“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;

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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: The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is Free admission.

Photos: Scott Wynn,

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

From an article in the Downtown Express


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 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 “Photo Flash: Performing Arts at Pace University Presents OUR LADY OF 121st STREET”

This is the first time that Pace has produced Off-Broadway – and the play, “Our Lady of 121st Street” – ends its limited run on Saturday, April 14. features ten photos from the show taken by Ellise Lesser that will entice you to buy your $13.25 ticket now and be part of Pace’s inaugural Theatre Row audience. Go to

On April 7-14, Performing Arts at Pace University will present “Our Lady of 121st Street” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Grant Kretchik, at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row.

Check out production photos by Ellise Lesser here 

The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood characters in this dark, edgy and insightful comedy.

Theater/Venue Information:
Theatre Row – The Lion Theatre
410 West 42nd Street
New York NY 10036

Buy Tickets
Ticket Price: $13.25
Phone: Call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250
In person: Box Office, 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Aves.) 12pm until 8pm daily

Running Time:
2 hours, including one intermission

Theatermania: “Pace University to Present An Evening with Zoe Caldwell”

Pace University has announced “An Evening with Zoe Caldwell” for their Master Series. The event will be held Monday, April 23, at 6pm at the university’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. The moderator will be Cosmin Chivu, the head of the Directing program at Pace Performing Arts.

A four time Tony Award winner, Zoe Caldwell was born in 1933 in Melbourne, Australia, and quickly became a professional actress playing “Slightly Soiled” in Peter Pan. Recently, she appeared in the film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and starred Off-Broadway in David Adjmi’s play Elective Affinities, reported Sarah Moore for Theatermania.

“The Masters Series” at Pace is dedicated to providing the new generation of students/artists with the opportunity of interacting with well-established, outstanding professionals that have developed new voices and ideas. The goal is to reinvigorate the theater’s ancient role as a public forum by focusing on the social and cultural context for the works of the American Theatre of today and tomorrow. The evening’s guests engage in discussions of their unique practices and bodies of work, followed by a Q&A session with Pace BFA and BA Performing Arts students.

Tickets are free and open to the public, and can be reserved by emailing

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”


 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:

COST/RSVP: Free admission, open seating. Reservations: 

PRESS RSVP: Samuella Becker, Pace Media Relations,; 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! “The ‘Cash Cow’ of U.S. Universities: Professional Certificates Instead of Degrees”

In February, Pace’s Lubin School of Business and the Association of International Bank Auditors joined forces to introduce a six-month program leading to a Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional certificate. Professional certificates are valuable for mid-career professionals who don’t have time to plod through the programs of study required for advanced degrees but who need to update their skills regularly.

An article written by Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report and appearing on Time magazine’s website today focused on the boom in certificate programs at four-year colleges.
Certificate programs can be added and updated more quickly than conventional academic ones.  And they can help workers keep up with fast-changing fields such as information technology and intelligence, or get raises or promotions.
But a main reason for the explosion in the number of professional certificates at traditional universities, administrators concede, is that they bring in revenue, largely from mid-career students who pay the full cost without needing institutional financial aid, or whose employers reimburse them for tuition.
“A global economy and the rapidity of progress in technology require continuous education,” said Neil Braun, the dean and a former president of the NBC Television Network and CEO of Viacom Entertainment. “Certificate programs are very useful for people who see the world around them changing faster than they can keep pace.”
Students see the benefit of a professional certificate more narrowly: to distinguish them from other candidates for scarce jobs.

Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch: “Please Fill Out This Application: Give us References and Your Facebook Username & Password”

With social media exploding in popularity more and more employers are looking at prospective employee’s Facebook pages. But, how far can they and should they go?

Lisa J. Stamatelos (pictured) is an adjunct professor of human resources management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.  The following is from her “Workplace – Wild and Wonderful” column which appears in the Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch. 

Face it, your employer or potential employer may want to check out your Facebook page.

This past week I heard on the news that some employers are not only looking at what they are able to see on a person’s Facebook page, but are outright asking individuals to logon to their Facebook account so they can look at it. Whoa, can they do that? The fact is, right now, they can. Is it violating federal law? TechCrunch reported that this past Wednesday the House of Representatives voted down a proposed amendment to FCC legislation that would have prevented current or potential employers from seeking access to employee Facebook accounts. It is possible that new legislation addressing this issue will be introduced.  Further, Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Chuck Schumer (NY) are planning to introduce an equivalent bill in the Senate. In the meantime, what should you do if it happens to you now? 

I put the question to the students in my Human Resources class at Pace University in Pleasantville. As I looked out at the class I saw shock on most of their faces. Some insisted that an employer can’t do that. One young lady felt that asking for the information was akin to asking for the key to her diary  Another student said he would refuse and would not care if he did not get the job. I then asked, “What if you really need and/or want the job?” Would you give in? I saw the wheels turning. Don’t you just hate it when your professor asks you to think? Some changed their minds and indicated that they would comply. Others stood their ground.           

Even if an employer does not ask you outright to look at your Facebook page they can still peruse what is available to them. Obviously, the first thing to do is to make sure you do not have anything on any of your social media accounts that you do not want an employer to see. Next, use the privacy settings only allowing those you want to give permission to view your page. Keep in mind, there are “go arounds.” For example, I have heard that some companies will make up fictitious names and attempt to “friend” an applicant. I have also been told that if your page is blocked an employer might try to view one of your friends’ pages and gain access to information about you that way.      

Personally, I see demanding this information as an invasion of privacy. I would not ask this of an applicant. However, I would investigate if something alarming was brought to my attention. Pay attention to what you are posting. As Sergeant Phil Esterhaus of Hill Street Blues used to say, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”

About this column: Lisa J. Stamatelos is the President of LJS HR Services. Stamatelos is a Human Resources Professional with over 20 years of management experience working with rapidly growing and changing companies. Her expertise includes employment law, recruiting, employee and labor relations as well as training and development. Stamatelos received her Bachelor of Business Administration (summa cum laude) and Master of Business Administration from Pace University. You can reach her at and visit her website,


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.  


Sun Prairie Star: “Sun Prairie native directs at Pace University”

Actors Studio Drama School MFA Directing Candidate Ken Urso grew up in Sun Prairie and Middleton, Wisconsin. Recalls Urso: “Lynda Sharpe was my high school drama teacher. She really took me under her wing, even allowed me to do an ‘Independent Study’ in Directing with her my senior year, in which I adapted a 15th Century Morality Play, “Everyman,” into a modern day play about bullying in High School. Every morning she would mentor me, and at night I would rehearse. She was the one who took me on my first trip NYC.”

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native and Master of Fine Arts candidate Ken Urso will be directing four plays during the Repertory season at New York’s Pace University from March 28 – April 28, reported the Sun Prairie Star.

Urso is the son of Kathy Urso of Middleton and Joe Urso of Mazomanie. He grew up in Sun Prairie before moving to Middleton when he was a freshman in high school. Urso graduated from Middleton High School in 2001 and from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting in 2005.

Urso has directed productions throughout the United States, including The Shape of Things, Chicago, The Producers, Everyman and Cabaret.

New York directing credits include Bent, Never the Sinner and the original productions of Kidnapping Laura Linney, Gay Camp and Riverside. He is also an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

During the Repertory season, Urso directed scenes from John Kolvenbach’s Fabuloso from March 28 -31. He will also be directing Amicable Parting from April 4- 7 (by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath); a scene from Red Light Winter (by Adam Rapp) from April 18 – 21; and a scene from Fallen Angels (by Noel Coward) from April 25 – 28.

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’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.