Filmmaker Magazine: How We Financed “When Harry Tries to Marry” Through Staged Readings

Filmmaker Magazine ran an article on how a film featuring Pace was financed.

From an article by Nayan Padrai on the web site of Filmmaker Magazine:

“People have always discouraged “readings” for investors, and I know why. They are usually boring for a number of reasons. Now I’ll lay out how my producing partners and I successfully raised money for our first film by staging readings.

First, here’s a little backstory on what led us to this idea that everyone tells you not to do. Our journey started in 1998 when my writing partner Ralph Stein and I first wrote the script for When Harry Tries to Marry. It was a passion project we knew we wanted to make ourselves. The script got immediate and positive reaction and scored us meetings around town. It got us hip-pocketed. We won some awards at writing contests. We even got “name” cast interested. I was accepted into the Sundance Producer’s Lab in 2004. We managed to raise a bit of financing, which eventually fell through. Then. Nothing. The script sat there for five years as life went on.

Cut to: March 2009. I had quit my job to turn to filmmaking full-time. My producing partner Sheetal Vyas and I created a very comprehensive, beautifully designed business plan, along with a full prospectus prepared by our entertainment attorney, a shooting schedule and a detailed budget. We made a list of people we could approach for funds and started sending out packages. The typical reply was, “I like the proposal, but I haven’t had a chance to read the script…”

We had to do something different. I met with Sheetal, Ralph and our co-producer Bhushan Thakkar. We reasoned that even if we could get investors to read the script on time and even if they liked it, we would face two big hurdles. I was a first-time director, and we had no cast in place. No stars. It would fall apart again.

I suggested we stage a reading: “Lets show them the movie, lets put on a show.”

Read the full article here:

HOW WE FINANCED “WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY” THROUGH STAGED READINGS | Filmmaker Magazine.

BroadwayWorld.com: “Pace Performing Arts Presents DANCE OUT LOUD, 4/20-21”

Put on your dancing shoes this weekend and head to the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts to experience ballet, jazz, modern, theater dance, tap, contemporary, hip hop and aerial arts like you’ve never seen it before! BroadwayWorld reports that Pace is one of the only universities to offer aerial arts (dancing while suspended in air!).

BroadwayWorld.com highlights the third annual Dance Out Loud!

Pace Performing Arts presents “Dance Out Loud 2012,” conceived and directed by Rhonda Miller, director of Performing Arts’ Commercial Dance Program. The event stars more than 50 Performing Arts students, with a special appearance by Angelica Salem, Singing Artist/Pace Commercial Dance Student, who will perform her pop song, “We Rock the World.” Click here to watch a video. In addition, Pace faculty member Joshua Dean‘s “Dancing in Air,” a Pace First “Bad Boy” aerial number will be featured. Pace is one of the only universities to offer Aerial Arts.

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

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.

Choreographers: Joshua Dean, Lauren Gaul, Jen Littlefield, Melissa Rae Mahon, Rhonda Miller, Alisa Paradowski, Stephanie Torbik; Costume Design: Brain Hemesath; Lighting Design: Graham Kindred; Stage Managers: Elizabeth 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.

Photo credit: Danicah Waldo

 

The Broadsheet Daily: “The Repertory Season at Pace University”

The Broadsheet Daily is Lower Manhattan’s daily newspaper covering Downtown news, people, places and events, including the five-week Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Repertory Season.

The Broadsheet Daily has promoted The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2012 MFA Repertory Season weekly to the Lower Manhattan community in its online event coverage.

(Pictured) Here’s a scene from Week Three “Brilliant Traces” by Cindy Lou Johnson. Directed by Chris Triebel, performed by Amie Lytle and Ollie Oliver. Photo credit: ScottWynn.com

The Repertory Season at Pace University
The Actors Studio Drama School presents its annual Repertory Season at Pace University, in five weeks of theatre designed to introduce our graduating students to the professional world and the public in fully-professional productions of the work they have created during their three years of study. Here you will witness a weekly series of scenes, one-act plays and full-length plays, some of them written by our playwrights, and all of them directed by our directors and acted by our actors. Free. Reservations recommended; call (212) 501-2099 or email: ASDSRep@pace.edu. Through April 28. Wed-Fri 8pm. Sat 3pm & 8pm.

BroadwayWorld.com: “Performing Arts at Pace University Presents An Evening with Zoe Caldwell, 4/23”

To Zoe Caldwell’s credit are four Tony Awards, an OBE (Order of the British Empire), and a book “I Will Be Cleopatra” published by W.W. Norton. She will be interviewed by Cosmin Chivu, Head of the Directing program at Pace Performing Arts (pictured).

Featured on BroadwayWorld.com:

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, press notes state. 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.”

“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. 

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 (pictured),  Winner of the 2012 Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Project; the Head of the Directing program at Pace Performing Arts. 

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

BroadwayWorld.com: “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. BroadwayWorld.com 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 http://theatrerow.org/thelion.htm

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
http://theatrerow.org/thelion.htm

Buy Tickets
Ticket Price: $13.25
Online: http://bit.ly/9NWdVZ
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

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!

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.  

 

Playbill, Theatermania and BroadwayWorld.com: “Ali Ewoldt, Adam Kantor Set for ‘Pace Musical Theatre Sings: The Music of Carner & Gregor'”

A must-see concert for new musical theatre lovers. “Pace Musical Theatre Sings: The Music of Carner & Gregor” is a showcase of the work of songwriters Sam Carner and Derek Gregor featuring Dyson performing arts students from the Class of 2015.

Pace Musical Theatre Sings: The Music of Carner & Gregor, a showcase of the work of Sam Carner & Derek Gregor by Pace University students, will be presented at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on March 19 at 7pm noted three of the top entertainment trade publications – BroadwayWorld.comTheatermania and Playbill.

Carner & Gregor are a musical composing duo on the rise, who take great interest in working with college students. In the style of their Barely Legal Extravaganza concert series, they present nine fresh faces – Devin Lewis, Jeff Heimbrock, Tory Ramirez, Michael Hughes, Andrey Patino, Ebeth Engquist, Chandler Reeves, Samantha Grossman, and Tatiana Lofton who are new to the New York City cabaret scene  – in this exciting concert showcasing their work.

Hosted by composers Sam Carner and Derek Gregor with special guest singers Ali Ewoldt and Adam Kantor

The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 West 42nd Street. Tickets are priced $15 and there is a $15 food drink minimum. For reservations visit www.westbankcafe.com/beechman_theatre.html or call 212-695-6909.

BroadwayWorld.com: “Pace Performing Arts Presents THE MASTER SERIES, 3/26”

Cosmin Chivu, Winner of the 2012 Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Project and Director of Directing at Pace Performing Arts, will moderate the second Master Series presented by Pace Performing Arts on Monday, March 26 at 6 pm.

Professor Cosmin Chivu, Director of Directing at Pace Performing Arts, will engage three of America’s leading theatrical producers in discussions of their unique practices and bodies of work, followed by a Q&A session with Pace BFA and BA Performing Arts students.

The producers who will be at center stage of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts are:

  • 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 ProjectPrison LightLake WaterThe Play About My Dad.Coordinator of NYC World Theatre Day Coalition. General Manager of the Lark Play Development Center, 2006-11.
  • ALEXANDER FRASER  ProducerDaryl Roth Productions. Broadway: The Normal Heart (Tony Award), Irena’s VowBombay DreamsTopdog/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.

Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Pace-Performing-Arts-Presents-THE-MASTER-SERIES-326-20120309#ixzz1ortGq0Kj