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).

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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. 

Playbill: “An Evening With the Legendary Zoe Caldwell to Be Offered at Pace University”

Australian director/actress Zoe Caldwell will share the stage of The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts with Cosmin Chivu, Director of Pace’s BA Theater Arts/Directing Program, on Monday, April 23 at 6 pm.

By Adam Hetrick
12 Apr 2012

Pace University will host An Evening with the Legendary Zoe Caldwell, as part of its Master Series, April 23 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

Four-time Tony Award winner Caldwell last appeared Off-Broadway in the U.S. premiere of David Adjmi’s Elective Affinities. The 6 PM event, moderated by Cosmin Chivu, is part of the series that aims to provide “the new generation of students/artists with the opportunity of interacting with well-established, outstanding professionals that have developed new voices and ideas.”

Click here to visit Caldwell’s page on the Playbill Vault.

Admission is free. The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is located at 3 Spruce Street, NYC.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Monday, March 26 at 6 PM – “Pace Performing Arts Presents “THE MASTER SERIES” – Conversations with Leading Theatrical Producers Gregory Mosher, Amanda Feldman and Alexander Fraser

“The Masters Series” returns on Monday, March 26 as Pace Performing Arts presents three of our most influential American theatrical producers: Gregory Mosher, Amanda Feldman and Alexander Fraser. Conversations begin at 6 pm in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. RSVP: PerformingArtsPress@pace.edu

Pace Performing Arts Presents

“THE MASTERS SERIES”

Conversations with Leaders in the American Theater

Visionaries from three of our most influential American theater institutions discuss

PRODUCING CONTEMPORARY THEATER AND NEW WORK

 

  • 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 Project, Prison Light, Lake Water, The Play About My Dad. Coordinator of NYC World Theatre Day Coalition. General Manager of the Lark Play Development Center, 2006-11.
  • ALEXANDER FRASER Producer, Daryl Roth Productions. Broadway: The Normal Heart (Tony Award), Irena’s VowBombay Dreams, Topdog/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.

WHEN:           Monday, March 26, 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; Director of Directing 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.

COMPLETE BIOS

GREGORY MOSHER has directed and produced nearly 200 stage productions at the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres, on and off Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End. Among them were John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation; David Rabe’s Hurly-Burly; the South African township musical Sarafina!; Richard Nelson’s musical adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead; David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross; and John Leguizamo’s Freak. Mosher’s collaboration with Mamet began with American Buffalo in 1975 and continued for over two decades and more than twenty works. He has produced or directed new work by such theatre artists as Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Elaine May, Spalding Gray, and Nobel Prize winners Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott. He has directed many of America’s well-known actors, including William Macy, Jessica Lange, Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, Matthew Broderick, Ed Harris, Vince Vaughn, Sally Field, Liev Scheiber, Scarlet Johannson, and Kiefer Sutherland. He has received every major American theatre award, including two Tonys.

AMANDA FELDMAN is one half of the producing team Neighborhood Productions and the Managing Director of CollaborationTown, A Theatre Co. Producing credits include: HOTEL PROJECT (The Grand Summit Hotel, Summit, NJ and The WJ Hotel, NYC), Prison Light (HERE), Lake Water (IRT Theater); The Play About My Dad (59e59); The Wife (Access Gallery); What May Fall (Fordham University); HACK! An IT Spaghetti Western (The Brick); Neighborhood 3 and Unfold Me (Summer Play Festival ’08 and ’07); Dressing Miss Julie (NYC Fringe Festival); The Deepest Play Ever, They’re Just Like Us, The Astronomer’s Triangle, and The Trading Floor (CollaborationTown 2003–2006). She was the General Manager of the Lark Play Development Center 2006-11. She has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well as in the regional theater world. She sits on the board of the League of Independent Theaters New York, she co-runs the Community Dish, and she coordinates the NYC World Theatre Day Coalition.

ALEXANDER FRASER is currently Producer for Daryl Roth Productions, capping a career as a producer, general manager and nonprofit executive, including over 75 shows on Broadway (The Normal Heart (Tony Award), Irena’s Vow, Bombay Dreams,Topdog/Underdog, Noises Off, Crazy for You), Off-Broadway (Love, Loss and What I Wore, Jitney, Saturday Night, Jar the Floor, This is Our Youth), West End (Ragtime, Boston Marriage, Lobby Hero) and the road. He was the Executive Director of the Second Stage Theatre from 1996 to 2001.

COSMIN CHIVU (Moderator) has directed over fifty professional and university productions in America, Austria, England, Germany, Greece, and Romania. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, NYC, a fellow of the Jack O’Brien Lab at the Old Globe, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is the winner of the 2012 Drama League’s New Directors New Works Project. Chivu is currently running the Directing program and teaches theater courses in the Department of Performing Arts at Pace University’s New York City. In recent months he also taught Master Classes on Improvisation, Directing styles, and European Drama at the Tisch School at NYU, the University of Hawaii, and T.O.C. Athens, Greece. He is actively involved in developing courses in translating contemporary European plays for an American audience and has been developing new plays in the Actors Studio’s Playwriting Directing workshop. He holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School University, NYC and a BA in Acting from the G. Enescu Art Academy, Romania.

ABOUT DYSON COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE’S PERFORMING 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. http://www.pace.edu/dyson/academic-departments-and-programs/performing-arts

Graduate: 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 of the 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. Upon graduation students receive the title of Working Finalist at The Actors Studio and are invited to attend sessions of The Actors Studio for one year and audition for membership.  For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa

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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The Christian Science Monitor: “Tony Awards 2011: It’s a boy’s life?”

Male-focused and male-written shows dominate this year’s Tony nominations. Most went to Americans who have won before, changing trends that rewarded Brits and newcomers.

But despite the glaring deficit of women, particularly in the writing category, the Tony nominations reveal heartening trends, especially in the musical theater realm, says Robert Meffe, director of the BFA musical theater program at Pace University.

For one, they’ve gone native.

In the musical categories, especially for best musical, Professor Meffe sees a new and exciting trend in that the four new musicals were written by established American musical theater composers. Each of these composers has won Tony Awards for their previous shows, he said.

“This was commonplace in the 1950’s and 1960’s during the age of Rodgers & Hammerstein, but it has mostly been supplanted in the 1980’s by British productions (like the Andrew Lloyd Webber behemoths) and then more recently, by composers taking their first crack at Broadway shows,” he says, pointing to “In the Heights,” and “Avenue Q.” He notes that while the favored winner (“The Book of Mormon”) is partially written by the South Park crew of TV fame, Robert “Bobby” Lopez, composer of “Avenue Q,” is their third co-writer. The very short list of revivals – only two, this year – is a sharp departure from the conventional wisdom that audiences only support what they know, notes Meffe.

Musical theater will always have to argue for its relevance, Robert Meffe says in an article in The Christian Science Monitor, but Fox’s “Glee” and Disney’s “High School Musical” have brought a new high point of popularity. The audience for musical theater is younger than it has been in decades, he adds, and the box office bears that out: gross revenues have broken records in most of the previous eight seasons.

Furthermore, musical theater college programs have witnessed a sharp increase in demand and enrollment in over the past few years, he says.

“This spring at Pace we auditioned over 300 people for the 25 open slots in our class of 2015,” says Meffe, director of Pace’s BFA musical theater program. “This is in a program that started out eight years ago with six students.”

Pace University To Honor Tony Award-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner, Apr. 24

Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences will honor Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner at the 6th Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards ceremony, April 24, from 6-8 p.m., at The Sky Club on the 56th floor of the MetLife Building.

New York — Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences will honor Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner at the 6th Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards ceremony, April 24, from 6-8 p.m., at The Sky Club on the 56th floor of the MetLife Building.

The evening celebrates the service, scholarship and successes of exceptional faculty and alumni and honors the achievements of a public figure who has made extraordinary contributions to the arts and sciences.

“We are pleased to present this award to Tony Kushner whose body of work is concerned with the moral responsibility of the individual in a politically repressive environment,” said Dean Gail Dinter-Gottlieb. “He is an exemplary model for our students.”

Homebody/Kabul, written well before the September 11 attacks, ran this December at the New York Theatre Workshop. Set in London and the Afghan capital at the end of the ’90s, the play follows the story of a lonely and over-medicated British housewife – a “homebody” – who becomes obsessed with the exotic and tragic history of Afghanistan via an out-of-date travel guide. The play will soon be performed at Trinity Reparatory in Providence, Rhode Island and at Berkeley Reparatory in Berkeley, California, and the Young Vic in London.

Kushner’s epic seven-hour, two-part Broadway play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes earned him a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, the OBIE Award for best play, and the LAMBDA Liberty Award for Drama.

His current projects include a musical play, Caroline or Change, Brundibar, a children’s’ book with Maurice Sendak, and a film version for HBO of Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. Kushner makes his directorial debut this April with “Helen,” a comedy about Helen of Troy, at the Public Theater.

Kushner is the recipient of a 1990 Whiting Foundation Writers Award and has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He also received a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fellowship and a medal for Cultural Achievement from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Dyson College will also present awards to two alumni, Michèle T. Classe ’73, director, Sony Plaza USA, Sony Corporation of America and Thomas A. Silvestri ’77, president, Community Newspapers, Media General, Inc. Professors Florence Denmark, Ph.D., chairperson of psychology and Martin Kotler, Ph.D., chairperson of mathematics will also receive achievement awards.

Tickets are available for $100. Proceeds from the event will benefit Dyson scholarship funds. For more information call the Dean’s office at (212) 346-1350.

The Dyson College of Arts & Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, humanities and sciences, and guides the general education of all Pace University undergraduates. The College’s teaching philosophy stresses a combination of classroom instruction, technology, practical experience and community service.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, and Lienhard School of Nursing.