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Actors Studio Drama School 2010 Repertory Season
Catch the Rising Stars
 | Open: 03/24/10 Close: 05/01/10
19 ACTORS, 8 PLAYWRIGHTS, 4 (ALL-FEMALE) DIRECTORS … AND THE “ONE & ONLY” ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL AT PACE UNIVERSITY 

LIMITED RUN:  2010 Repertory Season – March 24 through May 1

Free Theater Performances; General Public Invited

World Premieres: EMPTY BASKET, MALNATI MONDAY, MONKEY PLAY, OINK!, ON MULES WE FIND, THE LOBBY, THE MUTED PLANTATION, UNEARTHING THE TRAMP

 

Plays and Selected Scenes from Edward Allan Baker, Stephen Belber, Kathryn Grant, Murphy Guyer, Lynn Nottage, Martin McDonagh, Dorothy Parker, Harold Pinter, John Patrick Shanley, Neil Simon

 

NEW YORK, NY, March 9, 2010 –This year’s 31 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University have lived throughout the world (six countries, 19 states and two Caribbean islands).  They’ve played professional tennis, recited slam poetry, and pirouetted in a tutu, as well as acted classically, comedically and experimentally. But all have chosen to spend the last three years in New York City, two express subway stops from Broadway … following their dream and refining their craft as actors, directors or playwrights in the only Masters’ theater program endorsed by the renowned Actors Studio. 

 

These 31 “rising stars” will make their professional debuts in a six-week repertory season that is open to the public beginning Wednesday, March 24, but are not total unknowns. Since the fall of 2007, they’ve been observed by viewers in 89 million homes and 125 countries around the globe as a result of the telecast of their master craft seminar, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted on Bravo TV by the school’s Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

 

This bird’s-eye view of industry greats also comes with red carpet/Schimmel Theater stage interview privileges, allowing the students to personally pose their very own questions “up close and personal” to Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy award winners they someday hope to emulate, Lipton guests such as: Judd Apatow, Jason Bateman, Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, James Cameron, Danny DeVito, The Family Guy Cast, Ricky Gervais, Kate Hudson, Denis Leary, Laura Linney, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Daniel Radcliffe, Diana Ross, Mickey Rourke, Brooke Shields, Christian Slater and Hilary Swank.

 

The 2010 Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season performances will take place at the theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall,Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from March 24 through May 1.  The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at www.Pace.edu/ASDSRep

 

Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is:(212) 714-4643 and email isASDSRepTickets@gmail.com  The works are considered educational and may not be reviewed.

 

Freedom to Flourish

 

Eight original one-act plays have been developed by the MFA emerging playwrights for the 2010 repertory season, with themes focusing on a surprise reunion, hostile friendship, forgiveness, extortion, fortitude, Louisiana plantation murder, father-daughter fractured relationship and monkey madness.

 

Established playwrights with one-act productions or selected scenes showcased are Edward Allan Baker/ROSEMARY WITH GINGER, Stephen Belber/TAPE, Kathryn Grant/THE WOUND OF LOVE, Murphy Guyer/LOYALITIES, Martin McDonagh/THE PILLOWMAN, Lynn Nottage/RUINED, Dorothy Parker/HERE WE ARE, Harold Pinter/ONE FOR THE ROAD, John Patrick Shanley/DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Neil Simon/THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE.

 

Who’s Directing the Show?  She is!

 

Directors direct not just one production (as at other MFA programs) but several of varied style, length and genre. “After working so closely with the professional repertory team, our directors (which this year, for the first time in our 12-year history, are all women) find that they have established strong working relationship in the New York theatre community on which to build the foundation of a professional career after graduation,” said Andreas Manolikakis, who has been a member of The Actors Studio since 1987 and is the Chair of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA Program.  “This of course applies to our actors and playwrights, as well.”

 

“Real” Rep Season: Off-Broadway, Practical Level Experience

 

”The season is produced, managed, and designed by union member industry professionals, creating an actual Off-Broadway experience that prepares our graduates with practical experience as working professionals before graduation,” said Manolikakis. “Unlike other MFA programs’ productions, we provide each and every student actor with the opportunity to be the ‘lead’ in a production.  In many other programs, a few students carry those roles while the rest ‘carry spears.’”

 

“The Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season is real repertory where our students work as a repertory company – acting, directing and writing the material – creating collaborations that can last a lifetime,” concluded Manolikakis.

 

The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is the only MFA theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The entire faculty is chosen and approved - and the curriculum is designed and supervised - by the leadership of The Actors Studio through its Curriculum Advisory Committee, including the Presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. All students -- actors, directors, playwrights – train side-by-side as actors. All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton.  For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa

 

 

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March 28 - April 28, The Actors Studio Drama School At Pace University Spring 2012 Repertory Season  | Open: 03/28/12 Close: 04/28/12

15 Productions in Five Weeks; Acted and Directed by Our 36 MFA Candidates; World Premiere of Playwright Sean Michael Welch's "All An Act"

Selected Plays, Scenes, Books by: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Lewis John Carlino, Anton Chekhov (translated by Paul Schmidt), Noël Coward, Darlene Craviotto, Cindy Lou Johnson, George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath, John Kolvenbach, William Mastrosimone, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adam Rapp, Christopher Shinn, Nicky Silver, John Van Druten, Craig Wright.

The 2012 Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates include:

   * U.S. Navy Chef, National Runner-Up in the Season 5 Mad Men Casting Call with recent TV credits on White Collar, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Humanly Impossible, and I'm Alive.
   * Captain of the Women's Soccer Team at Connecticut College.
   * Actor in Robert DeNiro's new crime drama series The 2-2 on CBS-TV.
   * Award-winning playwright (Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival - 1999, 2000) who has authored 140 works - some now being performed Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.
   * Opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
   * International Puppeteer, Fulbright Scholar and American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow.
   * Gymnast, Women's Gymnastics Team at the University of Michigan on full athletic scholarship.
   * Actor appearing on Lifetime's Army Wives and the Atlanta soap opera, Love Always Charleston.
   * Gospel mime on the international gospel television network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
   * NYC Fringe Film Festival Director.
   * Clowning, Syo-Kon-Do (Mixed Martial Arts) and Kyudo (Japanese Archery) expert.
   * Michigan dairy farmer.
   * Silk Road Dance Company member who performed at the 2011 Asia Cup Games in Doha, Qatar.
   * Two members of the Festival of Fools, a NYC based verse-inspired theatre company.
   * Intern at Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London.

The 2012 Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season performances will take place at The Theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from March 28 through April 28. Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu

The works are considered educational and may not be reviewed.

Established playwrights with one-act productions or scenes showcased are:

   * Week One: Scenes from Fabuloso by John Kolvenbach; Scenes from Dying City by Christopher Shinn; Scenes from Pizza Man by Darlene Craviotto
   * Week Two: Snow Angel by Lewis John Carlino; Scenes from The Woolgatherer by William Mastrosimone; The Bear by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt; Amicable Parting by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath
   * Week Three: Scenes from Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks; Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson; Scenes from Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver
   * Week Four: A Scene from: The Voice of the Turtle by John Van Druten; Scenes from Orange Flower Water by Craig Wright; A scene from Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp
   * Week Five: A Scene from Fallen Angels by Noël Coward; A New Play All An Act by Sean Michael Welch; Scenes from The Producers, A New Mel Brooks Musical, Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks.

World Premiere

A published and frequently produced New York City playwright, with 32 plays to his credit, Edward Allan Baker has written for HBO and Showtime, attended Sundance Film Institute and been a faculty member of the Actors Studio Drama School since 2005 as Associate Professor - Playwriting.

During Week Five of the 2012 rep season, the one-act play All an Act by Baker student Sean Michael Welch will be making its world premiere. The play takes place in a dressing room in Clown Alley in the present day, and is about two clowns with relationship troubles.

The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is the only MFA theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The entire faculty is chosen and approved - and the curriculum is designed and supervised - by the leadership of The Actors Studio through its Curriculum Advisory Committee, including the Presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. All of the students -- actors, directors, playwrights - train side-by-side as actors. All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series, "Inside the Actors Studio," hosted by James Lipton. Upon graduation students receive the title of Working Finalist at The Actors Studio and are invited to attend sessions of The Actors Studio for one year and audition for membership.  For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa

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