WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Pace University officially announced its new School of Performing Arts, Manhattan’s first performing arts school in nearly 50 years on Friday, May 16.
The newly minted Pace School of Performing Arts began as the university’s flourishing Performing Arts Department, which over the last three years has experienced unprecedented growth in applications and enrollment. To accommodate this leap in reputation and popularity, Pace Performing Arts moved into the 50,000 square foot building at 140 William Street in downtown Manhattan.
“The Board of Trustees’ approval of Pace’s long-established undergraduate performing arts program as a school within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is emblematic of Pace's leadership in the performing arts by providing innovative programs for today's most talented students,” says Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “Pace is fast becoming a cultural hub for the performing arts in Lower Manhattan with its expanding performing arts offerings and facilities along with superb programming at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.” In September 2014, Pace School of Performing Arts will introduce three new progressive performing arts majors geared specifically to today’s job market. The degrees include a new bachelor of fine arts in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials; a bachelor of fine arts in Production and Design for Stage and Film; and a bachelor of arts in Stage Management. "At Pace Performing Arts we are committed to being a national leader in undergraduate training for today's industry," said Jorge Cacheiro, the executive director of Pace’s new School of Performing Arts.
"We already feel we are among the most innovative programs in the nation. Now as a recognized School of Performing Arts in New York, we become an even a more attractive destination for young artists seeking a career on stage and media."