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Hollywood Masters (NYC)

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PPA’s Masters Series goes out with a bang on Monday, March 30, with four of Hollywood’s leaders closing this year’s program: actress Lake Bell, screenwriter Robert Benton, casting director Ivy Kaufman, and producer and President of the Producers Guild of America Hawk Koch.

Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) is rolling out the red carpet for their last Masters Series of the year, welcoming a star-studded panel to the Schimmel stage on Monday, March 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a special discussion on writing, producing, directing, and casting film in Hollywood.

Guests include actress, writer, and director Lake Bell (Boston Legal, How to Make it in America, No Strings Attached, It’s Complicated); three-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer, Places in the Heart, Bonnie and Clyde); Emmy Award-winning casting director Ivy Kaufman (The Sixth Sense, Brokeback Mountain, The Bourne Ultimatum, Life of Pi); and producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Other Side of Midnight, Primal Fear, Collateral Damage).

The four Hollywood veterans will share their experience, accomplishments, and challenges in the motion picture industry and will talk about engagement, diversity, the Oscars, shifts in the entertainment business, and the future of filmmaking. Cosmin Chivu, director of BA International Performance Ensemble, will moderate the discussion.

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.

The Masters Series event is free for all Pace students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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