Since 1964, AMDA has provided an ideal environment for performers to thrive. To realize its vision, the College and Conservatory opened its doors to the best and the brightest performing arts professionals in the world. The unrivaled access and industry insight our faculty members provide produces year after year of well-rounded, business-savvy, working professionals.
Acting, Acting for Film and TV
Jason is an award winning filmmaker, theater director, producer and acting teacher based in NYC. He got his start at New York’s famed Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he had the opportunity to develop new work by multiple playwrights including world premieres by David Mamet and Arthur Miller. He worked developing and presenting new work for HBO and the USCAF, and has scores of theater directing credits from Off-Broadway to the West Coast. His multiple award winning feature film Putzel (starring Jack Carpenter, Melanie Lynskey, Susie Essman and John Pankow) appeared at over fifty film festivals around the world and was distributed internationally by Filmbuff. Other film credits include Remember and Kissing Jessica Stein (Creative Consultant) amongst others. Upcoming feature film projects include Verona and SIFU.
With more than 20 years of experience coordinating sword and stunt sequences, Charles is one of the industry’s foremost authorities on the art of combat. During the course of his impressive film and theatre career, he’s worked as the military technical advisor on HBO’s award-winning miniseries The Pacific, conceptualized complex military formations for Oliver Stone’s Alexander, and choreographed fight scenes featuring Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: Extinction.
Theatre credits: The Pearl Theatre Company at City Center: Henry IV Part I (Falstaff), You Never Can Tell (Waiter), The Philanderer, The Bald Soprano, Romersholm, Misalliance, The Subject Was Roses, Richard III, The Master Builder, Angel Street, The Gentleman Dancing Master, Heartbreak House, I Have Been Here Before, The Oresteia, The Country Wife, The Cherry Orchard and others; Keen Company: The Dining Room (Drama Desk Award), In The Matter Of J. Robert Oppenheimer; The New Group: Sin: A Cardinal Deposed (Obie Award); Lincoln Center Theatre Company: The Tenth Man; CSC: The Scarlet Letter. Film: The Wolf of Wall Street, Mr. Bear, Duplicity, Blood and Wine, Seabiscuit, Daylight. TV: Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Law & Order: CI (USA), Ed (NBC), The Prosecutors, Pete & Pete and all NY soaps. Acting instructor: Notre Dame, University of Washington, Pearl Theatre Company, private coaching.
Dance, Music Theatre
Marina is currently staring as Toni Cannava on the new STARZ series Flesh and Bone. Marina has worked extensively on stage and screen as a professional actor, dancer and recording artist. Recent credits include: True Blood (Alan Ball- HBO), The Advocates (David Nutter-CBS), Burn Notice (20th Century Fox), Perception (ABC and TNT), ER (John Wells- Warner Bros), Torchwood (BBC and STARZ), and Southland (CBS and TNT). Other guest star roles: Bones, CSI Miami, Desperate Housewives, Without a Trace, Wheels of Justice and The Ghost Whisperer. Marina played a central character in American Town (pilot-Fox), a series regular on Lefty (pilot-Brad Grey for CBS), and was a series regular on the half-hour comedy series Nikki (Bruce Helford- Drew Carrey and Roseanne). Marina was classically trained as a dancer, studying ballet, modern and theatre dance at Cornish College of the Arts. Marina has recorded a top-40 album on the BMG label and danced professionally throughout the world in musical theatre, film and television.
Acting, Music Theatre
An accomplished actress, mezzo-soprano, writer and improviser, Gail wrote and performed in her one-woman show That Gail, has appeared on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and is a founding member of two all-female sketch-comedy troupes: Womedy and The Heartless Floozies. Gail has also performed with the ForPlay Improvised Theatre in performances of Off-The-Cuff, The Pollyannas and The Sunday Night Improv Jam, in addition to writing, producing and performing in Judy’s House, a comedy/variety show at New York’s Abingdon Theatre.
Michael has been acting professionally on stage since the age of eight, having appeared in numerous Broadway and regional productions, as well as the television shows New York Undercover and The Guiding Light. Michael is also a committed educator, having co-founded Build a Better Actor, an educational workshop for artists, and co-authoring The Complete Professional Audition: A Commonsense Guide to Auditioning for Musicals and Plays. Additionally, Michael designs and facilitates doctor/patient simulations with Columbia University, "The Doctor Oz" show and neurologists and doctors around the country.
Evan Pappas (Director) Off-Bway: Liberty(Theatre 80), Wonderful Town (Musicals Tonight), Evita and The Daughter of the Regiment (Opera North), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (SF Critics Best Production Award, and Director nom), Funny Girl (SF Critics Director nom). Some Place Like Home (Best Director Award Soundbites Festival, NYC), West Side Story (Opera North), Lucky Stiff (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Carousel and A Man of No Importance (Montclair State), West Side Story (Santa Fe College), My Way (Depot), Broadway Babes (Covent Garden), Assoc. Dir. on Being Sellers (59E59), Moscow (Samuel French One-Act Festival), Parallel Lives (Theatre for the New City), Daily Sounds (Finalist in Strawberry Festival). , etc. He has starred on and off-Broadway in My Favorite Year, Parade, Putting It Together,A Chorus Line, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Café Society Swing, etc., and in London’s West End in Follies and Merrily We Roll Along.
Ray was awarded the 2002 St. Clair Bayfield Award for Outstanding Shakespeare Performance in the metropolitan NYC area for his work as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at The Pearl. Broadway: Therese Raquin, An Enemy of the People, Arcadia, Hedda Gabler, A Man for All Seasons, Boeing-Boeing, Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Democracy, Betrayal, The Real Thing, The School for Scandal, Inherit the Wind. Off-Broadway: 19 shows including Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine, Eyes for Consuela (MTC), Langella’s Cyrano (Roundabout); Resident-Pearl Theatre. National Tours: M. Butterfly; The Acting Company. Regional: Over 40 lead/featured roles including Romeo, Macbeth, Torvald, Orsino, Berowne. Multiple television and film appearances including Remember, directed by AMDA faculty member Jason Chaet and Armondo Riesco. Directing: Comedie of Errors (Brooklyn College), The Way of the World (Pearl), As You Like It (KCSC), multiple AMDA showcases, others. Reading: Just South of Paradise by Charlotte Wooden with AMDA Faculty Dr. Roxanna Stuart, Randolf Pearson, Angela Eckert and Alum Olivia Wooden Virta. Teaching: 35 years of experience including AMDA, NYU/PHTS. His latest film, My First Kiss and the People Involved, premiered at the L.A. Film Festival this past summer.
Individual Voice, Individual Voice/Director American Opera Lab
An accomplished Soprano, Jacklyn Schneider has performed lead roles in Tosca, Albert Herring, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Belisario, among others. She has received numerous awards and grants, including those from the Corbett, Kaufmann-Ruud, and Sullivan foundations, a Metropolitan Opera award and first prizewinner of the Joy in Singing Award. Her successes as a teacher and vocal coach are apparent in the accomplishments of her students, many of whom have gone on to win vocal competitions while launching flourishing careers as performers.
Ramon Galindo, originally from San Francisco, has performed on Broadway in numerous shows including Cats, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Song and Dance (with Bernadette Peters,) and was the assistant choreographer for the Lincoln Center revival of The Most Happy Fella. He also appeared in the Off-Broadway musical Funny Feet and performed in the national tour of Bob Fosse’s Dancin’. Ramon has taught at the Harvard Summer Dance Center and at New York City Public Schools. His list of choreography credits include shows at the Media Theater in Pennsylvania and at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater.
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