EVENT ADVISORY, PACE NYC CAMPUS, APRIL 20-21 – “Pace PERFORMING ARTS Presents Dance Out Loud 2012”

Pace Performing Arts presents Dance Out Loud 2012 with a Dancing in Air “Bad Boy” number (aerial arts) and Singing Artist/Pace Commercial Dance Student Angelica Salem performing her pop song “We Rock the World.” Friday, April 20th @ 8 pm, Saturday, April 21st @ 3 pm matinee and 8pm, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

Pace PERFORMING ARTS Presents … Dance Out Loud 2012

Conceived and Directed by RHONDA MILLER , Director of Performing Arts Commercial Dance Program

Starring Over 50 PERFORMING ARTS Students

Special Appearance

  • Angelica Salem, Singing Artist/Pace Commercial Dance Student who will perform her pop song, “We Rock the World”

Dancing in Air: A Pace FIRST

  • “Bad Boy” aerial number choreographed by Joshua Dean, Pace Faculty.  Pace is one of the only universities to offer Aerial Arts.

REHEARSAL VIDEO: Click here to preview a rehearsal!*  

WHEN: Friday, April 20th @ 8 pm, Saturday, April 21st @ 3 pm matinee and 8pm.

WHERE: Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street (east of City Hall), New York, NY 10038. Directions: http://bit.ly/qxH0g3

TICKETS: $8 for students/seniors; $12 for adults at the door or reserve in advance by emailing theater@pace.edu

MEDIA CONTACT: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172.

BEHIND THE SCENES TALENT: Choreographers: Joshua Dean, Lauren Gaul, Jen Littlefield, Melissa Rae Mahon, Rhonda Miller, Alisa Paradowski, Stephanie Torbik; Costume Design: Brian Hemesath; Lighting Design: Graham Kindred; Stage ManagersElizabeth Caplan & Melissa Leslie; Student Choreographers: Brandon Contreras, Madison Embrey, Steven Langton, Courtney Taylor, Brett Thiele, Ashley Williams.  

PACE’s COMMERCIAL DANCE program is an exclusive blend of the highest quality of professional dance training and theater studies. Students prepare for an all-encompassing professional career on stage, television and commercials with training by current working professionals in Acting, Vocal Studies, Technical Theater and a variety of current, pertinent dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Theater Dance, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Aerial Arts.

Still Photos Credit: Danicah Waldo.

* Video credit: Executive Editor Samantha Bassford and Rachel Wildner from PopTV.

Event News Advisory, Monday, April 23 at 6 PM: “Performing Arts at Pace University Presents THE MASTER SERIES – An Evening with the Legendary Zoe Caldwell”

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, sbecker2@pace.edu; 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.

 Come to the place where art and industry intersect!

Theatermania: “Gregory Mosher, Amanda Feldman, Alexander Fraser Set for The Masters Series”

Theatermania wrote this about “The Master Series” presented by Pace Performing Arts: “The Masters Series aims to provide the new generation of artists with the opportunity of interacting with well-established professionals in order 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 theater.”

Bethany Rickwald of Theatermania reported that Pace Performing Arts will present theater professionals Gregory Mosher, Amanda Feldman, and Alexander Fraser as part its free The Masters Series, March 26 at 6pm at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

The Masters Series aims to provide the new generation of artists with the opportunity of interacting with well-established professionals in order 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 theater.

Mosher has directed and produced nearly 200 stage productions at the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres, on and off Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End. Feldman is one half of the producing team Neighborhood Productions and the Managing Director of CollaborationTown. Fraser is Producer for Daryl Roth Productions. During his career as a producer, general manager, and nonprofit executive, he has been involved with over 75 shows on Broadway.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Monday, March 26 at 6 PM – “Pace Performing Arts Presents “THE MASTER SERIES” – Conversations with Leading Theatrical Producers Gregory Mosher, Amanda Feldman and Alexander Fraser

“The Masters Series” returns on Monday, March 26 as Pace Performing Arts presents three of our most influential American theatrical producers: Gregory Mosher, Amanda Feldman and Alexander Fraser. Conversations begin at 6 pm in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. RSVP: PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu

Pace Performing Arts Presents

“THE MASTERS SERIES”

Conversations with Leaders in the American Theater

Visionaries from three of our most influential American theater institutions discuss

PRODUCING CONTEMPORARY THEATER AND NEW WORK

 

  • GREGORY MOSHER – Producer, Director. Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire (starring Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin), James Joyce’s The Dead, John Leguizamo’s Freak, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge (starring Liev Scheiber and Scarlett Johansson), That Championship Season (starring Brian Cox and Jim Gaffigan).  Former head of the Lincoln Center Theater and the Goodman Theater.
  • AMANDA FELDMAN – Producer. Off Broadway: The Hotel Project, Prison Light, Lake Water, The Play About My Dad. Coordinator of NYC World Theatre Day Coalition. General Manager of the Lark Play Development Center, 2006-11.
  • ALEXANDER FRASER Producer, Daryl Roth Productions. Broadway: The Normal Heart (Tony Award), Irena’s VowBombay Dreams, Topdog/UnderdogNoises OffCrazy for You;  Off-Broadway: Love, Loss and What I WoreJitneySaturday NightJar the Floor, This is Our Youth; Former Executive Director, Second Stage Theatre, NYC.

WHEN:           Monday, March 26, 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, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637

MODERATOR: Cosmin Chivu, Winner of the 2012 Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Project; Director of Directing 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. Come to the place where art and industry intersect.

COMPLETE BIOS

GREGORY MOSHER has directed and produced nearly 200 stage productions at the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres, on and off Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End. Among them were John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation; David Rabe’s Hurly-Burly; the South African township musical Sarafina!; Richard Nelson’s musical adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead; David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross; and John Leguizamo’s Freak. Mosher’s collaboration with Mamet began with American Buffalo in 1975 and continued for over two decades and more than twenty works. He has produced or directed new work by such theatre artists as Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Elaine May, Spalding Gray, and Nobel Prize winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott. He has directed many of America’s well-known actors, including William Macy, Jessica Lange, Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, Matthew Broderick, Ed Harris, Vince Vaughn, Sally Field, Liev Scheiber, Scarlet Johannson, and Kiefer Sutherland. He has received every major American theatre award, including two Tonys.

AMANDA FELDMAN is one half of the producing team Neighborhood Productions and the Managing Director of CollaborationTown, A Theatre Co. Producing credits include: HOTEL PROJECT (The Grand Summit Hotel, Summit, NJ and The WJ Hotel, NYC), Prison Light (HERE), Lake Water (IRT Theater); The Play About My Dad (59e59); The Wife (Access Gallery); What May Fall (Fordham University); HACK! An IT Spaghetti Western (The Brick); Neighborhood 3 and Unfold Me (Summer Play Festival ’08 and ’07); Dressing Miss Julie (NYC Fringe Festival); The Deepest Play Ever, They’re Just Like Us, The Astronomer’s Triangle, and The Trading Floor (CollaborationTown 2003–2006). She was the General Manager of the Lark Play Development Center 2006-11. She has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well as in the regional theater world. She sits on the board of the League of Independent Theaters New York, she co-runs the Community Dish, and she coordinates the NYC World Theatre Day Coalition.

ALEXANDER FRASER is currently Producer for Daryl Roth Productions, capping a career as a producer, general manager and nonprofit executive, including over 75 shows on Broadway (The Normal Heart (Tony Award), Irena’s Vow, Bombay Dreams,Topdog/Underdog, Noises Off, Crazy for You), Off-Broadway (Love, Loss and What I Wore, Jitney, Saturday Night, Jar the Floor, This is Our Youth), West End (Ragtime, Boston Marriage, Lobby Hero) and the road. He was the Executive Director of the Second Stage Theatre from 1996 to 2001.

COSMIN CHIVU (Moderator) has directed over fifty professional and university productions in America, Austria, England, Germany, Greece, and Romania. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, NYC, a fellow of the Jack O’Brien Lab at the Old Globe, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is the winner of the 2012 Drama League’s New Directors New Works Project. Chivu is currently running the Directing program and teaches theater courses in the Department of Performing Arts at Pace University’s New York City. In recent months he also taught Master Classes on Improvisation, Directing styles, and European Drama at the Tisch School at NYU, the University of Hawaii, and T.O.C. Athens, Greece. He is actively involved in developing courses in translating contemporary European plays for an American audience and has been developing new plays in the Actors Studio’s Playwriting Directing workshop. He holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School University, NYC and a BA in Acting from the G. Enescu Art Academy, Romania.

ABOUT DYSON COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE’S PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS AT PACE UNIVERSITY:

Undergraduate: Dyson’s Performing Arts Department (PAD) offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting and in Musical Theater and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized focuses in Acting, Directing, Commercial Dance or Design/Technical Theater. On average, there are 1,000 applicants for every 100 new openings each year. PAD presents over 50 performances every year. Performance spaces range from the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Schaeberle (black box) Theater, and Studio 501, home to many student-directed productions. http://www.pace.edu/dyson/academic-departments-and-programs/performing-arts

Graduate: 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 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 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

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The New York Times, Theater Review: “A Family’s Songs of Love and Loss, ‘Myths and Hymns,’ Directed by Elizabeth Lucas”

Performing Arts students Donell James Foreman ’12, Matthew Farcher ’12 (pictured), Pace alumna Ally Bonino ’11 and Performing Arts Assistant Professor Robert Meffe are getting major accolades for their work in “Myths and Hymns.”

Chief Theater Writer Charles Isherwood’s review of “Myths and Hymns” appeared on the front page of The New York Times “TheArts” section on February 9 and included accolades for several members of the Pace Performing Arts community – Donell James Foreman (BFA ’12), Matthew Farcher (BFA ’12), Pace alumna Ally Bonino (BFA ’11) and Performing Arts Assistant Professor Robert Meffe.
 
HIGHLIGHTS FROM ISHERWOOD’S THEATER REVIEW:
 
As the original title indicates, it’s a musically eclectic collection of songs that alternates between adaptations of 19th-century hymns and classic myths with contemporary lyrics supplied (mostly) by Mr. Guettel (best known for his Broadway musical “The Light in the Piazza”). Ms. Lucas has shown judicious taste in supplying only minimal dialogue for the new version: the songs remain the focus of the show, expertly performed by a five-member band in spare orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and Robert Meffe and sung with bright fervor by a six talented singers.
 
Over a simple, lilting music-box melody Ms. Larsen laments the disappearance of yet another lover. (They are all played by the fine tenor Matthew Farcher – pictured)
 
Myths and Hymns

Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, with new narrative by Elizabeth Lucas; directed by Ms. Lucas; choreography by Wendy Seyb; music supervisor, Robert Meffe; sets by Ann Bartek; costumes by Emily Morgan DeAngelis; lighting by Herrick Goldman; sound by Janie Bullard; musical director, Katya Stanislavskaya; stage manager, Kristine Ayers. Presented by Prospect Theater Company, Cara Reichel, producing artistic director; Melissa Huber, managing director. At the West End Theater, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street, Manhattan; (212) 352-3101; prospecttheater.org. Through Feb. 26. Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes.

WITH: Linda Balgord (Woman), Ally Bonino (Trickster), Matthew Farcher (Lover), Donell James Foreman (Shapeshifter), Anika Larsen (Daughter), Lucas Steele (Son) and Bob Stillman (Husband).

Theatermania: “Cosmin Chivu, Joseph V. Mellilo Set for Pace University’s Performing Arts Masters Series Discussion”

The Performing Arts Masters Series at Pace University 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.

Editor-in-Chief Brian Scott Lipton noted Dyson’s inaugural Masters Series in Theatermania’s THEATER NEWS column:

Pace University’s Masters Series will present a special panel discussion on “Promoting and Creating New Work” at 6pm on Monday, February 13 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

Cosmin Chivu, director of Directing at Pace Performing Arts, will moderate the discussion, which will feature Lincoln Center Theater’s Anne Cattaneo, The Public Theater’s Maria Goyanes, and BAM’s Joseph V. Mellilo.

Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Email PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu

 

NEWS RELEASE: “Pace Announces Nation’s New University-Based COMMERCIAL DANCE Program; Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2011”

“In talking with young dancers around the U.S., I became aware that the one thing that was missing from university dance programs was training in commercially-viable dance styles that would bridge the gap between classical training and the real world of commercial dance,” said International Choreographer Rhonda Miller. “I became excited at the possibility of creating such a program right here in one of the entertainment capitals of the world, New York City. How exciting for all dancers who attend Pace! I truly look forward to the continual growth in excitement for dance at Pace University.”

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pace University Offers COMMERCIAL DANCE Program, Spearheaded by World-Renowned Choreographer Rhonda Miller

NEW YORK, NY, June 21, 2011 — One of the most sought-after choreographers and dance lecturers from coast to coast, Rhonda Miller, has been tapped to spearhead Pace University’s new Commercial Dance program.

The program provides 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. The program will also include two required dance history courses. It was developed in response to both student and industry demand and will be offered starting Fall 2011. 

“As far as we know it is the only state-approved, university-based commercial dance training program in the country, which means that we are training students for all media, not just the stage,” said Grant Kretchik, Director of the university’s BFA Acting program. 

“It really complements our programs in musical theater, acting, technical theater and directing,” said Nira Herrmann, Dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, which houses the Performing Arts Department at Pace. “Additionally it represents our continued growth and innovation in developing arts programs in Downtown New York.” 

Professor Miller has been teaching dance classes at Pace University for three years as a lecturer and created the successful showcase, “Dance Out Loud!” which just wrapped its second year. 

“I love working with her. She is unarguably a great addition to this department and program. What is amazing about her is that she is tough; she demands a lot from her students – and they respond to her. She really inspires them not just to have great technical form but also to believe in themselves as dancers. She just wants to constantly raise the bar and they respond. … The dance program is hot right now,” said Kretchik. 

Miller became a full-time dance lecturer at Pace University in 2008. 

“In talking with young dancers around the U.S., I became aware that the one thing that was missing from university dance programs was training in commercially-viable dance styles that would bridge the gap between classical training and the real world of commercial dance,” said Miller. “I became excited at the possibility of creating such a program right here in one of the entertainment capitals of the world, New York City. How exciting for all dancers who attend Pace! I truly look forward to the continual growth in excitement for dance at Pace University.” 

For information on how to Apply and Audition for Pace’s new Commercial Dance program, visit www.pace.edu/performingarts  or call 212-346-1352.

About Rhonda Miller

Rhonda Miller was a founder and co-owner of L.A.’s premiere dance studio, The Edge, and was the leader of its convention business, L.A. DanceForce, for many years. She has been one of the most sought-after choreographer/dance instructors in the U.S. dance convention industry, teaching for New York City Dance Alliance, Tremaine, Dance Masters of America, Dance Makers and individual studios around the U.S. and Canada. 

Miller holds a BFA from the University of Utah and an MPA from Oklahoma City University. She has been a guest lecture/master teacher and choreographer for Dean College, Cornish College, Bellevue College and Oklahoma City University. Her professional choreography credits cover all aspects of dance on Broadway, Television and Film.  After relocating to New York, Rhonda’s work caught the eye of Broadway director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who included her on his team for the renowned Broadway Bares. Stage credits are Nothing Like A Dame at the Marquis Theater in New York City, ABC Daytime Salutes at Town Hall; All Shook Up, CHICAGO, City of Angels, RENT, A Christmas Carol and The Wild Party. Off Broadway credits include Have a Nice Life, Austentatious, Gemini, The Musical and Common Grounds for which she won a NYMF Outstanding Choreography Award. Television credits include General Hospital, The Boys for HBO; It’s Garry Shandling’s Show for HBO. Rhonda’s work has also been seen in commercials and industrials for such Fortune 500 companies as Chrysler, Toys R Us, Warner Brothers, Exxon-Mobil Apple Computers. Recently she was stage director for NICKELODEON UPFRONTS, and worked with CATHERINE ZETA JONES on the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE Awards. She is also in development for a new Broadway Dance Project, Eve’s Turn. 

About Performing Arts at Pace University

Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting and Musical Theater and 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 

At the graduate level, Dyson College is also home to The Actors Studio Drama School offering 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 – jointly 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 and Dyson College. 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 105 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, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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