PACE Performing Arts- LA Intensive


January 2017 marks the 3rd Annual Pace in LA Intensive. Once again, this 3 week program will dive into all aspects of the Industry in LA. Current trends, gatekeepers, creation of digital content, professional development after college, writing original material, managing and creating on-line content and more.

This year we have 3 Industry professionals who will be joining us as Adjunct Professors. Nat Bernstein, Howard Fine, and Larry Shapiro.

CTCA’S Wendy Kurtzman and colleague Caroline Liem will round out the Faculty for this groundbreaking program.

To learn more about PACE Performing Arts visit their website at

PACE Performing Arts LA Showcase

The Pace University’s School of Performing Arts | College To Career Acting showcase would not have been possible without the support of PPA’s Jorge Cacheiro and Grant Kretchik…who believe that when academia and industry experts come together to educate and inspire talented students – amazing things can happen.

We worked with these New York trained Actors in their senior year offering then a 3-week Intensive exposing them to the landscape of the Hollywood Industry, bypassing the gatekeepers and providing them with a in-depth education that would take graduating students 2-5 years to navigate and understand.

In doing so we aim to re-imagine how an Industry Showcase could be viewed from office or home at your convenience, while offering young Actors a smoother bridge from college into our Industry.

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PACE Performing Arts | College to Career Acting
BA/BFA Senior Showcase 2015

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If you are interested in any of the talent you see, please contact us at or the Head of BFA Acting and Associate Director of Pace Performing Arts, Grant Kretchik at

If you’re in New York, please join Pace Performing Arts live theatre showcase on May 11th –

Monday, May 11, 2015
St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NY 10036
1pm – Musical Theatre
2pm – Acting
5pm – Musical Theatre
6pm – Acting
7:30pm – Musical Theatre

PACE 2015 LA Intensive

When Academia and Industry experts come together to educate & inspire talented students amazing things can happen – view our work here…

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From :

Pace School of Performing Arts to Launch Los Angeles Intensive for Acting, Dance & Choreography for Film

The Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) today announced a first-of-its-kind, three-week intensive course in Los Angeles for undergraduate students in Acting, Dance and Choreography for film. The program, which engages industry experts to help students prepare for the profession, is part of Pace School of Performing Arts’ ongoing commitment to be the first in the United States dedicated to bi-coastal training in the performing arts. It will occur every year as a regular part of PPA’s program.

“At the School of Performing Arts the goal has always been to make sure that our students are ready for the profession,” said Jorge Cacheiro,executive director of the Pace School for Performing Arts. “Our Los Angeles Intensive is another major step in this direction. The Intensive will empower young performing artists to hit the ground running in Los Angeles and seamlessly integrate into the industry. We are collaborating with some of the top names in the film and dance business to provide Pace students a leg up in their careers.”

Participants will be divided into two concurrent workshops, enrolling 20 students in Acting for Film and 20 in Dance and Choreography for Film.

Students participating in the three-week intensive in film acting will have unique exposure and access to industry experts who will coach, advise and demystify the Hollywood landscape. The program offers an “insider’s look” at the creative and business side of the entertainment industry. Along with teachers in acting and dance training, guest lecturers will include professionals in film, television and commercial casting, producing, social media and marketing. The course will conclude with a digital showcase that students can present to casting directors, talent agents, and talent managers.

The Los Angeles Acting for Film Intensive will be operated in collaboration with College to Career Acting (CTCA), founded by Wendy Kurtzman and Caroline Liem. Wendy Kurtzman is an Emmy-nominated casting director with more than 25 years of experience who has been responsible for launching many notable careers in TV and film. Caroline Liem is a 16-year casting veteran, audition coach and international teacher. She served most recently as the casting director for the award-winning late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Together their objective is to help performers with the transition from college into the professional world.

“This program is the first of its kind. It is taking the students before they graduate and giving them the vocabulary and tool kit they will need to survive,” said Wendy Kurtzman and Caroline Liem of CTCA. “Students will enter their careers with a confidence and a point of view. That self-awareness and sense of direction is something our colleagues have been longing for.”

Two industry participants, Seth Yanklewitz, vice president of casting at FOX Broadcasting and Iris Grossman, talent agent at Paradigm echoed those thoughts: “I can’t remember a time, if ever, that a major New York performing arts college gave its students access to the industry on such a comprehensive scale. And before they graduate, too.” said Grossman.

Yanklewitz concurred. “I hope this collaboration with Pace and CTCA will be one of many. Academia and the industry can and should share the responsibility for helping nourish these young performers.”

“This three-week intensive will make a world of difference for Pace’s acting students,” said Grant Kretchik, director of PPA’s in BFA in Acting program. “Access to this kind of industry expertise and real-world training are both rare and invaluable for undergraduates – this program will be a wonderful addition to PPA’s Acting curriculum.”

The Los Angeles Dance and Choreography for Film Intensive will be run by Mandy Moore, a two-time Emmy nominee and world-class director, choreographer and dancer best known for her ground-breaking work on the global television hit So You Think You Can Dance. She recently did the choreography in David O. Russell’s Oscar-nominated films Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.

“Pace School of Performing Arts Commercial Dance students are being afforded a rare opportunity in this new three- week Los Angeles Intensive,” saidRhonda Miller, director of the PPA’s Commercial Dance program. “Dance is a competitive industry; being able to think critically about the business of it will help Pace students to achieve, and succeed in, those critical first jobs.”

“As an Entertainment Industry choreographer I am thrilled that Pace School of Performing Arts Commercial Dance Program is educating their dancers to be knowledgeable about the world of dance for the camera. How exciting for these performers to learn the process of working on a set. This intensive is so beneficial to their success and I am thrilled to be the instructor for this bi-coastal program,” said Mandy Moore.

The addition of this new program represents the next step in the ambitious growth of the Pace School of Performing Arts; under the stewardship of Jorge Cacheiro, the school has launched eight new majors including a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Commercial Dance two years ago, and a BFA program in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials just this past year. This three-week intensive will help students to gain quality real-world experience.

The Los Angeles Intensive is set to begin on January 5, 2015.