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.

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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

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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

Pace New Musicals Presents Larry Gatlin’s “Quanah”

Pace University undergraduate musical theater students will present the world premiere staged reading of Quanah, a new musical with music, story and lyrics by legendary country music star Larry Gatlin, book by Anthony Dodge, and dramaturgy by Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

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PACE NEW MUSICALS PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE READING OF LARRY GATLIN’S ‘QUANAH’

Pace University undergraduate musical theater students will present the world premiere staged reading of Quanah, a new musical with music, story and lyrics by legendary country music star Larry Gatlin, book by Anthony Dodge, and dramaturgy by Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

NEW YORK, January 12, 2010 — Quanah is the musical journey of Comanche chief Quanah Parker and his mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped as a girl and raised by the Comanches as one of their own. It is about Christians, Comanches and Texas Rangers; killing and heartbreak and heroes; and how Quanah came to lead his people from the prairie to The White Man’s Road.

Pace University’s Musical Theater Program, a part of the Performing Arts Department, began with six majors in 2002 and has grown to 100 majors in just six years. In 2006, Pace became only the second school in New York City to offer a BFA in Musical Theater. Pace New Musicals 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. Most importantly, the program allows students to experiment with new, untested works without precedent-setting productions, a rare opportunity in theater education.

Past works of Pace New Musicals include a staged workshop of Mark Waldrop and Brad Ross’ musical, Luck!, Jonathan Larson award winner Ryan Scott Oliver’s and B.T. Ryback’s Darling, and College: The Musical, which was subsequently chosen for 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).

Directed by the head of the Musical Theater program, Amy Rogers, with music direction by Robert Meffe, the program’s resident musical director, the workshop will feature 20 of Pace’s BFA musical theater students including Brandon Contreras as Quanah Parker and Holly Dalton as Cynthia Ann, as well as Gina Biaz, Ally Bo, Taylor Collins, Jace Craft, Matthew Curiano, Maura Daly, Matt Farcher, Keelay Gipson, Ryan Goodale, Emma Jane, Bethany Xan Jeffrey, Jon Karsky, David Kuelz, Purvi Parmer, Jeffrey T. Perri Jr., Rebeca Radosz, Krystina Salcedo, Britton Smith, Brian Walters, Andy White and Whitney Winfield.

Quanah will be presented in Pace University’s Schaeberle Studio Theater, 41 Park Row, 10th Floor from January 19-24, 2010; Wednesday – Saturday 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students. Reservations can be made by email to: pacenewmusicals@gmail.com

A special reception and talk back session featuring Larry Gatlin will take place after the 2pm show on Saturday January 23. Tickets for this performance will be $20. Reservations for this performance can also be made by email to: pacenewmusicals@gmail.com

LARRY GATLIN (Story, Music and Lyrics) was born in 1948 in Seminole, Texas, as the son of an oil driller. The oldest of the three Gatlin brothers, by age seven he was already accompanying his younger brothers Steve and Rudy in singing at family and church events. After high school, Larry went to the University of Houston on a football scholarship. Larry majored in English and developed “a love affair with the English Language” that later served him in his songwriting. On the strength of his songwriting talents, Larry Gatlin became known throughout Nashville music industry. While Steve and Rudy were finishing college, Larry was already touring the small club and listening room circuit as a solo act, looking forward to the time when he could afford to expand his live show to include his brothers. December 1992 marked a farewell to concert touring for the Gatlin brothers. Then came a major turning point in his career: Larry took the lead role in the Tony Award-winning best musical The Will Rogers Follies. The Gatlin Brothers continue to tour the country with the release of their new album Pilgrimage. Larry is a family man, who shares with his wife Janis, a home in Austin, Texas. They are the proud parents of two children, Josh and Kristin. Josh lives in Nashville and serves as Larry’s Manager and Kristin lives in Austin with her husband Scott, who is on the coaching staff at THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS…HOOK ‘EM HORNS! Larry is also a “Papa” to Kristin’s daughters Parker and Campbell.

ANTHONY DODGE & MARCIA MILGROM DODGE (Book/Dramaturgy) Their first play, Sherlock Holmes & The West End Horror, premiered at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY and has been produced several times in regional theatres around the country. It received a 2002 Edgar Award nomination and is published by Smith & Kraus in New Playwrights/Best New Plays of 2002 and is available for licensing through Playscripts, Inc. Tony is also an actor and a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and Marcia is a longtime member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Their first show with Larry Gatlin, Look Homeward Honky Tonk Angel, premiered at Lyric Stage in Texas in 2007. The Dodge’s newest plays are Venus Flytrap-A Femme Noir Mystery and Free Burt Lancaster. Married for over 29 years — and they said it would never last! — Marcia and Tony are the proud parents of their sweet Natasha, who attends public school in Manhattan. When not writing, Tony happily spoils Natasha while Marcia continues her busy directing and choreographing career. For more, visit www.marciamilgromdodge.com

AMY ROGERS (Director) is a tenured associate professor of musical theatre at Pace University where she created the BFA Musical Theatre degree program. Originally from Canada, Amy holds a degree in musical theatre from Arizona State University, and an MFA from San Diego State University. NYC directing credits include: Darling, City of Angels, 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. Mr. Meffe is the Director of Music for the Music Theater Program at Pace University.

For more information or reservations, email: pacenewmusicals@gmail.com

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 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

Pace Students on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” Premiere

Pace Students to be featured in BRAVO TV Season Premieres of “Inside the Actors Studio”

The first two episodes of the 2005-2006 season of Inside the Actors Studio, being taped at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in Lower Manhattan, will air on Sunday, December 11, 2005. Students from Pace University’s undergraduate theater program are featured in the question-and-answer session that concludes each broadcast.

The following is an announcement from Bravo TV about upcoming episodes of “Inside the Actors Studio” that will showcase Pace students asking questions. Please note: The shows are currently being edited and we will not know in advance what students will be shown in the program.”

Pace Students to be featured in BRAVO TV Season Premieres of “Inside the Actors Studio”

The first two episodes of the 2005-2006 season of Inside the Actors Studio, being taped at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in Lower Manhattan, will air on Sunday, December 11, 2005. Students from Pace University’s undergraduate theater program are featured in the question-and-answer session that concludes each broadcast.

The kick-off episode, which features Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and director Susan Stroman of the soon-to-be released film version of The Producers will air twice, at 11 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The Producers episode will repeat at 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Host James Lipton’s revealing interview with Emmy-winner Barbara Walters, also taped at Pace, will air at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on December 18.

Guests presently scheduled to be interviewed at Pace in December include Martin Lawrence, Queen Latifah, and Dave Chappelle. For more information, visit www.Pace.edu/culture .