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amNY featured Pace University in "New York City students can learn tips for college auditions through online musical theater program"

08/11/2020

amNY featured Pace University in "New York City students can learn tips for college auditions through online musical theater program"

Broadway Dreams is hosting ZOOMIFIEDS, a new mentor-driven musical theater training that aims to give students a leg up on the college audition process. The program will take place from Wednesday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 16. Participating colleges include New York City’s own Manhattan School of Music and Pace University.

“For years now, Broadway Dreams has worked closely with the brilliant educators who are responsible for some of the nation’s top college and university musical theater programs to offer our students unique access and information through Broadway Dreams University,” said Broadway Dreams Co-Founder and President, Annette Tanner. “We are incredibly thrilled to have assisted countless students and parents navigate the daunting college audition process and we are proud of the tremendous acceptance rate for Broadway Dreams students across the country.”

ZOOMIFIEDS classes and seminars for students will cover a wide range of topics, including how to master pre-recorded and live-streamed auditions in the age of COVID19, college audition monologues, dance calls, and image and styling tips. For parents, the program will provide round table conversations with representatives from participating universities; parent-to-parent panels, and seminars by renowned college audition coach, Mary Anna Dennard, and Leayne Dempsey from WeAreTheatreMajor.com.

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"amNY" featured Pace professor emerita Karla Jay in "Stonewall's impact, 50 years after the riots: 'It's much more than a bar'"

06/24/2019

"amNY" featured Pace professor emerita Karla Jay in "Stonewall's impact, 50 years after the riots: 'It's much more than a bar'"

When Karla Jay heard about the Stonewall riots on the radio the morning of June 29, 1969, the then-22-year-old got on the 1 train and made her way downtown.

“I was an activist. I wanted to see what had happened,” Jay recalled. “All of us who were gay and lesbian back in the day … we all knew what it was like to be in a bar that was busted by the police.”

Not long after, she had joined the Gay Liberation Front — one of a number of LGBTQ organizations that formed in the months after the uprising. A year later, New York City saw its first pride march, called the Christopher Street Liberation Day March.

While the LGBTQ civil rights movement began before Stonewall, the uprising rallied supporters and marked a turning point in its history. Fifty years later, the Stonewall Inn has become an iconic symbol of the movement.

“The attitude after Stonewall really shifted into one of defiance,” said Jay, an LGBTQ activist and author who is now a professor emerita at Pace University. “I say that Stonewall was the spark, but we were the torch.”

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"amNY" featured Pace University in "Why the effort to ban plastic straws is growing"

02/04/2019

"amNY" featured Pace University in "Why the effort to ban plastic straws is growing"

In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed his support for efforts to ensure NYC becomes a leader in reducing single-use plastics that pollute our oceans and harm wildlife worldwide. And last year, Councilman Rafael Espinal proposed legislation that would eliminate the use of most single-use plastic straws in NYC.

The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the efforts. We are optimistic that the legislation will become law and encouraged by the many businesses that have already begun providing alternatives to plastic straws.

The push to ban single-use plastic in NYC dovetails with Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium Give a Sip campaign, which already has 175 partners. They include Montefiore Medical Center, Pace University and the Yemeni American Merchants Association, which is educating customers in 4,000 bodegas across the five boroughs about the need to ban plastic straws. More than 150,000 individuals also have pledged to stop using plastic straws.

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