Stars of Pace: Theatre
Caught in a Web
Dyson musical theater student Brett Thiele ’13, who’s starred in more than 10 professional theater productions in Dallas and New Orleans and was a choreographer for Pace’s 2012 Dance Out Loud, made his Broadway debut in Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark.
Playing Princess Fiona
Recent Dyson musical theater graduate Whitney Winfield ’12 took on a monstrous role in October 2012, when she joined the National Tour of Shrek the Musical as the ogre’s Princess Fiona. Whitney also recently made her way into the semifinals of Broadway.tv’s “Next Broadway Star” talent competition.
Soaring to New Heights
In addition to being involved in several Pace musicals and the Dance Out Loud showcases, recent Dyson musical theater graduate Brandon Contreras ’12 joined the first National Tour of In The Heights, which took him all over the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico, as the male swing and understudy for Sonny and Graffiti Pete.
Beauty and the Beast on Tour
Disney’s smash hit Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast is on tour…and with them were two Pace musical theater students. Matthew Farcher ’12 played the villain Gaston and Jimmy Larkin ’15 his bumbling sidekick, LeFou. Dates took them from Orlando to Ottawa, Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and much more!
A Ghost of a Chance
One of the youngest producers in Broadway theatrical history, at 24, Dyson alumnus Jordan Scott Gilbert ’09 is currently co-producer of the three-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Ghost the Musical through his company, Gilbert Productions, an independent production and casting company. “Being at Pace allowed me access to New York City—something that should not be underestimated in choosing a university,” notes Gilbert, who attended three different schools before ultimately picking Pace. “Pace allowed me to work with the producers on the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities at the same time that I was enrolled. That’s something great, because the best classroom is actually being thrown right into the profession.”
A Freaky Friday
Performing Arts Adjunct Professor and composer and lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver, who’s works include Mrs. Sharp, Darling, and 35MM, is developing the music and lyrics for Disney Theatrical’s stage musical of Freaky Friday.
Hairspray to Mamma Mia!
Dyson alumnus Donell James Foreman ’12 is breaking both legs. In addition to being on the national tour of Hairspray and making his way to the national tour of Broadway’s global smash hit, Mamma Mia!, Donell has joined the national tour of the hit show The Book of Mormon.
Dyson musical theater student Lindsey Carothers ’13 has already brought it, dancing and singing her way through the national tour of Bring It On the Musical. Bring It On made its Broadway debut on August 1, 2012.
She Feels Pretty, Oh So Pretty
Dyson alumna Evy Ortiz ’04 must have felt pretty and witty and bright when she landed the leading role of Maria in the Broadway national tour of the prolific West Side Story. From New York to North Carolina, Tallahassee to Toronto, Ortiz has been travelling around North America. Follow her around the US on her blog and on Twitter.
Proud to be an American Idiot
Green Day’s American Idiot is going around the country and across the pond and Dyson musical theater student Brandon Kalm ’14 is joining them as part of the show’s ensemble. The groundbreaking Broadway musical will go on an international tour with stops in Ireland and the U.K., as well as all over the U.S.
A Top 10 Casting Director
Pace students learn from the best and make great connections. Performing Arts Adjunct Professor Bob Cline was named one of Broadway’s top ten casting directors. Cline has worked on more than 50 national tours including Rent, Shrek, Hairspray, Annie, and more!
Catch Them if You Can
And they’re off—Dyson musical theater student Amanda Braun ’14 and recent graduate Taylor Collins ’12 both landed roles in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Catch Me if You Can.
Hair Today, There Tomorrow
Recent Dyson musical theater graduate Cailan Rose ’12 spent time everywhere from Hollywood to Orlando, when she hit the road for the national tour of Hair. She played a Tribe member, a role she also held with the Broadway company before the show closed in September 2011.
A Pace Family Reunion
Recent Dyson performing arts grads Donell James Foreman ’12, Matt Farcher ’12, and Ally Bonino ’11, along with Performing Arts Assistant Professor Robert Meffe earned major accolades for their work in the 2012 Off-Broadway show Myths and Hymns presented at the West End Theater. Meffe was mentioned in the New York Times article, In Its Next Life a Song Cycle is A Musical.
There’s No Place Like Oz
Recent Dyson musical theater graduate Kate Bristol ’12 followed the Yellow Brick Road all across North America last spring when she played the lead role of Dorothy in the national tour of The Wizard of Oz, which made stops everywhere from Montana to California to Saskatchewan, Canada. Read more in our Annual Report. And if you think her voice sounds familiar, you may be right. Kate has done voice work for more than a dozen anime shows including Dragon Ball Z, Negima!?, Suzuka, and more!
Kicking It Up a Notch
Dyson Dance Instructor Lauren Gaul doesn’t get her kicks from torturing Pace students—she got them on the kick line as a beloved Radio City Rockette, who performed at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and more for ten years. Read more about her here.
From Seussical to Freckleface the Musical
Dyson musical theater alumna Bridget Riley ’10 has graced various stages over the last few years. She played the Ballet Girl/Francine and understudied the role of Freckleface in Off-Broadway’s Freckleface the Musical through July 2012. She played Pinkalicious in the Vital Theater Company’s production of Pinkalicious: The Musical, was Gertrude McFuzz in the National Tour of Seussical in 2011, Pearl in Off-Broadway’s The Scarlet Letter, as well as several regional and international shows. Bridget was also the assistant choreographer for the film Something Borrowed, starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. This September, she’ll take on the role of tomboy Anybodys in the national tour of West Side Story, where she’ll join current Dyson musical theater student Tory Ramirez ’15.
Bye Bye Birdie… Hello Bruiser!
Dyson alumna Lara Hayhurst ’07 played the lead, Kim MacAfee, in the national tour of Bye Bye Birdie. She was also nominated for a Carbonell Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Clara in The Light in the Piazza at the Stage Door Theater. In May 2012, she played Elle in Legally Blonde: The Musical at the Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Dyson alumnus Andy White ’10 is also Team Elle Woods, playing Aaron in the national tour of Legally Blonde.
*These are just SOME of the Pace students and faculty on and off-Broadway. For more, visit the Dyson website.
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