Pace Drama Alliance (PLV)
Lights, camera, Pace Drama Alliance! Learn more about the organization that is providing an outlet for students interested in the theater, and audition for their spring play on Tuesday, February 21.
The Pace Drama Alliance (PDA) serves as an outlet for students interested in performing, writing, directing, being in the stage crew, and designing sets as well as all other interests that fall in between. Providing a judgment-free zone that is inclusive to all, PDA aims to help students de-stress and express their theatrical passions on the Pleasantville Campus. Learn more about the club through this collective Q&A from members of the organization.
Tentative meetings: Every Tuesday at 9:15 p.m. in Kessel Conference Room A/B.
Founded: Was founded and primarily located on the Briarcliff Campus in 2012. Last semester, PDA was officially funded.
Club motto: The good kind of drama.
Number of members? 15 consistent members that come to weekly meetings, but we always have more members when it comes time for the plays.
Song that describes the club? “La Vie Boheme” from Rent because it’s as weird as we are.
Your club in one word? Fun. PDA is just generally a fun club to be a part of. We attend meetings to have a good time together and laugh. We try to get an hour of enjoyment into our otherwise stressful and busy schedules.
Q: What is something you’d like students to know about your club?
A: We want people to know that they can be as involved as they want to be in our org. Whether that’s acting, crew, or just coming to the meetings, you can be as much a part of this org as you want to be.
Q: What makes your club unique?
A: Our club is unique because it’s all inclusive. PDA wouldn’t work if we didn’t have varying personalities and interests being part of the org. We are open to everyone being in this club and really encourage it. Variety is what makes theater interesting.
Q: What’s the best performance you guys have put on?
A: Well, PDA has put on a few really great performances. We wouldn’t label just one our “best” performance because everyone seems to like our plays for different reasons. We think a play that a lot of cast members really enjoyed being in was a more recent one, Sister X 6. This was a play we did during fall 2015 and was written and directed by a former student and Pace Drama Alliance member, Dante Plush. This play was a satirical musical on Greek life and pledging. It was something that was very different from PDA’s usual dramatic plays like A Streetcar Named Desire or Spring Awakening. It was funny, and lewd, and quirky. The cast really had fun getting into the crazy and eccentric roles Dante wrote for us. So while we don’t know what our “best” performance was, that was definitely one that was a lot of fun to rehearse and perform.
Q: What are your club’s goals?
A: The purpose of this organization is to offer students an accessible theatrical experience in a non-judgmental safe place where students can express themselves. Being that Pace University's theater department exists on the New York City Campus, PDA provides Pleasantville students with the opportunity to easily indulge in performing arts and production while displaying their talents to their peers and to the Pace faculty on their home campus. We want students to be able to openly showcase their interests and talents without fear of judgement or ridicule. We strive to be a judgment-free zone.
Q: Why should people join your club?
A: There are so many reasons people should join our club. However, the number one reason we think students should join PDA is we need more enjoyment in our lives. Students are way too stressed all of the time. We have a lot of responsibilities and the weight of our futures—and the entire world it seems—is resting on our shoulders right now. We not only want the kind of fun that PDA can provide, but we also honestly need it. The support and detox in a judgment-free zone that PDA gives its members is really important. People should join because we, as students, deserve an hour of silliness and general fun. We’ve earned it.
Q: Do you have any events coming up?
A: We always have events coming up! On Monday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 7, our variety show starts at 9:30 p.m. in Gottesman, and we host it each semester. The variety show is where students can come and perform songs, monologues, poems, skits, or any other talent they’d like to showcase on stage. Then later in the semester, we have our spring play. This is our student-written, directed, and acted play for the year. It will be Monday, April, 10 and Tuesday, April 11, in Gottesman at 9:30 p.m. Auditions for anyone interested in being a part of the play will be held Tuesday, February 21, at 9:15 p.m. in Kessel Conference Room A/B, and are open to students outside of Pace Drama Alliance as well.
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