James Lipton: “How to Act Human”

James Lipton, dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, will appear on The View this Friday. He has recently been getting a lot of press regarding his How to Act Human project, in which he offers advice on mastering presentation and public appeal for the presidential candidates. (Photo credit: David Shankbone).

James Lipton, dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, will appear on The View this Friday. He has recently been getting a lot of press regarding his How to Act Human project, in which he offers advice on mastering presentation and public appeal for the presidential candidates.

He was interviewed last Thursday about How to Act Human, Inside the Actors Studio and the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace by Laura Ingraham on her national radio show. Tuesday Lipton appeared again on Chris Matthews’ Hardball on MSNBC. The story first broke in New York Magazine in print and online and then was picked up by MSNBC’s Hardball. Media outlets from the political blog Politico to the UK’s the Daily Mail have picked up on the story.

In October, Lipton will appear on MSN’s NOW with Alex Wagner in a series commenting on each of the presidential debates.

Inside the Actors Studio, nominated for 14 Emmy awards in 14 years, is currently finishing season 18 and its 250th episode and will begin shooting its 19th season in the fall.

Photo credit: David Shankbone.

Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu, 914-906-9680

“Glee” (FOX TV): “Inside the Actors Studio” and The Actors Studio Drama School Incorporated into April 17 Episode – Finn’s Coming to Pace!

Ryan Murphy and the cast incorporated “Inside the Actors Studio,” Bravo and, most important, our school, into a development toward which “Glee” has been building since its first day. At the climax of an episode in which the show’s principals, facing graduation, shared their post-graduate dreams, the final holdout was Finn, who was wrestling with uncertainty about following Rachel to New York. After fifty minutes of music and drama, a scene occurred in which “Glee” reached a significant milestone in Finn’s and Rachel’s – and the series’ – history. As millions of young people in the “Glee” audience watched, “Inside the Actors Studio” and The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University became an organic part of the “Glee” story!

Here’s what TV critics had to say in their Glee “Saturday Night Glee-ver” Recap: Figuring Out Post Graduation Plans which aired April 17, and included a shout-out to both the Inside the Actors Studio and indirectly by association The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University:

From Jen Chaney’s Celebritology blog in The Washington Post:

Finn to decide that he wants to go to New York with Rachel and take classes at the Actors Studio. Yes, the same one from “Inside the Actors Studio” with James Lipton, a show on which, coincidentally, the “Glee” cast recently appeared. (I can’t wait to hear Finn Hudson eventually tell us what he’d like to hear God say when he arrives at the pearly gates.)

Denise Martin wrote in  TV GUIDE:
First he {Finn} sings “More Than a Woman” and then he tells Rachel he’s applied to what he calls that school that James Lipton hosts on Bravo, Inside the Actors Studio (better known as the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University). 
Jeff Dodge, BuddyTV  recapped:
I’m Gonna Be An Actor
After leading on “More Than a Woman” in the choir room, Finn tells Rachel that he knows what he wants to do next year. He ended up identifying with John Travolta’s Tony from Saturday Night Fever. He decides that he wants to go to New York with Rachel, has applied to James Lipton’s Inside the Actors Studio (a nice nod to the fact that the Glee cast were featured in an episode of that show last week). It’s his dream to become an actor, though it comes out of left field because we’ve never seen him have an interest in acting … ever. But you know what? If that’s what he wants to do, I applaud him for finally making a decision regarding his future.
From Becky Kirsch of BuzzSugar:

Rachel and Finn recover from their fight about the future, but Finn’s still having serious doubts about whether or not he can make it in the real world as anything other than a competitive eater. He’s basically convinced that he peaked in high school, but all it takes is one magical viewing of Saturday Night Fever to make him realize his dream of going inside the actors studio. He tells Rachel that he’s ready to go to New York with her, and struts around to “Stayin’ Alive” to show off his newfound confidence.

The Flint Journal: “University of Michigan Flint playwright talks Actors Studio, new play”

“(Writing plays) really just utilizes my strengths. I had a good ear for dialogue, and for me, it’s just a matter of being able to tell a story through characterizations. Even though I can do short stories or novels, I seem to be more at home when the characters are more engaged in the situation,” Sean Welch explains. “For me, it’s pretty exciting to see a couple of actors go up there and say the words I’ve written, in the moment. I don’t think there’s anything really like that.”

From The Flint Journal, by William E. Ketchum III

FLINT, MI—These days, Flint native Sean Michael Welch is living in New York, writing plays and earning his masters of fine arts (MFA) at Pace University’s prestigious Actors Studio-sanctioned drama school. His new play, “All An Act,” debuts during week five of the university’s Repertory Season, where Welch’s fellow graduating students will present other plays and scenes.

But before he was studying and working with the country’s elite, the Grand Blanc High School Graduate first explored his skills at University of Michigan Flint. He had grown an affinity for penning short stories in previous years, but after taking an acting class, he saw that writing plays was an experience that made even more sense.

“(Writing plays) really just utilizes my strengths. I had a good ear for dialogue, and for me, it’s just a matter of being able to tell a story through characterizations. Even though I can do short stories or novels, I seem to be more at home when the characters are more engaged in the situation,” Welch explains. “For me, it’s pretty exciting to see a couple of actors go up there and say the words I’ve written, in the moment. I don’t think there’s anything really like that.”

He cites U-M Flint professors Carolyn Gillespie and Professor Lauren Friesen as his primary support at U-M Flint, giving productive feedback and introducing him to other playwrights he would admire. Before graduating in 2000, he snatched up the 1999 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) John Cauble Short Play Award for “Earl the Vampire,” and the 2000 KC/ACTF Region III Ten-Minute Play Competition for “Charleston’s Finger.” The former, which he considers his first complete play, was about a vampire who begins a political movement to bring minority status to vampires in America. In “Charleston’s Finger,” a family has a dinner table discussion about how their son’s finger fell into his soup.

Welch moved to New York City afterward, and worked a regular job for eight years while writing nightly. He finally decided to attend grad school, and he was accepted into Pace University’s drama school sanctioned by The Actors Studio, a decades-old performers organization that, according to its web site, boasts award-winning actors Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, and Ellen Burstyn as co-presidents. After head playwright Edward Allan Baker explained the benefits of the school, Welch loved the aspect of students engaging in acting classes.

“I always considered (acting classes) a bonus, as I still enjoy acting and still wanted to act,” Welch said. He lists the curriculum, being surrounded by other talent, and feedback from Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham as high points of the experience. “It hit on all points, and it allowed me to do what I was supposed to be doing and what I wanted to do.”

As his graduation nears, this month he participates in the school’s Repertory Season to premier his play “All An Act,” which is about two clowns who have to talk out a drunken night of debauchery to preserve their professional relationship and long-term friendship. After its debut, Welch plans and the play’s crew plan to set their sights on collecting donations to participate in the Edinnburgh French Festival in August.

“I think we’re in a very good place. I have an excellent director and two fine, very skilled actors who…have actually studied clowning, whether while in school or in their own time during the summer months,” Welch says. “I’m anxious to see what an audience makes of it. I think all the work they’ve put into it is worth viewing.”

BroadwayWorld.com: “Photo Flash: The Actors Studio Drama School Performs TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, BRILLIANT TRACES, RAISED IN CAPTIVITY”

WEEK THREE (April 11 – 14) from The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2012 MFA Repertory Season brings tales of two brothers who hustle cards and take money from fools (“Topdog/Underdog”); a runaway bride and a recluse who forge a bond during an Alaskan blizzard (“Brilliant Traces”), and two estranged siblings who reunite at their mother’s funeral (“Raised in Captivity”). Free admission. RSVP: 212-501-2099; ASDSRep@pace.edu

Click here to see pictures from this week’s shows on BroadwayWorld.com! 

Week Three of The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University’s MFA Repertory Season (April 11 – 14) presents:

Scenes from the 2002 Pulitzer-Winning Drama Topdog/Underdog written by Suzan-Lori Parks. ARTISHA MANN and Crystal Thompson play two brothers, Lincoln and Booth respectively, who hustle cards and take money from fools. Lincoln, a master of the con game three-card monte, has abandoned a life of crime for a more respectable job impersonating Abraham Lincoln at an arcade. Booth is a petty thief who tries to emulate his older brother’s success by learning how to “throw the cards.” The brothers compete against each other, vying for control (think Cain & Abel). At any given moment, one may yield power over the other, only to relinquish it in the next. Directed by Colleen Britt.

The one-act play Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson tells the story of Henry Harry (OLLIE OLIVER), a lonely man who has sworn off personal relationships to live an isolated existence in a remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska. As a blizzard rages outside, his seclusion is interrupted by Rosannah DeLuce (AMIE LYTLE), a distraught runaway bride from Arizona. Like Henry, she has been wounded and embittered by life, and wants to escape her responsibilities and get as far away from her loved ones as possible. Directed by Chris Triebel.

Scenes from Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver. The play, which received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play in 1995, explores the guilt and redemption in the lives of two estranged siblings – Sebastian Bliss (DANIEL J. O’BRIEN) and his twin sister, Bernadette Dixon (HEATHER BURGHER) – when they re-unite at their mother’s funeral. Dr. Hillary MacMahon (MARIANNE VIDAL) is Sebastian’s needy therapist. A convicted murderer on death row, Dylan (ADAM PETHERBRIDGE), is Sebastian’s pen pal and closet relationship in recent years. Kip, Bernadette’s dentist husband (PETER MARCIANO), hates teeth. Directed by Melody Erfani.

Further details: www.pace.edu/asdsrep. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu. Free admission.

Photos: Scott Wynn, www.scottwynn.com

Downtown Express: “Pace’s Actors Studio stages its annual repertory season”

One of the interesting things about the repertory season is the opportunity to watch the actors and directors work on several plays and scenes. Week Three (April 11 – 14) brings scenes from “Topdog/Underdog” by Suzan-Lori Parks, “Brilliant Traces” by Cindy Lou Johnson and “Raised in Captivity” by Nicky Silver. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu

From an article in the Downtown Express

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER

In a five-week repertory season, the graduating M.F.A. class of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is once again showing what this school teaches and what the graduates have learned after three years of study. Anyone with affection for theater would likely find the Actors Studio Drama School productions interesting. Some of the acting is memorable. Sets and costuming are professional. The plays and scenes range from the familiar to the offbeat, giving each of the acting students an opportunity to show their stuff. And it’s all free, though reservations are required.

This year’s graduating class consists of 31 actors, four directors and one playwright. They range in age from their early 20s to their late 40s. Their backgrounds are diverse. Among the actors are a U.S. Navy veteran, the daughter of a Japanese martial arts master, a Junior Olympic gymnast who is also a screenwriter and novelist, a Fulbright scholar, an opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Some have significant acting credits.

The Actors Studio Drama School program dates from 1994 when James Lipton, now Dean Emeritus, developed the curriculum with the assistance of some of the famed actors in the Actors Studio itself. Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino are still mentors to the school and appear in the repertory season program.

Lipton resigned in 2005 and Andreas Manolikakis became the chairman of the school. “This is not training for a specific style. It’s training of the instrument so that the actor will be able to do whatever he’s asked to do,” Manolikakis said.

Everyone in the program takes acting classes. Directors and playwrights have additional instruction.

“You get a firsthand experience of what it’s like to be on stage so when you ask an actor to do something, you know exactly what they’re going through,” said Chris Triebel, one of the directors in this year’s graduating class.

The annual tuition for the program is $35,320. In addition, there are living expenses. “I figure it costs about $57,000 a year to go through the program,” said Michael Crowe, who turned to acting after having spent five years in the Navy, where he worked as a chef, followed by a couple of years in business school. But, he said, “I don’t view this as an expense. I view it as an investment…I feel a better man, artist, human, from being here,” he said. “In order to be an actor, you have to be so vulnerable. It’s a really sacred, safe place here.”

One of the interesting things about the repertory season is the opportunity to watch the actors and directors work on several plays and scenes. This week brings scenes from “Topdog/Underdog” by Suzan-Lori Parks, “Brilliant Traces” by Cindy Lou Johnson and “Raised in Captivity” by Nicky Silver.

Next week includes “The Voice of the Turtle” by John Van Druten, scenes from “Orange Flower Water” by Craig Wright and a scene from “Red Light Winter” by Adam Rapp.

The repertory season concludes the following week with a scene from “Fallen Angels” by Noël Coward, a new play, “All An Act” by Sean Michael Welch, the sole playwright in this year’s graduating class and already the recipient of several important awards, and scenes from “The Producers,” with a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks.

The performances take place in the theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. through April 28. The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights is online at www.Pace.edu/ASDSRep Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or email as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu

Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider, 1290 WLBY, Ann Arbor – Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – Kara Marie Rosella, The Actors Studio Drama School MFA in Acting Candidate

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.  

 

Mediabistro GalleyCat: “How James Lipton Formulates Those Inside the Actors Studio Questions”

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.

BroadwayWorld.com: “Photo Flash: Week Two – The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Repertory Season”

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. 

For a complete list of the season and cast members, visit www.pace.edu/ASDSrep
 
Click here to view the photos from Week Two.

BroadwayWorld.com – Photo Flash: “Week One of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University MFA Rep Season”

Photos from Week One of The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2012 MFA Repertory Season.

The 2012 MFA candidates of The Actors Studio Drama School are mounting fifteen productions over five weeks for their Repertory Season, all acted and directed by the thirty-six MFA students.

Click here to see pictures of the Week One performances (March 28-31): Scenes from Fabuloso by John Kolvenbach, Scenes from Dying City by Christopher Shinn, and Scenes from Pizza Man (pictured) by Darlene Craviotto.

The season takes 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

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

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

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

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

The 2012 Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates include:

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