Julie Taymor to Speak at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 1/28 featured news of Oscar-winning director Julie Taymor’s upcoming visit to Pace. featured news of Oscar-winning director Julie Taymor’s upcoming visit to Pace.

From the article:

Julie Taymor, award-winning director widely renowned for her innovative  Broadway production of “The Lion King” and as the driving force behind  “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” will appear at Pace University’s “The Masters  Series” at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Monday at 6:00p.m. Other  celebrity participants scheduled to appear in the series include Academy  award-winning performer Liza Minnelli.
This event is part of “The Masters  Series,” a program dedicated to providing Pace performing arts students with  opportunities to meet and talk with performing arts industry icons. The  evening’s guests engage in discussions of their techniques and bodies of work,  followed by a Q&A session with Pace BFA and BA Performing Arts students.

Taymor is a director of theater, opera and film. She was the first woman to  win the Tony Award for directing a musical for “The Lion King,” in addition to a  Tony Award for Original Costume Design. She has also received the Drama Desk  Award for Outstanding Costume Design, an Emmy Award and an Academy Award  nomination for Original Song. Among Taymor’s achievements in opera is the  acclaimed “The Magic Flute” at the Met. Her film “Frida” garnered six Oscar  nominations and two Academy Awards, including one for Salma Hayek in the title  role. Taymor has also been praised for her iconoclastic film adaptations of  “Titus Andronicus” (starring Anthony Hopkins, Alan Cumming, and Jessica Lange)  and “The Tempest” (with Helen Mirren as Prospera).

Joining Taymor for this Masters Series round-table discussion will be John  Andrews, president of the Shakespeare Guild, and Cosmin Chivu, winner of the  2012 Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Project and director of the BA  International Performance Ensemble at Pace Performing Arts.

The talk will take place on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at 6:00p.m. at Pace  University, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce St., New York, NY.  Directions HERE. Free  admission, open seating. Reservations:

About Performing Arts at Pace University: Pace University’s Performing Arts  Department offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting, Musical Theater and  Commercial Dance, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized  focuses in Acting, Commercial Dance, Directing or Design/Technical Theater. For  more information, visit

About Pace University: For over 100 years, Pace 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.

Pace is also home to The Actors Studio Drama School with the only MFA theater  program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The curriculum is designed  jointly by the presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and  Al Pacino. Students participate in 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

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