The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is the principal theatre of Pace University and is located at the University's New York City campus in Lower Manhattan. Facing City Hall near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, it provides performance and assembly facilities to the university and the general public. The box office and theatre entrance are located on Spruce Street, east of Park Row, near the corner of Gold Street.
Named after Michael Schimmel, the Center features a 743-seat theater, one of the largest theaters in Lower Manhattan, and an art gallery that hosts a changing roster of artists and photographers; the theater presents drama, dance, comedy, jazz, classical music and cabaret. Since September 2005, the Center has been home to the television show Inside the Actors Studio hosted by James Lipton. From 2002 through 2004, the National Actors Theatre, founded by actor Tony Randall - dedicated to presenting classic works of theater and theatrical education delivered at no cost to the students or their schools, was housed at the Center.
NAT productions at Pace featured such well-known performers as Al Pacino, Len Cariou, Billy Crudup, Charles Durning, Roberta Maxwell, Chazz Palminteri, John Goodman, and Jeff Goldblum; and the Center was the site of Tony Randall's final performance, as the raisonneur Laudisi in a production of the Luigi Pirandello play "Right You Are." The Schimmel Center was a founding venue for both the Tribeca Film Festival and the short-lived Tribeca Theatre Festival; The center has hosted events of the River-to-River Festival, the., the first winning play from the Carol Tambour Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; and numerous other productions. In 2005 the Center presented the New York premiere of the Beijing People's Art Theatre's signature work "Tea House." In 2009 and 2010, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (London) performed "Love's Labour's Lost" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," respectively, at the Center.