Pace University Gets A Seat At The Tony Awards

Pace University Gets A Seat At The Tony AwardsTwo Pace University graduates have been recognized for their work by the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee will present the 2018 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre to outstanding contributors to the Broadway industry and among them is Pace alumnus Bruce Barish and his wife, Sarah Barish. Bruce earned a management degree from Pace's Lubin School of Business in 1986.

The story goes back more than a century. In 1908 Ernest Winzer was the Master Drycleaner and Dyer to the Broadway stage productions of the day. Family folklore has it that Winzer began by handling the costumes worn by Broadway greats like George M. Cohan, Helen Hayes, Laurette Taylor, the Barrymores and Billie Burke. Today, Bruce Barish, is the third generation of the Steinhorn family to preside over Ernest Winzer Cleaners. In keeping with his grandfather's service philosophy, Bruce takes personal responsibility for seeing to it that Winzer always satisfies demands of its most discriminating customer. He takes particular joy in indulging his personal passion for garment restoration work, an expertise he shared with his grandfather, Al.

"We see stuff the average cleaner would never know what to do with - beaded stuff, hand-painted stuff," Barish told the New York Post. Their busiest time is Sunday night, when their trucks pick up the costumes after the shows. Barish and his crew get up at midnight to begin cleaning and mending.

Recent graduate, Reilly Hickey has been nominated for a Tony for her work as a producer on the Broadway show "Once On This Island." The whimsical show is up for a total of eight Tony Award nominations including "Best Musical Revival." Hickey was an honors student and worked on the show while she was a student. She graduated last week with her Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Entertainment Management from Pace's Lubin School of Business. The ceremony took place at Radio City Music Hall.

"One of the unique opportunities that comes with getting a business education in New York is the exposure to theater and the opportunity to apply what you learn to something you love," said Lubin School Dean Neil Braun. "It's exciting to see Lubin alumni leveraging their education to fulfill their career aspirations. Lubin business majors also have the advantage of being able to specialize in specific areas of interest such as Arts and Entertainment Management."

The American Theatre Wing's 72nd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 10, 2018 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET) live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City's business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace's suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by one of the region's largest co-op programs, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers. www.pace.edu/lubin

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

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