The New York Times: “Spare Times for Children July 22-28”

The New York Times listed the upcoming Young Dancemakers Company’s performance at Pace in the “Spare Times for Children July 22-28”. The company is composed of teenage dancers and the audience gets to get in on the act. The free show will take place in the Schimmel Theater for the Arts on Monday at 2pm.

The New York Times listed the upcoming Young Dancemakers Company’s performance at Pace in the “Spare Times for Children July 22-28”.  The company is composed of teenage dancers and the audience gets to get in on the act. The free show will take place in the Schimmel Theater for the Arts on Monday at 2pm.

For more information or other great events for children in NYC, view the listing in The New York Times.

BroadwayWorld: “Pace University Announces DANCE OUT LOUD! With Rhonda Miller, 4/29-30”

You will want to put on your dancing shoes when you see the mix of jazz, tap, ballet, modern, contemporary and hip hop dance being performed on the Schimmel Theater stage on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.

“Choreographer to the Stars” Rhonda Miller and Pace Performing Arts present the 2nd annual “DANCE OUT LOUD!” 

Click here to preview a rehearsal!   

WHEN: Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th with a 2pm matinee and 8pm show both days.

WHERE: Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, located in Lower Manhattan at One Pace Plaza (just east of City Hall), New York, NY 10038. Use the Spruce Street entrance between Gold Street and Park Row.  

TICKETS: Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $12 for adults and can be purchased at the door or ahead of time by emailing theater@pace.edu for reservations.

NEWS RELEASE: Discover the Next Bradley Cooper! The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University Celebrates 13th Repertory Season, April 13 – May 14

Twenty-seven “rising stars” will make their professional debuts in a five-week repertory season that is open to the public beginning Wednesday, April 13, but are not total unknowns. Since the fall of 2009, they’ve been watched by viewers in 89 million homes and 125 countries around the globe as a result of the telecast of their master craft seminar, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted on Bravo TV by the school’s Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

“ALL-STAR” MFA CANDIDATE LINE-UP:  20 ACTORS, 4 DIRECTORS, 3 PLAYWRIGHTS 

FREE THEATER PERFORMANCES, GENERAL PUBLIC INVITED

World Premieres: NIGHT GAMES, SHARP EDGES, STARFISHES

Plays, Scenes, Books by: Edward Allan Baker, Maria Irene Fornes, Michael V. Gazzo, Eugene Ionesco, LeRoi Jones, Arthur Laurents, Bryony Lavery, David Lindsay-Abaire, Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan, William Saroyan, Sam Shepard

NEW YORK, NY, April 4, 2011 – This year’s 27 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University includes:

  • Young Simba from Broadway’s The Lion King and the originator of the role of Jack Scott in Disney’s stage version of High School Musical
  • Reigning Miss Black USA (2010)
  • Loud Nanny in The Nanny Diaries (The Weinstein Company)
  • Musician featured on the double platinum album The Light & The Shadow, which launched hip hop into Israel’s mainstream
  • Grammy award winner, recognized for her outstanding choral and drama programs in a South Carolina high school
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Lauded playwright – For the Winter (finalist, 35th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Contest), and Four Sons (winner, Under 20’s Playwriting Contest, Tarragon Theatre).
  • Director of Martha and Me: A Musical, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the New York International Fringe Festival
  • Winner of the State of Ohio Solo Musical Theatre Thespian Competition at age 16
  • Tri-linguist in English, French and Spanish
  • Fortune 500 banker turned actor

All are accomplished and have multiple credits on the big screen, small screen, on stage and in the wings. They have founded their own theater companies as well as performed, written and directed for others.  But they have collaborated together these last three years in New York City, united as they pursue their dream and refine their craft as actors, director or playwrights in the only Masters’ theater program endorsed by the renowned Actors Studio … two express subway stops from Broadway.

These 27 “rising stars” will make their professional debuts in a five-week repertory season that is open to the public beginning Wednesday, April 13, but are not total unknowns. Since the fall of 2009, they’ve been watched by viewers in 89 million homes and 125 countries around the globe as a result of the telecast of their master craft seminar, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted on Bravo TV by the school’s Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

This bird’s-eye view of industry greats also comes with red carpet/Schimmel Theater stage interview privileges, allowing the students to pose questions “one-on-one” to Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy award winners they someday hope to emulate.

One of the most frequent questions James Lipton himself has been asked these past 13 years by interviewers is “Who is the guest you want the most?”

Lipton’s answer is invariable: “Since I’m the founding dean of the Actors Studio Drama School, of which Inside the Actors Studio is a class, the night that one of our graduates has achieved so much that he or she walks out and sits down in that chair facing me will mean more to me than any moment since this journey began.”

Lipton got his wish during this past academic year, when Bradley Cooper, a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School, Class of 2000, walked across the Schimmel Theater stage and sat in the chair opposite him and his blue cards in an episode which aired Monday, March 14, 2011. 

During his graduate school years, Lipton was Cooper’s dean; Elizabeth Kemp and Andreas Manolikakis were his teachers. Lipton, Kemp and Manolikakis are still very much part of the Actors Studio Drama School program today.  Along with Bradley’s star, theirs has risen as well with Manolikakis now Chair of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA Program and Kemp currently Director of its Acting Department.

Having Cooper return was not only an exciting experience for current MFA students, but also a powerful testament as to their future capabilities, truly taking “the world is your oyster” to heart.

In addition to Cooper, the MFA candidates have received words of wisdom from Lipton Inside the Actors Studio guests such as: Judd Apatow, Jason Bateman, Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, James Cameron, James Carrey, Sean Combs, Danny DeVito, The Family Guy Cast, Colin Firth, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Kate Hudson, Denis Leary, Laura Linney, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Daniel Radcliffe, Diana Ross, Mickey Rourke, Richie Sambora, Charlie Sheen, Brooke Shields, Christian Slater, Hilary Swank and Tico Torres.

The 2011 Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season performances will take place at the theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from April 13 through May 14. The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at www.Pace.edu/ASDSRep

Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 613-6209 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu

The works are considered educational and may not be reviewed.

Established playwrights with one-act productions or scenes showcased are:

  • Week One: Broken Bones by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan; Springtime by Maria Irene Fornes; Face Divided by Edward Allan Baker
  • Week Two: A Hateful of Rain by Michael V. Gazzo; Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; Gypsy, A Musical Fable with book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Week Four: Fool for Love by Sam Shepard; Dolores by Edward Allan Baker; The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco
  • Week Five: Frozen by Bryony Lavery; Hello Out There by William Saroyan; Dutchman by LeRoi Jones

World Premieres

A published and frequently produced New York City playwright, with 32 plays to his credit, Edward Allan Baker has written for HBO and Showtime, attended Sundance Film Institute and been a faculty member of the Actors Studio Drama School since 2005 as Associate Professor – Playwriting.

During the 2011 rep season, the following one-acts by Baker’s students will be making their world premiere during Week Three:

  • Night Games by Sarah Rachael Jones – Mystery. Bondage. Betrayal. Who will survive these night games?
  • Sharp Edges by Alla Ilyasova – A childhood friendship shattered. Can Nate and Carol put the pieces back together or is there nothing left but Sharp Edges?
  • Starfishes by Michael Ross Albert – a lonely lighthouse keeper in Nova Scotia who is visited by a mysterious stranger with demands that force him to confront his deepest desires. 

“Real” Rep Season: Off-Broadway, Practical Level Experience

 “The season is produced, managed, and designed by union member industry professionals, creating an actual Off-Broadway experience that prepares our graduates with practical experience as working professionals before graduation,” said Manolikakis, a Lifetime Member and a member of the Board of Directors of the Actors Studio.

Among the industry professionals who will be supporting the Actors Studio Drama School 2011 MFA candidates during repertory season:

  • Peter Dean (Production Manager) Off-Broadway credits include The American Dream and The Sandbox directed by Edward Albee (Cherry Lane) and Women Beware Women, (Red Bull Theater). He also serves as the Lead Ride Manager for The Ride New York, a 4.5 mile theatrical tour that runs throughout midtown Manhattan.
  • Lara de Bruijn (Costume Designer) Recent projects include: Three Penny Opera (Trinity Rep Consortium), Lysistrata (La MaMa), Dog Act (Flux Theatre), The Torch-Bearers (Peterborough Players), and All She Can Carry (White Wave).
  • Paul Hudson (Lighting Designer) has designed scenery and lighting for theater, dance, and television in New York City for ten years. Highlights include scenery for the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Tommy; lighting on Full Frontal Fashion for the WE channel, and the Tribeca Film Festival ‘03’s World Premiere Venue.
  • Melissa Jernigan (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Lennon (production assistant).
  • Shawn Lewis (Set Designer, Supervising Director) has worked as a set designer for more than 50 productions throughout the United States and abroad, designing plays, musicals, opera and film. Currently designing Frankenstein: The Rock Musical and Forever Plaid in Canada.
  • Brittany Loesch (Properties Designer) has toured with Rent, taking her across the country and to Japan.
  • Sydney Maresca (Costume Design) has designed costumes Off-Broadway?for Buddy Cop 2, The Little Death Vol. 1, Nostradamus Predicts the Death of Soho, The Zero Hour, and MilkMilkLemonade
  • Shelley Miles (Production Assistant). An AEA Stage Manager, Broadway credits include: Rock of Ages, The Philanthropist and The American Plan.
  • Joseph A. Onorato (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed on and Off-Broadway, as well as 18 years of The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.
  • David Pinkard (Sound Designer) has worked as a composer, sound designer, and musical director in and around New York City since 1995.
  • Ron Piretti (Fight Choreographer) has directed the fights for many productions including the Broadway productions of West Side Story, The Miracle Worker, In the Heights and Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo.  Actor: Officer Krupke in Broadway’s West Side Story.
  • Sarah Thea Swafford (Costume Shop Supervisor). Assistant Costume Designer for The Britten Project and Romeo & Juliet, the film directed by Eve Annenberg.
  • Scott Wynn (Photographer) official photographer for the Drama Desk Awards (10 years). 

 “The Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season is real repertory where our students work as a repertory company – acting, directing and writing the material – creating collaborations that can last a lifetime,” underscored Manolikakis. “Unlike other MFA programs’ productions, we provide each and every student actor with the opportunity to be the ‘lead’ in a production. In many other programs, a few students carry those roles while the rest ‘carry spears.”

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. 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. www.pace.edu

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 Pace Media Contact (photos on request):  Samuella Becker, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172, Sbecker2@pace.edu

EVENT ADVISORY: Score One FREE Ticket to Pace Performing Arts Production of The Who’s “Tommy” with Pace ID – Friday, April 1, 2 PM Matinee

This is NOT an April Fools’ joke but a very special offer from Pace Performing Arts!

Present your Pace ID at the Schimmel Theater Box Office on Friday, April 1st for a complimentary ticket to the 2 pm performance of “The Who’s Tommy.”

Peter Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph is the most electrifying afternoon/evening of rock and roll ever to play in a theatre!

“Tommy” is an explosive, Tony Award-winning rock musical, based on the classic concept album by The Who.  It tells the story of a psychosomatically blind, deaf, and mute boy who gains fame through his superstar talent for pinball and later becomes a cult guru, through songs like “Pinball Wizard” and “See Me, Feel Me.”

Access Hollywood: “Bradley Cooper Discusses Return To His Actors Studio Roots”

Bradley Cooper has enjoyed virtually “Limitless” success in his fast-ascending career as a Hollywood leading man and he credits his accomplishments to his training at The Actors Studio Drama School with Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

Catch Bradley and Jim on NBC-TV Friday night (March 11) on “Extra” at 7:00 PM and “Access Hollywood” at 7:30 PM. Lipton will also be doing a lengthy interview with Gayle King on Sirius/XM radio Monday morning (March 14), which will air nationwide at 7 PM that evening.

One of the most frequent questions James Lipton is asked by interviewers is “Who is the guest you want the most?”

Lipton’s answer is invariable: “Since I’m the founding dean of the Actors Studio Drama School, of which Inside the Actors Studio is a class, the night that one of our graduates has achieved so much that he or she walks out and sits down in that chair facing me will mean more to me than any moment since this journey began.”

Bradley Cooper is that graduate-–a member of the Actors Studio Drama School, Class of 2000.  James Lipton was his dean; Elizabeth Kemp and Andreas Manolikakis were his teachers. 

Read today’s New York Times to learn why you shouldn’t “Take This Hunk At Face Value.”  Watch Bradley and Jim on NBC-TV Friday night (March 11) on “Extra” at 7:00 PM and “Access Hollywood” at 7:30 PM.  Lipton will also be doing a lengthy interview with Gayle King on Sirius/XM radio Monday morning (March 14), which will air nationwide at 7 PM that evening. See Bradley’s emotional return to his alma mater when his episode of “Inside The Actors Studio” airs on Monday, March 14 at 7 PM on Bravo.  Also, catch Bradley starring alongside Robert De Niro in “Limitless” when it hits theaters on March 18.

New York Times and The Day: Merchant of Venice at Pace

Pace was mentioned in Connecticut’s TheDay.com because a production of Merchant of Venice will be held at the Schimmel Theater. The show was also mentioned in the New York Times in an article exclaiming the abundance of Shakespeare performances in the area.

Pace was mentioned in Connecticut’s TheDay.com because a production of Merchant of Venice will be held at the Schimmel Theater. The show was also mentioned in the the New York Times in an article exclaiming the abundance of Shakespeare performances in the area.

You can read the full articles in TheDay.com or The New York Times!

You can find more information about the performance of Merchant of Venice that will be held in Pace University’s Schimmel Theater here!

“A Christmas Carol” Lights Up the Calendar Listings – Featured Twice Each in The New York Times, BroadwayWorld, Time Out New York and TheaterMania

From The Broadsheet Daily, December 9, 2010

An Updated ‘Christmas Carol’ Sets the Pace for Holiday Giving

Ebenezer Scrooge would be furious if he knew what the cast of the newly reimagined production of A Christmas Carol are up to: Not only did they assist in the community tree lighting at the South Street Seaport on November 26 (“Bah!”), and not only are they staging his whole sordid story at Pace University’s Schimmel Center for the Arts on December 8 through 12 (“Humbug!”), but — and here’s the part that would really make him want to hide Tiny Tim’s crutches — they are planning to raise money for charity after each performance.

The cast (including two BPC residents: Grace Diana Kirwin, in second grade at P.S. 89, and her sister Brooke Kelly Kirwin, in fifth) will mingle with the audience and collect contributions for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. The production, mounted by Pace’s Department of Performing Arts, features original music, newly choreographed dance numbers, larger-than-life puppets, and a generous dose of Christmas spirit. One more thing about the show that Scrooge would hate: Tickets are affordably priced, at $12 for adults and $8 for students, seniors, and kids.

The curtain goes up Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, on Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 pm, and on Sunday at 1:00 and 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the box office (One Spruce Street) before each performance, and can be reserved by e-mailing Theater@Pace.edu or calling 212-346-1954.

-Matthew Fenton

An adaptation by Grant Kretchik of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” with puppets, dance and music is the talk of the town. 

The production appeared TWICE during the week of December 8 in The New York TimesThe Community Affairs Calendar and Seasonal Revels (Arts). It also got a “double play” on BroadwayWorld.com – “Pace University & The Dept of Performing Arts Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL” and “Pace University Confronts the AIDS Crisis With BC/EFA.” 

Time Out New York featured the actors/carolers/dancers participation in the South Street Seaport Tree Lighting event, as well as recommended the play in their separate Time Out New York KIDS edition.  TheaterMania came out with the most comprehensive play information, naming every person in the cast/crew AND their role … along with featuring the show entirely in the lead paragraph of the article, “Kids Spotlight: Carol Channeling,” which was also picked up by USA Today among others.

Single mentions (many with photos) included the NY Daily News, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, New York Social Diary, WNBC-TV,  NY1, NYC.com, Shecky’s NYC Nightlife, The Broadsheet Daily, Downtown Alliance, DGuides, Tribeca Tribune, NYTheatre.com, Mommy Poppins, PARENTGUIDE News,  A Child Grows in Brooklyn and PeaTot.

The Seaport Inn promoted Pace’s “A Christmas Carol” on their website, noting to tourists that the Schimmel Theater was ” Walking distance from our front door.”

Student actors were featured in their hometown newspapers:  Niko Papastefanou (Scrooge) from Montgomery, NY near the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains was profiled in the Times-Herald Record; Chris Barba (Fred, Scrooge’s nephew) who hails from a seacoast town in Plymouth County, MA was interviewed by the Scituate MarinerChris Fayne  (Bob Cratchit) from Egg Head Township in NJ was named a “person of the week” by Shore News Today; and Daniel Rings (Gentleman, Clerk and Caroler) was applauded by Michigan’s Midland Daily News in the article, “Midland Actor Takes Stage in New York.”  The Times-Herald Record and Midland Daily News also ran the cast photo.

Grant Kretchik, who directed the adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” spoke about the production in interviews with the New York Observer’s  supplement, The Educated Observer, as well as his own Hawley, PA, hometown newspaper, The News Eagle.

Additionally buzz was provided by the South Street Seaport’s full page ad promoting the message “Spend Your Holidays at the Seaport” and highlighting “Pace University’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ appearance at the Tree Lighting Spectacular on November 26.  The ad appeared on the back page of AM New York, The Downtown Express and other local newspapers.

Times Herald-Record – “Montgomery actor starring in ‘Carol'”

Montgomery, NY native Niko Papastefanou is getting a big opportunity starting Dec. 8. He’s starring as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Pace University adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” This version features music, dance and puppets. The performances are at the Schimmel Theater at Pace, which is where James Lipton hosts episodes of “Inside the Actors Studio.” Performances run through Dec. 12.

Niko Papastefanou’s hometown newspaper – The Times HeraldRecord, serving New York’s Hudson Valley and the Catskills – took note of his leading role as Scrooge in Pace’s production of  “A Christmas Carol.”  A cast photo was also included in the story – http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101130/COMM/11300311

BroadwayWorld – “Pace University Confronts the AIDS Crisis with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS”

No “Humbug” This Season.

Just like Scrooge decided to give money to the less fortunate after his eye opening journey with the three ghosts, “A Christmas Carol” Director Grant Kretchik along with his cast of over 40 will fundraise after each of their eight shows and donate the money to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.

BC/ EFA is an organization that has raised over $195 million dollars since 1988 to provide people living with AIDS, as well as other critical illnesses, necessary services and care.

“This was the first organization that was even mentioned as an option for our fundraising,” says Tommy McKiernan, a cast member. “It’s a charity that was born right out of the theater community and benefits a cause that is a major health problem not only in the United States, but all around the world. It was a no brainer.”

Bethany Xan Jeffery, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge’s diligent housekeeper -Mrs. Dilber in “A Christmas Carol,” wrote the article on the inspiration behind Pace confronting the AIDS crisis that got picked up by BroadwayWorld –broadwayworld.com/article/Pace_University_Confronts_the_AIDS_Crisis_With_BCEFA_20101130#ixzz16nw5A4YB

Wrote Jeffery:

“HIV/ AIDS is a rapidly growing disease that is plaguing the world and if we don’t help the government by raising money to fund the research ourselves, then who knows when it will cease consuming millions of lives. You can help by donating to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids at www.broadwaycares.org or any of the HIV/ AIDS charity organizations.  All it took was one person to contact BC/ EFA from Pace University to organize a major effort against the AIDS crisis. It could be you.”

The New York Observer: “Teaching With Passion”

The EDUCATED Observer takes a closer look at how Grant Kretchik, head of Pace’s BFA Acting Program, is bringing his passions into the classroom – and getting results.

Kretchik reminds his students that acting is not merely a “degree or career, it’s a lifestyle.”

Kretchik believes that his position makes him responsible for encouraging his students to contribute to their communities.  To this end, he makes every effort to bridge the gap between the classroom and workplace and also looks into opportunities for outreach programs through partnerships with organizations such as Broadway Green Alliance – – www.scribd.com/doc/41935757/The-Educated-Observer-Winter-2010