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"Daily Voice" featured Pace alumni Bartek Szymanski in "Norwalk Actor Makes TV Debut On NBC's 'Chicago PD'"

10/24/2019

"Daily Voice" featured Pace alumni Bartek Szymanski in "Norwalk Actor Makes TV Debut On NBC's 'Chicago PD'"

An actor and director from Norwalk will soon make his television debut on the NBC series, “Chicago PD.”

Bartek Szymanski will guest star in the fifth episode of the seventh season of the show, premiering Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Born in Stamford, Szymanski is known for independent films including “Creedmoria” and “The Farthest Apple From the Tree.” He graduated from Brien McMahon High School in 2014 and served as the Senior Class President, studying BFA Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials at Pace University in New York City.

Szymanski was elected Executive President of the Student Government Association at Pace University, the highest office a student can hold. He is also credited for helping to add two new Student Senate seats for the Performing Arts School, adding theater spaces for students and creating round tables between business leaders and student creators.

Szymanski says that he is “proud to come from Norwalk and hopes to open more doors for students in the arts, especially within his childhood community.”  

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"Deadline" featured recent graduate of Pace University's BFA Acting Program, Rafael Silva in '"9-1-1: Lone Star': Natacha Karam & Brian Michael Smith Among 4 Cast In Fox Spinoff Series"

09/24/2019

"Deadline" featured recent graduate of Pace University's BFA Acting Program, Rafael Silva in '"9-1-1: Lone Star': Natacha Karam & Brian Michael Smith Among 4 Cast In Fox Spinoff Series"

Silva, a recent graduate of Pace University’s BFA Acting Program, will star as Austin Police Officer Carlos Reyes, while Works will step into the role of rookie firefighter Mateo Chavez.

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"High Plains Reader" featured incoming Dyson College first-year PPA student Nicole Niteka in "Trollwood production examines life in someone else’s shoes"

07/11/2019

"High Plains Reader" featured incoming Dyson College first-year PPA student Nicole Niteka in "Trollwood production examines life in someone else’s shoes"

...The skills Niteka has learned over the past four years will help shape her future as she moves on to the next phase of her journey this Fall.

“I am pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre at Pace University,” Niteka said. “It’s a university in New York. They have a very strong performing arts program. In addition to musical theatre, they have acting, acting for film and TV, and a commercial dance major.”

Niteka, who is a first-generation American and whose family immigrated to America from the central African country of Burundi, said her family is supportive of her decision to pursue a career in musical theatre, but credits Trollwood Performing Arts School with helping to groom that support.

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"Broadway" featured Pace junior musical theater student in "Dear Evan Hansen to Welcome Pace University Student Samantha Williams in Her Broadway Debut as Alana Beck"

04/30/2019

"Broadway" featured Pace junior musical theater student in "Dear Evan Hansen to Welcome Pace University Student Samantha Williams in Her Broadway Debut as Alana Beck"

Samantha Williams, a junior musical theater major at Pace University, will take over the role of Alana Beck in the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen on May 7. Williams will make her Broadway debut, succeeding Phoenix Best, who will take her final bow at the Music Box Theatre on May 5.

"I am beyond thrilled to be joining this cast and sharing this incredible story," Williams told Broadway.com. "Being on Broadway has always been my biggest dream, so to say I'm grateful would be an understatement!"

Williams has been seen on her university stage as Dot in Sunday in the Park with George and Caroline in Caroline, or Change.

Williams joins a current cast that includes Andrew Barth Feldman, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael Park, Lisa Brescia, Sky Lakota-Lynch, Alex Boniello and Mallory Bechtel.

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"Pocono Record" featured musical theater adjunct faculty Erin Dilly in "An intimate look behind the scenes of musical theater"

04/09/2019

"Pocono Record" featured musical theater adjunct faculty Erin Dilly in "An intimate look behind the scenes of musical theater"

...I have been working primarily on television in the past 10 years. I just finished shooting a guest spot on “Bull” and “Law & Order: SVU.” I am also adjunct faculty at PACE University in the musical theater department, as well as running my own studio, The Living Studio, in New York City. Most recently, I starred as Mother in “A Christmas Story” on Broadway. I would love to do a revival of “Light in the Piazza” and play Margaret. I am so enraptured by the score and story of this mother and daughter.

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"Reporter News" featured Pace University graduate Eric Schell in "'West Side Story' brings mix of local, national talent to Abilene's Paramount stage"

04/09/2019

"Reporter News" featured Pace University graduate Eric Schell in "'West Side Story' brings mix of local, national talent to Abilene's Paramount stage"

Tony (Eric Schell) sings "Something's Coming" before the big challenge dance in this rehearsal scene from Abilene Opera Association's "West Side Story," opening Friday at the Paramount Theatre. (Photo: Greg Jaklewicz/Reporter-News)

Hooked on a classic

That's the same for Eric Schell, the 22-year-old who is Tony.

This modernized take on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" matches Tony, formerly a member of the Jets, and Maria, newly arrived in New York's Upper West Side from Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans, led by Maria's brother Bernardo, comprise the rival Sharks.

Schell is from Long Island, New York, and a Pace University-Manhattan graduate, so an authentic accent is not a problem.

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