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"Broadway World" featured Dyson College alumna Natalie Powers in "BWW Interview: Natalie Powers of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Hennepin Theatre Trust"

08/01/2019

"Broadway World" featured Dyson College alumna Natalie Powers in "BWW Interview: Natalie Powers of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Hennepin Theatre Trust"

...This looks like it is your first national tour and Broadway show -- how did you get this part and what's your path to now been career-wise? What got you started performing?

It is! I had three FIDDLER auditions in New York City before I was offered the part in May of 2018. It was thankfully a low-stress environment and I'm very lucky that it was such a short process for me audition-wise. I graduated from Pace University the year before and had been working as a freelance photographer and performer in smaller shows around the city. I started performing at the age of 5 in a production of PETER PAN at my school in the suburbs of Chicago. A classmate had been living with cancer and we staged PETER PAN as a fundraiser to send her and her family to swim with dolphins at the Atlantis resort. We thankfully raised enough for that dream family trip before she passed and the experience really made me appreciate how theatre can affect someone else's life in such a positive way.

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"Playbill" featured Dyson College alumna Lexi Rabadi in "What Helps Lexi Rabadi Bring the Unknown Story of a World War II Hero to Life in Hannah Senesh"

08/01/2019

"Playbill" featured Dyson College alumna Lexi Rabadi in "What Helps Lexi Rabadi Bring the Unknown Story of a World War II Hero to Life in Hannah Senesh"

I feel that I’ve been handed this torch,” says Lexi Rabadi of her role in the current revival of Hannah Senesh, which runs through August 18. “I have the gift of passing it on every night to each and every audience member, should they choose to hold out their palm.”

Though Rabadi is young, a 2016 graduate of Pace University, this is the exactly the type of story she was searching to tell.

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s production of Senesh’s life story begins at the end: with Senesh’s mother Catherine (also played by Rabadi) reflecting on her daughter’s death. As the play flashes back to Senesh at age 13, audiences learn that she left Hungary for Israel—leaving her mother behind—to escape the dangers of what would become the Holocaust. But when a friend told her about the British Army’s World War II mission to parachute into Yugoslavia to attempt to provide aid to Jewish communities, Senesh voluntarily joined the forces to go back to Hungary and rescue her mother.

Rabadi glides masterfully through the story, creating a fluidity in Senesh’s story from ages 13 to 23—never compromising the essence of Senesh herself.

This revival hits the stage more than 75 years after Senesh made the dangerous journey and 30 years after writer-director David Schechter and original Hannah Senesh, Lori Wilner, first premiered the show in 1984. Yet as Rabadi plays her, Senesh’s history remains poignant tale to this day.

“This story will be relevant as long as there are people in the world who connect with roots of otherness, minorities who are disparaged and downright oppressed,” says Rabadi.

As the story goes, Catherine was captured alongside her daughter by Hungarian officers as a tactic to get the young woman to speak, but the perseverant Senesh refused. “As someone who has a wonderful relationship with my own mother, the way that Hannah and Catherine do, nothing can prepare you for telling a story like this,” she says. “As I get to play Catherine for just those brief and seemingly fleeting moments [at the end], it gives me such a great deal of context to have just played her daughter for 90 minutes and really understand what she has gone through on that level.”

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Statement from President Marvin Krislov on the Election of Pace Alumna State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

11/26/2018

Statement from President Marvin Krislov on the Election of Pace Alumna State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins as Majority Leader

New York (November 26, 2018) – Today, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was elected by her peers to serve as New York State Senate Majority Leader. The first woman to lead either legislative chamber. President Marvin Krislov released the following statement:

“Congratulations to State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who was elected today as majority leader of the New York State Senate. She’s a double alumna of Pace University, and now she’s the first woman to a lead a chamber in our state legislature. Pace students and alumni are hard-working, driven leaders, and we’re so proud of Sen. Stewart-Cousins for all her hard work, drive, and great accomplishments.”

Incoming Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees at Pace University.

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. www.pace.edu