showcase of the work of Sam Carner & Derek Gregor by Pace University students, will be presented at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on March 19 at 7pm noted three of the top entertainment trade publications – BroadwayWorld.com, Theatermania and Playbill.
Carner & Gregor are a musical composing duo on the rise, who take great interest in working with college students. In the style of their Barely Legal Extravaganza concert series, they present nine fresh faces – Devin Lewis, Jeff Heimbrock, Tory Ramirez, Michael Hughes, Andrey Patino, Ebeth Engquist, Chandler Reeves, Samantha Grossman, and Tatiana Lofton who are new to the New York City cabaret scene – in this exciting concert showcasing their work.
Hosted by composers Sam Carner and Derek Gregor with special guest singers Ali Ewoldt and Adam Kantor
The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 West 42nd Street. Tickets are priced $15 and there is a $15 food drink minimum. For reservations visit www.westbankcafe.com/beechman_theatre.html or call 212-695-6909.
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)