Schimmel Takes Center Stage

Curtain’s up! The Schimmel Theatre unveils its exciting fall lineup of events. With everything from lectures to tango, and cabaret to film, the Schimmel is sure to have something for you.

“It’s everything—it’s film, it’s lectures, it’s dance, it’s music—it’s theatre,” says Abigail Buell, marketing and public relations manager for the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, which is operated by the department of Cultural Affairs. She’s talking about all of the great new programming that the Schimmel Theatre will be presenting this season, under the auspices of Pace Presents.

The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is shaking things up this fall with a new look, new programming, and a new mission. Under the direction of Martin Kagan, Pace’s department of Cultural Affairs is gearing up the Schimmel Theatre to become an epicenter in lower Manhattan for culturally and artistically enriching experiences.

Terence Blanchard

“We’re in the process of really giving ourselves a new image,” says Buell. “We have a wonderful new director, we’re building a new website, we’ve got focused lineup for the year—it’s a really important time for us to build an audience.” Pace’s Cultural Affairs department wants to engage not only members of the University community and lower Manhattan, but also the entirety of New York City.

The season kicks off with the first installment of the Great Painters and Their Masterpieces lecture series with Pace’s own Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, who will discuss da Vinci on Wednesday, October 12. Over Homecoming weekend the Schimmel Theatre will present an evening of cabaret featuring Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway in BOOM! Later this fall, jazz legend and five-time Grammy award-winner, Terence Blanchard will take the stage on November 5.

“We’re so excited about our new programming and the Pace Presents season and can’t wait to share it with the Pace Community and the Lower Manhattan community as a whole,” says Kagan.

Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway

The Pace Presents 2011-2012 season runs from October through May. Scheduled for the spring are performances by the old-time string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, followed by their album release party; Argentine Nights: Tango, a performance by Argentinean tango dancers followed by a milonga with dance instructions for the audience; and much more.

Tickets for all shows go on sale Thursday, September 15. Pace faculty and staff receive a special discounted rate of $10 to all shows unless otherwise advertised. (Use code: PACEINSIDER to purchase your discounted ticket.) You may purchase tickets online at, by phone at (866) 811-4111, or in person at the Schimmel Box Office, Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

For more information about these and other events at the Schimmel Center, please visit