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Pace University puts innovation into performing arts

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 01:30

June 04 - Manhattan gets its first new performing arts school in 50 years. Alicia Powell reports.

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On May 16th, Pace University officially became home to Manhattan's first performing arts program in nearly 50 years. The school's director, Jorge Cacheiro says the school will offer students an original curriculum and unique experiences. SOUNDBITE: Jorge Cacheiro, executive director of the School of Performing Arts, saying (English): "What is really special is a spirit of innovation and immediacy. And a really high level of faculty, mentorship and hands-on investment in the students." Cacheiro says they will not compete with Julliard or New York University, but will aim to address the urgency in the entertainment industry. SOUNDBITE: Jorge Cacheiro, executive director of the School of Performing Arts, saying (English): "It's a different model than the usual academic model. As you know there are many, many, thousands of theater schools all over the county. But they were created when they didn't need to get kids prepared right now. They were preparing them for graduate school. And that's what changed, we are preparing them to work." Student Gabby Bryan says the diversity of the courses drew her to the university. SOUNDBITE: Gabby Bryan, student, saying (English): "I really like the program. So, no other schools in the city really have this type of program - being able to travel, being able to see theater all over the world. Having different teachers from different areas, like our director is from Romania and so is our choreographer. It's really cool to experience different kinds of techniques and theater types here."

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Pace University puts innovation into performing arts

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 01:30