Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, which is taped at Pace’s Schimmel Center and serves as the craft seminar for MFA students of the Actors Studio Drama School, hasn’t just brought an impressive lineup of A-listers to Pace, including the casts of Modern Family, Glee, Family Guy, and Mad Men, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, James Franco, Bradley Cooper, and more. The show, whose host and executive producer James Lipton is also Dean Emeritus of the ASDS at Pace, just earned its 15th Emmy nomination.
iGot to Be on iCarly
Dyson musical theater student Aaron Albert ’14 has had great success on both the small screen and big screen, including iCarly, where he starred in an episode as Sam’s boyfriend, Jonah; in an episode of ABC Family’s 10 Things I Hate About You; a recurring role on Disney’s live action sitcom, I’m in the Band, and played young Principal Verge (Dane Cook’s character) in the teen horror-comedy and 2011 SXSW official selection Detention, which also stars the The Hungers Games’ Josh Hutcherson. And, he performed at Dyson Professor Ryan Scott Oliver’s Barre Bones concert in LA. You can watch the video here. “It is such a joy for us to see how Aaron has grown as a person and as an actor at Pace. The program has been a great fit for him,” says Aaron’s mom, Julie Rissman. Read more in Pace Magazine.
Developing a Lifeline for Millionaire
Acting adjunct professor Joseph Cotugno is a three-time Emmy Award-winning cameraperson and twice-nominated TV director. He was the technical director for Ryan’s Hope, one of ABC’s most famous soap operas, and continued directing other popular soaps including Loving, One Life to Live, All My Children, and Guiding Light. Cotugno was also a part of the historic 1980 USA gold medal ice hockey victory over the Soviet Union at the Lake Placid Olympics and the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Most recently, Cotugno served as technical manager for ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and helped develop skype as a lifeline on the show.
Dancing with the Stars
Maksim Chmerkovskiy has been a Dancing with the Stars favorite for 12 seasons. But when a younger, yet just as talented version of him performed on the show, people thought who is this guy and where did he come from? His name is Val Chmerkovskiy, he is Maks’ younger brother, and in fact, he came from Pace University. At 15, Val won his first IDSF World Championship and became the first and last American to ever do it. But that didn’t stop the pro dancer from coming to Pace to study his entrepreneurship. In addition to winning the German Open, Asian-Pacific Championships, US Open, Blackpool, and the World Championships two times and appearing on the last few seasons of Dancing with the Stars, Val opened four Dance with Me dance studios in SoHo, Stamford, CT, Ridgefield, NJ, and Long Island with brother Maks and fellow DWTS dancer, Tony Dovolani. Looks like those Lubin classes came in handy!
A Special “Treat”-y for a Pace Student
Dyson musical theater and acting major Kelly Washington got the unique chance to act alongside Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in November 2011, when took on a guest starring role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. You can watch a short clip of her on the episode entitled “The Treaty” on Hulu. Kelly also starred as Amanda in the Syfy TV movie Leprauchan’s Revenge, as the lead in two films, The Fat Boy Chronicles and Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas, and the upcoming documentary Edge of Salvation, also starring Charlene Tilton, Jeremy London, and Jonathan Lipnicki.
Bate Bate, Chocolate!
If you picked up your key Spanish words from watching Dora the Explorer on her adventures, you can thank Pace student Kathleen Herles, who was the original voice of Nickelodeon’s beloved Dora for 10 years strong. Come on, VAMONOS!
Lubin School of Business’ Nicole Cardoza ’11 has a lot to be proud of. In addition to completing a dual degree in Interactive Marketing and International Management and four internships during her time at Pace, Nicole loves to give back, volunteering as a yoga instructor at an after-school program for which she was featured on NBC’s School Pride. She is also the founder of Yoga Foster, a non-profit that fosters creativity through children’s yoga and offers free classes to schools in NYC. Watch Nicole share her volunteer experience on NBC’s School Pride.
If you’ve tuned into Hawaii Five-0, you’ve probably seen Dyson theater and art history alumna Michelle Borth ’01 , who has appeared in several episodes as Catherine Rollins. On March 26, 2012, CBS announced that she would become a cast regular on Hawaii Five-0 for Season 3. Borth has also starred in the ABC television series Combat Hospital as Major Rebecca Gordon, a trauma surgeon for the Canadian Forces, co-starred alongside Christian Slater in ABC’s The Forgotten, and in the HBO one-hour drama series, Tell Me You Love Me, which earned a 2007 American Film Institute Award as one of the best television programs of the year. Check out Michelle Borth on IMDB.
Locke’d It In
Dyson musical theater major Beau Cybulski sent a video audition for a part on CSI: Miami. Although he didn’t get it, the producers called him three weeks later with another part and Beau made his TV debut on CSI: Miami in January 2012, when he played Cameron Locke, the son of the murdered skydiver. He will also play a 12-step member in the upcoming film, He’s Way More Famous Than You, starring Ben Stiller, Jesse Eisenberg, and more.
In December 2011, the cast of FOX’s hit TV show Glee stopped by Pace’s NYC Campus for a taping of Inside the Actors Studio. And that taping must have served as inspiration for creator Ryan Murphy, because in April 2012, Pace’s Actors Studio Drama School hit the small screen when Glee showed its male lead Finn applying to the school and auditioning for James Lipton. He didn’t get accepted, but no worries Finn, we are one of the top 25 drama schools according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gleek Out Part Two
Last summer, the creators of Glee launched a spin-off reality show on Oxygen, The Glee Project, which picked the best of thousands of auditions from around the world into a competition for a featured role on the next season of Glee. When Dyson theater major Marissa Von Bleicken advanced to the final 12, she took a leave of absence from Pace to pursue her dream. Working each week with Glee’s casting director, choreographer, vocal coach, music video producer, and head writer, and winning several assignments, Marissa wowed the Pace Community and America, until her shocking elimination when she was in the top six. Following her elimination, show creator Ryan Murphy stated he made a huge mistake…and we don’t disagree. Check out this awesome clip of Marissa in action!
Hanging Out with Taylor Swift on Rachael Ray
Dyson communications student Melissa Recine had a pretty productive day when she went on the Rachael Ray show for what she thought was a makeover to look like her idol, Taylor Swift. Not only did Melissa get to meet Taylor Swift, she also brought along her resume and landed an internship in the production department of the Rachael Ray show. Looks like Rachael Ray, who also attended Pace, still has a soft spot for the University. Read more about Melissa’s experiences on the Dyson College blog.
I Want My MTV
What would MTV be without the VMAs? We’ll never know, thanks in part to Lubin alumnus Corey L. Galloway, MBA ’02, who in his role as Director of Operations for MTV’s animation division, developed launch strategies for projects such as Daria, the Video Music Awards (VMA), and MTV Movie Awards, which grossed more than $100 million under his leadership.
A Pugnacious Pace Setter
If you’re a news buff, you’ve probably heard of the name Charlie Gasparino, but did you know the former CNBC reporter and Fox Business Network senior correspondent is a Pace alumnus? Earning his degree from Pace in 1985, Gasparino has done it all. Before joining CNBC, he was a senior writer at Newsweek, where he broke major stories involving politics, Wall Street, and Corporate America and broke news on some of the biggest financial scandals of recent times for The Wall Street Journal. Gasparino was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting in 2002 and won the New York Press Club award for best continuing coverage of the Wall Street research scandals. Gasparino has won numerous business journalism awards, and is the author of several books, including Blood on the Street: The Sensational Inside Story of How Wall Street Analysts Duped a Generation of Investors (Simon & Schuster, 2005), a BusinessWeek best seller that has been called a masterpiece of investigative journalism; King of the Club: Richard Grasso and the Survival of the New York Stock Exchange (HarperCollins, 2007), which was named by the Library Journal as one of the best books of 2007; The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System (HarperBusiness, 2009); and Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street (Sentinal, a division of Penguin Putnam, 2010).
Danny Makes a Deal
In addition to being an on-air personality at WDRE-FM “Party 105” on Long Island, Lubin alumnus Danny Pecoraro ’08 has made a deal with Howie Mandel, when he appeared on NBC’s Deal or No Deal, and took home $129,000.
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