A longtime board member of The Neighborhood Playhouse, and graduate of the program, Kareman spent the past 15 years as artistic director of The Schoolhouse Theater in Westchester County.
“I am honored to have been chosen to bring The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre – one of the most important acting schools of the 20th century – into the 21st century,” said Kareman in a statement. “I feel privileged to take part in supporting a curriculum that readies young students for the joys and challenges of their chosen path.”
CEO of CBS, Les Moonves, a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse, added, “Pam brings the skill set of a remarkable actress, director and producer all rolled in to one. She knows great talent and also has phenomenal administrative abilities that will enable the Playhouse to retain its stature as one of the leading acting schools in America. The Playhouse could not possibly have made a better choice.”
Under Kareman’s guidance, The Neighborhood Playhouse is offering new course work, including classes in auditioning for film and television as well as voiceover technique; she is also increasing the availability of one-on-one work with vocal technique classes.
Since 1928 the Neighborhood Playhouse has been a training ground for actors, directors and theatre professionals, including Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Elizabeth Ashley, Allison Janney, Sherie Rene Scott, Christopher Meloni, Mary Steenburgen, Sidney Pollack, Leslie Moonves, Marion Seldes, Tony Randall and Eli Wallach.