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

Lipton Named 2008 Recipient of Pace University’s Leaders in Management Award

Pace University will pay tribute to James Lipton with its prestigious Leaders in Management Award on Tuesday, April 29 in the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

James Lipton Named 2008 Recipient of Pace University’s Leaders in Management Award for Entrepreneurial Achievements in Higher Education as Founding Dean of the Actors Studio Drama School and Creator of Inside the Actors Studio

– Award Dinner and Benefit on April 29 in New York City, Sponsorships Available –

Dinner Committee Co-Chairs and Members (in alphabetical order):
Alec Baldwin, Aniello A. Bianco, Stephen & Sharon Baum, Mark M. Besca, Jason & Haley Binn, Ellen Burstyn,
M. Graham Coleman, Esq., James B. Duffy, Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Farkas, Jane Fonda, Alan Flusser, Barry M. Gosin,
John & Susan Gutfreund, Joan & George Hornig, Nathan Lane, Gary Lico, Pamela Liebman, Bill Nelson,
Michael O’Reilly, Joseph M. Pastore Jr., PhD, Gerald Schoenfeld, Ivan G. Seidenberg, Richard E. Snyder,
Kevin Spacey, David Verklin, and Lauren Zalaznick

March 28, 2008 – Pace University will pay tribute to James Lipton with its prestigious Leaders in Management Award on Tuesday, April 29 in the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Lipton, the 45th recipient of the award, is being honored for his pivotal role as the visionary behind the Actors Studio Drama School, a graduate degree-granting program which, with him as its founding dean, became the nation’s largest graduate drama school.

Lipton also created a course within the school – a noncredit academic craft seminar that came to be known as Inside the Actors Studio, where successful and accomplished actors, directors and writers are interviewed by Lipton and answer questions from Pace MFA students. The Actors Studio Drama School is a graduate program of Pace University and Inside the Actors Studio originates from the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Pace’s lower Manhattan campus.

In October 2007, Lipton’s newest book, Inside Inside was published by Dutton. The book is an account of the past 13 years of his life as the Dean of the Actors Studio Drama School and creator of Inside the Actor’s Studio. Autographed copies will be given out to all guests attending Pace’s Leaders in Management Award dinner. Guests will also be treated to renditions from Lipton’s Broadway musical Sherry! performed by undergraduate students in Pace’s BFA Musical Theater program.

Merlin. “In honoring James Lipton, we pay tribute to his creative brilliance, superior intellect, dedicated teaching and profound hard work,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman. “He is a Merlin inspiration to those aspiring Arthurs who hope to capture an Oscar, Emmy, or Tony of their own and ultimately appear center stage, as a blue-card guest celebrity on Inside the Actors Studio.”

Over the years, Lipton has received countless honors in the world of the arts, including three honorary PhDs, knighthood in France’s Order of Arts and Letters and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2007. However, for the first time in his distinguished career, he will be recognized for his entrepreneurial and visionary talents as the architect of the only drama school in America that trains actors, writers and directors side by side for three years in a master’s degree program.

In 1993, as all of New York’s cultural institutions faced a tightening financial environment, Lipton literally awakened one morning with a concept that was revolutionary for the famously private Actors Studio: a proposal that it open its doors, not to let the world in, but for the first time to let the Method it had honed for 47 years out, in a ground-breaking academic program.

Rising to the challenge, the committee formed by the Studio, comprising Ellen Burstyn, Lee Grant, Carlyn Glynn, Paul Newman, Norman Mailer, Robert Wankel and Arthur Penn, and led by Lipton, shaped the three-year MFA that would become the largest graduate drama school in the nation.

Simultaneously with the inauguration of the Actors Studio Drama School in September, 1994, Lipton, as its founding dean, created a series of forums to which he invited, in a round of letters, Studio members and colleagues “to come and teach our students.” When he received immediate responses from artists who included Paul Newman, Alec Baldwin, Dennis Hopper, Sally Field and Sidney Lumet, he sent word back into the world from which he had come “on the chance that these people may say something worth preserving.” The Bravo network took the existential leap with the Studio, and Inside the Actors Studio was born.

Since 1994, as Executive Producer, writer and host of the series, Lipton has faced more than 200 of the world’s most accomplished artists on the school’s stage, to create the unique craft archive that is now seen in 84 million American homes on Bravo and around the world in 125 countries, and has received 13 Emmy Award nominations in its first 13 years. The questions on the 300 to 500 blue cards Lipton uses during his interviews are based on information he compiles during the two weeks it takes him to prepare each program.

The result, as the New York Times has said, is that “In Mr. Lipton’s guest chair, actors cease being stars for a while and become artists and teachers.” The syndicated columnist Liz Smith wrote, “No actor, no matter how famous, says ‘No’ to James Lipton,” and Matt Lauer on The Today Show has called him the best celebrity interviewer in America.

Other Career Highlights. As writer and producer, Lipton has brought hundreds of hours of variety specials, movies, series, and performing arts programs to television. He wrote and produced President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Concert, the first presidential gala ever televised, and The Road to China, the first American entertainment program from the People’s Republic of China. As a playwright and lyricist, his Broadway accomplishments include the book and lyrics of Nowhere to Go but Up and Sherry! As an actor, he has appeared on the sitcom Arrested Development, in the movie Bewitched with his alter ego Will Ferrell, on ABC’s According to Jim, and The Simpsons. In the fall of 2008, he will be seen – and heard – in two major animation films, Disney’s Bolt and the Weinstein Company’s Igor. As himself, he has made numerous guest appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Jimmy Kimmel Show.

Perhaps Mr. Lipton’s most significant achievements have come in the field of literature where he has made his mark in non-fiction with An Exaltation of Larks that has been in print since 1968, prompting Penguin Publishers to call it “a classic;” in fiction with the novel Mirrors, which he brought to the screen as well as screenwriter and producer; and in autobiography with his recently published “Inside Inside,” which Kirkus Reviews described as “A worthy – perhaps even enviable – life, related with passion, certitude, and considerable artistry.”

Leaders in Management Award. Past recipients of the prestigious award, an annual Pace tradition since 1962, include Michael O’Reilly, The Chubb Corporation; Barry M. Gosin, Newmark Knight Frank; Thomas Hays, Fortune Brands; Herbert Henkel, Ingersoll-Rand Company; Eugene R. McGrath, Consolidated Edison; Edward D. Miller, AXA Financial Inc.; David Rockefeller, The Chase Manhattan Bank and Ivan G. Seidenberg, Verizon Communications.

The annual awards dinner traditionally raises money for student scholarships, but this year’s event will premiere a new philanthropic target: it will be the formal launch of a fund earmarked for a theater in lower Manhattan that the Actors Studio Drama School MFA program can call its own.

Pace is also in the second year of “It’s Time: The Centennial Campaign for Pace University” with a goal of $100 million which will help Pace reshape itself for its second century. Money raised as of February 29, 2008: $81.1 million – http://www.pace.edu/itstime/index.html

About Pace University: For 102 years Pace University has combined exceptional academics with professional experiences and the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling more than 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media Contact:
Samuella R. Becker
Pace University, Public Information
sbecker2@pace.edu
212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172

Sponsorship Information:
Sharon E. McCullough
President, Expert Events
sharon@expertevents.com
215-546-9422 or 212-229-1341

Pace Students on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” Premiere

Pace Students to be featured in BRAVO TV Season Premieres of “Inside the Actors Studio”

The first two episodes of the 2005-2006 season of Inside the Actors Studio, being taped at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in Lower Manhattan, will air on Sunday, December 11, 2005. Students from Pace University’s undergraduate theater program are featured in the question-and-answer session that concludes each broadcast.

The following is an announcement from Bravo TV about upcoming episodes of “Inside the Actors Studio” that will showcase Pace students asking questions. Please note: The shows are currently being edited and we will not know in advance what students will be shown in the program.”

Pace Students to be featured in BRAVO TV Season Premieres of “Inside the Actors Studio”

The first two episodes of the 2005-2006 season of Inside the Actors Studio, being taped at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in Lower Manhattan, will air on Sunday, December 11, 2005. Students from Pace University’s undergraduate theater program are featured in the question-and-answer session that concludes each broadcast.

The kick-off episode, which features Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and director Susan Stroman of the soon-to-be released film version of The Producers will air twice, at 11 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The Producers episode will repeat at 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Host James Lipton’s revealing interview with Emmy-winner Barbara Walters, also taped at Pace, will air at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on December 18.

Guests presently scheduled to be interviewed at Pace in December include Martin Lawrence, Queen Latifah, and Dave Chappelle. For more information, visit www.Pace.edu/culture .

Pace University New Home to “Inside the Actors Studio”

“Inside the Actors Studio” hosted by James Lipton, the longest-running original series on Bravo, has found a new home in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, part of the downtown Manhattan campus of Pace University. The program has been nominated for two 2005 Emmy Awards, “Outstanding Non-Fiction series” and “Outstanding Non-Fiction Special” (for the 10th Anniversary special). The program appears in 79 million homes in the U.S. and in 125 countries around the world.

Contacts:
Christopher Cory, Pace University, 212-346-1117,
cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Jonathan Capehart, The Actors Studio, 212-885-0444, jonathan.capehart@hillandknowlton.com

Mary Somers, Bravo, 212/664-7459, mary.somers@nbcuni.com

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FINDS NEW HOME AT PACE UNIVERSITY’S
MICHAEL SCHIMMEL CENTER FOR THE ARTS

New York, NY, September 6, 2005 – “Inside the Actors Studio” hosted by James Lipton, the longest-running original series on Bravo, has found a new home in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, part of the downtown Manhattan campus of Pace University. The program has been nominated for two 2005 Emmy Awards, “Outstanding Non-Fiction series” and “Outstanding Non-Fiction Special” (for the 10th Anniversary special). The program appears in 79 million homes in the U.S. and in 125 countries around the world.

The show’s 12th season will originate from the stage of an increasingly active cultural center in Lower Manhattan for arts ranging from classical music to film and professional theatre. The Pace performing arts program is one of the university’s fastest-growing areas of undergraduate instruction, and Pace theatre majors will be the first undergraduates regularly invited to attend the Actors Studio’s “craft seminars.”

The announcement was made at a news conference at the Michael Schimmel Center, with the stage arranged in the format of “Inside the Actors Studio.” Lipton’s “guests” were Ellen Burstyn, co-chair of The Actors Studio, and David A. Caputo, President of Pace University.

Taping will begin later this fall, with a guest list that will be announced separately.

“For those of us who have shared the show’s exciting journey, this is a dream come true,” said James Lipton, who created the series 12 years ago. “Pace’s standing in the academic community, and the participation of its students in this year’s telecast, will add new dimensions to the series. I look forward to walking out on the Schimmel Center stage with a distinguished guest. That moment will mark a significant step forward for ‘Inside the Actors Studio’.”

“We are thrilled that ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ will have a 12th season on Bravo,” said Burstyn, who is starring with Aiden Quinn in the NBC TV series “The Book of Daniel,” “and we are delighted that it will be coming from Pace University and lower Manhattan, which has an increasing arts scene.”

“This program is not only outstanding television but a true craft seminar in theater,” said David A. Caputo, the president of Pace. “It will strongly complement the training Pace University students are getting in theater and musical theater from a faculty including many who also work professionally in the New York theatre. These seminars with leading professionals represent yet another chance for Pace students to enrich their learning with the cultural opportunities of New York.”

Tom Healey, head of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, noted that “We welcome another major cultural enterprise moving to lower Manhattan. The revival in this neighborhood is knitting the artistic life of downtown to the rest of the city and indeed, to the world.”

“‘Inside the Actors Studio’ is one of Bravo’s signature original series and one of the longest running in cable history,” said Frances Berwick, Senior Vice President for Programming and Production at Bravo. “We’re looking forward to filming the 12th season of this multi-Emmy nominated series at Pace.”

The critically-lauded series has provided a forum for the passion, perspectives and perceptions of contemporary film, theater and television’s most noteworthy contributors. Lipton is renowned for hosting evenings featuring major actors and directors who discuss their craft and share the secrets of their artistic achievements.

In recent years the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University has blossomed as a venue for rising classical music stars in the River-to-River series, presentations of the New York International Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, artist-in-residence Daniel Bernard Roumain, and three seasons of performances by the late Tony Randall’s National Actors Theater. The theatre has been a venue for every season of both the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Theatre Festival. Pace theatre students present 22 plays and musical productions a year in theatres including the Michael Schimmel Center.

Turning 100 years old in 2006, Pace is a private university in the New York Metropolitan area with a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that encourages lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 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, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. Www.pace.edu.

The Actors Studio is a theatre workshop for professional actors, directors, and playwrights, founded in 1947 by Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis. Presently there are three Co-Presidents, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino.

The Actors Studio was formed to provide a place where young and old professional actors could work together between jobs or during long runs to continue to develop their craft and to experiment with new forms in creative theatre work.

Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, culture and pop culture with original programming, and movies and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 79 million homes, Bravo is known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the creative process and making influential and inventive original programming. Its critically acclaimed and award-winning original programming includes “Inside the Actors Studio,” “Celebrity Party Poker Showdown” and “Project Greenlight,” as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The network’s latest hits include “Project Runway,” “Blow Out” and “Showbiz Moms & Dads.”

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBC Cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980.For more information visit www.bravotv.com.