AMDA alumni create. They are artists, professionals in every performance medium. They
are creators, inspirers. They're Broadway's side-splitting comedians and Hollywood's up-and-coming action
heroes. Watched by the eyes of millions, our alumni take the world's stages, film sets, and movie screens,
changing the way we think about art and its intertwining with human nature. To read about our alumni's most
recent accomplishments, check out AMDA News.
From charities to platinum-selling records, Broadway veterans to rising stars, our alumni have established
themselves among the world's most accomplished artists in their respective fields. Below are just a few
highlights of our alumni's incredible careers and achievements, from philanthropy and social awareness to
garnering entertainment's most prestigious awards and honors.
They started with a dream. With AMDA, those passions became careers to be celebrated.
Featured AMDA Alumni
Currently recognized as Andre Lyon, the bi-polar CFO in Fox’s hit drama series “Empire.” “Empire” tells the story of hip-hop recording company Empire Enterprises, where Trai plays Andre Lyon, the business-savvy CFO of his father’s company. Trai also appeared in the powerful film Selma, which received four Golden Globe Award nominations as well an Academy Award for Best Original Song (“Glory”). Trai played executive officer of the SNCC James Forman, who worked with the black community in Selma for two years prior to Martin Luther King’s arrival. Trai’s other film credits include Americons and Jayhawkers, with television roles including “All My Children” (Mookie) and “90210” (Alec Martin). Trai stars as Boston in The 24th.
Emily Padgett starred in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Bright Star (Lucy Grant), and in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mrs. Bucket). She also starred in the Broadway revival of Side Show, where she shared the stage as conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton. Other Broadway credits including the role of Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Grease (u/s Sandy Dumbrowski) and Legally Blonde (Cece; u/s Brooke Wyndham). Emily has also performed in the national tours for Flashdance the Musical, Grease and Cats. Emily was nominated for an Astaire Award for Best Female Dance (Side Show), and starred as the lead role in the premiere of musical Waterfall, a story of forbidden love in 1930s Thailand. In addition to her many theatrical credits, she has appeared on television in “Louie,” Shall We Dance On Ice? and the television series “Step It Up and Dance.” Emily recently starred in the world premiere of the musical Last Days of Summer at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and performed in the virtual concert, Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Krystal Joy Brown
Krystal Joy Brown stars as Eliza in Broadway’s Hamilton. Previously, Krystal starred on Broadway as Diana Ross in Motown the Musical, receiving an Astaire Award nomination for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show. Additional Broadway credits include Big Fish (Josephine Bloom), Leap of Faith (Astaire Award nomination), and Hair (Dionne, Abe Lincoln). She appeared Off-Broadway in Falling for Eve (Eve), the national tour of Rent (Mimi), and regionally in Calvin Berger (Rosanna), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), and High School Musical (Taylor at Paper Mill Playhouse). On television, she can be seen in the new Hallmark movie “One Royal Holiday,” and has been on “Law & Order: SVU,” “Deadbeat,” “Storyforia!” (Nickelodeon), “Castle” (ABC) and the 68th Annual Tony Awards. Krystal voices "Netossa" in Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. As a songwriter, Krystal released her track “Shuffling and Looking Dumb,” and has had two of her works appear in NBC’s shows “The Neighbors” and “Mistresses.”
Rizwan Manji played recurring real estate agent Ray Butani in the beloved 2020 Emmy-sweeping Schitt’s Creek. Rizwan is perhaps best known for playing Rajiv, the hysterically officious, scheming assistant manager of a call center in the NBC comedy Outsourced. Part of the network’s prestigious Thursday night comedy lineup, this groundbreaking TV show was the first American sitcom to be based in India and feature a predominantly Indian cast. With a prolific career spanning more than 20 years to date, some of Rizwan’s memorable film credits include The Wolf of Wall Street, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Dictator, Transformers, Don Jon, Equals, The Tiger Hunter, Paterson, and the Canadian/Indian co-production Dr. Cabbie. Rizwan starred as Reverend Jax in the comedy Perfect Harmony, and has appeared on many popular TV shows including Mr. Robot, Glee, Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Without a Trace, NCIS and Bones. Rizwan’s other popular recurring role includes royal advisor Tick Pickwick in SyFy’s drama series The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy novels. Rizwan will star in the drama film Basement, and as Jamil in James Gunn’s upcoming HBO Max series and Suicide Squad spinoff, Peacemaker.
Continuing Education for AMDA Alumni
Looking to continue your education at AMDA Los Angeles? Do you need to access your unofficial transcript / grades
or order an official transcript? See options below:
AMDA Bachelor’s Degree Graduates have the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Theatre or Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Theatre and Media
Apply for Graduate
Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs
AMDA Associate of Occupational Studies Degree and Certificate Graduates are eligible to earn a Bachelor of Fine
Arts degree in Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Theatre or Performing Arts by transferring in 60 performance credits
and completing 30 performance and 30 general education credits.
Note: Additional coursework may be required if you are applying for a BFA Program outside of
your AOS or Conservatory discipline.
Apply for BFA Degree
Associate of Occupational Studies Programs
AMDA Certificate Graduates are eligible to earn an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Acting, Musical
Theatre or Dance Theatre by transferring in 60 performance credits and completing the general education
Note: Additional coursework may be required as per current degree completion requirements and/or
if applying for an AOS Program outside of the original discipline.
Apply for AOS Degree
OBTAINING A TRANSCRIPT
Your Student Portal can be used to print unofficial transcripts of your coursework and grades. Official
transcripts may be ordered through Parchment and received by mail or electronically.
AMDA Legacy Scholarship Program
AMDA is so pleased to announce the AMDA Legacy Scholarship Program which will offer special tuition scholarships
for the children and grandchildren of AMDA Alumni.
For further information, contact AMDA's Legacy Scholarship Advisor, MaryAnn Saenz, at 323-603-5941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: the amount of the AMDA Legacy Scholarship award will vary based upon a number of
factors including the student’s audition, application, letters of recommendation, and financial need.
Generations of outstanding alumni have proven that success is the rule at AMDA, so you're in great company. From
the silver screen to the stage and beyond, the possibilities for your future are boundless. As a member of the
AMDA alumni community, you are also eligible for a number of specific benefits that will help you as a
professional performing artist.
Get More Exposure Through the Alumni Directory
By registering for an AMDA 360Alumni Account, you will make yourself
more visible to casting directors, agents and other industry professionals, giving them one more way to find
Network Through Our Social Media Community
Through AMDA's official Twitter
Alumni and Facebook
Alumni accounts, you can connect with your fellow alumni across the country and world, and learn about
their most recent updates and career moves.
ATTEND ALUMNI WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
Through these intensive workshops sponsored by the Alumni department, you can return to AMDA virtually and
in-person (when applicable) to refresh your skills and take classes in additional specialty areas, increasing
your versatility as a performer. Workshop opportunities will be released via email throughout the year.
Access a newly expanded library of video content created exclusively for AMDA students and alumni. The AMDA On-Demand library
includes content regarding athletic performance, mental health, open fitness, open dance, and vocal heath. New
videos will be uploaded weekly, so check back regularly.
Access to Practice Space
Frequently, AMDA is able to provide practice space for alumni to prepare for auditions. Alumni with valid Alumni
ID may visit campus on the day-of to find out if space is available. Reserve space and view on-campus policies.
Alumni ID Request
Get Career Guidance When You Need It
As you begin to transform your unique talents into a rewarding career as an AMDA graduate, we'll be there for you
every step of the way. On our website, you can find many career resource links to help you make the most of the
artistic foundation you worked so hard to build at AMDA.
Young Adult Health Insurance Benefits
Previously, graduation day was the day when millions of young adults lost their health insurance, making them one
of the most vulnerable groups of Americans in the health insurance market. The new health reform law allows most
young adults to join or remain on their parents' health care plan until their 26th birthday. Learn more at HealthCare.gov.
Broadway, Off B'way, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, comedy, dance, drama, concerts, and more for only $4.50 a
ticket. How? Theaters and producers need to fill up seats with excellent, attentive audiences to help build buzz
and word of mouth. Theatermania's Gold Club proudly offers the AMDA community an exclusive 40% discount to join:
$59 for an entire year! (regularly $99). For more information, and to join, log on or call 212-352-0255, ext. 105, for more information.
AMDA NY Performance Request
You may request a digital link to your desired performance video.
AMDA NY Library
The AMDA NY Library has been relocated to the 9th floor of AMDA’s 54th Street building (250 West 54th Street). Walk-ins are welcome. Alumni may visit the library during the following days/times.
Library Hours: Mon - Fri (9:00am to 5:00pm ET)
*The library is subject to close during school breaks and holidays. You can call the library at 212-957-3315 to check current times.
AMDA LA Library
Alumni may visit the library during the following days/times by appointment only. Visit the library website to make an appointment.
Library Hours: Mon - Fri (9:00am to 7:00pm PT) and Sat - Sun (1:00pm to 6:00pm PT)
*The library is subject to close during school breaks and holidays. You can call the library at 323-603-5924 to check current times. to check current times.
Please note, only current AMDA students are eligible for circulation privileges.