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

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: “Pace University Hosts 3 Plays over 3 Days, Kicks Off 3/2”

According to BroadwayWorld, “The Actors Studio Drama School’s newest storytellers have taken the advice ‘write what you know’ to heart … as each of these three plays are reflective of the creator’s ethnic heritage and place of birth.”

BroadwayWorld news coverage – http://offoffbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/Pace_University_Hosts_3_Plays_over_3_Days_20010101

The Downtown Express also covered the full-length staged readings – http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_410/stagedreadings.html

PACE UNIVERSITY NYC CAMPUS EVENT ALERT

SPEND THE WEEKEND WITH US – MARCH 4, 5 AND 6

 

PLAYWRIGHT EDWARD ALLAN BAKER INVITES YOU TO JOIN

THE ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL’S 2011 GRADUATING MFA PLAYWRIGHTS

IN AN INTIMATE, BARE-BONES “STAGED READING” THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

“3 Plays over 3 Days”

The Actors Studio Drama School’s newest storytellers have taken the advice “write what you know” to heart … as each of these three plays are reflective of the creator’s ethnic heritage and place of birth.  This is the very first time these works-in-progress have been performed before an outside audience with actors reading the parts, scripts in hand, so we appreciate you coming along for their test drive!  There is a feedback card inside the program.  Please use it.  We welcome your comments.

Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
TOUGH JEWS by Michael Ross Albert
In the crime-filled Jewish Ghetto of 1930s Toronto, the members of a Canadian family struggle to maintain the bonds that hold them together and implicate them in the Crime of the Century.

Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
IF STARS ARE LIT {working title} by Alla Ilyasova
Can a boy with a drum, a man with a bag, and a girl with a secret reignite the light extinguished by civil war in this Russian village?  Or will a gang of Young Pioneers continue to wreak havoc in the night?

Sunday, March 6 at 5 p.m.
AN EVENING OF MURDER by Sarah Rachael Jones
The residents of River Valley, Alabama, are just like those in any other southern town.  Some go to church, some to school, and some even fall in love. But the residents of River Valley have a secret.

For more information and reservations, please RSVP (mandatory as seating limited) at: ASDSReservations@pace.edu or 212-613-6209

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