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Anthony Ramos and Jo Anne Worley to Speak at AMDA's 2016 Spring Commencements!

AMDA is pleased to announce that Grammy-winning actor Anthony Ramos (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in Broadway’s Hamilton) will speak at AMDA New York’s commencement on Saturday, May 28. Meanwhile, acclaimed actor Jo Anne Worley (Billy Barnes People, Hello Dolly!, “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”) will address graduates at AMDA Los Angeles on Saturday, June 4. [more]
4 months ago

Seven Tony Award-Nominated Plays Feature AMDA Alumni

With the recent announcement of the 2016 Tony Award nominations, AMDA is pleased to report that ten of our numerous alumni on Broadway are performing in Tony-nominated productions! Spearheading the nominees is alum... [more]
4 months ago

New Audition App: Bookster Helps Actors Discover, Manage Theatre Auditions

To save actors from losing precious time—and sanity—Megan partnered with her husband Matthew Rybicki to release Bookster, a new app that redefines the convoluted audition process.

Available on the iTunes store, Bookster helps actors discover, manage and map their theatre auditions. Currently designed for iPhone users, Bookster offers a real-time list of daily auditions, which users can organize, take notes on and discuss with other actors via the app’s interface.

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4 months ago

Marina Benedict Joins “Prison Break” Mini-Series on Fox

AMDA faculty Marina Benedict (“Flesh and Bone,” “Torchwood”) has been cast opposite returning stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell in Fox’s highly anticipated “Prison Break” revival, a nine-episode mini-series following the original award-winning action drama. [more]
5 months ago

Crafting Conflict: AMDA's stage combat program trains students in the art of violence

Training a machine gun platoon in the heart of Australia, AMDA stage combat instructor Charles Currier found himself face-to-face with executive producer Tom Hanks, who wished to speak to the military tech team about his vision for HBO’s Emmy-winning miniseries “The Pacific.” “If this doesn’t look like documentary footage shot in HD from 1945,” Hanks said, “I’m sending you all home. Your job is to make it look... [more]
5 months ago

Caissie Levy: From Fantine in Les Mis to Julie Nixon in First Daughter Suite

After 13 years of Broadway musicals, national tours and world premieres, Caissie Levy has landed more dream roles than most actors score in a lifetime: She’s played Maureen (Rent), Penny Pingleton (Hairspray), Elphaba (Wicked), Sheila (Hair), Molly (Ghost the Musical), and Fantine in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables. When not performing some of the greatest female roles known to Broadway, Levy’s out teaching students at AMDA New York, doing voiceovers for countless commercials or performing songs in concert from her debut solo album With You. [more]
5 months ago

Mad Love: Madeline Brewer Thrives in a "Bad Boyfriend" Industry

Sitting in AMDA’s studio with iced coffee in hand, Madeline Brewer recounts her nerve-wracking audition for Netflix mega-series “Orange is the New Black”: “I auditioned with shaking hands, staring directly into the camera—it was crazy. I left and called my mom and sobbed for 20 minutes: ‘I’m never doing that again. That was the worst audition of my life. I’m not cut out for this TV thing... I’m not doing it.’” [more]
5 months ago

HAMILTON: Christopher Jackson and Anthony Ramos Bring the Revolution to Broadway

Alexander Hamilton: 18th century politician, founding father, freestyle rapper. Wiping the dust off American history books, Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) created his new musical Hamilton, which transitioned from its sold-out Off-Broadway run to appear before Broadway audiences for the first time in August. The production stars AMDA alumni Christopher Jackson (George Washington) and Anthony Ramos (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), both of whom originated their roles in the world premiere at New York City’s Public Theater. [more]
6 months ago

Be a Princess, Tour the World: Briana Rapa as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Just months after earning her BFA in Music Theatre from AMDA, alumna Briana Rapa was cast as one of Disney’s most beloved characters: Belle in the international tour of Beauty and the Beast. Rapa landed the cherished role after receiving an audition from her agent, who signed her on after seeing her perform at AMDA... [more]
6 months ago

The Latest Issue of AMDA Magazine Has Arrived!

The Winter 2016 edition of AMDA Magazine is now available online! This issue features AMDA alumni who currently star in Broadway’s hit musical Hamilton. Merging hip-hop with history, Hamilton paints America’s founding figures in a modern light, offering audiences a new perspective on the men and women who... [more]
6 months ago

Conquering Cabaret: AMDA Alumni Nominated in 30th Annual MAC Awards

AMDA is pleased to announce four outstanding alumni who have received nominations for the 2016 MAC Awards: Congratulations to Lennie Watts, Myriam Phiro, Jennifer Pace and William T.N. Hall! Hosted by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC), the MAC Awards pay tribute to artists, directors and producers who specialize in... [more]
6 months ago

Practicing Smart: 3 Tips for Learning to Sing

Want to learn to sing? Here are three tips to develop smart practice techniques and unlock your potential as a vocal artist while keeping your instrument healthy. [more]
6 months ago

Cirque du Soleil Meets Broadway: Sheridan Mouawad Lands Paramour World Premiere

In a landmark production, Sheridan will perform on the Lyric Theatre stage in Paramour, a show-stopping musical marking the Broadway debut of entertainment titan Cirque du Soleil. Set in the golden age of 1940s Hollywood, Paramour spins the alluring tale of movie star Indigo, a glamorous beauty who finds herself trapped between love and silver screen stardom. [more]
7 months ago

‘Modern Family’ Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Returns to Broadway in Fully Committed

Immense congratulations to alumnus Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who after eight years will return to perform on Broadway in Becky Mode’s culinary comedy Fully Committed! Jesse will play not one but 40 different characters of various ages, genders and ethnicities packed into one 90-minute performance. [more]
7 months ago

40 Alumni on Broadway: AMDA Among Top Theatre Schools

Shattering all previous records, AMDA alumni took Broadway by storm in 2015/6 with 40 graduates performing in 37 unique shows, landing AMDA once more among the nation’s top theatre schools! [more]
7 months ago

Working on a Cruise Ship: John Dempsey Stars at Sea in Royal Caribbean's Cats

Working on a cruise ship can be incredibly rewarding...and taxing. AMDA alum John Dempsey explains the pros and cons of cruise ship performance as he prepares to set sail on the largest cruise ship in the world for nine months to star in Cats. [more]
7 months ago

Announcing Speakers Christopher Jackson and Rizwan Manji for 2015 Fall Commencement!

Emmy-winning composer and actor Christopher Jackson (George Washington in Broadway’s Hamilton) will speak at AMDA New York’s commencement on Saturday, February 6. Meanwhile, acclaimed film/TV actor Rizwan Manji (“Outsourced,” “Schitt’s Creek,” The Wolf of Wall Street) will address graduates at AMDA Los Angeles on Saturday, February 13. [more]
7 months ago

Lulu Lloyd Becomes First AMDA LA Graduate to Make Broadway Debut

Setting AMDA history, alumna Lulu Lloyd has become the first graduate from AMDA Los Angeles to make her Broadway debut! After graduating from the Studio Conservatory program, Lulu now rocks the Winter Garden Theatre as Swing and Assistant Dance Captain in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock, performing alongside fellow alumna Mamie Parris (Patty). [more]
8 months ago

Being An Out Gay Actor: Ben Baur Makes a Difference

“What was I going to do as a business major? I don’t even know. I had all these weird ideas of being an event planner.” [more]
9 months ago

Hamilton's Christopher Jackson Freestyle Raps for Charity

Christopher Jackson’s spitting rhymes for charity. At the 27th annual Gypsy of the Year Competition, Hamilton star and AMDA alum Jackson took the stage with Lin Manuel Miranda and Wayne Brady in a freestyle rap session before a cheering audience. [more]
9 months ago

AMDA Alumni Perform in the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Several AMDA alumni performed at the 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where NBC highlighted such shows as On Your Feet!, The King and I, Finding Neverland, Something Rotten!, Fiddler on the Roof and School of Rock. [more]
9 months ago

Come See Barbara Schofield in Murray Mednick’s The Gary Plays!

We are pleased to announce that AMDA’s own Barbara Schofield (Broadway World Nomination, Best Director) will be performing as Monica in the Open Fist Theatre Company’s upcoming workshop production of Murray Mednick’s The Gary Plays! Set in Los Angeles, The Gary Plays take a look at life in 21st-century America, offering a profound, darkly humorous perspective on the convoluted relationships between people and the way we change over time. [more]
10 months ago

Make Your Broadway Ticket Worth Every Penny

Alumnus Tim Dolan’s tour company, Broadway Up Close, specializes in offering patrons a unique perspective on the 40 theatres that make up Broadway. After six years of successful tours , Broadway Up Close has garnered rave reviews from customers and four consecutive annual Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor. [more]
10 months ago

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Receives Fourth People’s Choice Nomination

AMDA offers heartfelt congratulations to alumnus Jesse Tyler Ferguson for his recent nomination by the 2016 People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Comedic TV Actor! This marks Jesse’s third nomination alongside... [more]
10 months ago

Douglas Nyback Transitions from Syfy's “Defiance” to “Hell on Wheels”

When your character dies after a firefight while trying to blow up a nuclear power station, it’s usually safe to assume you won’t be returning to the show. Not the case for AMDA alum Douglas Nyback, who, despite his brutal demise as Ben Daris on SyFy’s “Defiance” returned to play the recurring role Sgt. Frei Poole for the show’s final two seasons. Appropriately, gruesome death proved only a temporary deterrent for the committed actor: Nyback’s impressive versatility—as well as some pretty trippy alien prosthetics— made his unlikely return possible. With “Defiance” having wrapped its final season, that same dogged versatility has ensured his continued collaboration with the show’s creators, leading to some exciting opportunities. [more]
10 months ago

Marina Benedict Stars in Original Starz Series “Flesh and Bone”

Be sure to tune in this Sunday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. EST to watch Marina Benedict in the highly-anticipated new Starz series, “Flesh and Bone”! Set around a renowned New York ballet company, “Flesh and Bone” offers an unflinching comparison of ballet’s exquisite beauty with the profession’s gritty, often disturbing underbelly. Marina plays Toni Cannava, a transcendent choreographer and charismatic force of nature opposite the talented Ben Daniels (“House of Cards”) in episodes 3–8. [more]
10 months ago

Kinky Boots National Tour Takes on J. Harrison Ghee as Leading Lola

The fab-in-drag musical sensation Kinky Boots continues its ever-growing list of starring AMDA alumni! After originally featuring as an Angel on Broadway, Kyle Taylor Parker (In The Heights), who played leading-lady Lola since the beginning of the first national tour, returned to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway to replace Tony-winner Billy Porter for three months earlier this year. [more]
10 months ago

Nina Arianda Breaks Hearts (And Bones) in Broadway's Fool for Love

The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre’s stage reveals a seedy motel room in the Mojave Desert, the leaking A/C unit staining the wallpaper which peels over a narrow, hard mattress. The play centers around lovers May (Nina) and Eddie (Sam Rockwell), an on/off couple whose secrets from each other threaten to destroy them. [more]
10 months ago

Alumnae Tell Tale as Old as Time in Beauty and the Beast

Be an enchanted feather duster, see the world. Delighting audiences across the globe, AMDA alumnae are now performing in the national and world tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. [more]
11 months ago

‘Big Time Rush’ Star Books 10-Year-Old Viral Sensation for Comedy Show

Stephen Kramer Glickman, host of LA’s successful live talk show The Night Time Show, recently reached out to support 10-year-old internet sensation Saffron Herndon, who performed standup on Stephen’s show on October 14. [more]
11 months ago

Broadway Tour Brings AMDA Family Together

Four AMDA alumni are on the road with the upcoming touring production of Bullets Over Broadway, the hit musical by Woody Allen and Susan Stroman. [more]
11 months ago

2015 Summer Graduation Speakers Announced!

With our soon-to-be graduates preparing to enter the professional world, we are honored to announce the keynote speakers for AMDA’s 2015 Summer Graduation Ceremonies: Broadway veteran Christopher Sieber will speak at AMDA New York’s commencement on Saturday, October 3, while actress/songwriter/novelist Krystal Joy Brown will address graduates at AMDA Los Angeles on Saturday, October 10. These incredible alumni were selected for the dedication, passion, and humility they bring to their professional careers, qualities which AMDA aims to instill in every student stepping foot onto our campuses. We look forward to the wisdom and insight they will offer this semester’s dedicated group of aspiring performers! [more]
11 months ago

Audition Like You Mean It: Advice from Chandra Lee Schwartz

AMDA’s illustrious alumna Chandra Lee Schwartz has landed a starring role in a world premiere...again. [more]
1 year ago

Three Essential Tips That Put Savannah Frazier on Broadway

The 2014-15 Broadway season has brought a fresh face to its renowned stage, where AMDA alumna Savannah Frazier is making her Broadway debut in the powerful new musical Amazing Grace, helmed by first-time Broadway director Gabriel Barre. [more]
1 year ago

Making a Splash with AMDA Faculty and Alumni

With Singin’ in the Rain the most popular movie musical of all time, AMDA faculty member and director Jon Engstrom knew that the audience would expect some of the iconic scenes from the film. Musical Theatre West brought in the expert to direct and choreograph their 2014-2015 season closer this summer at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. [more]
1 year ago

2015 Broadway Rising Stars

Broadway Rising Stars, an annual celebration of “the brightest talent" chosen from top college and conservatory performing arts programs, performs Monday, July 13, 2015, at 8 p.m. This spectacular display of young, gifted, up-and-coming professionals takes place at The Town Hall in New York City, a non-profit national landmark founded by suffragists in 1921. [more]
1 year ago

What do these 30 AMDA alumni have in common?

As summer is about to officially kick off, let’s take a moment to look back at the extraordinary work AMDA alumni have done on Broadway during the past year.  From long-running, blockbuster musicals (Wicked) to side-splitting comedies with puppetry (Hand to God), 30 AMDA graduates delivered bold, captivating performances in 25 different Broadway productions. [more]
1 year ago

Lessons for Success from AMDA Acting Teacher Markus Potter

We recently caught up with AMDA acting professor Markus Potter, who in May received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for a John Gassner Playwriting Award for Stalking the Bogeyman. Below, you'll get the inside scoop on his many upcoming projects. But first he offered some terrific tips to actors on making monologue selections and on choosing a college acting program. [more]
1 year ago

South Korea to Lincoln Center

On May 26, 2015, Q Lim, a recent Integrated Conservatory graduate, made her Broadway debut at the Lincoln Center Theater in The King and I. Less than two weeks later, the production earned four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. Taking a few minutes between shows, Lim graciously told us a little bit about herself and her transformative path to Broadway. [more]
1 year ago

Graduation Day to "42nd Street"

Taylore Burke, Kahlia Davis and Georgina Moore wasted no time starting their professional careers. All three dancers—who graduate from AMDA’s Conservatory Program this week—have landed the 42nd Street national tour, which starts rehearsals in August. And while it’s absolutely essential for performers to hone their skills, here we see again that learning and understanding the business of the performing arts is equally as important when it comes to landing jobs. The three tappers took a few minutes from their busy schedules to share a little about their AMDA experience and how they transitioned from students to paid professional dancers. [more]
1 year ago

Alumna Sarah Stiles Receives First Tony Award Nomination

AMDA congratulates alumna Sarah Stiles on her 2015 Tony Award nomination for her performance in Broadway’s Hand to God. Stiles is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play. [more]
1 year ago

Tyne Daly Nominated for 2015 Drama League Award

Alumna Tyne Daly, Broadway and small-screen legend, has been nominated for a Distinguished Performance Award at the 81st Annual Drama League Awards on May 15, 2015. One winner is selected in this category, and it can be won only once by a performer in his/her professional career. Previous recipients include Kathleen Chalfant, Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, Rosemary Harris, Hugh Jackman, Cherry Jones, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane and John Lithgow. [more]
1 year ago

Bringing Musical Theatre Training to Mexico City

From a young age, AMDA alumna Rosa Alicia (Azuara Hernandez) Delain knew she was destined for the theatre. After every show that her mother took her to see, she would return home to re-enact each scene. There was “the  time we went to see an adaptation of Swan Lake for kids,” she recalled, “and all I did the whole week was repeat all the lines from the show that I could remember. I was four!” [more]
1 year ago

AMDA’s Guidance Counselor Luncheon

This Thursday morning, April 23, at the AMDA New York campus, high school counselors and teachers gathered to learn about AMDA’s mission and opportunities for prospective performing arts students. In addition to hearing from esteemed AMDA faculty members Mark Riherd, Elaine Petricoff, and Michele Hart-Haviland, counselors were treated to a musical and acting performance by current students. [more]
1 year ago

Must-Know Pointers for Your Vocal Health

We all have a voice. We use our voices every day, all day without even thinking about it. Yet your voice, how you use it and care for it, is one of the most important responsibilities we have as performers. Your voice is as unique as your thumbprint—no one else has your identical sound. Owning something that is one of kind is a pretty exciting thing to recognize, explore and, ultimately, develop and care for. [more]
1 year ago

Julia Konrad: Lessons from the Intersection of Art and Life

College graduates face the daunting task of finding a job that is not only fulfilling, but sustainable, the ultimate test to any young person’s perseverance. Now imagine the same struggle, but with the added layer of obstacles that immigrants face in the United States. This journey is all too familiar for Brazil native and AMDA alumna Julia Konrad (Viezzer), who attended AMDA New York to follow her dreams of being an actress. Juggling work and studies while pursuing her passion, Julia proved that she was up to the challenge; she landed her first major role in a film, straight out of school. [more]
1 year ago

Making a Difference

When Jesse Karlan was seven years old, her best friend was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a degenerative lung and digestive disease. Jesse immediately took action at a young age and created a musical revue, Sing For A Cure, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. She then sold tickets to her revue, along with three CDs she recorded at Universal Music, in order to raise money toward finding a cure. Today, you can find Jesse’s songs on iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster, with all proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Since her first performance of Sing For A Cure, she has raised over $100,000. [more]
1 year ago

AMDA Alumni Spring Up On Broadway In 2015

Broadway is humming feverishly this spring with rousing new musicals and plays. And many AMDA alumni are part of the frenzy. From hilarious revivals to creatively adapted movies, nine Broadway shows currently have AMDA alumni—four of which will officially open this April. [more]
1 year ago

How Industry Exposure in School Can Make All the Difference

AMDA students eagerly anticipate the day they get to showcase their talents to industry professionals, in the hopes of securing an agent, manager or job before graduation. The students recognize, of course, the hard work that must be done to earn this opportunity. And when the day finally does come, students do not take it lightly. They've taken professional headshots, crafted enticing resumes (even with limited professional experience) and rehearsed many, many hours. [more]
1 year ago

From Broadway to Film and TV Star

Known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Vanda in the 2012 Broadway production of Venus in Fur, Nina Arianda is now sought after throughout the entertainment industry - landing diverse roles on TV and in film as well. [more]
1 year ago

Taking on History and Family

On a recent WGN Radio interview, Trai Byers discusses his role as James Forman, in the highly acclaimed movie Selma. Byers explains that Foreman, an influential activist who served as executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), "didn’t really care for the one-man movement.” He continues, “If the man dies, will the movement die?” [more]
1 year ago

The 24 AMDA Alumni Who Lit Up Broadway in 2014

Shining in both new musicals and plays, as well as creatively reimagined revivals, AMDA alumni made 2014 another stellar year on Broadway. From leading roles to understudy and ensemble performances, our graduates delivered bold, imaginative and captivating performances. [more]
1 year ago

2014 BroadwayWorld.com Regional Awards

For the past 11 years, the BroadwayWorld.com Regional Awards have honored productions and the artistic work of performers throughout the United States. Interest in the awards (which are reader-nominated and -voted) has grown steadily each year, and a combination of 50 cities and states now hold their own regional awards. For 2014 consideration, productions must have opened between October 2013 and September 2014. This year’s nominees include shows mounted in such cities as Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Tampa, and Wichita, to name a few. [more]
1 year ago

'Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies'

Part Some Like It Hot, part Anything Goes, and part Dames at Sea, Fabuous! draws inspiration from adored, familiar works, creating a guilty pleasure critics say is well worth seeing. Matthew Wexler, of Broadway Blog, writes: “For a fun homage to the old days of musical comedy, Fabulous! offers a refreshing evening of light-hearted fun, plenty of laughs and more sequins than a Cher concert.” The show also boasts two AMDA alumni: Josh Kenny and Cameron Lucas. [more]
1 year ago

WDM USA Comes to AMDA Los Angeles in 2015

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the World Dance Movement (WDM)-The International Workshop—will combine forces June 17 - 22, 2015, for the inaugural World Dance Movement USA! [more]
1 year ago

Tyne Daly's Newest Broadway Offering

AMDA alumna Tyne Daly returns to Broadway this coming March—in a musical, once again. And as a domineering mother, once again. It Shoulda Been You, directed by Tony Award-winner David Hyde Pierce, is scheduled to open April 14, 2015, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Gypsy marked Daly's last musical on Broadway, garnering her a 1990 Tony Award for her portrayal of Mama Rose, the stage mother to end all stage mothers. In between then and now, Daly has performed in four Broadway plays: The Seagull, Rabbit Hole (Tony nomination), Master Class and Mothers and Sons. [more]
1 year ago

Rush to See Gretchen Mol in 'Disgraced'

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, by Ayad Akhtar, opens next Thursday, October 23, at the Lyceum Theatre, with a limited number of rush tickets sold on the day of each performance. The cast includes AMDA alumna Gretchen Mol, Hari Dhillon, Joshua Radnor, Karen Pittman and Danny Ashok. Disgraced, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Obie Award for Playwriting, is about “an affluent Muslim-American couple living in New York City, whose views on race, relationships and identity are left shattered after a dinner party with a co-worker and her husband.” [more]
1 year ago

Fall Graduation Speakers Offer Advice and Inspiration

AMDA is honored to have two outstanding speakers at our October graduation ceremonies: Krystal Joy Brown and Chandra Wilson. [more]
1 year ago

AMDA Los Angeles is Growing!

As part of AMDA’s continued investment in providing a world-class performing arts education and academic experience for our students, the Los Angeles campus is expanding its footprint in Hollywood with some recent additions to the campus. One of these acquisitions is the historic Gilbert Hotel, which will soon become our newest student residence. [more]
1 year ago

Still Impacting NY Theatre After 50 Years

As AMDA celebrates its 50th anniversary, AMDA alumni continue to impact Broadway and New York theatre with bold, captivating performances, prolonging AMDA’s rich history in the NY theatre scene. From The New York International Fringe Festival to hit Broadway productions, AMDA graduates help to shape works small and large, from Broadway theatres to cozy, intimate spaces dispersed throughout the five boroughs . We proudly boasted in a previous post that if you attended a Broadway show this past summer, you might find it difficult to miss one of our alumni. AMDA graduates performed in 15 of the 39 shows running at the time. A similar picture emerges for this fall: AMDA alumni appear in roughly one-third of Broadway productions—eight in starring roles! [more]
2 years ago

FRINGENYC 2014 — AMDA Alumni Join the Excitement

“As the fattest kid in school, Tommy lives a lonely, living nightmare. When the skinny kids' taunting goes too far, Tommy takes revenge without amends. A dark spoken-word musical diving into the lunchtime of life, where bullies are delicious.” This describes the core story of the musical Fatty Fatty No Friends, playing at what is considered the largest mutli-arts festival in North America, FringeNYC (The New York International Fringe Festival). For two weeks, according to the organization, more than 200 companies descend on Lower Manhattan from all over the world to perform a variety of works in more than 20 venues. [more]
2 years ago

Playing Your Opposite on "Finding Carter"

The limitations—one might imagine—to learning about the performing arts and pursuing professional work in a small Arkansas city did not slow down Caleb Ruminer. He started performing at the age of nine and, by 15 years of age, had signed with a talent agency in Little Rock, working professionally in local commercials. Caleb then made his way to AMDA Los Angeles where, just prior to successfully completing AMDA’s Conservatory Studio Program, he signed with The Savage Agency. [more]
2 years ago

Emily Padgett Returns to Broadway in Re-Imagined 'Side Show'

Though its initial Broadway run in 1997 lasted a mere 91 performances, Side Show has had a passionate following of devoted fans throughout the years. The original cast album, with Tony Award nominees Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner (AMDA NY professor), is a must-have for musical theatre enthusiasts. And for those theatres and colleges across the U.S. willing to veer from more family-friendly musical theatre fare, Side Show continues to be a favorite. (AMDA mounted its own successful production of Side Show at the Los Angeles campus in 2011.) [more]
2 years ago

Jason Derulo Receives Two MTV Video Music Award Nominations

Since reissuing his recent EP Tattoos as the phenomenal full-length album Talk Dirty, along with its title track of the same name, AMDA alumnus Jason Derulo is once again raking in the award nominations. Most recently, he received two MTV Video Music Award nominations for Best Pop Video (“Talk Dirty”) and Best Choreography (“Talk Dirty”). Previously, in 2010, Derulo was nominated for two MTV VMAs for his song “In My Head.” In addition to these VMA nods, Derulo received four nominations for the Teen Choice Awards that will air on August 10. [more]
2 years ago

Three AMDA Alumni Join the 'Kinky Boots' 1st National Tour

Launching September 4, 2014 is the 1st national tour of Kinky Boots, the six-time Tony Award-winning musical with a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. We’re particularly excited here at AMDA because the tour will have not one, but three AMDA Alumni! [more]
2 years ago

Chandra Lee Schwartz is Glinda Once Again

AMDA alumna (and LA faculty member) Chandra Lee Schwartz—who previously played the role of Glinda in Wicked both on Broadway and the tour—will once again don pink and silver dresses and blonde curls. She joins the company of the first North American tour on Tuesday, July 29 in Salt Lake City, UT. Already on the tour is AMDA alumna Jenny Florkowski, who assumed the role of Nessarose full time back on February 4. [more]
2 years ago

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Receives 5th Emmy Award Nomination

Congratulations to AMDA alumnus Jesse Tyler Ferguson on his Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Modern Family.” Since 2009, he has starred as Mitchell Pritchett on the award-winning comedy, and is no stranger to both nominations and awards. He received four prior Emmy Award nominations for his work on “Modern Family,” as well as a People’s Choice Award nomination in 2013 for Favorite Comedic TV Actor. [more]
2 years ago

Jason Wise: From Talented Performer to Sought-After Director/Choreographer

AMDA alumnus JASON WISE, mentored by nine-time Tony Award-winning legend Tommy Tune, has established himself as one of New York's most exciting young director/choreographers. He began his career as a performer in the national tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Cats. But today, with the assistance of Tommy Tune and two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, Jason has transitioned into directing and choreographing. His recent credits include the Fiddler at 50 (the 50th anniversary concert of Fiddler on the Roof), 4 Girls 4 with Maureen McGovern and Donna McKechnie, the Off-Broadway production of Bayside! The Saved By The Bell Musical, Michael John LaChiusa's See What I Wanna See at The Producers Club, and the original East Village production and Midtown Off-Broadway transfer of Showgirls: The Musical!. [more]
2 years ago

From Souvenir Stand to Stardom!

NEW YORK -- Broadway's famous lights will shine a bit brighter this week as Lindsay Roginski becomes the latest starlet to portray Roxie Hart in the celebrated revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse's Tony Award-winning Chicago the Musical. Roginski, who delighted audiences around the world as Roxie on national and international tours of Chicago, will reprise her leading role as the merry murderess this week on Broadway. [more]
2 years ago

Christopher Jackson Takes on the Music of Tupac Shakur

Opening at the Palace Theatre tonight, June 19, is a new Broadway musical — Holler If Ya Hear Me — that brings to life the world of Tupac Shakur through his music and lyrics. Starring AMDA alumnus Christopher Jackson as Vertus, it is a non-biographical story about love, family, friendship and the struggles of two men in a Midwestern industrial city. [more]
2 years ago

Congratulations to the AMDA Alumni on their 2014 Tony Performances!

The 2014 Tony Awards featured a number of AMDA's alumni contributing to a very special evening. AMDA congratulates Amanda Kloots-Larsen (Bullets Over Broadway), Kyle Scatliffe (Les Misérables), Anastacia McCleskey (Violet), and Gabrielle Reid (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) on their performances. [more]
2 years ago

GOING TO A BROADWAY SHOW THIS SUMMER? GOOD CHANCE YOU’LL SEE AN AMDA GRADUATE.

With 20 AMDA alumni in 15 of the current 39 shows on Broadway, you’ll find it easy to catch our alumni in action. Starring in shows such as Les Miserable (Cassie Levy), Holler If Ya Hear Me (Christopher Jackson), Motown: The Musical (Kyrstal Joy Brown), Matilda the Musical (Christopher Sieber), Rock of Ages (Genson Blimline) and Mother and Sons (Tyne Daly), AMDA alumni give powerful and engaging performances night after night. We congratulate all of our graduates currently on Broadway for their wonderful work and achievements! [more]
2 years ago

Alumna Caissie Levy to speak at AMDA NY Graduation!

AMDA is pleased to announce that alumna Caissie Levy will be our AMDA New York graduation speaker on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11 am at Church of St. Paul the Apostle in NYC. [more]
2 years ago

Marina Benedict joins "Flesh and Bone" on Starz!

Congratulations to AMDA Los Angeles Dance Department Co-Chair  Marina Benedict ("Burn Notice," "Torchwood," "ER") who has been tapped to join Starz’s new drama series "Flesh and Bone" from Emmy Award winning writer and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett ("Breaking Bad") and Academy Award Nominated Executive producer Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Bastards). [more]
2 years ago

Alumnus Ray Fisher cast as Cyborg in upcoming Batman vs.Superman film!

AMDA alumnus Ray Fisher was just announced to play the role of Cyborg in the upcoming Warner Bros. film Batman vs. Superman! The sequel to 2013's Man of Steel features a cast of A-list stars including Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg. Cyborg (whose not-so-secret identity is Victor Stone) is a half man/half machine superhero and member of the Justice League in the DC Comics series on which the film is based. The film will be the first in a series of films planned around the Justice League characters, landing Ray the potential to be featured in many more films to come. The first film of the series is scheduled to be released in theaters in Spring 2016. [more]
2 years ago

AMDA Congratulates Alumna Tyne Daly Nominated for a Tony Award and all of our Alumni in 7 Nominated Productions!

Congratulations to alumna Tyne Daly nominated for a Best Actress Tony Award for her portrayal of Katherine Gerard in Terrance McNally's play Mothers and Sons on Broadway, and congratulations to all of our alumni who are in Tony nominated productions! [more]
2 years ago

Congratulations to AMDA Alumni Nominated for Drama League Awards!

AMDA congratulates all of our alumni nominated for Drama League Awards! Alumnus Christopher Sieber announced the award nominations alongside actress Judith Light. Alumnus Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host the ceremony in New York on May 16, 2014. The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical awards in America, chosen by thousands of audience members who attend Broadway and off-Broadway productions each year. [more]
2 years ago

Jason Derulo's new album, "Talk Dirty," releases this week!

Congratulations to AMDA alumnus Jason Derulo on this week's release of his third album, Talk Dirty, and the accompanying fanfare of press and appearances. Jason was featured on the Yahoo homepage and performed an iheartradio release concert. [more]
2 years ago

Alumna Sarah Stiles nominated for 2014 Lucille Lortel Award!

AMDA congratulates alumna Sarah Stiles on her 2014 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for "Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play" for her role as Jessica in the off-Broadway play Hand To God. [more]
2 years ago

AMDA LA: Alumni Workshop on April 12, 2014

Join us for a day of classes created specifically for our AMDA alumni, an opportunity to brush up on your skills and network with your fellow AMDA graduates. [more]
2 years ago

AMDA "In Celebration" Alumni Presentation in NY and LA

This special hour-long presentation of dramatic scenes will feature AMDA graduates Erin Dowling, Michael Hauschild, and Jon McCormick. [more]
2 years ago

AMDA Alumnus Kyle Scatliffe nominated for an Olivier Award!

Congratulations to AMDA alumnus Kyle Scatliffe who has been nominated for a 2014 Olivier Award for BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL for his portrayal of Haywood Patterson in the London West End production of The Scottsboro Boys! Kyle performed in The Scottsboro Boys throughout its West End run from October 18 to December 21, 2013. Directed by the multiple Tony Award winning Susan Stroman, the production is nominated for a total of 6 Awards. According to The London Evening Standard “the stand-out performance comes from the imposing Kyle Scatliffe as Haywood Patterson...," The Daily Mail called Kyle “charismatic” and says “Haywood’s songs Go Back Home and You Can’t Do Me are among the best of the numbers," and the Guardian UK proclaimed "The cast is dominated by the outstanding Kyle Scatliffe as Haywood Patterson – tall, commanding and with a hotline-to-heaven of a voice." [more]
2 years ago

Alumnus Nathan Reid forms Reinventing Films and Produces "The Jokester" film series

Nathan Reid, an AMDA graduate, has been acting, writing, and producing films for over 10 years. In 2004, Nathan wrote and sold his first script, Snowman Assassin. In 2005, he executive produced and starred in his first film Old Man Music, starring Geoffrey Lewis and J.A. Preston, which won the Gold Metal for Excellence at the Park City Music Festival and various other awards of recognition. In 2008, Nathan created Prey: The Beginning; a comic book franchise. The first issue was listed #3 in the top ten sales ranking for Independent comics. In 2013, Nathan formed Reinventing Films with producing partner Jodie Bentley, and then merged with Moving Pictures Media Group in early 2014. RF and MPMG have slates of films in all stages of production and look forward to their growing partnership. [more]
2 years ago

AMDA Open House Welcomes Alumni
Rizwan Manji and Sam Underwood

We are proud to announce alumnus Rizwan Manji ("Outsourced," "Arrested Development") as a speaker at our AMDA Los Angeles Open House on March 1, 2014, along with alumnus Sam Underwood ("The Following," "Dexter") who will speak at our AMDA New York Campus! [more]
2 years ago

AMDA LA Announces Jason Alexander as Graduation Speaker!

AMDA LA is beyond thrilled to welcome Jason Alexander as guest speaker for our coming graduation ceremony! [more]
2 years ago

Tony Winning Jim Dale to Speak at AMDA NY Graduation

AMDA New York is proud to announce Tony Award-winning actor Jim Dale as speaker for the upcoming AMDA graduation ceremony! [more]
2 years ago

Alumnus Sam Underwood on The Following!

Meet AMDA graduate Sam Underwood. You may have seen him recently on Showtime’s award-winning TV series “Homeland” as Leo Carras or on the final season of “Dexter,” as Dexter’s killer protégé Zach Hamilton.  Sam recently made his debut on “The Following” as the handsome and creepy set of murderous twins, Luke and Mark. His plot-twisting performance sent the mainstream media, blogs and social media world buzzing, further confirming that Sam is a star on the rise! [more]
2 years ago

Kyle Scatliffe nominated for London Newcomer of the Year!

Congratulations to alumnus Kyle Scatliffe who has been nominated by the British publication WhatsOn Stage for their "London Newcomer of the Year" award! Kyle has been receiving rave reviews for his performance as Haywood Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys on London's West End and he will soon be starring in his first Broadway production, as Enjolras, in next year's anticipated revival of Les Miserables. [more]
2 years ago

AMDA Alumna Theresa Murray Talks About Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

In the last two years, AMDA alumnae Theresa Murray and Julie Furrer both received full scholarships to dance with the esteemed Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. The festival takes place every summer in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts and it is recognized worldwide as a "hub and mecca of dancing" (TIME Magazine). It offers training to dancers with the opportunity to interact and work with top dance companies and choreographers, over 200 free performances, speakers and a range of events. Dance icon, Mikhail Baryshnikov, called it "one of America's most precious cultural assets." The Jacob's Pillow website states, " 'The Pillow' is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival." One might simply call it the premiere cultural center for dance. [more]
2 years ago

AMDA Student Vision evolves into BASH

Originating as an AMDA Student Vision Project, this production has continued to evolve. Now, Eleventh Story Productions presents BASH, a trio of unforgettable personal accounts that depict dark, unblinking portraits of the complexities of evil in everyday life.” [more]
2 years ago

Alumnus Kyle Scatliffe wins over the critics in The Scottsboro Boys!

Alumnus Kyle Scatliffe is currently starring in the U.K. premiere production of Kander and Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys, directed by Susan Stroman, at The Young Vic Theatre on London's West End. [more]
2 years ago

Alumna Natalie Zea to speak at AMDA LA Summer Graduation!

AMDA alumna Natalie Zea is an actor known for her versatility, her depth of artistry and her flawless character portrayals. Natalie’s diverse career already includes over 35 TV and film credits. Natalie currently stars in Fox’s hit series, “The Following,” as Claire Matthews, love interest to Kevin Bacon’s broken hero. Many also recognize her from her performances in the FX series “Justified,” in which she plays Winona Hawkins, and as heiress Karen Darling on ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money.” Her many recurring TV roles include Jemma on “Hung,” Carrie on “Californication,” Michael Chiklis’ complicated love interest Lauren on “The Shield” and as bad girl Maxine in the CBS drama “Under The Dome.” [more]
2 years ago

Alumnus Ben Cotton lands role in "Once Upon A Time: Wonderland" on ABC

AMDA graduate Ben Cotton will play the recurring role of Tweedle Dum in "Once Upon A Time: Wonderland," the new ABC TV series debuting October 10, 2013. [more]
2 years ago

Alumnus Lee Tergesen to speak at AMDA NY Summer 2013 Graduation

Alumnus Lee Tergesen will speak at the Graduation Ceremony for AMDA New York's Summer 2013 graduating class, on Saturday October 5, 2013. [more]
2 years ago

Kelly McCormack's Film "PLAY" opens WILLiFEST!

AMDA congratulates alumna Kelly McCormack an internationally nominated screenwriter opening one of the most prestigious music and film festivals on her first film out of the box! Kelly's new film PLAY will have its  World Premiere at the Williamsburg International Film Festival  selected as the Opening Night Gala Feature film on Sept 19th. The film will also screen at the TriBeCa Film Centre in the Bootleg Film Festival on Sept 20th. After that Kelly will fly to LA for two more festivals and then to London where the film is nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Soundtrack and Best Original Screenplay. [more]
3 years ago

Award Winning Composer and Lyricist Scott Evan Davis

Last year the Huffington Post named him one of the top five emerging composers to know and hear and Broadway World recently said, “In a period of two years on the New York scene, Davis's music has become lauded and sought after internationally." [more]
3 years ago

AMDA Faculty Igor Goldin receives Directing Award at NYMF!

Congratulations to AMDA MTP Faculty Igor Goldin who recently took home the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Directing for his work on the new musical Crossing Swords. [more]
3 years ago

Alumna Vasthy Mompoint in her 5th Broadway Show!

Congratulations to AMDA alumna Vasthy Mompoint who is currently in the new musical Soul Doctor, her 5th Broadway show! Vasthy plays the role of the blind guitarist and is understudy for the lead role of Nina Simone. Prior to Soul Doctor, Vasthy was a featured dancer/ensemble in Ghost the Musical on Broadway. Additional Broadway credits include: Good Vibrations, Hot Feat and Mary Poppins. [more]
3 years ago

It's a 4th Emmy Award Nomination for Jesse Tyler Ferguson!

AMDA Congratulates Alumnus Jesse Tyler Ferguson on his 4th Emmy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series! [more]
3 years ago

"Choir Boy" Star Jeremy Pope featured in New York Times

AMDA alumnus Jeremy Pope has been praised in the New York Times for the third time in recent months, due to his breakout performance in the lead role of Pharus in the new gospel music-themed play Choir Boy, currently running at the Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC. In the most recent article, Jeremy is interviewed in a profile with a headline proclaiming him "A Breakout, Onstage and at Home." In it, Jeremy talks about his experience in the critically-acclaimed production along with what it it took to get there. [more]
3 years ago

AMDA Alumni in 2013 Award Winning Productions

Congratulations to all of our AMDA alumni in award-winning shows this season! [more]
3 years ago

AMDA ALUMNI RETURN FOR SPRING 2013 WORKSHOPS

AMDA Los Angeles and New York campuses hosted a round of Spring 2013 Alumni Workshops, offering a free day of classes to all AMDA Alumni. Some photos from both events are posted below. [more]
3 years ago

Master's Degree Options for AMDA BFA Graduates

For those students who are interested in pursuing their Master of Fine Arts Degree after graduating from AMDA, here is a sampling of the Master’s Degree granting institutions which recognize our National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) BFA Program accreditation: Yale, Julliard School, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Brown University, The New School, University of North Carolina, University of Georgia, Ohio University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of New Mexico, and Boston Conservatory. All applicants are subject to the requirements of the individual schools to which they apply. [more]
3 years ago

Gabriela Garcia: AMDA Alumna, Miss Tarzana and USC MFA Grad Student

We were thrilled to catch up with our recent AMDA alumna Gabriela Garcia who has been a very busy lady since graduating with her BFA in Acting from AMDA in Fall 2012. Gabriela is currently the reigning Miss Tarzana (a city suburb of Los Angeles) and will soon be leaving to compete for the Miss California title. She will also be starting at USC this fall where she will be working toward her MFA degree. Gabriela grew up in Lancaster, California, which surprisingly enough was also Judy Garland’s hometown – a little fact that she likes to think of as good luck! [more]
3 years ago

AMDA Spotlight Magazine is All New and Available Online!

AMDA is proud to announce the premiere issue of our revamped magazine, Spotlight. As "The Magazine of the AMDA Community," Spotlight features campus news and events, photo galleries, informative features and interviews, and updates on alumni and faculty. [more]
3 years ago

AMDA Guest Speakers Nominated for Awards!

AMDA would like to congratulate all of our recent New York campus guest speakers who are nominated for Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards! [more]
3 years ago

AMDA LA Student in Spiegel Magazine

AMDA LA acting student Jana Nawartschi is featured in the new issue of the German magazine Spiegel! Jana talks about what the experience was like for her below. [more]
3 years ago

Alumnus Christopher Jackson Nominated for His 3rd Emmy Award!

Congratulations to AMDA alumnus Christopher Jackson who is nominated for his third Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Original Song–Children and Animation” for his work in composing the tune “Queen of Nacho Pichu” for Sesame Street on PBS! Christopher co-composed the song alongside Bill Sherman, with lyrics by Joey Mazzarino. [more]
3 years ago

8 Ways the AMDA Admissions Process Can Help Prepare You for the Performance Industry

At AMDA, our goal is to prepare our students for a rewarding career in the performance industry. To achieve this, much of the way we operate mirrors the experience you will have when you enter the industry as a professional. Our application and audition process is no exception! [more]
3 years ago

AMDA ALUMNI 2013 AWARDS SEASON WRAP UP

AMDA Congratulates all of our alumni in nominated for Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Drama Desk Awards! Check out the list of AMDA alumni in nominated productions. [more]
3 years ago

AMDA LA Stage Combat Skills Proficiency Test Program

AMDA LA Stage Combat Department works to train AMDA students and alumni in a variety of fight techniques as part of a top notch program that is recognized by the internationally renowned Society of American Fight Directors. In addition to our current AMDA students, any AMDA alumnus who has taken up to Stage Combat 3 is welcome to submit him or herself for the opportunity to come back and prepare for the Skills Proficiency Test with AMDA faculty Lacy Altwine. [more]
3 years ago

Alumnus Justin Key Talks Entrepreneurship & Networking

AMDA Alumnus Justin Key is an actor, a mathematician and an entrepreneur. He will co-star in an upcoming production with Marla Gibbs from "The Jeffersons" and "227", Chico Brenneman from "Half and Half" and many others. He is also the face of Walmart, and co-starred on "8 Days a Week" on BET, a sitcom about young moguls in the making. Justin recently spoke about his experiences to our alumni at our most recent Alumni Workshop day in Los Angeles. We asked him to be a guest blogger so we could share his insight with all of our AMDA community. [more]
3 years ago

Tips for First Semester Students!

Welcome to AMDA! After months of filling out applications, auditioning, writing essays and getting recommendations, you’ve made the decision to come to AMDA.  Now what? [more]
3 years ago

AMDA LA Alumni Workshops on March 16, 2013

Join us for a day of classes created specifically for our AMDA alumni. This is a great opportunity to brush up on your skills and network with fellow alumni. This round of classes will be taught by AMDA alumni Chandra Lee Schwartz, Chryssie Whitehead and Jordan McKirahan. [more]
3 years ago

Harry Groener to speak at AMDA LA Fall Graduation!

We are  honored to announce Harry Groener as our AMDA LA Fall Graduation speaker. One of America’s most versatile and respected actors, Harry Groener’s brilliant career spans film, television and theatre. His debut Broadway performance in a revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! earned him the prestigious New York Theatre World Award as well as Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations. Two more Tony nominations followed for his roles as Munkustrap in the original Broadway production of Cats and his performance as song and dance man Bobby Child in Crazy For You. [more]
3 years ago

AMDA Alumnus Christopher Sieber to Speak at New York Graduation on Saturday, February 9, 2013

AMDA alumnus Christopher Sieber is a two-time Tony award nominee currently starring in a return engagement as Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway, his 8th Broadway production. [more]
3 years ago

AMDA Alumni Engaged!

Congratulations to AMDA alumni Christian Marriner and Leah Beth Bolton on their engagement! Christian proposed to Leah Beth on stage after his performance in Shrek in Paducah, KY on January 30, 2013. Christian currently plays Lord Farquaad in the national tour of Shrek. Christian and Leah Beth originally met in the hallways of AMDA! ♥ [more]
3 years ago

AMDA Alumni in "Rock of Ages" National Tour

AMDA congratulates our alumni starring in the Rock of Ages National Tour! [more]
3 years ago

Brett Davern's TV show "Awkward" Wins Peoples Choice Award!

Congratulations to AMDA alumnus Brett Davern on his People's Choice Award! His show "Awkward" took home the award for "Favorite Cable TV Comedy"! Brett stars as Jake Rosatti in the MTV show which is in its third season. [more]
3 years ago

Announcing the AMDA Chorale!

AMDA New York is pleased to welcome the newly-formed AMDA Chorale. In a special holiday concert held on Monday, November 26th at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, the 45-voice chorale participated in the Thirteenth Annual Winter's Eve Festival –New York City’s largest holiday festival! [more]
3 years ago

Brian Burke: From Performer to Director

AMDA salutes alumnus Brian Burke! Brian graduated from AMDA and went straight into performing, but soon after found his calling as a successful choreographer and a director. Brian is now the Creative Director for the "X Factor UK ", as well as Director of the recent Il Divo "Wicked Game" tour, "America's Got Talent" and "Britain's Got Talent". We recently spoke with Brian and asked him to share his personal experience and how he went from performing to directing in such a high profile arena. [more]
3 years ago

AMDA NY Fall 2012 Orientation Features Award Winning Speakers

AMDA New York Fall 2012 Orientation: New AMDA NY students were treated to some amazing guest speakers during their recent orientation. We would like to thank writer David Auburn, alumni star performer Christopher Jackson and choreographer/director Lynne Taylor Corbett for sharing their time and experience with us. Check out some photos and further details below. [more]
3 years ago

Alumna Becca Tobin Joins "Glee"!

Congratulations to AMDA alumna Becca Tobin who joins the cast of "Glee" on Fox TV as Kitty, the newest cheerleader! Becca is from Marietta, Georgia. She too was a cheerleader in middle school before she went on to study dance. Becca graduated from AMDA in 2005, after which she performed in Rock of Ages on Broadway and the National Tour, and toured with the Trans-Siberian orchestra. "Glee" is Becca's TV debut! [more]
3 years ago

AMDA Salutes Rosemary Doyle

AMDA salutes alumna Rosemary Doyle, who founded The Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto, Canada. In their first year up and running, the theatre has already produced over 60 productions and has had three Dora nominations and one win! [more]
3 years ago

AMDA LA's Big Time Rush with Stephen Kramer Glickman

On Thursday October 18, 2012 our new AMDA LA students were treated to an orientation week Q&A with AMDA alumnus Stephen Kramer Glickman. Stephen currently stars on the Nickelodeon TV show “Big Time Rush” as record executive Gustavo Rocque. Stephen is a multi-talented renaissance man. Not only is he an accomplished actor, but he is also a stand-up comedian, a Broadway performer, pianist, producer, and a clothing designer. [more]
3 years ago

DANCE under the stars of Hollywood

AMDA LA recently produced another successful production of Dance Workshop (our main stage Dance Theatre performance) on our outdoor stage in the middle of Hollywood, from August 23-26, 2012. The cast included 40 dancers including understudies. We spoke with the director Marina Benedict, AMDA's Associate Chair of Dance, to find out all that goes into bringing this spectacular event to life. [more]
3 years ago

AMDA Alumna Zoi Florosz an Award-Winning Filmmaker

Congratulations to AMDA alumna Zoi Florosz  who recently received Independent Spirit Award at the Monaco International Film Festival for Brushstrokes, a film she directed,choreographed and produced. Brushstrokes also took home Best Independent Film at the Winter Film Awards in NYC in 2012 and was an official selection at Queens World Film Festival. Brushtrokes will screen at the TriBeca Film Center in NYC on October 17th. [more]
3 years ago

AMDA NY Drama Showcase- A Director's Perspective

AMDA Acting Faculty Jason Chaet directed the most recent production of the AMDA Drama Showcase at AMDA NY on August 28- Sept 1, 2012. We spoke with Jason to get a director's perspective on what goes into the Studio Conservatory productions. [more]
4 years ago

Alumnus Donovan Jones Finds His Balance with Rebecca Peache on "America's Got Talent"!

AMDA alumnus Donovan Jones and his wife Rebecca Peache recently performed on America's Got Talent" where they made it to the semi-finals with their breathtaking acrobatic and aerial routines. [more]
4 years ago

Alumnus Michael Ian Cedar Finds His Passion In Producing

When alumnus Michael Ian Cedar graduated from AMDA he took a part in the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof. After his initial elation and 10 performances in, Michael walked into the Company Manager’s office and declared “I’m not sure this gig is for me, how do I learn how to do your job”? Michael was offered the Assistant Manager position and says he felt like Dori in Finding Nemo, completely oblivious but utterly in his element. Michael is now a successful producer at StarQuest International and is also producing a concert of Mercy Street through his own production company Ask Yourself Productions. [more]
4 years ago

Cabaret and Charity with Marti Gould Cummings

AMDA alumnus Marti Gould Cummings is a New York cabaret performer who has quickly made a name for himself. He currently hosts four shows a week in the city, bringing in some of the most sought after Broadway Stars as guests. After Proposition 8 was passed in California (a ballot proposition elimating the rights of same sex couples to marry), Marti co-founded the organization Broadway Speaks OUT to create a forum for those on Broadway to speak out on behalf of the LGBT community. Marti has interviewed a bevy of stars for Broadway Speaks OUT including Bette Midler and Rosie O'Donnell, and has produced and hosted several successful fundraisers. In a relatively short period of time on the scene, Marti has carved out a successful career for himself. We talked to Marti to get his take on the business and find out what it takes to set yourself apart in a sea of performers. [more]
4 years ago

Broadway's Rising Stars 2012 Photo Recap

This year's Broadway's Rising Stars took place at the famed Town Hall theatre in NYC on July 23, 2012. One of the most talked about shows of the Town Hall Summer Festival season, AMDA had seven talented alumni perform including: Katelyn Lauria, Megan Meyer, Ashley Perkins, Cha'Nequa Stevens, Felipe Tavalaro, Carlton Terrence Taylor, and Nichole Turner. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Faculty Michael Zelniker teams with Alumni to create the new film Falling

Congratulations to AMDA Faculty member Michael Zelniker and our AMDA alumni in Falling... for taking home the Best of Festival Award at Indie Fest USA International Film Festival! [more]
4 years ago

Alumna Mary Knickle takes on new musical Morgan Le Fay

AMDA alumna Mary Knickle has been a performer, an accomplished musician and now as a composer, she has written and produced her first musical based upon the legend of Morgan Le Fay. Maritime Concert Opera in Halifax, Canada presented the first workshop performance o Morgan Le Fay featuring 13 cast members in November of 2011. We caught up with Mary to talk to her about her time as a student at AMDA along with her inspiration for creating a new Celtic musical and where she will go with it next. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Alumna Jo Jo Graham Founds Dancing Classrooms in her hometown!

AMDA salutes alumna Jo Jo Graham who is the Founding Executive Director of Dancing Classrooms in Northeast Ohio. Jo Jo was hired by Dancing Classrooms in NYC during her 4th semester at AMDA six years ago. She quickly found success within the non-profit organization which brings dance into elementary and middle school classrooms around the country. Jo Jo worked her way up to launch a new branch of Dancing Classrooms in Northeast Ohio (her hometown), now in its fourth year of success! In addition to her role as Executive Director for Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, Jojo is also the Director of the Dancing Classrooms Weekend Academy and was also recognized as Teacher of the Year, for her work within the classroom. [more]
4 years ago

ANNOUNCING AMDA'S 2012 Broadway's Rising Stars

AMDA is proud to announce BROADWAY’S STARS 2012 performing in concert at Town Hall in NYC on July 23rd! [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Alumnus Jason Bergund Best-Selling Author!

AMDA celebrates alumnus Jason Bergund, best-selling author! Jason has written 8 books with his writing partner and wife Beverly West, including Please Don't Feed the Daisy: Living, Loving, and Losing Weight with the World's Hungriest Dog, Pug Therapy: Finding Happiness, One Pug at a Time and What Pets Do While You're at Work. Yes, he often writes about his real life adventures with his family of beloved dogs. [more]
4 years ago

Julie Furrer Books Equity Contract at the MUNY Theatre in St. Louis!

Congratulations to alumna Julie Furrer who just graduated with a BFA in Dance Theatre-Spring 2012 and booked her first professional job at the MUNY in St. Louis, Missouri - before graduating! [more]
4 years ago

Faculty Billy Johnstone Directs in Brazil!

AMDA Congratulates Faculty member Billy Johnstone on his international directorial debut directing the Brazilian premiere of FAME the Musical at the Teatro Frei Caneca in São Paulo! Billy had the opportunity to work with several AMDA alumni in Brazil, including Bia Lucci and Carina Gregorio. We spoke with him to get a feel for what it was like to direct a production in Brazil. [more]
4 years ago

Alumna Brooke Bastinelli publishes her second book of poetry!

New York studio program graduate Brooke Bastinelli has just published her second book of poetry, Adust. In it, she bares her soul and grapples with some of the most painful issues one can experience in life. We spoke to her about her days at AMDA and what it took for her to write a book so personal, and how it has changed her life. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Alumni in Upcoming TV Shows!

AMDA Celebrates Our Alumni in New and Upcoming TV Shows: Bailey Buntain, Tanya Memme, Lee Tergesen, Natalie Zea and Jake Speck! [more]
4 years ago

AMDA ALUMNA NINA ARIANDA-2012 TONY AWARD WINNER!

Nina Arianda took home her first Tony Award for "Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play" at the 2012 Tony Awards on Sunday night in NYC. Nina originated the award-winning role of Vanda in David Ives’ "Venus in Fur" off-Broadway in 2010, before taking it to Broadway in 2012. [more]
4 years ago

Chandra Wilson to speak at AMDA LA's Spring 2012 Graduation

AMDA Los Angeles is pleased to announce the esteemed Chandra Wilson as our Spring 2012 Graduation Speaker. Chandra Wilson is best known for her multi award winning role as Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC’s hit drama "Grey’s Anatomy". For her work as an actor and director on the series, she has received the Screen Actors Guild Award, People’s Choice Award, four NAACP Image Awards and four Emmy Award nominations. [more]
4 years ago

Alumnus Turned Filmmaker Takes Miss D to Short Film Corner at Cannes

AMDA alumnus Stefan Blomquist came to the AMDA New York campus all the way from Sweden to study and become a performer. After graduation, Stefan went on to pursue photography and then film. He formed his own production company, IDA, with two fellow AMDA alumni. Their first short film, MISS D, will premiere at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. We spoke to Stefan just as he arrived at Cannes to ask him how he made the leap from performing to making films? [more]
4 years ago

The 2012 Tony Award Nominations!

The 2012 Tony Award nominations are announced. AMDA salutes all of our outstanding alumni in Tony Award nominated shows! A special congratulations to alumna Nina Arianda who is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her portrayal of Vanda in Venus in Fur! This is Nina’s second Tony nomination in a row. She was nominated in 2011 for her performance as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. Venus in Fur also received a Tony nomination for Best Play. [more]
4 years ago

The 2012 Drama Desk Awards!

The 2012 Drama Desk Award nominations have been announced. AMDA congratulates all of our alumni in nominated productions! The 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall in Manhattan. [more]
4 years ago

The 2011-2012 Drama League Awards Nominations!

The 78th Annual Drama League Award nominations have been announced. AMDA congratulates our two alumna nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award along with our six alumni in nominated productions! [more]
4 years ago

The 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations

The 62nd annual Outer Critics Circle Award nominations are in. AMDA is proud to announce that we have one alumna nominated for Outstanding Actress and nine alumni in six nominated productions! [more]
4 years ago

Victoria Mallory and Kurt Peterson Reunite for "When Everything Was Possible" April 29th in NYC!

AMDA alumni Victoria Mallory and Kurt Peterson met while attending AMDA New York in the 1960's.  In the summer of 1968 Victoria and Kurt were cast, from hundreds of hopefuls, by Leonard Bernstein and Richard Rodgers, as Maria and Tony in the first major revival of West Side Story at Lincoln Center. Both went on to have phenomenal careers and their story has become that of Broadway legend. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Alumna Co-Founds the New York Children’s Theater Festival

AMDA congratulates graduate Renee Barnett (2006), co-founder of the New York Children’s Theater Festival which will kick off in April in NYC! The new festival, created to celebrate and promote the art of children’s theater, will premiere on April 20 and run through May 5 at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in Manhattan. Go Green! Prince Charming's Quest for Love and Ecology in NYC, Scheme of the Superbullies and The Velveteen Rabbit were chosen as this year’s participants by a judging panel of over 30 industry professionals including Kevin ("Elmo") Clash, Cheryl Henson (President, The Henson Foundation), John Tartaglia (Emmy, Tony, and Drama Desk Award nominated actor, producer, puppeteer), Thomas Schumacher (President, Disney Theatrical Productions), and Michael Jung, (Vice President, Theatrical Development, Walt Disney Imagineering). [more]
4 years ago

The Tale of Two Witches and AMDA!

It is no mystery why Wicked is one of the most popular musicals in history, going strong on Broadway for nine years, on London’s West End for five years, with five additional North American seated productions, including two national tours currently crisscrossing the country, as well as several international productions in Japan, Germany and Australia. Wicked has won over 35 major awards, including three Tony Awards and a Grammy Award, with Entertainment Weekly declaring it “The Best Musical of the Decade” and Variety concurring that it is “a cultural phenomenon.” AMDA has had eleven alumni perform in Wicked thus far. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA FACULTY ROBERT MANNING JR. STARS ON BROADWAY IN MAGIC/BIRD

AMDA salutes faculty member Robert Manning Jr. for his upcoming debut in Magic/Bird on Broadway. Robert will play the multiple roles of Michael Cooper, Henry Alvarado and Frank. The new play is based upon the story of basketball’s fiercest rivalry between Hall of Famers Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird. Exploring their relationship from Draft to Olympic Dream Team, the show with a six member cast will premiere at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway, New York City, March 21, 2012. [more]
4 years ago

Kathleen Burgoon Performs on the High Seas!

AMDA alumna Kathleen Burgoon graduated from the Integrated Conservatory program in Los Angeles in fall 2010. Since then she has recorded an album titled Far From Yesterday and is now touring the world  as a featured performer for the Silversea Cruise Line. Since so many of our AMDA alumni are out performing in spectacular cruise line shows and many students are looking toward their future, we thought it would be an opportune time to speak with Kathleen to get her firsthand account of what the experience is really like. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Alumni Perform with Placido Domingo in LA Opera's "Simon Boccanegra"

Congratulations to our six AMDA alumni who will perform as supernumeraries (non-singing ensemble) in the prestigious Verdi masterpiece Simon Boccanegra, starring the legendary Placido Domingo, at the LA Opera. AMDA graduates Matt Jennings Turner, Anton Fair (Schwaegerle), Reid Boutte, Russell Williams, Ben Gould and Barrett Hill will perform in several intricate stage combat sequences throughout the opera, under the fight direction of AMDA's own faculty Charles Currier. The production will be conducted by the internationally renowned James Conlon, opening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on February 11, 2012. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA STANDING OVATION TO ALUMNI DEVANAND JANKI

AMDA graduate Devanand Janki (1989) will direct and choreograph the upcoming Kennedy Center production of The Wings of Ikarus Jackson, running February 4-9, 2012 at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater. The play is a combination of dance and theater, adapted by writer Jerome Hairston from the colorful children’s book Wings by Christopher Myers. [more]
4 years ago

Video: AMDA Celebrates Dance Theatre

AMDA has produced a stunning video showcasing the talented students in our Dance and Dance Theatre programs at our Los Angeles and New York City campuses. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Faculty Jim Elliott Podcasts “The State of Shakespeare”

AMDA's own Jim Elliott has created a new podcast for actors that will feature some of today’s most inspiring artists sharing their own secrets of the craft in an instructive interview series called The State of Shakespeare. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Salutes Alum Robert Merante for his Award-winning Dance Company and Upcoming Community Theatre!

After graduating AMDA, alumnus Robert Merante (hired for his first professional show a month before graduation, leaving for rehearsal a week after graduation) worked professionally in the theatre community for about five years steady. He toured Korea as well as the U.S., and did shows in several regional theaters. After living out of a suitcase for all that time, Robert discovered his true passion at his friend’s dancing school, and that was teaching. He gradually went from being a master class teacher at the studio to running their dance program and competition team. In time, he knew it was time to take the plunge and open his own dancing school. [more]
4 years ago

Kristin Towers-Rowles' Starring Second Act

Kristin Towers-Rowles grew up in Los Angeles amidst a family of actors and singers. Her grandmother is the MGM Musical actress/singer Kathryn Grayson (Kiss Me Kate, Showboat, Anchors Away, and Camelot on Broadway). Her grandfather, Johnnie Johnston, was the star of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on Broadway and was a popular recording artist in the 1940's. Kristin’s mother grew up the child of these two stars and was a great actress/singer in her own right. Her parents met when her father, Robert Towers, was playing Snoopy in the LA Production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Ivar Theatre, right down the street from AMDA LA. Mr. Towers has acted in hundreds of plays and musicals and has been in many TV Shows and Films. Notably he played the older Benjamin in the film The Curious Case Benjamin Button. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Alumni Meet, Marry And Form Their Own Production Company For Charity!

AMDA alumni Michael Scott King (2004) and Mariya Tsekalo King (2005) both graduated AMDA but did not know one another while in school. They met after graduation at an alumni audition for a weekend of Tennessee Williams plays. Two and a half months later they were engaged, and two years later they started their own production company, Nunya Productions. Michael and Mariya had not only a love for acting in common, but also found a similar history of addiction and recovery. Finding their way through serious difficulties in their own lives, they have made it their mission to give back by donating funds from all of their productions to non-profit organizations in need. For their next event, Nunya will stage the new version of Neil LaBute’s Some Girls for the first time in NYC. The show will debut December 8th at the American Theatre of Actors' Sargent Theatre (314 W. 54th Street). We spoke to the couple to find out how they made their own dream into a reality. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Alum Camille Burford To Host "Design Wars" on HGTV!

AMDA Alumna Camille Burford graduated from the Studio program in NY in 2003. Camille will host the upcoming “Design Wars” on HGTV beginning on November 21st, however you may already know her as the host of “Food Wars” and “Best Places I’ve Ever Been” on the Travel Channel. We spoke to Camille to find out more about how she parlayed her adventuresome spirit into the job of a lifetime. [more]
4 years ago

Bobby Hedglin Taylor Creates Soaring Choreography for New Broadway Musical "Chix6"

After graduating AMDA, alumnus Bobby Hedglin Taylor went on to perform in musicals across the country. He eventually left the theatre for a life in the circus.  Today, Bobby is working on the Broadway bound musical Chix6, creating picturesque aerial dances that defy gravity and give musical theatre choreography an entirely new perspective. We spoke with Bobby to get the full story on how his career came to life and what it takes to be called an aerial choreographer. [more]
4 years ago

Alumni Jennifer Garza Finds Her Voice and Yours!

Jennifer Garza graduated from the AMDA NYC Integrated program in Spring 2008. Upon graduation, Jennifer realized her passion was in voice and speech work. She traveled to London to continue her studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London, while also teaching Shakespeare, phonetics, accents and voice and speech at several local colleges. After receiving her MFA, Jennifer has returned to NYC and is now teaching and consulting privately with actors who want further VPS training, accent/dialect work, or monologue coaching. She specializes in Shakespearean speech. AMDA students might recognize her from some of their warm-ups in Joe Goscinski’s VPS classes. We spoke with Jennifer to find out more about how she came to her path in VPS education. [more]
4 years ago

Frank Francisco Stars In The First Production of "Rent" In The Dominican Republic!

Frank Francisco, an AMDA Fall 2010 graduate, recently landed one of his dream roles playing the part of Angel in the first production of RENT to be performed in the Dominican Republic. Frank is excited to return to his hometown of Santo Domingo, DR, where he lived until the age of 14.  The show will be performed at El Palacio de Bellas Artes (The Palace of Fine Arts), one of the most prestigious theatres on the island, a breathtaking and magical theatre that Frank recalls being just out of reach when he was young. Well within his reach now, RENT will open for the first time in Santo Domingo on November 11th. Frank will take the stage alongside several Dominican celebrities such as Javier Gurllon and Dominican rock singer Tony Almont from “Toque Profundo.” [more]
4 years ago

Melissa Johnston finds Theatre & Film Alive and Flourishing in Detroit

Melissa Johnston graduated from AMDA in 2009. Since then she has appeared in the feature films Barely Legal (just released on DVD), and Water for Elephants. Recently Melissa moved back to her hometown of Detroit, Michigan so she could be close to her ailing grandmother. She has been working steadily in regional theatre in the city, acting in two plays, Caught Up, a family drama, and The Corridor, an urban drama about addiction. The latter is a trilogy of plays that has a matching set of films that go into production early next year. She is also acting for Made in Peril Productions, which produces superhero short films, and works as the spokesmodel for Rink Warriors, a company that hosts roller derby events. [more]
4 years ago

AMDA Takes Over Dream Girls in South Carolina!

Casey Colgan (AMDA Dance Faculty) is directing Dream Girls at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head Island, SC. The production will open on September 30th and features SEVEN AMDA alumni! Also of note, the cast will be dressed in costumes from the original Broadway production of Dream Girls, designed by the late Oscar and Tony Award winning costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge. [more]
5 years ago

Canada's newest rising star...Isabelle Giroux!

Canadian Actress Isabelle Giroux graduated from AMDA in the Fall of 2008 in Los Angeles. Isabelle has been working steadily in Canadian Theatre, Film, TV, and Commercials. We asked her about her experience at AMDA and what it is like for her working as an actor in Canada. [more]
5 years ago

AMDA Salutes Faculty Member and Music Director Jay Dias!

Congratulations to AMDA faculty member Jay Dias! Jay has been hard at work restoring the original orchestrations for Gypsy at the Lyric Stage in Dallas, featuring a 39 piece orchestra playing the full orchestrations for the first time since the original Broadway production starring Ethel Merman ended in 1961. The rave reviews for Gypsy are now coming in droves (see below) and Jay has been honored by the Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum as the Best of the 2010-'11 Season: Jay Dias as Outstanding Creative Contribution as Music Director for his 2010-'11 season work with Lyric Stage. [more]
5 years ago

And the Emmy Award goes to..."Modern Family"!

Congratulations to AMDA Alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson and the entire cast and crew of ABC's "Modern Family" for taking home the Best Comedy Series Emmy Award for the second year in a row! Overall "Modern Family" took home a total of five Emmy awards this year including... [more]
5 years ago

AMDA Alum Kristin Towers Rowles Wins 4 StageSceneLA Awards!

AMDA Congratulates Alum Kristin Towers Rowles for winning 4 Awards from StageSceneLA!!!

*Best Breakthrough Musical Theatre Performer for 2010-2011

*Best Leading Actress for Dot in Sunday in the Park with George

*TWO Outstanding Performances by a Lead Actress  - one for playing Lilli in Kiss Me Kate and one for playing Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress

[more]
5 years ago

A "Hairspray" Q&A with AMDA Alums Chyka Jackson and Daniel LeClaire

On August 5, 6 & 7th, the Hollywood Bowl’s production of Hairspray reunited the original Broadway stars Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur (1992 Graduate) in their Tony Award winning roles as mother Edna Turnblad and daughter Tracy Turnblad. The star studded cast also included the well known talents of Drew Carey, Corbin Bleu, John Stamos and Nick Jonas. Along with Marissa Jaret Winokur, our AMDA alums Daniel LeClaire (2008 Graduate) and Chyka Jackson (2011 Graduate) were cast as Fender and Lil Inez. We chatted with Daniel and Chyka recently to get the full scoop on what it was like to audition and land roles in one of the most talked about events of the season. [more]
5 years ago

AMDA Alum Amanda Musso Talks TV with New Roles on "Modern Family"and "All Rise"

Amanda Musso graduated from the Studio Program at AMDA in 2005, landed her first job on “Two and A Half Men” and has been booking roles in Television ever since. She recently taped an episode of the Emmy winning “Modern Family” alongside fellow alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and is also working on a new pilot called “All Rise,” out this fall. We spoke with Amanda about her work, her days at AMDA and her dreams for the future. [more]
5 years ago

AMDA Alum Chen Drachman Creates Her Own Web Series and Hits Her Mark!

2011 AMDA alumni Chen Drachman has taken her AMDA entrepreneurial training to heart creating “Hit the MARC,” a webisode featuring a cast of AMDA alumni, filmed around New York city and in our historic Ansonia building. Chen wrote and directed the pilot episode with AMDA alum Camille Theobald (co-director and co-cinematographer). We spoke with Chen about her experience creating this new webisode and her plans for its future. [more]
5 years ago

AMDA Faculty on a Stage and Screen Near You!

Our AMDA faculty is as hard working outside of the classroom, as they are inside. Tune in and line up to see them do what they do best. [more]
5 years ago

A Not-So-Random Conversation with Alex Rose Wiesel

AMDA Alum Alex Rose Wiesel has successfully made her way from performing on stage in her hometown of San Diego to appearing on numerous commercials and on TV. You might already have seen her face in such shows as “Medium”, “Dexter”, “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” and “Far From The Tree”. And this fall Alex will appear in Disney's “So Random.” We took a moment to catch up with Alex and find out her own take on what it is like to be a working actor. [more]
5 years ago

Alums take 3D Hamlet to Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

AMDA’s own Katrina Denney, former AMDA student and current Associate Director of Library Services & Chief Librarian at AMDA, is also managing director for the Fundamental Theater Project in NYC. Katrina is currently working with AMDA alum Sam Underwood who is starring as Hamlet, and fellow alum Jon McCormick, in the FTP’s new work 3D Hamlet: A Lost Generation. 3D Hamlet is an 80 minute distillation of the classical Hamlet text with an innovative overlay of multimedia and features a rotating cast of highly established and emerging talent. The show also guest stars Anthony Rapp (Rent –Broadway and Film), Scott Adsit ("30 rock") and features special on screen appearances from Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Michael Emerson ("Lost"), Richard Eastman and Meg Gibson. British actor Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral) will also take a turn as Polonius for one night in Edinburgh. [more]
5 years ago

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Scores His Second Emmy Award Nomination!

Congratulations to AMDA alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson on his Emmy award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy! This is Jesse's second Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Mitchell Pritchett on ABC's "Modern Family." The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by "Glee's" Jane Lynch on September 18th, airing on Fox television. Go Jesse Go! [more]
5 years ago

AMDA Celebrates Broadway's Rising Stars!

Congratulations to our AMDA Alumni performing in Broadway's Rising Stars at Town Hall on 7/18! This year AMDA has seven alumni in the prestigious production. [more]
5 years ago

Teddy Toye Shoots (Hoops) for Broadway!

AMDA alum Teddy Toye (Summer 2009) has been on a roll since he graduated, booking national tours for Disney’s High School Musical and If You Give a Pig a Pancake, along with TV appearances on “One Life to Live,” “The View” and “Jerseylicious.” Currently playing the role of Harold in the celebrated new musical Lysistrata Jones, Teddy hits his stride and talks to us about how got this far so quickly. [more]
5 years ago

AMDA Alum Catherine Garvin Turns Writer Girl

AMDA Alumna Catherine Garvin (NY 1989) began her career as a performer, but later discovered her passion to write for the theatre. Catherine has now written two complete musicals and three plays, with more in the works. Her first effort, Fighter Girl The Musical, debuted last year at Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival. We caught up with Catherine to find out, in her words, what it takes to develop such creative aspirations and become a playwright. [more]
5 years ago

Nina Arianda's Take Two on Broadway

AMDA Alum Nina Arianda will reprise her critically acclaimed role as Vanda in Venus in Fur when it debuts on Broadway this Fall. Arianda, recently nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday, originated the role of Vanda in the show’s off-Broadway world premiere in January of 2010. She was awarded a Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, the Clive Barnes award, and Drama League and Outer Circle Nominations. Extended twice, the sold-out production went on to capture two Drama League nominations, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination and three Lucille Lortel Award nominations. [more]
5 years ago

Chris Jackson wins a Daytime Emmy!

Congratulations to AMDA alum Chris Jackson for taking home his first Emmy Award for “Outstanding Original Song” this weekend at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards! Chris Jackson (lyricist) and Bill Sherman (composer) wrote the award-winning original song “What I Am” for the beloved children’s television program, Sesame Street. Black Eyed Peas' singer Will.i.am performed the tune, along with the muppets, in a segment that has now captured over 4 million views on youtube. [more]
5 years ago

AMDA at the 2011 Tony Awards

Check out the list of award winners. [more]
5 years ago

Mark McDaniels Talks "Show Choir!-The Musical"

AMDA alum Mark McDaniels and his writing partner Don Garverick wrote the new musical Show Choir! – The Musical in 2006, a comedic musical documentary that follows The Symphonic Sensations from their small town show choir to big time showbiz success with an explosion of tight harmonies and jazz hands. Show Choir! has had successful runs at the 2007 NY Fringe Festival, where they were the winner of two awards for Overall Excellence, and last year’s New York Music Festival (NYMF). Mark and Don were also honored at the 2010 York Theatre's NEO (New, Emerging, Outstanding) Concert celebrating new musical theatre writers in NYC. More recently, Show Choir! was picked up by The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and will be presented in workshop at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival throughout the month of August. We spoke with Mark McDaniel about his AMDA days and what he’s been up to since. [more]
5 years ago

Tyne Daly Stars in Master Class on Broadway

AMDA alumna and Tony Award Winner, Ms. Tyne Daly will star as opera diva Maria Callas in the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s Master Class. Previews begin on June 14th with the official opening on July 7th at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Master Class was awarded the Tony Award for Best Play in 1996. Inspired by an actual master class given by Ms. Callas at the Julliard School, MTC describes "Terrence McNally's play about Maria Callas (Tyne Daly) takes us to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time." Directed by Stephen Wadsworth, Daly originated her role as Callas last year at the Kennedy Center. [more]
5 years ago

Entertainment Weekly Features Nina Arianda

AMDA alum Nina Arianda, currently nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of “Billie Dawn” in Born Yesterday, is highlighted in Entertainment Weekly magazine's "Best of Summer Stage" with a photo and blurb exclaiming, “the Broadway newbie, 26, gives a stinging (and painfully funny) performance as a bombshell who learns to ‘talk good’ for her millionaire boyfriend (James Belushi)—only to discover he’s a crook.” Arianda’s performance won her an Outer Critics Circle Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Play" and she was also nominated for a Drama League and Drama Desk Award. Born Yesterday is currently running on Broadway at the Cort Theater. [more]
5 years ago

Susan Gilmour Comes Home in Little Women

Alum Susan Gilmour, returns to her Canadian hometown of Edmonton for a production of “Little Women.” The professional singer and musical theatre actress brings her considerable talents to the role of Marmee in the musical, which opens Thursday on the Maclab stage at the Citadel Theatre. Gilmour’s prolific career includes performances on Broadway “Les Miserables”, numerous touring and regional productions, and her recent sold-out cabaret show, “Lady Sings the Tunes.” [more]
5 years ago

Larissa Laurel on Discovering her "True North"

The road less traveled is often the best way to reach your destination. From performing on stage, television and in national commercials, to finding success as a model, AMDA alum Larissa Laurel discovered her ‘true north’ in the bright lights of New York City. [more]
5 years ago

Chris Jackson Nominated for Two Daytime Emmys

Congratulations to AMDA alum Chris Jackson on his two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Original Song. Chris is nominated as lyricist for "What I Am" and as composer and lyricist for "Rakhi Road," both from Sesame Street. The ever-popular children's show once again dominates the Daytime Emmys with 16 nominations. [more]
5 years ago

Jason Wise Lands the Role He Was Destined For

Growing up in a small town in upstate New York, 10 year old Jason Wise saw a TV commercial that would change his life. It was for a touring production of Cats, and he was hooked. After begging his mother for tickets, she relented and Jason was able to go. Afterward, he approached a cast member outside the stage door, letting him how badly he wanted to be in show business. The actor gave him some sage advice: “If you follow your heart and work hard, your dreams will come true.” [more]
5 years ago

CLIFFORD BANAGALE IS GOING TO CANNES

LA Alum Clifford Bangale (Integrated Program 2006) will be attending the premiere of “Busong.” The movie is the centerpiece of the Director’s Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival. Clifford stars as Aris in the movie reported to be the first film ever made in Palawan, a language spoken by native Filipinos on the island of the same name. But you may crack up when you remember him from his quirky role as Diesel, the lover of Sacha Baron Cohen in the movie “Bruno.” He’s also shared the stage with Alfred Molina and Tony Shalhoub in “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Pasadena Playhouse. [more]
5 years ago

Nina Arianda Strikes Broadway Gold

What a way to culminate your debut performance on Broadway—with a Drama League, a Drama Desk, an Outer Critics Circle and (biggest of all) a Tony nomination for her role as Billie Dawn in "Born Yesterday." New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood wrote of Nina Arianda’s performance, “With her luscious pout and sweep of peroxide curls, Ms. Arianda banishes Holliday’s pop-eyed, chirpy naïveté to evoke the surly molls of 1930s gangster flicks. Her Billie Dawn, streetwise and complacent in her illiteracy, is like a cross between Jean Harlow at her tough-blondest and the pop singer Cyndi Lauper, with her Queens-bred rasp.” [more]
5 years ago

Spencer Beglarian Obituary

Spencer Beglarian, a beloved educator, award-winning screenwriter, actor, director, and producer, died on April 19, 2011, of lung cancer, at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family and friends. He was 50. [more]
5 years ago

Join Us for A Tribute to Spencer

Please join family, friends and the AMDA Community celebrate Spencer's life. We especially welcome Spencer's beloved students from FIDM and USC. [more]
5 years ago

AMDA Mourns the Loss of Spencer Beglarian

Dear AMDA Community,
We have very sad news to share with you. We have just learned that our dear, beloved Spencer Beglarian died at his home yesterday, Wednesday, April 19th. He was in no pain and was surrounded by his family. [more]
5 years ago

Chryssie Whitehead in Sondheim's "Company"

AMDA NY alum and current AMDA LA Dance faculty member Chryssie Whitehead will be featured in the New York Philharmonic’s concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, which is being filmed for movie theatre screenings this June. Chryssie appears alongside a star-studded cast headed by Neil Patrick Harris and including Patti Lupone, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks and Jon Cryer. [more]
5 years ago

Congratulations to Maria Sciorillo

Congratulations to AMDA LA alumni Maria Sciorillo who won Miss Philadelphia on the 90th anniversary of the pageant. Her voice and vision for better schools helped Sciorillo earn the title. The Miss Philadelphia Pageant has grown to be one of the most successful and largest scholarship providers of any local pageant in the Miss America system. [more]
5 years ago

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Taylor

We are sad to announce the passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor.  Ms. Taylor died this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. [more]
5 years ago

Congratulations to Tyne Daly

Congratulations to AMDA alumni Tyne Daly for winning a Bistro Award! The 26th Annual Bistro Awards will be held April 26 at Gotham Comedy Club. Edie Cowan will direct the evening, which will be hosted by comedian and actor Jim David. [more]
5 years ago

Christopher Sieber to Star in La Cage aux Folles

Two time Tony Nominee and AMDA Alum Christopher Sieber will star as George in the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles at the Longacre Theatre. [more]
5 years ago

Devanand Janki Featured in SDC's Newsletter

AMDA Alumni Devanand Janki is featured in the Member Spotlight (page 6) of the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society’s Newsletter. [more]
5 years ago

Sarah Stiles to Star in Road to Qatar!

AMDA Alum Sarah Stiles will star as Nazirah in the new musical comedy Road to Qatar! The York Theatre Company's upcoming production will begin previews Off-Broadway on January 25th. [more]
5 years ago

Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Host WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America recently announced that AMDA Alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host the WGA Awards' west coast ceremony with Modern Family co-star Eric Stonestreet. [more]
5 years ago

Caissie levy to star in Ghost The Musical

AMDA Grad Caissie Levy is set to star in the new production of Ghost the Musical. Levy will play the lead role of Molly alongside Richard Fleeshman. Ghost The Musical will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London on June 22, 2011. [more]
5 years ago

Recent AMDA Grads featured in TV Spots

Check out the spots. [more]
5 years ago

Congratulations to Gretchen & Jesse

Congratulations to AMDA Alumni Gretchen Mol and Jesse Tyler Ferguson on their Golden Globe Award and Screen Actor Guild Award nominations. [more]
5 years ago

Tyne Daly to Star in Broadway's "Master Class"

Tyne Daly will star as Maria Callas in the Manhattan Theater Club's Broadway production of "Master Class." Via Variety [more]
5 years ago

Jason Derülo Recording Sophmore Album

OMG Music reported that 2006 AMDA Graduate Jason Derülo is currently in the studio working on his 2nd album. Jason said he will record the bulk of the album in January 2011 and it should drop sometime during the summer. He is excited to work with multiple producers on this project, as his debut album was solely produced by pop juggernaut J.R. Rotem. [more]
5 years ago

Eric Schneider Nominated for Craig Noel Award

Congratulations to AMDA 2004 Graduate Eric Shneider on his Craig Noel Award Nomination for his performance as Robbo in The Old Globe's production of Robin and the 7 Hoods. Check out the recent Playbill article featuring a Q&A with Eric. [more]
5 years ago

Gretchen Mol in HBO's Boardwalk Empire

Gretchen Mol (1992 AMDA Grad) stars as Gillian in Martin Scorsese's new series Boardwalk Empire - Sundays at 9pm on HBO. [more]
5 years ago

Sam Underwood in Equus with Alec Baldwin

Sam Underwood (2007 AMDA Grad) just finished performing at the Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, as Alan Strang in Equus opposite Alec Baldwin to rave reviews. [more]
5 years ago

AWARD SEASON UPDATE - 2010

AMDA is proud to congratulate the following alumni and faculty for their outstanding achievements this season! Bravo! [more]
6 years ago