Photo Flash: “Week Four Scenes -The Actors Studio Drama School 2012 MFA Repertory Season”

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Week Four of The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2012 MFA Repertory Season brings scenes from THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE (a young actress who has sworn off love gets stuck entertaining a soldier on leave), ORANGE FLOWER WATER (infidelity and the consequences of a romantic affair) and RED LIGHT WINTER (college buddies take off to the Netherlands and find themselves thrown into a bizarre love triangle). Free admission. Reservations: (212) 501-2099;

The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University’s 2012 MFA Repertory Season (April 18 – 21) presents:  Scenes from the THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE, ORANGE FLOWER WATER, and RED LIGHT WINTER.
We have a peek at the production photos from all shows here!
Scenes from THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE (pictured), a romantic comedy by John William Van Druten dealing with the challenges of the single life in New York City during World War II.  Sally Middleton (Rachael Schefrin) is a young and struggling actress. She agrees to a date with Bill Page (Peter Marciano), a soldier on a weekend pass, after he’s stood up by her worldly friend, Olive. When Bill has a problem getting a hotel room, he ends up spending the weekend with Sally at her apartment. Both have to fight temptation as they become attracted to one another. Directed by Chris Triebel.
Scenes from ORANGE FLOWER WATER by Craig Wright tells the story of two ordinary married couples David (Daniel J. O’Brien) and Cathy (Kaitlyn Huczko) Larson and Brad (Jake Cullens) and Beth (Kara Marie Rosella) Youngquist who live with their children in the relatively peaceful town of Pine City, Minnesota. After years of maintaining a platonic friendship, David and Beth begin an adulterous affair with disastrous consequences. Directed by Colleen Britt.
A scene from RED LIGHT WINTER by Adam Rapp. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2006, this is the story of two 30-year-old college buddies who are vacationing together in Amsterdam.  Davis (Adam Petherbridge) is a successful editor while Matt (Lash Dooley) is a gifted but struggling playwright. Christina (Sarah Anne Miles) is a beautiful yet mysterious prostitute from The Red Light District. When Matt buys the services of Christina as a gift for Davis, all three lives will change forever. Directed by Ken Urso
Further details:  The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is Free admission.
Photo Credit: Scott Wynn, – Photo Flash: “Week One of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University MFA Rep Season”

Photos from Week One of The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2012 MFA Repertory Season.

The 2012 MFA candidates of The Actors Studio Drama School are mounting fifteen productions over five weeks for their Repertory Season, all acted and directed by the thirty-six MFA students.

Click here to see pictures of the Week One performances (March 28-31): Scenes from Fabuloso by John Kolvenbach, Scenes from Dying City by Christopher Shinn, and Scenes from Pizza Man (pictured) by Darlene Craviotto.

The season takes 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 March 28 through April 28. The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at

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) 501-2099 and email is “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  

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


  •  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.

BroadwayWorld: “Pace University Announces COMMERCIAL DANCE Program; Applications Accepted Now”

One of the most sought-after choreographers and dance lecturers from coast to coast, Rhonda Miller (pictured), has been tapped to spearhead Pace University’s new Commercial Dance program, the first of its kind in the country.

Pace’s new Commercial Dance program – featured prominently in a two-page article on  – will provide specialized training for dance careers in stage, television, and commercials in a wide range of styles and forms including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, to name a few. 

For further information on How to Apply and Audition, visit or call 212-346-1352.

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 for reservations. “Ann Hampton Callaway Performs at Pace University, 4/7” reports that the 48th Annual Leaders in Management Awards Dinner this Spring at Pace University will feature entertainment by Ann Hampton Callaway and some of Pace’s own musical theater students. reports that the 48th Annual Leaders in Management Awards Dinner this Spring at Pace University will feature entertainment by Ann Hampton Callaway and some of Pace’s own musical theater students: Ally Bonino ’11, Julia Franklin ’13, Lyle Colby Mackston ’12, Michael Ryan ’13, Brandon Saenz ’11 and Emily Thomas ’12.

From the article:

Pace University will recognize Robert S. Sands, Esq., Law ’84, an important philanthropist and business entrepreneur in upstate New York who is President and Chief Executive Officer, Constellation Brands, Inc., the world’s largest premium wine company; and F. Daniel Gabel, a significant early supporter of environmental organizations who is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hagedorn & Company, a major insurance brokerage firm. The event will be held at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, April 7, 2011. The reception starts at 6:00 pm.

Ann Hampton Callaway

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“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 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 – “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,, Shecky’s NYC Nightlife, The Broadsheet Daily, Downtown Alliance, DGuides, Tribeca Tribune,, 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.