In the News
In The News
PPA Acting Student Selected for Exclusive Playwriting Intensive
BFA Acting junior, Maren Lavelle ’16 was accepted as one of 11 writers, of all ages and backgrounds for a four-week playwriting intensive with Obie Award winning playwright José Rivera at the Torn Page studio in Chelsea. Students will be required to write four five-minute one-acts in the course of the 16-hour intensive and to discuss several canonical plays. Lavelle premiered her first full-length play as a staged reading last winter through Pace’s Student Development & Campus Activities.
New “Mormon” in Town: Charlie Franklin
PPA Musical Theater Alum, Charlie Franklin ‘14 joined the cast of The Book of Mormon on Broadway in December 2014. Charlie is a member of the ensemble, performing eight shows a week. Previously, he was the understudy for Michael in the original cast of The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway. Charlie’s older sister, Julia, graduated from PPA Musical Theater in 2013 and his younger sister, Emily, is a current PPA Musical Theater freshman.
PPA’s Alexandra Silber Receives Grammy Nomination
Adjunct faculty Alexandra Silber and the cast of West Side Story were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Silber played the role of Maria. She and her co-nominee Cheyenne Jackson performed live at the Grammy Award pre-telecast at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Brett Thiele to Perform in New Musical
PPA MT Brett Thiele ‘16 will perform in the new musical First Wives Club, based on the best-selling novel and major motion picture of the same name. This pre-Broadway run opens February 17, 2015 at Chicago’s Oriental Theater. Thiele recently concluded a year-and-half-long run at Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway.
BFA Acting Major Sings National Anthem
Current BFA Acting sophomore Brianna Gentilella ‘17 sang the national anthem at the November 16th New York Knicks game against the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Gentilella is also the voice of Mollie Bubbleguppy on Bubble Guppies on Nick Jr. Check out her recent performance here!
PPA Alumnae Tours the Nation
Pace MT alumnae Maggie Anderson ’14 will be touring the nation playing Jovie in Elf: The Musical’s national tour this holiday season. Watch her perform A Christmas Song from Elf: The Musical on a Texas morning program here.
PPA Musical Theater Alum Flying High!
Danny Quadrino ’14 (Musical Theater) joins the cast of NBC’s Peter Pan Live! just after finishing a year-long run in Disney’s NEWSIES on Broadway. Quadrino will play Lost Boy Bunting in this highly anticipated televised musical. Peter Pan Live! will air on NBC December 4 at 8pm EST.
On The Town Opens with PPA junior, Jess LeProtto
Current junior Musical Theatre Major, Jess LeProtto is currently in the Broadway Revival of On the Town at the Lyric Theatre. On Opening Night, LeProtto was awarded the Gypsy Robe for being the ensemble member with the most Broadway Credits. Before he joined On the Town, LeProtto was a part of 4 Broadway shows including the original cast of NEWSIES on Broadway!
Another PPA Success Story: Cathryn Wake
Cathryn Wake ’13 (Musical theater) is currently performing in Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of The Glass Menagerie as Laura Wingfield. Shortly after graduating, she joined the Off-Broadway cast of the world's longest running musical The Fantasticks. She left the production to sing, act, and play multiple instruments in The Other Josh Cohen at Paper Mill Playhouse. Wake also recently shot an episode of "Glee" and performed live on "America's Got Talent" at Radio City Music Hall.
Jason Samuels Smith comes
to PPA Commercial Dance
Emmy Award-Winning Choreographer, Jason Samuels Smith, was PPA Commercial Dance’s first artist-in-residence of the year. Mr. Samuels Smith’s resume includes an American Choreography Award, a Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award, and more. Mr. Samuels Smith is an acclaimed tap choreographer and performer having been seen in the TONY winning Broadway show Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk. He most recently was seen performing as a guest artist on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. Mr. Samuels Smith worked with the Commercial Dance students in master classes and on an original piece he created for performance in the PPA Commercial Dance Fall Concert – dance sPACE!
Kevin Spacey Foundation: America Scholarship Recipients
Kevin Spacey Foundation: America has partnered with Pace University to provide scholarships to students studying at The Pace School of Performing Arts. A Kevin Spacey Foundation: America video featuring PPA scholars can be seen here.
Director and Playwright Emily Mann, Q & A Session on Oct. 22
Award-winning director and playwright Emily Mann comes to Pace School of Performing Arts for a Q&A session with PPA students. Mann will talk about her career and about adapting Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage for stage, which is currently being performed at New York Theatre Workshop. Join us on Wednesday, October 22, 5-6:30pm, Bianco Room, One Pace Plaza.
On the Rise: Anna Friedman
Anna Friedman ’17 (BFA Acting) recently shot an episode of Showtime’s, The Affair. Anna was also cast in a featured role in Gus Van Sant’s upcoming film, The Sea of Trees,starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts. This summer, she filmed an indie feature film, Natural Selection, and an episode of MTV’s One Bad Choice.
Tony Winner Victoria Clark is Pace School of Performing Arts’ Musical Theater Artist-in-Residence
Tony Award-winning actor Victoria Clark will be Pace School of Performing Arts’ third artist-in-residence in Musical Theater. Clark will teach 12 classes, including master classes, and direct the PPA production of The Light in the Piazza, the musical for which Clark received a Tony for her portrayal of the character, Margaret Johnson.
PPA Freshman Is U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
This past summer, Pace School of Performing Arts freshman Gabriela Campo ’19 (Musical Theater) was recognized as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Twenty scholars are selected based upon academic, civic and artistic achievement. The award, presented on behalf of the President of the United States, is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an artistically talented graduating high school senior.
Shout-outs from Recent PPA Alumni
Danielle Bouchard ’12; Madison Embrey ’14; Dominique Fishback ’13; Jake Robbins ’14; Ashtain Rothchild ’13; and Delaney Yeager ’13. Check out what these rising stars have to say about their alma mater.
Alumna Writes for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Delaney Yeager ’13, BFA in Acting, is among the youngest women to have joined the writing staff of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Prior to writing for the top-rated Comedy Central series, Yeager was a staff writer for The Sundance Channel’s The Approval Matrix with Neal Brennan. She continues to write, perform and direct with Skootch Comedy, a sketch team that is part of the Funny Or Die community.
Britton Smith Joins Cast of New Musical at the Public
Kevin Spacey Foundation Establishes Scholarship Program at Pace School of Performing Art
Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) received a generous gift from the Kevin Spacey Foundation: America (KSF). Five PPA students will be awarded scholarships and 10 students from the International Performance Ensemble program will receive funds for travel expenses. Pace is the first institution of higher education in the United States to receive KSF funding.
Oh Honey on the Rise
Pace alumni Danielle Bouchard ’12 (Pace Performing Arts, Acting) and Ian Holubiak ’13 (English) make up the Williamsburg-based duo known as Oh Honey. In early 2014 the band signed with Atlantic Records and has found steady success with the song Be Okay, which is featured in a number of television commercials and covered on the hit television show Glee.
This Girl Is On Fire
Madison Embrey ’14 (Commercial Dance), cast as Agent Maria Hill in Marvel Universe Live!, recently appeared in two televised segments about the live-action theatrical production. The segments appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and Fox 13 Tampa Bay news.
Rhonda Miller Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Rhonda Miller, head of the BFA in Commercial Dance program, was honored with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Educators of America (DEA) for her tremendous contributions to and significant influence upon the world of dance. Miller received her award on July 5, 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dominique Fishback’s One Woman Show
Pace Performing Arts BFA Acting alumna Dominique Fishback’s Subverted opens July 2 at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios. A one-woman show, Fishback portrays 18 different characters all grappling with the destruction of black identity. The show runs through July 14.
Madison Embrey and Ashton Rothchild Cast in Marvel Universe Live
Alumnae Madison Embrey ’14 and Ashtain Rothchild ’13 both have been cast in Marvel Universe Live. These graduates of the BFA in Commercial Dance program can be seen kicking butt, Marvel style, on tour this summer!
Musical Theater Alumna Speaks to the Washington Post about Caring for a B’way Stage Animal
PPA Musical Theater alumna Lara Hayhurst ’07 spoke to The Washington Post about her experience handling Roxie, the chihuahua who plays Billie Holiday’s dog in the Broadway revival of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. As the assistant stage manager for the musical play, Hayhurst is responsible for Roxie at the theater and after hours. Hayhurst is also an actress and she recently played the role of Margot in Legally Blonde the Musical at the The Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh.
2014 Tony Awards
Dominick LaRuffa Jr. and Rob Hinderliter, former PPA students, associate produced All the Way, winner of Tony Awards for best play and best leading actor. And, Britton Smith ’12 (BFA Musical Theater) recently made his Broadway debut in After Midnight. After Midnight won the Tony for best choreography.
PPA in NY Times
The news is out! Check out our coverage in the New York Times. Way to go PPA!
Pace School of Performing Arts in the News
Reuters was on campus June 3 to interview Jorge Cacheiro, executive director of Pace’s new School of Performing Arts for a video segment about the school. The item was picked up the Huffington Post, MSN, and other news outlets across the country. Watch the video here.
Bryan Cranston Gives A Shout-Out
View the Breaking Bad star's video on Instagram.
PPA Becomes Pace School of Performing Arts
On May 16 Pace Performing Arts became Pace School of Performing Arts. School status in the arts represents both a critical mass of student enrollment and recognition of excellence by the greater University. It is the first school of performing arts to be established in New York City in 50 years and it is the first school within Dyson College. View press release
Three Tony Noms for Former PPA Students
Dominick LaRuffa Jr. and Rob Hinderliter, former PPA students, executive produced two Broadway plays nominated for multiple 2014 Tony Awards. All the Way, starting Bryan Cranston, received Best Play and Best Actor nominations and The Velocity of Autumn, starring Estelle Parsons, received a Best Actress nomination. The duo has also received Drama League, Drama Desk,Outer Critics Circle, and Grammy nominations for their work.
Tony-Award Winning Director John Doyle at Schimmel Center for the Arts
Pace Performing Arts presents An Afternoon with John Doyle at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, on Sunday, April 27 at 2pm. This program includes selections from his new project, Kander, and is the culmination of a year-long artist-in-residency. Admission is free and open to the public.
Marguerite Derricks, 3x Emmy Award Winning Choreographer at PPA
One of the most in demand choreographers, Marguerite Derricks, will be teaching Commercial Dance classes on select dates in March as part of the Pace Performing Arts Artist-in-Residence program. Most recently Derricks choreographed the feature film version of Fame and is currently preparing for Wonderland, Frank Wildhorn’s new musical. Her other credits include Little Miss Sunshine, Spiderman 3, Donnie Darko, Charlie’s Angels, the Austin Powers trilogy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and a number of live award shows. She is the first and only choreographer ever to have received three consecutive Emmy Awards.
Pace Performing Arts BA Theater Arts – Acting Major to Intern at Cannes Film Festival
Theater Arts – Acting major Leonardo Magalhaes ’15 will be going to the Cannes Film Festival in May with The Creative Mind Group as part of the company’s Internship Experience. This internship program connects interns with major players in the entertainment industry like ICM and William Morris Endeavor and offers unlimited networking opportunities.
Musical Theater Alum Is Lead in The Fantasticks
Cathryn Salamone, PPA Musical Theater alumna, has been cast as the lead role of Luisa in the off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks. After a three-day audition process, Salamone was cast as Luisa and had her first performance on November 11. She says of her experience, “Luisa has many colors and has journeyed far...it is a joy to experience it each night.” You can catch Salamone in The Fantasticks through the end of January 2014.
Folk Indie Band Success for PPA Alumna
Danielle Bouchard’s ’12 (BFA Acting) band, Oh Honey, released their first EP, With Love, in November and they will open for the band The Early November at The Bowery Ballroom on December 18. With Love is available on iTunes.
Pace Performing Arts Commercial Dancer Cast in an Off-Broadway Dance Theater Piece
Junior BFA Commercial Dance Major Ivana Mendez will be performing as one of eight cast members in a new Off-Broadway dance theater work entitled Press Play. Set in a video game world where a totalitarian government has complete control over civilization, the production employs modern techno/house music and interactive 3D projections that surround the audience. Directed and choreographed by Sadie Yarrington, Press Play will have a limited run from October 24th to October 26th at The American Theatre of Actors.
Pace Performing Arts Musical Theater Student Cast in Newsies on Broadway
Danny Quadrino, a senior BFA Musical Theater Student, was cast in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Disney’s Newsies this summer. After rehearsals in August, Danny officially began performing in the show on September 17th of this year. He plays the role of Albert every evening and also understudies for Davey and Crutchie. This is Danny’s second stint on Broadway, his first being in the revival of Bye Bye Birdie which ran from September 15th, 2009 to January 10th, 2010. Tickets, information, and reviews for Newsies are available at the official website.
Tony Award-winning Choreographer at PPA
Pace Performing Arts’ Commercial Dance program announces Tony Award-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler as a guest artist for Fall 2013. Blankenbuehler won the 2008 Tony Award for his choreography of In The Heights. His other Broadway credits include the current revival of Annie and 9 To 5, among others. Blankenbuehler will teach several master classes and stage DO WAH DO from one of his new theater projects.
PPA’s Cosmin Chivu Gets Shining Review in NY Times
The NY Times gave a shining review to Cosmin Chivu’s revival of the Tennessee William comedy, The Mutilated, starring fringe legends Mink Stole and Penny Arcade. Chivu directs the play. Cast and crew members include PPA faculty Graham Kindred, Angela Wendt and Lauren Gaul, and numerous PPA alumni and students. The play runs through December 1 at the New Ohio Theater.
Film Festival Favorite Concussion Opens in NYC and LA
The independent feature film Concussion opened in theaters in NYC and LA on October 4. The film, about a fortysomething mid-life crisis, was a favorite at film festivals around the country including the important Sundance Film Festival. Pace Performing Arts’s Julie Fain Lawrence plays a supporting role in the film.
Bill Williams’ Essays Published in New York Times
Pace Performing Arts adjunct acting professor Bill Williams’ essay about his son’s tragic passing was published in the New York Times online Opinionator in late October of this year. Another essay about his son William was published in the Times in May.
Tony Winner Is PPA Artist-in-Residence
Scottish director John Doyle is Pace Performing Arts Musical Theater Program’s second artist-in-residence. Doyle, whose inventive re-staging of Sweeney Todd earned him a Tony Award, will teach a variety of master classes and critique student projects, The unique artist-in-residence program within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is made possible through an anonymously endowed gift.
Amy Rogers Directs Dogfight
The 2013 Lucille Lortel Award-winning musical Dogfight — an unlikely love story between a clumsy waitress and a Vietnam-bound soldier that features a pop-rock score— will be given its first staging, following its Off-Broadway premiere, Oct. 2-9 at Pace University’s Schaeberle Theatre. Pace Performing Arts Director of Musical Theater, Amy Rogers, directs. The production was featured in the Playbill VIP Spotlight.
PPA Student Joins Cast of Orange Is the New Black
Pace Performing Arts acting alumnus Anthony Fagan ’12 was cast in season two of the hit Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black. Hailed as one of the best television shows of 2013, Fagan was cast in a featured role.
Backstage with Brett Thiele
Brett Thiele ‘14, musical theater major, was profiled in Broadway Spotted. He discusses how Pace Performing Arts training help him to land a Broadway debut in Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark.
Grant Kretchik in Lead Ensemble Role
Grant Kretchik, director of Pace Performing Arts BFA Acting program, takes a leading ensemble role in the world premiere production of Einstein. The play opened on August 11 at Theatre at St. Clement’s and runs through August 25.
Ashley Marinaccio Receives Lucille Lortel Women’s Visionary Award
Pace Performing Arts alum Ashley Marinaccio received the 2013 Lucille Lortel Women’s Visionary Award for her work as founder and artistic director of Girl Be Heard, a nonprofit theatre company that brings global issues affecting girls center stage. The acclaimed company has performed at the White House, the United Nations headquarters,TED conferences, and off-Broadway.
Lee Evans’ Book Is Published
Pace Performing Arts Professor Lee Evans’ Crash Course in Chords, a theory and performance workbook for piano, was published in May by Hal Leonard Corporation.
Women in Performing Arts Symposium
Amy Rogers, director of the BFA Musical Theater program at Pace Performing Arts, was a panelist at the first annual Women in the Performing Arts Symposium. The symposium was presented by the Broadway Dreams Foundation.
Danielle Stout Interns at Madison Square Garden Company
Senior BFA Acting major Danielle Stout was recently hired as a student associate with Rockette Operations in the Radio City Music Hall division. “It is a humbling experience to realize how many people it takes to get a production up and running. The internship has taught me never to take for granted the people who work hard to make an actor’s job easier,” Stout said.
Acting Major Lands Role on Law and Order SVU
Freshman BFA Acting Major Hayley Griffith has been cast in an upcoming episode of Law & Order SVU where she will play the role of Hannah on episode 20. Her past credits include a supporting role in the independent film “Five Years Later,” as well as a national commercial for Burlington Coat Factory. Currently, Hayley is working on Pace’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Broadway Director Julie Taymor Discusses the Creative Process & the Business of Show Business
Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor, spoke to a rapt audience at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts as part of the Pace Master Series. A veteran director of stage and screen, Ms. Taymor is best known for her Broadway production of The Lion King and, most recently, Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark.
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“I’m loving some Pace!”
Mandy Moore, Emmy nominated Artist in Residence at Pace Performing Arts Commercial Dance Program
Mandy Moore, best known for her work on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance, was on campus for five days, to audition and rehearse Commercial Dance students for her piece, Dance In a Straight Line.
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Pace Acting Student Featured Online
Pace BFA Acting student David Armanino ’15, who has performed in various productions including at Theatre Row, the Abingdon Theatre Complex, and various other venues, is this week’s featured performer on Broadwayworld.com.