MFA Pace President

From the President
Welcome to the first Repertory Season of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.  The talent and creativity of the students in this MFA program are a huge source of pride at Pace. It is a privilege to present the work of these very impressive actors, directors and playwrights.  The wonderful faculty from the Actors Studio have prepared them superbly for careers in the theater. Enjoy the show.

Stephen J. Friedman


MFA Pace Provost

From the Provost
The MFA Repertory Season is a significant marker for the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, as it will be the first showcase of talent mentored at our institution. Our partnership with the Actors Studio has been one of the most dynamic and rewarding collaborations in Pace’s history, and the fruit of our common labor will, no doubt, be a substantial contribution to the Lower Manhattan Arts scene, the City, and for the next generation of acting excellence. Look out, New York—here they come!

G.L. Brackett, D. Phil. (Oxon.)
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs



MFA Dean Dyson

From the Dean
Welcome to the inaugural Repertory Season of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. It is a thrill to be presenting the first graduating class from the new home of the Drama School in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. My congratulations to our graduating actors, directors, and playwrights who have undergone tremendous transformations during the last three years as they’ve honed their crafts and grown both as professionals and individuals. It is an honor to partner with the Actors Studio in presenting our students’ thesis works to our colleagues, downtown neighbors, and industry professionals.

Nira Herrmann, PhD 
            Dean, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

MFA Lipton

From the Dean Emeritus
Welcome to the first Repertory Season in our happy new home at Pace University. From the moment the Actors Studio Drama School opened its doors in 1994, the Repertory Season has been not just the culmination of our educational process but its heart and soul – and the living evidence of everything our school and the Actors Studio stand for.

The moment you take your seat in our theater you are a welcome witness to sixty-two years of the Studio’s storied history, rekindled and flourishing in the master’s degree candidates who have completed three intensive years of study in the disciplines for which the Studio has become world-famous.

This school asks to be judged – demands to be judged – and with this Repertory Season of original and traditional theatrical works, acted, directed and written by its graduating students, provides the means by which the public – you – can evaluate our students and our school. What happens in our theater is quite simply who and what we are, and what we are prepared to offer the world.

The Actors Studio and its Drama School at Pace University are proud to commend its graduates to your hands.

James Lipton
Dean Emeritus
The Actors Studio Drama School


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From the Presidents of the Actors Studio
All of us at the Actors Studio welcome you to our first Repertory Season of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Tonight we celebrate three years of dedicated study and hard work that provides a secure foundation for our graduates as they move into the professional world. We extend our best hopes and wishes to them as they take their places in the next generation of the American theatre.

Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino
Co-Presidents of the Actors Studio


MFA Chair

From the Chair
A fundamental goal of the Stanislavski System and the work of the Actors Studio is to help the artist to discover his or her individual expression. This requires the special conditions that will allow the student-artist to feel safe, to trust, to risk and to grow. Pace University and the Actors Studio have provided these students with a unique curriculum, a superb faculty, and excellent facilities.

At the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, students and faculty share many classes together, and the spirit of collaboration is present in every course and in every project. We all feel that we are part of an ongoing repertory company.

From their very first day, our student actors, directors and playwrights start to develop their unique artistic voices -- voices that arise from their talent, soul, sensitivity, imagination, and the courage to express themselves in the most personal and profound way. They seek to be educated artists who through their art will illuminate the world of the audience.

Tonight we share with you the work of our family of artists. We welcome you and thank you for the honor of your presence.

Andreas Manolikakis
Chair, Actors Studio Drama School
Pace University