Actors Studio Drama School

The 2018 Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season cohort with President Marvin Krislov (m).

Ranking Excellence

The Actors Studio Drama School has received top standing in recognition of its achievement as a leader in educating and training the next generation of talent. The New York Times lists the school among successful acting programs affiliated with higher education. Backstage has recognized the program as among “The Best 24 MFA & MA Acting Programs in the U.S. and U.K.” for its collaborative curriculum, which brings writers, directors, and actors together to develop a shared language and rapport.

Charles Brice ’12, Acting, received star billing in the Thanksgiving 2017 episode of the CBS hit drama Bull as Bobby ‘Brass’ Lewis, a professional boxer accused of murder. Brice has been seen on popular television series including HBO’s The Night Of and NBC’s Chicago Fire.

Clay McLeod Chapman, adjunct professor of playwriting, is co-authoring a new stop-motion animation film script for Netflix with renowned animator Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline) and Academy award winner Jordan Peele. Based on an original idea by Selick, Wendell and Wild will feature the voices of Peele and comedy partner Keegan- Michael Key. Chapman will also co-author the movie tie-in book for Simon & Schuster.

Pace School of Performing Arts

Dominique Fishback

Theater Arts

Dominique Fishback is one of the Sundance Film Festival’s most promising young actors. A series regular on the HBO hit The Deuce, Fishback’s latest role in the Sundance drama Night Comes On landed her on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of “5 Breakout Stars” to watch at Sundance.

Nabiyah Be ’14


Nabiyah Be plays the character Linda in the Marvel Studios blockbuster hit Black Panther. Be appeared alongside an all-star cast, including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker.

Ashley Romans ’15

Theater Arts

Ashley Romans won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance in the play Rotterdam. Romans plays Fiona/Adrian in the transgender drama, which has been nominated for five LA Drama Critics Circle Awards.

Pace School of Performing Arts students command the stage at the Schimmel Center in their production of The Drowsy Chaperone in April 2018.

We’re No. 1!

OnStage Blog has ranked the Pace School of Performing Arts as the “Best Undergraduate Theatre Program” in the state of New York. Backstage has also recognized the program, naming it among “25 Amazing Acting Colleges You Should Know,” and highlighting individualized attention and a focus on academics as key hallmarks.