Bloomberg.com: “Scene Last Night: Herbert Allison, Dale Chihuly’s Venice”

World-renowned artist Dale Chihuly received The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Fritz Redlich Alumni Award in recognition of his distinguished career in creating art across many different cultures.

On hand to honor him at the institute’s “Opening Minds to the World” gala benefit was Terhi Lintukangas, an Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidate and Fulbright fellow from Finland. IIE administers exchange programs, including the Fulbright.

The Institute of International Education (IIE), a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas, administers exchange programs, including the Fulbright. 

At the IIE  awards gala on October 4th at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street, Bloomberg.com reports there were more than 400 business, education, government, foundation and policy leaders … plus 15 exceptional student-guests including Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidate Terhi Lintukangas, a Fulbright fellow from Finland who has performed and taught puppet theater. 

“It was a good opportunity to talk about my studies at Pace to the top people of many fields,” said Lintukangas, whose goal is to become a well-rounded theater artist.

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.”

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Names Theatrical Innovator Jorge Luis Cacheiro as New Chair of its Performing Arts Department

Jorge Luis Cacheiro — a visionary director and university performing arts leader with deep roots to the New York and international theater communities — has been appointed the new Chair of Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Performing Arts Department at Pace University.

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

Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Names Theatrical Innovator Jorge Luis Cacheiro as New Chair of its Performing Arts Department

NEW YORK, October 10, 2011 — Jorge Luis Cacheiro — a visionary director and university performing arts leader with deep roots to the New York and international theater communities — has been appointed the new Chair of Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Performing Arts Department (PAD) at Pace University, effective September 5, 2011. PAD houses the College’s undergraduate performing arts programs, which complement the College’s graduate programs, housed in the renowned Actors Studio Drama School. Cacheiro succeeds Ruis Woertendyke, who becomes Associate Chair after six years at the helm of Pace’s Performing Arts faculty.

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.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Jorge’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.  “The department’s growth has been carefully managed to provide each major with personalized attention within the different areas: BFA in Acting; BFA in Musical Theater; and BA in Theater Arts with tracks in Acting, Directing, Design/Technical Theater and the track in Commercial Dance.  We look forward to the new programs and perspectives that Jorge brings to this exciting department.”

From my very first visit on Pace’s campus, I sensed an immense energy from students, faculty and administration alike,” said Cacheiro. “There is an undeniable united goal to make 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.”

Cacheiro has long harbored a passion for new works.  Under his direction, plays by such prominent playwrights as Harry Kondoleon, David Lindsay-Abaire, Eduardo Machado and Luis Santeiro have premiered in theaters ranging from New York Theater Workshop, Circle Repertory and INTAR in New York to Echo Theater in Los Angeles to the Magic Theater in San Francisco. He has also been a guest director at the O’Neil Theater Conference and the Ojai Playwrights Conferences.  His original projects have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, TCG, the New York State Arts Council, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Goethe House and the Spanish Embassy among others.  Cacheiro is a former Circle Rep Lab member and Princess Grace Award winner.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Cacheiro has also worked tirelessly to build academic and professional cultural bridges between the US and Cuba. He has pursued academic agreements between Cuba’s Institute of Superior Arts and American universities and has brought artists from Cuba to work in the US.

In 2010, with the Rita Montaner Theater Company’s Latin American premiere of Canto del Pozo Ciego by Jorge Cortiñas in Havana, Cacheiro became the first American director invited to lead a major Cuban company.  Cacheiro received support from TCG and the Andrew Mellon Foundation for this work. He returns to direct again in Havana in 2013.

About Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Perfoming 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.

Graduate: The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, also located in Dyson College, is the only MFA (Acting, Directing and Playwriting) theatre program officially sanctioned by the legendary Actors Studio (co-presidents Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino). All MFA students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series Inside the Actors Studio (taped at Pace’s Schimmel Theater and open to students), hosted by James Lipton, Dean Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Actors Studio Drama School. 

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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BroadwayWorld.com: “Pace University Announces Open Submissions for ‘Pace New Musicals'”

Got script and musical score? Pace New Musicals will provide the space, the performers, a stage manager, a light board and light operator, and a director and music director.

“Our objective is to nurture the creation of new musical theater in New York City and to provide an invaluable educational opportunity to our students to work directly with top professionals in the field,” said Amy Rogers, the founder and director of Pace’s Musical Theater Program.

Pace’s  Musical Theater Program is currently accepting submissions of new musical theater works, reports BroadwayWorld.com  

Deadline: October 7, 2011.

The chosen piece will be given a full reading in the Schaeberle Theater at Pace University in lower Manhattan, with actors chosen from the musical theater student body. There will be a two-week rehearsal period starting Tuesday, January 3, 2012, with seven performances starting January 18 and ending January 22, 2012.

Because of the short rehearsal time, completed scores and scripts are requested. Pace New Musicals will provide the space, the performers, a stage manager, a light board and light operator, and a director and music director.  If there is already a director and/or music director attached to the project and wants to continue that association, then it is up to the creators whether or not to use them for this reading.

For submission details, click here

PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS: 

  •  2011 – Factory Girls written by Creighton Irons, Sean Mahoney and Maggie-Kate Coleman about the young women in the textile mills of Massachusetts. 
  • 2010 – Quanah, the musical journey of Comanche chief Quanah Parker and his mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped as a girl and raised by the Comanches as one of their own.  Music, story and lyrics by legendary country music star Larry Gatlin, book by Anthony Dodge, and dramaturgy by Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge.
  • 2009 – Jonathan Larson award winner Ryan Scott Oliver’s and B.T. Ryback’s Darling, is a  musical which follows upper crust teenager Ursula Morgan in 1929 Boston as society boils in the weeks before the Crash.
  • 2008 – College: The Musical, a tuneful and honest look at modern campus life, written by two recent Princeton graduates.  It was subsequently chosen for production with the New York Musical Theatre Festival where the authors, Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola, won the NYMF award for Excellence in Writing Lyrics. 
  • 2007 – A staged workshop of Mark Waldrop and Brad Ross’ musical, Luck!  In this fractured folk tale based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Mazel and Shlimazel, the spirits of Good Luck and Bad Luck, make a bet to determine who is the more powerful.

DanceTeacher: “Keeping Pace with the Commercial World”

According to International Choreographer Rhonda Miller, who is spearheading Dyson’s new BA in Theater/Commercial Dance, “Being in New York City is a very important factor of our program — EVERY teacher on the faculty is currently working in the business.”

Starting this fall, Pace University is offering a program that caters exclusively to commercial dancers, providing specialized training for dance careers on the stage or silver screen, reports the September issue of DanceTeacher.  The BA in Theater/Commercial Dance program is the first of its kind in the nation, says Rhonda Miller, founder of L.A. dance studio The Edge, who is spearheading the audition-only program. “Pace is known for being a business school, so this blends right in with its philosophy,” she says.  Miller has been a full-time dance lecturer at Pace since 2008 and has been working with the university to create this degree for the past year. “The program teaches students how to make a living for themselves and how to develop themselves as a product,” she adds.

Classes include ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and dance history, focusing on keeping students both diverse and current. “Being in New York City is a very important factor of our program—every teacher on the faculty is currently working in the business,” says Miller, who will teach jazz, choreography, theater dance and tap. Other faculty include Mike Schulster (tap), Janice Barringer (ballet), Lauren Gaul (contemporary and jazz) and Joshua Dean (modern dance and ballet). 

Why should commercial dancers choose to pursue a college degree? “The key word is longevity,” says Miller. “The best way to sustain a career in dance for your whole life is to educate yourself.” 

Click here to learn more about performing arts at Pace.

BroadwayWorld: “CHAGRIN Plays Fringe NYC” – Opens August 12 with Actors Studio Drama School MFA Grads

Recent graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA program come together to perform “Chagrin,” a humorous and heartbreaking story of failed friendship at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.

Outside Inside was founded in 2011 by graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University to produce new plays written, directed, and performed according to the tenets of the influential Stanislavsky “System,” and the philosophies of the world-renowned Actors Studio

Outside Inside’s inaugural production will be Chagrin by Michael Ross Albert, debuting at the largest multi-arts festival in North America, the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival.

Chagrin takes place outside of a small town hospital, where four estranged friends are unexpectedly reunited. Fifteen years ago, these child geniuses rose to mega-stardom on a popular TV game show. Now, brought together by a tragic accident, they must grapple with their collective past in the place where it all began – Chagrin Falls. 

Adam Levi directs this world premiere production which stars Marco Agnolucci, Heath Carr, Suzy Kimball, and Melissa Rosenberger. Kaitlyn Samuel serves as Associate Producer/Assistant Director.

Performance schedule for Chagrin @ LaMaMa’s First Floor Theater (74A East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery): 

  • FRIDAY 8/12 @ 7:15-8:15 pm (Opening Night!)
  • SUNDAY 8/14 @ 4:15-5:15 pm
  • WEDNESDAY 8/17 @ 10:00-11:00 pm
  • THURSDAY 8/18 @ 4:00-5:00 pm
  • SATURDAY 8/20 @ NOON-1:00 pm

The Strawberry One-Act Festival (NYC/Summer 2011) Abounds with Actors Studio Drama School Playwrights, Actors and Directors

The Strawberry One-Act Festival features six recent graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Program. Ellen Orchid’s “Criminal Mischief” (Thursday, July 28 at 9 pm) and Kerri Campbell Evans’ “Weight” (Saturday, July 30 at 7 pm) take the stage at the Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 26th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenue), NYC.

A sweet treat this summer is the 20th annual Strawberry One-Act Festival , a play competition in which the audience and the theatre’s judges cast their votes to select the best play of the season.  Twice a year, hundreds of plays from across the country are submitted for the competition.  Plays move from the 1st Round to the Semi-Finals and then the Finals.  The playwright of the winning play receives $1,500.00 and the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant.  The awards to be presented are Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. 
 
Here are some familiar names that you may remember from past Actors Studio Drama School Spring Repertory Seasons:
 
Thursday, July 28th at 9:00 pm
 
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF by Ellen Orchid (MFA ’09)
Directed by Ellen Orchid (MFA ’09)
Featuring: Melinda Graham (MFA ’10), Suzanne Darrell (MFA ’10), and Angel Dillemuth (MFA ’10)
He was a great boyfriend.  Until his wife showed up.
 
 
Saturday, July 30th at 7:00 pm

WEIGHT by Kerri Campbell Evans (MFA ’10)
Directed by Larissa Dzegar (MFA ’09)
Featuring:  Melinda Graham (MFA ’10), Geiselle Nix-Fauntleroy, and Kerri Campbell Evans (MFA ’09)
3 embryos, 2 women & 1 waiting room

 
The Strawberry One-Act Festival is held at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street, NYC.  Tickets: www.therianttheatre.com

BroadwayWorld.com: “WITH A SHRUG” Made Semi-Finalist in Samuel French Off Off B’way Short Play Fest”

WITH A SHRUG by Playwright Nicholas Priore will be presented at the 36th Annual Samuel French Inc. Off Off Broadway (OOB) Short Play Festival on Friday, July 22 at 8 pm, at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). It is one of 40 plays chosen from over 1,000 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs and professional companies across the country. Running time: 30 minutes.

“It’s a great honor to be involved with the Samuel French OOB Festival this summer…our team is very excited to share this work,” Playwright Nicholas Priore told BroadwayWorld.com.
 
“All in the Family” – The Actors Studio Connection
 
“Everyone involved With a Shrug is associated in some way with The Actors Studio,” said Priore, who studied playwriting at The Actors Studio Drama School, where he graduated with an MFA in Theatre (’10).  He has spent the last year as a Working Finalist in The Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop and Playwright Directors Unit.
 
Synopsis.  Gina Bonati, a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, stars as Shelley, who is cleaning out her old childhood home after the death of her reclusive father when David Holmes, currently an intern at The Actors Studio who plays Chris, pays a visit to retrieve something he had her father borrow.  Robert Haufrecht, a member of The Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop, directs.

NEWS RELEASE: “With a Shrug” by Playwright Nicholas Priore (MFA ’10, The Actors Studio Drama School) Among 40 Elite Semi-Finalists in Samuel French’s 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival – Will Be Presented July 22 in NYC

Chosen from over 1,030 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs, and professional companies nationwide, “With a Shrug” by Playwright Nicholas Priore (MFA ’10) will be presented at the 36th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway (OOB) Short Play Festival at 8 pm on July 22nd at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). Powerhouse theatrical publisher Samuel French is one of the largest and most prestigious publishing houses in the world.

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

With a Shrug by Playwright Nicholas Priore (Actors Studio Drama School MFA ’10) Semi-Finalist in

Samuel French’s 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

– July 22, 8 pm at The Lion Theatre on Theater Row, New York City

NEW YORK, NY, July 13, 2011 – Chosen from over 1,030 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs, and professional companies nationwide, With a Shrug by Playwright Nicholas Priore (MFA ’10, The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University) and produced by Pamela Scott/Aching Dogs Theatre Company will be presented at the 36th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway (OOB) Short Play Festival at 8 pm on July 22nd at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC).

The week-long festival features a full program of 40 selected plays performed for a panel of judges comprised of established playwrights, agents and Samuel French editorial staff.  Six finalists are chosen to have their plays licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

 “It’s a great honor to be involved with the Samuel French OOB Festival this summer…our team is very excited to share this work,” said Priore.  “Everyone involved With a Shrug is associated in some way with the Actors Studio, “he added. “Gina Bonati, a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio, stars as Shelley, who is cleaning out her old childhood home after the death of her reclusive father when David Holmes, currently an intern at the Actors Studio who plays Chris, pays a visit to retrieve something he had her father borrow.  With a Shrug is directed by Robert Haufrecht, a member of the Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop.” 

For additional insight into the play and Priore’s thought process in creating it, go to http://oob.samuelfrench.com/index.php/the-final-forty/with-a-shrug-by-nicholas-priore

About the Playwright

Nicholas Priore was born and raised in Utica, NY, where he endured a Catholic education and graduated from Notre Dame High School.  He studied fiction and poetry for four years at SUNY-Purchase, earning a BA in Creative Writing, and went on to study playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, where he graduated with an MFA (May ’10).  He spent the past year as a finalist at the Actors Studio, and as a member of their Playwright Directors Workshop and Playwright Directors Unit.  Some of his plays include Unearthing the Tramp (ASDS Rep), Better than Nothing (Manhattan Rep), Beanie (Actors Studio PDU), Stuck (American Global Theatre), With a Shrug (Gallery Players) and Broken Record (Actors Studio PDW).  

About the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

For more information about the festival, plays, playwrights and participating companies, please visit the official festival website at www.samuelfrench.com/oobfestival. By requiring authors to collaborate with a producing organization and present their work in performance, Samuel French seeks to encourage the collaborative and creative process of playwriting.

All tickets are $18.  For more information and ticket purchase, call Telecharge 800-432-7250 or log onto www.telecharge.com. The 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival will run July 19th – July 24th at The Lion Theatre, Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY). 

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 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.

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NEWS RELEASE: It’s a Pace TRIFECTA! Director Grant Kretchik, Producer Rebecca Cunningham and Actress Samantha Steinmetz Will Preview “Scottish Sperm” at Pace’s NYC Campus July 21 – 23 Prior to Edinburgh Festival Fringe Debut

“Scottish Sperm” Director/Professor Grant Kretchik, Performing Arts Alum/Producer Rebecca Cunningham and BFA Acting Student/Co-Star Samantha Steinmetz will travel to the largest arts festival in the world in Scotland’s capital city in August. But first, a stopover at Pace’s New York City Campus to host three special theatrical previews (July 21, 22 and 23).

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Pace University Trifecta: Pace University Professor (Grant Kretchik) Directs; Performing Arts Alum (Rebecca Cunningham) Produces; BFA Acting Student (Samantha Steinmetz) Co-Stars

SCOTTISH SPERM TRAVELS FROM NEW YORK TO THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

Special Previews at Pace University, NYC Campus – July 21, 22 and 23

New Yorker Jacqueline McLaren’s New Play to be performed ALL OF AUGUST at The Fringe. 

AOL’s PATCH Calls Ms. McLaren “The Next Wendy Wasserstein” and “Indeed a Young Writer to Watch.”

July 12, 2011 – Jacqueline McLaren’s new play Scottish Sperm (Directed by Grant Kretchik) will debut in Edinburgh, Scotland August 5 at 18:40 at theSpace@Jury’s Inn on 43 Jeffrey Street (Venue 260) and will run thru August 25th Monday- Saturday at 18:40.

Previews for Scottish Sperm will be held on July 21, 22, and 23 at Pace University’s Schaeberle Studio Theatre, 41 Park Row – 10th Floor, New York City (East of City Hall). Admission is $10 and reservations (strongly recommended) can be made at Scottishspermtheplay@gmail.com  

McLaren’s new irreverent, incisively funny play focuses on three characters as they face life’s challenges.  What’s so great about Scottish sperm?  The characters in this dark comedy know the answer to this question, but not much else. Emma, Sarah, and Robert are stuck in the crossroads of their lives, and their refusal to move on leads them to destroy the relationships that they are attempting to save.  Filled with hilarious, irreverent, and piercing dialogue, Scottish Sperm follows these three characters as they learn to handle love, loss, and whiskey.

The Creative Team:

Jacqueline McLaren (Playwright) is a playwright known for her irreverent, cutting humor and ear for dialogue.  Scottish Sperm will be Ms. McLaren’s first production at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Ms. McLaren’s previous play How to Build a Bomb won the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Award.  How to Build a Bomb was also selected for Pace University’s New Works Festival in Manhattan in 2010.  Two of Ms. McLaren’s plays were chosen for the University Theater’s New Plays Festivals in Chicago.  Ms. McLaren is a writer on Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro, on NBC/Telemundo, that network’s first bilingual talk show.  Ms. McLaren is a graduate of the University of Chicago.  She taught at several public schools in the notoriously rough South Side of Chicago throughout her four years. 

Grant Kretchik (Director) holds an MFA in Acting from the New School University, and is the head of Pace University’s BFA Acting Program. He has appeared as an actor Off Broadway and regionally.  Film/TV: Law and Order, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Man on the Moon, and When Harry Tries to Marry (which Kretchik also helped produce). He has worked as both an actor and director at La Mama etc., and been accepted into the Stage Directors Choreographers Society’s 2010/2011 Observership Season. This past October Kretchik assisted on the first Broadway National Tour of Next to Normal, directed by Michael Grief. In September 2011, he will be directing The Parade by Tennessee Williams at the Tennessee Williams International Theater Festival in Provincetown, MA.

Rebecca Cunningham (Producer) – Rebecca is recent graduate of Pace University in New York City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Directing. Directing credits include: The Vagina Monologues, Out in the Open: Stories of Queer Oppression and Empowerment, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Uncommon Women and Others, How to Build a Bomb, Freshwater, romance, and With the Lights Out. AD credits: Sign Me, Who is Dan Schiller?, Gin Joint, The Beggar’s Opera, and Glory of Living.

 The Cast:

Megan Channell (Sarah) recently appeared in Spleen Theatre Company’s inaugural production of Bound at New York Theatre Workshop. Theatre credits include work at Theater for the New City, The Abingdon Theatre, Manhattan Repertory, Curan Repertory, and Phare Play Productions. Film/TV: Sarina’s Song, All My Children. She is a graduate of Emory University.

Dylan Lamb (Robert) is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the recipient of the Chair’s Award of Excellence in Dramatic Writing. He has worked for Warner Brothers Television as part of their Creative Lab and apprenticed at the Guthrie Theater in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. New York Theater: Demon Dreams (Gene Frankel), Glengarry Glen Ross (Cooper Union), John Faustus And The Overclocked Death Drive (Magic Futurebox), Ivanov (Tank Theater). Writing: Alligator Summer (New York Fringe), There Is No Isabelle (Minnesota Fringe), Rebirth of a Little Beauty (3LD), A Man Of My Word (NYU Festival of New Works).

Samantha Steinmetz (Emma) Recent credits include The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme. Le Monde (La Mama), Uncommon Women and Others, The Little Dog Laughed, The Bald Soprano, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Zoo Story, The Vagina Monologues, School, and A Piece of My Heart. Samantha moved from Kansas to New York in 2009 to study at BFA Acting at Pace University. She also trains with Ken Schatz in New York and is a recent graduate of the Circle in the Square Summer Conservatory.

For more information about the play Scottish Sperm, go to McLaren’s blog: scottishsperm.tumblr.com; Twitter:  Scottishsperm; Facebook page:  Support Scottish Sperm.  Contributions may be made at the Facebook page.  

Special Thanks: This Project is supported by Inigo Ramirez de Haro, Consul, Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Spain; Caroline Hirsch, owner, Caroline’s on Broadway; and Shelly and Steve Antinelli, managing director, Rothschild. Inigo is not only an ambassador, but also a well-known playwright, and takes great pleasure in presenting new works. Caroline is not only a great supporter of the arts, but her organization is a launching place for new talent— Scottish Sperm’s playwright, director, and producer are all former employees of Caroline’s. Steve and Shelly are great patron of the arts and have been an integral part of getting this play produced.

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