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News Tony Winner Michele Pawk Will Teach Theatre at Wagner College The theatre department of Wagner College on Staten Island will welcome Tony Award-winning actress Michele Pawk as a faculty member this fall.
Michele Pawk

Pawk, who won the Tony for Featured Actress in a Play for Hollywood Arms, will teach classes in advanced acting, directing, and the history of American film. She will direct the college's Main Stage production of Seussical; she appeared in the original Broadway production. Pawk's extensive career includes Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, television and film. Recent Broadway credits include Hairspray, Cabaret, Mamma Mia! and Losing Louie. In 2002, Pawk worked with Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim in a regional production of Bounce and was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Most recently, Pawk was recognized for her work as director, receiving nominations for Best Director of a Musical for a regional production of West Side Story at the Creighton University Theater in Omaha.

Pawk said in a statement, "In 2003, my husband [John Dossett] and I both were nominated for Tony Awards. We were seated in Radio City Music Hall with the likes of Vanessa Redgrave, Chita Rivera, Denis O'Hare, Brian Dennehy, and I remember turning to my husband, John, and saying, 'This business is not always easy, but at this moment in time, we are being honored for work we did alongside some of the finest actors of our generation. This is a good moment.'"

Four Wagner College grads are currently on Broadway: Renée Marino ('04) and Haley Carlucci ('08) in West Side Story, Katie O'Toole ('06) in Jersey Boys and Monette McKay ('07) in Mamma Mia!

A native of western Pennsylvania, Pawk is currently working at the City Theatre in Pittsburgh, taking on seven roles in Robert Hewett's new play, The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead.

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