In the News

In The News

Ragan Pharris

Ragan Pharris joins the new musical by Sara Bareilles, Waitress

The cast of the world premiere production of Waitress just opened and recent PPA Musical Theater student, Ragan Pharris ‘15, is a part of the ensemble! The musical is based off of the 2007 major motion picture of the same name, with music and lyrics written by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Sara Bareilles. The production is being produced by the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) and Harvard University. For more details about the show and how to see Pharris in action, click here. To see a sneak peak of rehearsals, click here.

Freia Titland

Freia Titland lands a guest spot on OITNB Season 4

Recent PPA graduate Freia Titland, Class of ’13, just wrapped an episode on the fourth season of the Emmy-nominated Netflix series Orange is the New Black. See Freia in her guest spot beginning April 15, 2016.


Making Waves: Vinny Ortega

Current BA Directing junior, Vinny Ortega ’17 was featured in the Tampa Bay Times this July in an article titled “At 20, Clearwater native Vinny Ortega is running a theater company in New York.” In the article, Ortega speaks about this student-run production company--The Dare Tactic, as well as a play he recently wrote and directed, Hopeless. Check out the awesome article here.

Dear Evan Hanson

Alexis Molnar in World Premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Current Musical Theater junior, Alexis Molnar, is currently performing as a principal cast member in the World Premiere of new musical, Dear Evan Hansen. The music and lyrics are written by the contemporary duo, Pasek & Paul (writers of Dogfight, which PPA performed in 2013). Dear Evan Hansen is having its limited run at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. through August 23rd.

Amy Rogers

“Star-Making Magic” in PPA’s Kerstin Anderson

BFA Musical Theater junior, Kerstin Anderson ‘17, will be starring in the National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC as Maria Rainer opening September 20th. Complete casting has been announced for the brand-new production, which will be directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien and will tour North America, officially launching at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Anderson won the role from hundreds who auditioned, O’Brien said, “If ever there were an enchanting young woman standing on the brink of discovery — this was it!” See’s incredible feature on Anderson here.

Amy Rogers

BFA Acting Alum in “Alabama Shakes”

Christopher Lemieux (BFA Acting ’13) has been accepted to Alabama Shakespeare Festival as an Apprentice Company Member. Lemieux will perform in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as the beloved A Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella. ASF is the sixth largest Shakespeare festival in the world and will be in Montgomery, AL through May 8, 2016.

Amy Rogers

Commercial Dancers in 42nd Street National Tour

Recent graduate, Brittany Bigelow ’15 and current senior, Kelly Gleason ‘16 will join the ensemble of the upcoming national tour of the Tony-winning backstage musical comedy, 42nd Street. The tour will launch Sept. 22 at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and tour through over 60 US cities. See the full casting announcement here.

Amy Rogers

PPA Students on Inside Amy Schumer

Two PPA Musical Theater majors, Connor Antico ’17 and Kevin Csolak ’18 (pictured above) were recently featured in a musical sketch on the hit show Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central. The two men play members of a One Direction parody band and sing the song Girl You Don’t Need Makeup. The sketch was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics. Watch the viral hit here.

Amy Rogers

Talya Groves on tour with MOTOWN!

Recent BFA Musical Theater graduate, Talya Groves ’15 has joined the national tour of Motown: The Musical! Groves is one of 2 female swings on the tour. This tour of Motown will make stops nearly every major city in the U.S. as well as one stop in Canada. Get tickets to see the show here.

Amy Rogers

Commercial Dance Major on SYTYCD, Season 12

Junior Commercial Dance major, Alexia Meyer ‘17, (pictured above) has been ranked in the Top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance this season. She joins Team Stage in Season 12: Stage vs. Street. Watch Alexia’s audition video here and see her perform in a top 20 trio here.  Alexia competes on Monday nights at 8pm on Fox or on Hulu.

Amy Rogers

Amy Rogers Featured in The Huffington Post

Head of the BFA Musical Theater Program, Amy Rogers, was recently featured on Huff Post: College in the first installment of the Women in the Performing Arts series written by college audition coach, Mary Anna Dennard.  Rogers discusses what makes Pace School of Performing Arts a unique training program for musical theater students.  Read the full article here.


Professor Lee Evans on Leonard Bernstein or “Lenny”

Pace School of Performing Arts Music Professor, Lee Evans, was recently featured in The Pace Press with his article on Leonard Bernstein and Music Education, titled Lenny.  Evans is the author of over 100 music books published in the US, Japan, and the former Soviet Union.   It is such a pleasure for our students to read an article authored by an esteemed faculty member in their very own publication! Read Lenny and the rest of the April 8th issue here.

Oh Honey

PPA Alum’s Band, “Oh Honey” on Today Show!

BFA Acting alum, Danielle Bouchard ’12 appeared on The Today Show with her band Oh Honey. Danielle along with Pace alum, Mitchy Collins ‘12, performed their hit single Sugar, You from their new EP Wish You Were here. Watch Danielle and Mitchy perform here.

Tony Nominations

Pace Performing Arts Represented in the 2015 Tony Nominations!

The Tony Nominations have been announced and Pace Performing Arts is everywhere! Current PPA Musical Theater Artist-in Residence Victoria Clark was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Gigi.  Alumni Dominick LaRuffa, Jr. and Rob Hinderliter were producers on You Can’t Take It with You, nominated for 5 Tonys.  It also featured PPA professor, Patrick Kerr, in the cast.  LuRuffa and Hinderliter also were producers on On the Town, nominated for 4 Tonys.  On the Town features current Musical Theater student, Jess LeProtto.  Former Artist-in-Residence John Doyle directed The Visit, nominated for 5 Tonys.


IPE Professor Develops New Work with Soho Rep

Adrienne Kapstein, assistant professor in the International Performance Ensemble program, was chosen as a lead artist on WASHETERIA, a site-specific theater experience for children and adults produced by Soho Rep Theater.  At the heart of WASHETERIA is a fantastical laundromat and the community contained within it.  The work is comprised of a series of theatrical "episodes" - each the length of a wash cycle. A grant from The Children's Theater Foundation of America supported WASHETERIA’s development and launch. The piece features episodes directed by Kapstein and others.  Read more about the piece in the Wall Street Journal here.

Maren Lavelle

Hollywood Insiders Coming to the Masters Series this March

Three prominent Hollywood insiders will take part in the Pace School of Performing Arts Masters Series on Monday, March 30 - Hawk Koch,  president of the Producers Guild and former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures; Robert Benton, three-time Academy Award winning screenwriter (Kramer vs Kramer, Places in the Heart, Bonnie and Clyde); and Avy Kaufman, casting director (Damages, The Sixth Sense, Brokeback Mountain,The Bourne Ultimatum).  The Masters Series takes place at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at 6pm, and Cosmin Chivu, director of the BA International Performance Ensemble program, moderates.

Brandon Kalm

Brandon Kalm to Perform at Shakespeare in the Park!

PPA Musical Theater alum, Brandon Kalm ’14 will perform in The Tempest this summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park as a part of Shakespeare in the Park presented by The Public Theater. Kalm will be performing in the ensemble. The cast features Law & Order’s Sam Waterston as Prospero will be directed by Michael Grief (Rent, If/Then, Next to Normal). The Tempest will run at the Delacorte from May 27-July 5.

Maren Lavelle

Success on the Silver Screen

Daniel S. Taylor ’13, BA Acting, has recently been featured in the documentary, 1971. The film tells the story of a group of citizens involved in the Vietnam WarResistance who broke into an FBI office in Pennsylvania where they uncovered J. Edgar Hoover's illegal surveillance program. Their discovery led to the investigation of U.S. intelligence agencies. Daniel plays Keith Forsyth, the group's lockpick. 1971 premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film can currently screening in festivals across the country.

Maren Lavelle

Acting Student to appear on The Mysteries of Laura

Hayley Griffith ‘17, BFA Acting, has booked a co-starring role on episode #119 of this season of The Mysteries of Laura with Debra Messing. She will be playing the role of Sara Shaw. This episode is schedule to air in April 2015.

Maren Lavelle

Daniel Quadrino Continues to Soar!

Recent alumnus, Daniel Quadrino ’14, Musical Theater, will join the cast of Wicked on Broadway starting March 10. Daniel will perform nightly at the Gershwin Theatre in the ensemble as well as understudy the character Boq. From Newsies to Peter Pan LIVE to Wicked, all in one year…Danny can’t be stopped!

Maren Lavelle

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.

Charlie Franklin

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.

Alexandra Silber

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

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.

Brianna Gentilella

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!

Maggie Anderson

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.

Danny Quadrino

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.

Jess LeProtto

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!

Cathryn Wake

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.

Sarah Blackwood

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

Sarah Blackwood

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.

Emily Mann

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.

Anna Friedman

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.

Victoria Clark

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.

Gabriela Campo

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.

Delaney Yeager

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

Britton Smith Joins Cast of New Musical at the Public

BFA Musical Theater alumnus Britton Smith ’12 joins the cast of the new musical The Fortress of Solitude at the Public Theater.  Previews begin September 30 and the musical opens on October 22.

Kevin Spacey Foundation

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

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.

Madison Embrey

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

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

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 Embry and Astain Rothchild

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!

Lara Hayhurst

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.

Jorge Cacheiro

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.

Jorge Cacheiro

PPA in NY Times

The news is out! Check out our coverage in the New York Times. Way to go PPA!

Jorge Cacheiro

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.

Performing Arts School

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

 Rob Hinderlift and Dominick LaRuffa

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.

John Doyle

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

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.

Festival De Cannes

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.

The Fantasticks

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 is a joy to experience it each night.” You can catch Salamone in The Fantasticks through the end of January 2014.

Oh Honey

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.

Press Play

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.

Disney Newsies

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.

Andy Blankenbuehler

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.

The Mutilated

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

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.

John Doyle

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

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.

Orange Is the New Black

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.

Brett Thiele

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

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

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

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

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.

Hayley Griffith

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.”

Julie Taymor

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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Mandy Moore

“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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David Armanino

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