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AMDA Alumni Take the Stage in BROADWAY RISING STARS Concert

Congratulations to our AMDA Rising Stars! Town Hall presents Broadway Rising Stars. [more]
2 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]
1 year 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]
1 year 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]
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]
2 years 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]
2 years 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]
2 years 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]
2 years 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]
2 years 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]
2 years 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]
2 years 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]
2 years 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

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]
3 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]
3 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]
3 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]
3 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]
3 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]
3 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]
3 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]
3 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]
3 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]
3 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]
3 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]
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]
4 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]
4 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]
4 years ago