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"Newsday" featured Pace alumn Sydney Mesher in "Radio City Rockette Sydney Mesher makes history as troupe's first dancer with visible disability"

12/05/2019

"Newsday" featured Pace alumn Sydney Mesher in "Radio City Rockette Sydney Mesher makes history as troupe's first dancer with visible disability"

“My parents say I started dancing before I could walk,” says Sydney Mesher, 22, who joyfully joined the ranks of the legendary Rockettes this season after her fourth audition in two years.

In the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular running through Jan. 5, she isn’t just realizing a personal dream come true with every twirl, tap and kick. Mesher is also making hoofer history and strides for inclusivity.

Born without a left hand, the exuberant Pace University graduate from Portland, Oregon, is the first dancer with a visible disability to be hired for the precision dance company founded in 1925. The troupe is famous for its uniformity. Mesher has bent the mold.

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Dance classes started early for Mesher. As a kid, her parents enrolled her in dance class just for fun. In her performing arts high school, she took classes in jazz, tap, ballet and hip-hop and got “tunnel vision” about dance. “It was something I loved and was good at,” she said. “I decided to do it as a profession.” Studies continued at Pace.

Mesher takes her physical difference — due to symbrachydactyly, a congenital limb-development condition affecting 1 out of 32,000 babies — in stride. “I don’t know anything different,” she said. That goes for whether she’s dancing, working out or donning an elaborate costume, like the reindeer outfit worn in a jolly, jingling number. Costumers have made some alterations where possible to help her with accessibility. In a number where the other dancers ring two handheld bells, Mesher rings one — a modification the audience may not even notice.

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"NJ.com" featured two Pace alums Alexandra Giaccone and Ali Kalu in "For N.J. couple, a love that defied loss from 9/11"

09/12/2019

"NJ.com" featured two Pace alums Alexandra Giaccone and Ali Kalu in "For N.J. couple, a love that defied loss from 9/11"

The Giaccone and Kalu families, while culturally very different, are now on the same page: Each of their children has found the perfect mate.

They met at Pace University, in the shadow of Ground Zero, and for years were just friends. Eventually a romance was kindled – Alex smiles in memory of Ali's persistence – and while she had no qualms about his religion, she wasn't sure how that would go over at home.

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"New York Post" featured Alumn Bruce Barish in "The craziest Tony goes to a Bronx dry cleaner"

05/07/2018

"New York Post" featured Alumn Bruce Barish in "The craziest Tony goes to a Bronx dry cleaner"

And the Tony goes to . . . Ernest Winzer Cleaners? Spot on!

On June 10, the Bronx dry cleaner that’s kept Broadway freshly pressed for 110 years will receive an award for Excellence in the Theatre.

“The cleaners, the ushers . . . they’re as much a part of our world as the superstars we’re lucky to work with,” says longtime producer and Tony committee member Paul Libin, who wrote the letter that snagged Winzer the award. (For the record, Libin tells The Post, he also wrote a letter recommending a special Tony for that other unsung hero — Bruce Springsteen.)

Libin says he’s known about Winzer since 1956, when he was an assistant stage manager for “Happy Hunting” and something spilled on Ethel Merman’s costume. Winzer’s whisked it away after the matinee and brought it back in time for the evening show.

“When you have an emergency, you dial 911,” Libin says. “It’s the same with Winzer Cleaners. Something happens, something spills — they come and get it and get it back.”

William Ivey Long seconds that emotion. “They deal with clothes that were rode hard and put away wet, and return them in incredible shape,” says the six-time Tony winner, who’s entrusted Winzer with everything from the Chrysler Building dress he made for “The Producers” to Roxie and Velma’s glitzy “Chicago” jackets.

Winzer Cleaners opened in 1908, but there hasn’t been a Winzer there since 1952, when Bruce Barish’s grandfather, Al Steinhorn, bought the business from Ernest himself. Since then, the shop passed to Barish’s father, Miles, and then to Bruce, who schleps in from Park Ridge, NJ, most mornings at 4 or 5 a.m. to join his 20-person crew in the sprawling, mostly un-air-conditioned building in Morris Heights, across from the Major Deegan Expressway.

“We see stuff the average cleaner would never know what to do with — beaded stuff, hand-painted stuff,” says Barish. The 53-year-old Pace graduate started working at Winzer when he was 7, doing whatever little things needed doing because “my dad was always here, and this was the only way I could be around him.” Neither of his own two kids are interested in the dry-cleaning business, says Barish, but his wife, Sarah, works with him, in an office lined with theater posters.

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"Staten Island Real-Time News" featured School of Education Alumnus Jermaine Cameron in "Young men of Eagle Academy are soaring to new heights"

04/16/2018

"Staten Island Real-Time News" featured School of Education Alumnus Jermaine Cameron in "Young men of Eagle Academy are soaring to new heights"

...ON A MISSION

Born in the West Indies, Principal Cameron moved with his family to Brooklyn at the age of 13 and graduated from Tilden High School.

"I always knew I wanted to teach," says the 38-year-old who plays the drums and enjoys rappelling. "I was always very driven, always setting goals."

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Hunter College, plus a master of science degree in secondary education and a master's degree in educational leadership and administration from Pace University.

Cameron taught English Language Arts (ELA) to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders for eight years at Brooklyn's Meyer Levin Intermediate School for the Performing Arts, and later became a staff developer and mentor for the Department of Education.

As Eagle Academy's founding principal, he knows each student by name and is deeply committed to making them college-and-career ready.

During spring recess, he accompanied 42 Eagle scholars on a five-day trip to Atlanta where they visited the campuses of Emory University, Clark-Atlanta University and Morehouse College. They also toured the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the Coca Cola Pavilion, the Atlanta History Center and The King Center.

During a summer bridge program, Eagle students attend classes on area campuses, including Wagner College, St. John's University, Brooklyn College, New York University and Rutgers University.

"Our young men need to know that college is an option for everyone," he says. "We ensure they have a college experience on every grade level."

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"Real Estate Weekly" featured Lubin School of Business Alumnus Andrew Essick in "2018’s RISING STARS OF REAL ESTATE"

04/16/2018

"Real Estate Weekly" featured Lubin School of Business Alumnus Andrew Essick in "2018’s RISING STARS OF REAL ESTATE"

JPMORGAN CHASE

Andrew started with JPMorgan Chase in 2014 and has been in the Real Estate Industry since 2009, previously working as an Investment Sales Broker at Massey Knakal Realty Services (now Cushman & Wakefield). During his time at Massey Knakal, he was involved in the disposition of over $517MM in aggregate transaction volume and evaluated over $1.2B in commercial properties using various evaluation techniques.

Andrew graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Real Estate Finance & Investment from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate in 2014 and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Pace University in 2010.

An active member of the NYU Alumni Community, Real Estate Services Alliance (RESA) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Andrew has also volunteered for numerous charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Hope Soup Kitchen, Arts Connection, Carry the Load, Catalog for Giving, Khal Bnei Torah and Street Soccer USA.

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Press Release: The BFA Acting program at Pace University’s School of Performing Arts debuts new work with alumnus and emerging writer, Keelay Gipson

04/16/2018

Press Release: The BFA Acting program at Pace University’s School of Performing Arts debuts new work with alumnus and emerging writer, Keelay Gipson

NEW YORK, April 16 – The BFA Acting program in the School of Performing Arts at Pace University has produced a new work with alumnus and emerging writer, Keelay Gipson.

“Imagine Sisyphus Happy” is a play that is both a love letter to the theater and one that demands more of the industry. Following a company of theater-makers as they helm a new piece, Gipson portrays the ways in which theater can be both a site of divine inspiration and one of oppression and inequity. His sensibility as a writer combines the cosmic viewpoint of a poet with the passionate drive of an activist – a combination that makes him hugely inspiring as a collaborator.

In addition to developing this new work, it has been a special opportunity to bring Gipson back to Pace University’s School of Performing Arts, housed in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, as a professional mentor and playwright. He earned a BFA in Musical Theater, and while a student, he developed his skills as a writer and director. The uniqueness of this collaboration is not lost on him: “I didn’t go to Pace for writing, and if you would have told me while I was there that I would be making my living as a playwright, I wouldn’t have known what to say. Pace is where I came into my own and began dedicating my life to theater. It’s inspiring to look back and see where you came from, and, in turn, give the students a vision of what their futures might look like should they continue on their path,” said Keelay Gibson.

Director Kevin Hourigan adds, “The opportunity to work with Pace undergraduate actors feels like the perfect context in which to workshop this play - which is very much about artistic process. We helmed this show in collaboration with the company of actors.  Their extraordinary contributions have left indelible impressions on the final script. We are very excited to share the work of this very talented company.”

Keelay Gipson is a multi-disciplinary artist, activist, teaching artist, and award-winning playwright whose plays include: #NewSlavesCRH, or the placenta play (O'Neill Semi- Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival Semi-Finalist, AADA Main Stage Live!); What I Tell You in the Dark (Premiere Stages Finalist); and Mary/Stuart, a dramatic queering of friederich schiller's classic play (BAM Next Wave Festival, partnership with Wendy’s Subway and Lambda Literary). He is the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists, as well as writing fellowships with Lambda Literary, The Amoralists, Page 73 and the Dramatist Guild Foundation.  He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of New York and the Administration of Children’s Services of the City of New York.  His work has been seen/developed at the Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, HERE Arts Center, 133rd Street Arts Center, The Theater at Alvin Ailey, Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory, Pace University, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, The University of Houston, The National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights' Theater, Classical Theater of Harlem, and New York Theatre Workshop. He is published in The Best American Short Plays Anthology by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

Kevin Hourigan is a director of plays, opera, music, and devised work. Some of his credits include: Cenerentola (Curtis Opera Theater); Talk to me about Shame (NYFringe and at the Syrena Theatre in Warsaw, Poland); Farmed by Trevor Bachman (Fresh Ground Pepper); Blood Wedding, The Merchant of Venice, The Hour of Great Mercy by Miranda Rose Hall, and Tiny by Sarah B. Mantell (Yale School of Drama); Lake Kelsey by Dylan Frederick, I’m with you in Rockland, a devised work based on Howl (Yale Cabaret);  Sweeney Todd (Performing Arts Institute); Gentlemen of Kentucky by Thomas Daniel Valls (Dixon Place); and Magellanica by A. J. Ditty (Access Theater). He has directed workshops and readings for writers including Craig Lucas, Adam Rapp, Diana Oh, Kia Corthron, Brendan Pelsue, and others. As an assistant/associate director, Kevin has worked with directors Rachel Chavkin, Nicky Silver, Christine Jones, Jackson Gay, John Jesurun, Laura Savia, and Mike Donahue.

Hourigan is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he was the artistic director of the Yale Cabaret's 2016-2017 season, and has his BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Runs:

April 18-28, 2018

Schaeberle Theater
41 Park Row, 10th Floor
New York, NY

General admission tickets are $15.00 each; students are $5.00. Tickets available at:

https://imaginesisyphuspace.brownpapertickets.com.

Performances:
Wednesday, 4/18 at 7:30pm
Thursday, 4/19 at 7:30pm
Friday, 4/20 at 7:30pm
Saturday, 4/21 at 2:00pm
Saturday, 4/21 at 7:30pm
Sunday, 4/22 at 2:00pm
Thursday, 4/26 at 7:30pm
Friday, 4/27 at 7:30pm
Saturday, 4/28 at 2:00pm
Saturday, 4/28 at 7:30pm

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences:  Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as many courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements.  The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

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