NEWS RELEASE: Pace announces new Ph.D. in mental health counseling; first in New York State

In fall 2013, Pace will offer its first Doctor of Philosophy degree. The Ph.D. will be in Mental Health Counseling, the first such degree program in New York State.

Pace University Breaks Ground with First Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Department of Psychology opens a new chapter in Pace University’s 107-year history: in fall 2013, it will offer Pace’s first Doctor of Philosophy degree.  The Ph.D. will be in Mental Health Counseling, the first such degree in New York State.  The program will be offered on the Pleasantville, New York, campus.

The program, housed in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, is designed to provide master’s-level students with advanced professional training, the support needed to produce research and scholarship, and in-depth scholarly training.  Graduates of the program will emerge as highly-skilled therapeutic practitioners, researchers, supervisors, mental health counseling professors/educators, or professional representatives of the discipline.

“Doctoral-level mental health counselors bring a depth and breadth of understanding to their work with clients as practitioners, as well as to the research of new therapeutic modalities,” said Rostyslaw Robak, Ph.D., chair and professor of psychology on the Pleasantville campus.  “The program will enrich our graduates’ ability to work successfully with clients and to develop new ways to treat mental health conditions that have the potential to significantly advance the field of mental health counseling.”

Mental health counseling is a profession distinct from disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology and social work.  It focuses on preventive therapies, marriage and family counseling and career counseling.  Data from the Department of Labor shows that job growth in the mental health counseling sector is expected to significantly grow – by 37 percent – from 2010 to 2020 as health insurance companies increasingly cover counseling services and as the population grows overall.  As the sector expands, this program will help to open the doors to leadership careers for its graduates.

“The psychology department is very well positioned to provide PhD-level training of the highest standards.  Our accomplished faculty has rich experience and brings a wealth of scholarly research in the field to the program,” said Nira Herrmann, Ph.D., dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

The Ph.D. program is open to applicants with a master’s degree in mental health counseling or a closely-related field.  The program offers teaching, research and administrative assistantships with partial tuition remission.

To learn more about the program, call Graduate Admission at 914-422-4283 or email gradwp@pace.eduVisit the website at www.pace.edu/phdmhc.

About Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Department of Psychology (Pleasantville campus): A leader in the field of education and professional training, the Department of Psychology (Pleasantville campus) offers Bachelor of Art degrees in Psychology; Applied Psychology and Human Relations; Biological Psychology; and Personality and Social Psychology.  It also offers a 36-credit Master of Science degree in Counseling and a 60-credit Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, a prerequisite for New York State counseling licensure.  Both faculty and alumni hold key leadership positions in the New York Mental Counseling Association (NYMCA).   In 2013, Pace will become the only university in the state of New York to offer a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mental Health Counseling.   Visit www.pace.edu/phdmhc.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu.

NEWS RELEASE: New Artist in Residence Programs Offer Pace University Students Exposure to Industry Stars

Pace University performing arts students in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences will gain exposure this year to high-profile industry stars on campus through new artist-in-residence programs in musical theater and commercial dance.

NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMS OFFER PACE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS EXPOSURE TO INDUSTRY STARS

Tony Award-Winner, Composer Adam Guettel, To Be First Artist-in-Residence at Pace University’s Musical Theater Program

NEW YORK, NY, October 3, 2012 –Pace University performing arts students in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences will gain exposure this year to high-profile industry stars on campus through new artist-in-residence programs in musical theater and commercial dance.

These programs bring distinguished professional guest artists to campus annually to share expertise from the field. Beginning this fall, Pace students  will learn first-hand the process of creating, producing and performing new musical theater material with Tony award-winning composer and lyricist Adam Guettel,  the first of a series of artists-in-residence in Pace’s musical theater program, made possible through an anonymous endowed gift.

Guettel will work with faculty members at Pace to teach a variety of master classes and critique student projects. Subjects covered will include vocal performance, song interpretation, the process of composition and the creative process. Guettel will also workshop new musical material at Pace.

Guettel will give a public lecture in spring 2013, in which he will explore the creative process by which he composes music and writes lyrics for the theater that will include demonstrations from his work performed by current and recent graduates from the Pace BFA in Musical Theater program. 

This semester the commercial dance program kicked-off an artist-in-residence program made possible by a generous gift from Voice of an Angel. Pace students learned trade secrets from choreographer and dancer Brian Friedman during two days of intensive workshops. Upcoming dance artists-in-residence this semester at Pace include New York City Ballet star Tiler Peck, musical writer and performer Gregg Russell, and dancer and “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark” and “Cirque du Soleil” choreographer Cherice Barton.

“Through the generosity of our donors we are able to take full advantage of the richness of our New York City location and bring world-renowned talent to our campus several times over the course of the academic year, giving our students unique opportunities,” said Nira Herrmann, Dyson College dean. “This program truly illustrates how Dyson and Pace make use of New York as an extension of our campus, not only by having students go out into the city, but also by bringing its fabulous resources onto our campus.”

About Adam Guettel: Adam Guettel is an American composer-lyricist of musical theater and opera. He is best known for the musical “The Light in the Piazza,” for which he won two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, and two Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Orchestrations. His early works include 1996’s “Floyd Collins,” “Love’s Fire,” and “Saturn Returns.” Guettel’s songs have been recorded by such artists as Audra McDonald and Brian d’Arcy James. He also contributed original scores to several documentary films, including “Arguing the World and Jack: The Last Kennedy Film.” In 1999, he performed a concert evening of his own work at New York’s Town Hall. In 2004, Guettel contributed vocals to Broadway star and cabaret singer Jessica Molaskey’s P.S. Classics album “Make Believe.” In July 2009, the Signature Theatre of Arlington, Virginia commissioned Guettel to write a new musical for their 2011-2012 season under the auspices of their American Musical Voices Project.

About Performing Arts at Pace University: Pace University’s Performing Arts Department offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting, Musical Theater and Commercial Dance, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized focuses in Acting, Commercial Dance, Directing or Design/Technical Theater. For more information, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/performingarts.

Dyson College is also home to The Actors Studio Drama School with the only MFA theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The curriculum is designed jointly by the presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. Students participate in 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 over 100 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: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu, 914-906-9680.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BroadwayWorld: “Pace University Announces COMMERCIAL DANCE Program; Applications Accepted Now”

One of the most sought-after choreographers and dance lecturers from coast to coast, Rhonda Miller (pictured), has been tapped to spearhead Pace University’s new Commercial Dance program, the first of its kind in the country.

Pace’s new Commercial Dance program – featured prominently in a two-page article on BroadwayWorld.com  – will provide specialized training for dance careers in stage, television, and commercials in a wide range of styles and forms including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, to name a few. 

For further information on How to Apply and Audition, visit www.pace.edu/performingarts or call 212-346-1352.

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.