Producing Emmy-nominated Success – “My ASDS teachers opened my eyes to a bigger world, one where I can tell stories and help audiences to reflect on their lives in a more meaningful way,” says Simmonds. “I have found that my greatest successes have come from staying true to myself and only choosing projects that I have a deep personal connection to, and feel like I am making a meaningful contribution to society.”
From Pace to CNN – "Pace afforded me a great education in the middle of New York City—and I mean that literally. Pace offered me a partial scholarship, which enabled me to earn my degree without the burden of enormous student loans. Low debt was one reason I was able to take a risk on journalism several years later."
Dyson Veteran Earns A+E Fellowship – Gerald received the Sgro Fellowship for Veterans in Media Technology from A+E Networks, a competitive, 18-month program for veterans to enter careers in media production. Gerald, who joined the US Navy just weeks before the 9/11 attacks, came to Pace after serving around the world for 11 years. “The resources gained from this fellowship will allow me to confidently pursue my next career endeavor, becoming an editor, and eventually a teacher,” he says.
Winning Words – Tony Kushner, David Foster Wallace, August Wilson, Jonathan Franzen—Pace University alumna Nadia Owusu ’05 joined this illustrious list of great American writers recently, upon receiving a 2019 Whiting Award for her nonfiction work Aftershocks, coming next year from Simon and Schuster. The $50,000 award, which all four of the noted literary giants previously received, is given annually by the Whiting Foundation to ten emerging writers.
Forbes Ranks PPA's Dominique Fishback – Pace Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback, has been named in Forbes 30 Under 30 - Hollywood & Entertainment 2019. The Brooklyn, NY, native is bestknown for her role as Donna 'Darlene' Pickett on HBO’s The Deuce. Last year, she made her film debut in Night Comes On, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She also appeared in The Hate U Give, released nationally in theaters in October.
PPA Alumna Makes Broadway Debut in Wicked – Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Emily Rogers ‘15, Musical Theater, made her Broadway debut in Wicked on December 17, 2018. She joined the ensemble, and will act as understudy for the lead role of Elphaba.
First Woman NYS Senate Majority Leader – On November 26, 2018, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins '86 '08, General Studies, Public Administration, was elected by her peers to serve as New York State Senate Majority Leader. She is the first woman to lead either legislative chamber. Pace President Marvin Krislov shared his congratulations, “Pace students and alumni are hard-working, driven leaders, and we’re so proud of Senator Stewart-Cousins for all her hard work, drive, and great accomplishments.”
MPA Grad Wins Democratic Primary – Charles Fall ’14, MPA, has won New York’s Democratic primary on Sept. 13, emerging over two challengers in an open race to represent Staten Island’s North Shore in the state assembly. There’s no Republican running against the 29-year-old, which guarantees him the seat in the November general election.
They're all hired! All Env '18 Graduates Report Employment – Dyson College’s 2018 class of MA, Environmental Policy graduates has reached 100 percent job placement success. Alumni have taken positions supporting local nonprofit organizations and politicians. Their achievements stand as a testament to Pace University’s mission to provide Opportunitas, and the ongoing focus on student success outcomes. This marks the inaugural class of graduates for the program, established in 2016.
"LA Times" Lauds PPA Alumna Fishback – Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback was interviewed by the LA Times about her stage and screen successes. Praised for her nuanced portrayals of tough yet vulnerable and resilient young women, she discusses her education at Pace, as well as some exciting upcoming film, television, and theater projects.
Nicole Virgona ’18
Env Grad Goes to Work For Sen. Schumer – Nicole Virgona ’18, Environmental Policy, has accepted the position of regional deputy director of Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) Hudson Valley office, sustaining the program’s 100 percent post-grad employment rate. Virgona credits earning her “dream job” to her experience in Pace’s Environmental Policy Clinic, and the dedication of Michelle Land, director of Pace’s Master of Environmental Policy program, and William Colona, director of government and community relations.
PPA Alumna Lands a "Shameless" Role – Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Ashley Romans ‘15 has landed a recurring role on the hit Showtime comedy-drama series Shameless. Romans joins an all-star cast, including William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, for a historic ninth season, which will make Shameless the longest-running original scripted series in Showtime's history; premiering September 9, 2018.
Political Science Alumna Vies for Senate Seat – Andrea Marra ‘17, Political Science, is running for the state senate seat for New York City’s Queens District 13. If she wins the election, she would be the first transgender state senator and the first Asian-American state senator in New York history.
LA Drama Critics Circle Award – Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Ashley Romans '15 won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance in the play Rotterdam. Romans plays the lead character Fiona/Adrian in the 2015 play about transgender lives. Her win was noted in the entertainment trade magazine Variety.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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