Saycon Sengbloh, Maurice Hines, and Sahr Ngaujah to join Pace School of Performing Arts Master Series on Monday, April 4

Pace School of Performing Arts Master Series will present a special panel discussion on Diversity, Race, and Career Success in the entertainment industry. Guests include Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed, Motown, Fela!), tap legend Maurice Hines, and Tony, Grammy, and Olivier nominated actor Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!, Funnyhouse of a Negro)

Monday, April 4, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Schimmel Center for the Arts
3 Spruce Street, New York NY 10038

This event is free for all Pace University students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Launched in February 2012, Pace School of Performing Arts Masters Series is a public conversation that provides the new generation of performing arts students with the opportunity of interacting with well-established outstanding artists. Well-known American actors, writers, directors, designers and theater professionals share in person their craft and their life experience with their invaluable perspectives on the creative process. Past guests include directors Julie Taymor, Anne Bogart, and Gregory Mosher, actors Zoe Caldwell, Michael Cerveris, Olympia Dukakis, and Kathleen Turner, playwrights Neil LaBute and Nicky Silver and many others.

Saycon Sengbloh is originally from Atlanta, GA and but has lived in New York City for many years! She plays Wife #1 in the Broadway of Eclipsed . You can see her next year as 'Nora Fiel' in the Ernest Dickerson feature film, “Double Play.” Her Broadway credits include: Holler if Ya Hear Me; Motown the Musical; Fela!; Hair, and Wicked. She originated the role of Rita Marley in Marley at Centerstage Theater (Baltimore) and Staggerlee (Dallas Theatre Center).  Off-Broadway: Hurt Village. Film: Finding Fela; American Gangster; Across the Universe. TV:  "Funny Valentines"; “The Good Wife”;  “Law & Order, HBO series :“Criminal Justice” (also known as Crime). Education: Tri-Cities VPA, Freddie Hendricks Y.E.A., and she attended Agnes Scott College. Saycon's original music can be found via website SayconSengbloh.com and on iTunes!

Sahr Ngaujah originated the title role in Fela! Off-Broadway, Broadway and in the West End. Ngaujah earned an Obie & Theater World Award; and was nominated for an Olivier, Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, Lortel and Drama League awards for his performance. TV credits include: “The Good Wife,” “Taxi-22” (pilot), “The Blacklist,” “Last Resort”. Film: Freeheld, Kenshow at the Bedfellow, Blood Done Sign My Name, The Signal, Stomp the Yard, Finding Fela, and the upcoming Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster. Director: Conversations With Ice, Seven Sins. Masters of Theatre: DasArts - Netherlands. Music: Sahr + Ricardo aKUsTIc, Chop & Quench, 2016 album appearances include "Drum for your life" by Pop It! "Action" by Directors, "Are you ready for this"(EP part3) by D-Felic. Ngaujah will next be seen Off-Broadway at the Signature Theater honoring the three Legacy playwrights, Edward Albee, Maria Irene Forenes and Adrienne Kennedy, under the direction of Lila Neugebauer.

Maurice Hines is a Broadway tap legend, a star of stage, screen and television. He commenced his acclaimed career at the age of five, studying tap at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in New York City. He appeared on Broadway and toured as the opening act for such headliners as Lionel Hampton and Gypsy Rose Lee. Their father then joined the act and shortly thereafter "Hines, Hines & Dad" was performing to rave reviews in New York, Las Vegas and Europe. The group also appeared on many television shows including "The Pearl Bailey Show", "Hollywood Palace", and 35 appearances on "The Tonight Show". Mr. Hines pursued a solo career and success soon followed when he was chosen to star as Nathan Detroit in the National Touring Company of Guys and Dolls. He followed this performance with celebrated roles co-starring in Bring Back Birdie with Chita Rivera and Donald O'Connor and starring in Sophisticated Ladies. Mr. Hines made his big screen debut in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club”. Mr. Hines then conceived, directed and choreographed the musical Uptown… It's Hot! He joined the cast when the show moved to Broadway and received a 1986 Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical.