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Performing Arts
Nabiyah Be '14

PPA Alumna in Marvel's "Black Panther" – Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna, Nabiyah Be ’14 plays the character Linda in the highly anticipated Marvel Studios film, Black Panther. Be appears alongside an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker.

Kenya Velez '17

The Road to Med School – Kenya Velez was born with educati opportunities her parents never dreamed of. Velez earned a degree in Chemistry and became the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Maria Luskay '85

First-gen College Faculty – Like many Pace University students, Professor Maria Luskay, director of the Media and Communication Arts graduate program, is a first-generation college graduate and a go-getter.

Performing Arts
Dominique Fishback

Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback’s captivating portrayal of Darlene in the critically acclaimed HBO drama The Deuce was noted in Variety magazine online. The entertainment trade magazine called Fishback’s character “the show’s emotional core.”

Sara Juncaj '09

First Doctorate of Philosophy Degree Earned by First-gen – Sara Juncaj a first-generation college graduate, earned one of the first doctor of philosophy degrees from Dyson, which was given in Mental Health Counseling. This is her story.

Performing Arts
Adam Gonzalez '04

From Theater Arts Major to MTV Executive – Adam Gonzalez is a television executive in charge of development and production of unscripted programming for the MTV and VH1 networks.

Michael Boyle '13

From Pace to Max Planck – Michael Boyle ’13 is an evolutionary biologist investigating the mystery of the evolution of the human brain at the world renowned Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

Performing Arts
Maybe Burke ’14

Advocate of Gender Diversity – Maybe Burke is the founder of The Trans Literacy Project, a series of short educational videos about trans people by trans people. Burke works toward building a just society where gender spectrum inclusivity is the norm.

Political Science
José Luis Castro '88

From Dyson College to Global CEO РAs the head of two international health organizations, Jos̩ Luis Castro makes significant impact upon pressing global health issues.

Actors Studio Drama School
Michael Rader '13

Q&A with MFA Directing Alumnus – Michael Rader is a proud ASDS alumnus who graduated with his MFA in Directing in 2013. Since then he has gone to direct Off-Broadway, regional productions, national tours, and was recently named Artistic Director of the Cape Playhouse.

Actors Studio Drama School
Charles Brice '12

Q&A with Actor Charles Brice – The Actors Studio Drama School alumnus Charles Brice is an actor who can be seen in the critically-acclaimed HBO show The Night Of and in the independent feature film, How to Tell You're a Douchebag. The leading man shares with us lessons he learned from his mom and tells us what a honey wagon is.

Nina Freeman ‘12

Forbes Magazine Named Her One of Their 30 Under 30 to Watch – Nina Freeman is a rising star in the indie game design world, garnering praise for her character-driven, highly relatable story lines. Forbes Magazine named her one of their 30 under 30 to watch.

Benjamin Saltzman '07

Benjamin Saltzman was awarded a 2017-18 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for his research of the literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England, focusing on texts written in Old English and Anglo-Latin. Saltzman is an instructor in Medieval British Literature at Caltech, and is finishing work on a book, “Bonds of Secrecy: The Cultural and Literary Mechanics of Concealment in Early Medieval England.”

Environmental Studies
Gian Joseph ’16

Green Roofs and the Plants That Love Them – Green roofs mitigate the impact of human activities upon the urban environment. Environmental Studies alumna, Gian Joseph ’16, researches the best plants for the job.

Les Kippel '70

Music Mogul and Grateful Dead Devotee – Les Kippel ‘70 graduated from what was then Pace College, with a degree in Human Relations. Brooklyn-born, Kippel’s father wanted him to be a teacher, a safe career choice. Kippel chose another road, following his passion.



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