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T H E N E W Y O R K C O N S E R VA T O R Y F O R D R A M A T I C A R T S   FILM   +   TELEVISION   +   T H E AT E R   C O U R S E C ATA L O G
CONTENTS 01 WELCOME 02 THE NYCDA
ADVANTAGES 10 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
PROGRAMS OVERVIEW 20 THE STUDENT
EXPERIENCE 26 SCHOOL POLICIES 27
FINANCIAL AID + SCHOLARSHIPS 28
CURRICULUM + COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
38 ADMINISTRATION + FACULTY 48 NYCDA’S
FAQS




NYCDA is an institutionally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), meets the eligibility requirements of the U.S.
Department of Education in Washington, D.C., and is approved for participation in selected Title IV student aid programs. Financial aid is available for
eligible students enrolled in the two-year certificate program. The National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (NPONSI) has
recommended college credit for courses offered by NYCDA. All courses offered by the Conservatory are recommended for college credit at the lower
division baccalaureate/associates degree level and upper division baccalaureate degree level. NYCDA programs are approved by the New York State
Division of Veterans’ Affairs for the training of veterans and others who qualify through the Montgomery GI Bill. The school is authorized under federal
immigration law to enroll non-immigrant students.
                      THERE’S NO BETTER
                      TRAINING FOR A GIFTED,
                      PASSIONATE FEW.
                      Every year, we search for the most passionate and promising
                      young actors around the world. It’s a lot of work but truly
                      a labor of love. Ultimately, fewer than 200 special young
                      people are welcomed into our family.


                      At NYCDA, you’ll find an environment where faculty and
                      staff are invested in the success of every student. You’re
                      entrusting us with your dream, and we take that
   It’s my pleasure   responsibility seriously. At the same time, we believe in

  to welcome you      tough love. This is an intensely competitive business, and

                      when students aren’t working up to their potential, we
 to the New York      believe it’s wiser to let them go than to waste their time.

Conservatory for      That means that those who graduate from NYCDA will be
                      ready for the career they’ve always known was right for
    Dramatic Arts.    them.


                      Wherever your training takes you, always follow your
                      passion, and don’t let anything get in your way. If you’re
                      talented and fortunate enough to join us in the acting

                      capital of the world, New York City, we look forward to
                      helping you develop a satisfying and exciting career in this
                      amazing profession.


                      All my best,




                      Joan See
                      Artistic Director
T H E N Y C D A A D VA N TA G E S
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GET READY TO STAR
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                              No conservatory or acting program in the
                              country does more to help you succeed in the
                              most important role of your life—the lead in
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                                                                                                                                      YOU EARN YOUR WINGS IN THE
                                                                                                                                      HEART OF THE ACTING WORLD
                              your own career. In two or three of the most
                                                                                                                                      New York City is the most respected actor
                              exciting, challenging and rewarding years
         IN YOUR OWN CAREER



                                                                                                                                      training ground in our country. As an
                              imaginable, you’ll learn what it takes to thrive                                                        NYCDA graduate, you’ll begin your career


                              as a working actor. While we continually build
                              and sharpen your acting knowledge and skills,
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                                                                                     OUR SELECTIVITY CREATES A
                                                                                                                                      with two to three years of real-life New
                                                                                                                                      York industry experience under your belt.
                                                                                                                                      And to complement your skills and
                                                                                                                                      confidence, you’ll also have a professional
                                                                                     BETTER EXPERIENCE FOR YOU                        résumé, headshots and a fully produced
                              we’re also immersing you in the gritty                                                                  Final Reel, your own network of industry
                                                                                     Many schools in this industry accept
                              business realities of acting. So you can                                                                contacts, audition coaching and the
                                                                                     anyone who can pay the tuition, diluting         support of faculty and staff who know you
                              perform brilliantly out there as a professional        the training for those with real potential.      and are motivated to help you succeed—
                                                                                     At NYCDA, students have to audition              and, of course, a day job, an apartment and
                              in the real world.                                     to join our family. Each year, our               an intimate knowledge of this amazing
                                                                                     international audition tour takes us to          city. Imagine the difference between you
                                                                                     cities across the United States and Europe.      and that young actor, fresh out of a
                              Many industry insiders consider NYCDA the              And at a range of venues from thespian           university program outside New York, who
                              country’s premier actor training center, but           festivals to small, personal auditions, we       just arrived here to start from scratch.
                                                                                     see thousands of hopefuls. Ultimately,           Who would you rather be?
                              you don’t need experience to be accepted.              fewer than 200 of the most promising
                                                                                     and enthusiastic students are selected. By
                              What we must see, in abundance, is talent

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                                                                                     keeping our standards high and enrollment
                                                                                     low, we keep our classes small and your
                              and an insatiable drive to succeed.                    training more personal. Our selectivity
                                                                                     ensures that your fellow students will be
                              Excited to take the lead in your own career?           as talented, passionate, and serious about
                                                                                                                                      YOUR TEACHERS ARE WIRED
                                                                                     their education as you are.
                                                                                                                                      DIRECTLY TO THE NERVE
                              Read more. You’ll see how NYCDA training                                                                CENTER OF THE INDUSTRY.
                              gives you an edge, with advantages no                                                                   Acting isn’t a static business. If actors
                                                                                                                                      aren’t involved, they fall behind. So we
                              conservatory, college or university acting
                                                                                                                                      believe it’s important that teachers also be
                              program can match.                                                                                      working professionals—actors who bring
                                                                                                                                      their energy, up-to-the-minute insights
                                                                                                                                      and wisdom to class every day. Their real-
                                                                                                                                      life experience one day can be part of what
                                                                                                                                      you learn the very next day.
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                                                                                        THAT COULD HELP SHAPE
                                                                                        YOUR CAREER

                                                                                        In class, learning is critical, but there’s no




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                                                                                        substitute for real-world experience. So as
                                                                                        an NYCDA student, you’re required to do
                                                                                        a professional internship. No, this isn’t one
                                                                                        of those internships where you make
                                                                                                                                         7                                         YOU CAN AUDITION FOR
                                                                                                                                                                                   PROFESSIONAL ROLES
                                                                                                                                                                                   DURING YOUR FINAL
                                                                                                                                                                                   SEMESTER
                                                                                        copies all day in the back office of some
                                      ACTING IS AN ART...                                                                                WE SHOWCASE YOUR                          Many schools forbid their students to
                                                                                        drama department. We’re talking about
                                      BUT IT’S ALSO A BUSINESS.                                                                          TALENT IN FULLY                           audition. Others see it as an invaluable
                                                                                        stepping right onto the front lines with         PRODUCED FILM OR
                                      WE TEACH YOU BOTH.                                busy New York professionals like casting                                                   experience, and encourage you to jump
                                                                                                                                         THEATER PRODUCTIONS


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                                                                                        directors, talent agents, producers,                                                       at every opportunity. We believe both
                                      We’re passionate about teaching you the                                                                                                      extremes are flawed, so we take a more
                                                                                        theater directors and others—starting            Every year, NYCDA spares no
                                      art of acting. But we never forget that the                                                                                                  common-sense approach. In a business
                                                                                        relationships that could last your entire        expense on productions designed to
                                      business side of acting is equally                                                                                                           where second chances are rare, going
                                                                                        career. Recent student internships               let your true talent shine. The first,
                                      important. What do legit and commercial                                                                                                      into an audition before you’re ready
                                                                                        have included CBS Daytime, Liz Lewis             called Final Reel, is a full-blown two-
                                      casting directors look for in a headshot—                                                                                                    can be a big career mistake. So we          YOUR CREDITS ARE
                                                                                        Casting, Serendipity Casting, Professional       to three-week shoot with all the
                                      and how do you keep yours from getting                                                                                                                                                   TRANSFERABLE TO MAJOR
                                                                                        Artists Agency, Innovative Artists, and          attributes of a true feature film         make sure you’re prepared. If after a
                                      tossed? Which online casting sites are                                                                                                                                                   UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE
                                                                                        Abrams Artists Agency.                           production. Well-crafted scripts and      year of training we feel you can handle
                                      worthless and which are worthwhile, and                                                                                                                                                  NATION
                                                                                                                                         slick art direction; bright lights on-    the realities of a professional audition,
                                      how do you get the most out of them?                                                                                                         our instructors will coach you, one on
                                                                                                                                         location; professional directors and                                                  After years of saving for an education,
                                      What impact do SAG, AFTRA and AEA                                                                                                            one, to ensure you perform your best.
                                                                                                                                         producers. Every last detail down to                                                  you shouldn’t have to stress about



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                                      have on your career? Why, when and how                                                                                                       How well does that work? Ask our
                                                                                                                                         the hair and make-up is designed to                                                   choosing between college and a school
                                      do you join? Cover letters and résumés—                                                                                                      graduate Shelley Hennig. She spent
                                                                                                                                         make you look your best. When it’s                                                    that lets you pursue your passion for
                                      what works and what doesn’t? How do you                                                                                                      hours getting coached before the
                                                                                                                                         complete, you walk away with a                                                        acting. So we have excellent news. If
                                      choose an agent, and what makes a                                                                                                            audition that landed her a contract
                                                                                        YOU GAIN INCOMPARABLE                            professionally edited cornerstone                                                     one day you want to continue your
                                      successful partnership work? In an                                                                                                           role on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.
                                                                                        EXPERIENCE AND EXPOSURE                          performance for your reel that would                                                  education at a traditional college or
                                      electronic age, how are actors expected to
                                                                                                                                         cost thousands to create on your own.                                                 University, your NYCDA credits may
                                      correspond? What should you look for in a         Every NYCDA student gets to perform
                                                                                                                                         For our Theater, Film and Television                                                  be transferrable to 1,700 schools
                                      solid managerial contract, and which red          directly in front of casting directors,
                                                                                                                                         Performance students, there are also                                                  nationwide! That means when you
                                      flags tell you that you should walk away?         agents and talent managers in something
                                                                                                                                         four memorable theater productions                                                    come here, you’re not just putting your
                                      Enroll at NYCDA, and we’ll make sure              we call Jury. It’s an experience many acting
                                                                                                                                         to complement the on-camera scenes.                                                   tuition dollars into an excellent acting
                                      you’re prepared for every facet of                students can only dream of, and the
                                                                                                                                         This year, we publicized the best Final                                               education—you’re actually investing
                                      becoming a successful working actor.              exposure and feedback you get are
                                                                                                                                         Reel performances to thousands of                                                     in your freshman and sophomore
                                                                                        invaluable. But for some students, things                                                                                              years of college.
                                                                                                                                         casting agents via the country’s
                                                                                        get even more interesting. The jury selects
                                                                                                                                         leading online casting sites and
                                                                                        the best students to participate in what we
                                                                                                                                         resources. Have you heard of any
                                                                                        call Super Jury, where you perform directly
                                                                                                                                         other conservatory or top acting
                                                                                        for pros from industry giants like Abrams,
                                                                                                                                         program anywhere that puts this
                                                                                        Cunningham, CBS and casting directors
                                                                                                                                         kind of support and promotion
                                                                                        from Law & Order.
                                                                                                                                         behind its students?
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                                                     THE LARGEST INDEPENDENT
                                                     CASTING OPERATION ON THE
                                                     EAST COAST IS IN OUR


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WE DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME
                                                     BUILDING

                                                     How’s that for an edge you won’t get
                                                     anywhere else? Every day, casting directors
OR YOUR MONEY                                        audition professional actors for feature
                                                     films, TV shows and commercials right
NYCDA cuts students who don’t take their             inside our building! So you’re exposed to
education seriously or grow at a reasonable          the process, the inner workings of the
pace. In fact, students return by invitation         business and the casting directors



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only—and our standards are high. Why                 themselves. Through student internships,
would we be so tough? Because every                  relationships are often formed with the
NYCDA graduate directly reflects the                 independent casting directors you see here
quality of our training and credibility of the       in our halls every day. It’s not unusual for
Conservatory. Wasting your time isn’t in             our students to be on a first-name basis
                                                                                                     YOU CAN GET A TASTE OF THE
anyone’s best interest. And limiting our             with some of the most important casting         BUSINESS WITH OUR SUMMER
enrollment ensures that the talented young           directors in the business by the time they      PROGRAM
actors who really want to succeed get the            graduate. This kind of exposure is
most intense training at all times.                  invaluable and not available                    If you’re a high school or college-level
                                                     anywhere else.                                  student who’s not sure if our Professional
                                                                                                     Training Programs are right for you, you


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                                                                                                     can experience NYCDA firsthand by
                                                                                                     participating in our Summer Program.
                                                                                                     In this rigorous and exhilarating four-week
                                                                                                     program, you’ll take courses in acting
AND HIT THE STREETS AS A                                                                             technique, commercial basics, film and TV
“TRIPLE THREAT”                                      YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE                          basics, improvisation and more, and bring
                                                     OF SCHOLARSHIP                                  home up to six college credits. In the past,
Actors who dream of a career that                    OPPORTUNITIES AND                               students have had the opportunity to meet
combines the disciplines of both stage and           FINANCIAL AID                                   New York actors, agents and casting
screen can choose our rigorous Theater,                                                              directors and experienced it all in the
Film and Television Performance Program.             To make NYCDA as affordable as
                                                                                                     most exciting city in the world.
Armed with the added skills from its                 possible, we have many financial aid
intense year of theater training, you’ll             programs and financing options, and
graduate with the knowledge, skills,                 award over a million dollars in grants each
confidence and versatility to succeed in             year based on talent and financial need.
every aspect of an actor’s repertoire.               We also accept a wide variety of external
Performing well in different venues is like          grants and loans, including federal and
learning to speak different languages—the            state scholarships. We want to help you
rules are totally different. With our                pursue your dreams at one of the premier
Theater, Film and Television Performance             acting programs in the nation. For
Program, whether it’s a film audition,               complete information, refer to the
a voice-over session or a Broadway                   information packet in the back pocket
performance, you’ll be ready to tackle               of this catalog.
any opportunity that comes your way.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
                             endless
                                   possibilities
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                                                                                  OVERVIEW
                                                                               URRICULUM
          LEARN THE BUSINESS




                                                                                                                                                                  Simply put, great acting is great acting—
                                                                                                                                                                  whether it happens on a Broadway stage,
                                                                                                                                                                  the set of a feature film or daytime soap, or
                                                                                                                                                                  in a commercial voice-over booth. But
                                                                                                                                                                  crafting your performance for such varied
                                                                                                                                                                  venues is like knowing how to speak
                               No education in the world does more to                                                                                             different languages—the rules are totally
                                                                                                                                                                  different. Your knowledge, skills and
                               prepare you for a career in this dynamic                                                                                           techniques have to be different as well.

                               and challenging business than our                                                                                                  NYCDA offers a choice of comprehensive
                                                                                                                                                                  programs to help launch your career. If a life
                               Professional Training Programs. It is the                                                                                          in TV and film is your dream, there’s no
                                                                                                                                                                  better training than our Film and Television
                               most comprehensive training available for                                                                                          Performance Program. And if you want to
                                                                                                                                                                  broaden your career opportunities to
                               aspiring film, television and theater actors.                                                                                      include the theater—and become a “triple
                                                                                                                                                                  threat” who’s equally at home on stage and
                               And it’s a learning experience you’ll carry                                                                                        on camera—our Theater, Film and Television
                                                                                                                                                                  Performance Program is perfect for you.
                               with you throughout your career.                                                                                                   Since you don’t have to choose a path until
                                                                                                                                                                  the end of the Platform Year, you’ll have
                                                                                                                                                                  ample time to explore the differences, start
                                                                                                                                                                  discovering who you are as an actor, and
                                                                                                                                                                  feel confident in the direction you take.
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                                                                                                                                          the
                                                                                                                                          film and
                                                                                                                                          television
                                                                                                                                          year
     the
                                                                                                                                          This year is all about crafting your performances


     platform                                                                                                                             for the unique requirements of the camera.
                                                                                                                                          You’ll develop on-camera skills with a range of

     year                                                                                                                                 courses that include Audition Technique,
                                                                                                                                          Commercials, Daytime Drama and Actors
                                                                                                                                          Comedy Workshop, Scene Study, Voice-Over
     While there are many facets to a successful acting career, it all starts with the                                                    and Process for the Camera. There’s nothing like
     pure artistry of acting. So your first year at NYCDA is dedicated to developing                                                      seeing all this training start to jell. You’ll feel
     your acting instrument. It’s an exciting year where you’ll find yourself as an actor                                                 yourself naturally beginning to integrate
     and grow, building essential skills and techniques to craft authentic, believable
                                                                                                                                          principles and skills from all your classes to
     performances. Our program is grounded in the Meisner technique, pioneered by
                                                                                                                                          craft sophisticated on-camera performances.
     American master Sanford Meisner. You will also study the Stanislavski System of
     acting, from which all modern acting techniques derive. Of course, you will also                                                     After preparing you with the Acting As a
     receive extensive training in voice, movement, improvisation, and more.                                                              Personal Business workshop, the final semester
                                                                                                                                          introduces you to the industry. One aspect
     As the year progresses you’ll really develop your craft, exploring each scene’s
                                                                                                                                          includes performing monologues for a jury of
     unique circumstances so the truths the writer has given you fuel every
                                                                                                                                          professional casting directors, talent managers
     movement, every impulse, every expression and inflection. At the end of this year
     comes the fork in the road where you declare whether you’ll be continuing in our                                                     and agents. It’s a great chance to meet and
     Film and Television Performance Program, or the Theater, Film and Television                                                         perform for these professionals and use their
     Performance Program with its added emphasis on theater. Advancement to the                                                           feedback and insights to speed your growth and
     Film and Television Year or the Theater Year at NYCDA is by invitation only and is                                                   confidence. You’ll finish this exciting year by
     based on teacher evaluations, academic standing and final performances                                                               shooting Final Reel, a professionally produced,
     reviewed by the Academic Leadership Team.                                                                                            written, directed, and edited film production.
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     the
     theater
     year
     Do you have a love for the stage as well as the
     camera? You can broaden your career opportunities
     to include the theater—and become a “triple threat”
     actor who does it all—with the training of our theater
     year. In expanding your repertoire of skills to the
     stage, you’ll learn the unique vocal and physical
     skills needed to perform and project to the audience.
     You’ll also study theater history and theatrical styles
     in exciting, non-traditional classes. Throughout the
     year, you’ll bring all your skills together in a variety
     of performance opportunities, including two
     productions mounted in professional New York
     theater spaces.

     It takes solid training to move seamlessly from
     a theater production to a film audition to a
     commercial voice-over booth to a three-camera
     soap shoot. The goal of the theater year is to give
     you the ability to change gears without thinking.
     When the curtain goes up or the director calls
     “Action!” you’ll be ready.
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                                                                                                                       here’s what
                                                                                                                       you will learn:
                                                                                                                       + To act believably under imaginary
                                                                                                                          circumstances through a rigorous curriculum
                                                                                                                          in acting, voice, improvisation, scene study,
                                                                                                                          movement and related studies



       ongoing evaluation                                                                                              + How to expand and apply your basic
                                                                                                                          techniques to the performance demands
                                                                                                                          of the stage, film and television


       speeds your learning                                                                                            + A step-by-step approach to the techniques and
                                                                                                                          disciplines of the actor across all media and
                                                                                                                          genres, including film, episodic TV, daytime
                                                                                                                          drama, sitcoms, commercials, voice-over, and
                                                                                                                          web video
       In our intense Professional Training Programs, your performance, growth and work
       ethic are continually assessed.                                                                                 + The realities of your chosen career, including
                                                                                                                          auditioning in a professional environment,
       + DAILY…Limited class sizes and a workshop atmosphere allow instructors to give you immediate,                     crafting a performance for specific media as
          specific feedback.                                                                                              well as the business of the business

       + MIDPOINT OF EVERY SEMESTER… All students receive midterm course grades. Students                              + The skills, discipline and patience necessary
                                                                                                                          to meet the challenges of the industry and
          with deficient midterm grades get a written evaluation with constructive recommendations on
                                                                                                                          position you for professional success
          how to improve.

       + END OF EVERY SEMESTER…You will receive a course grade in every class. These evaluations
          may include a one-on-one conference with faculty or administration.

       + END OF PLATFORM YEAR… A return for continued study is by invitation only—even for                             final
          those with passing GPAs. You’ll prove your mettle by performing directed scenes before invited
          faculty and our Academic Leadership Team, who evaluate you on progress and technique. Return                 semester:
          admission is selective. We set the bar high because this is a competitive business.
                                                                                                                       + You will perform before a professional jury
       + FILM AND TELEVISION YEAR… On-camera work performed in class is captured for home                                 selected by the Artistic Director. Each member
          study. You get to see your strengths, weaknesses and the specific instructor feedback you should                of the jury prepares a detailed evaluation of
          follow to improve. Written and sit-down evaluations continue as in the platform year.                           your skills, casting type, strengths and areas
                                                                                                                          for improvement.
       + THEATER YEAR… Professional directors will give you a real understanding of how well you are                   + You will work with casting directors, agents
          developing your skill set while performing in our fully produced shows at NYC venues.
                                                                                                                          and managers to help prepare you for your
                                                                                                                          future.
                                                                                                                       + If eligible, you will audition for a role in Final
                                                                                                                          Reel. Casting is done by the Artistic Director,
                                                                                                                          the Executive Director and a panel of
                                                                                                                          professional directors. Filming is done in
                                                                                                                          studios and on location with a full film crew
                                                                                                                          and can last as long as two to three weeks.
THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
                on
             you’re
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                    Yes, you’ll spend many hours each week
                    attending class, studying and rehearsing
                                                            LIGHTS,
                    on your own. But the other experiences that
                    will define your life at NYCDA are among the
                    most rewarding, memorable and life-changing
                                                                                                                                    For a young, enthusiastic actor dreaming of a future with
                                                                                                                                    their name in lights, the NYCDA location is at the center of
                                                                                                                                    it all. Around the corner from the landmark Flatiron
                                                                                                                                    Building and three blocks from artsy Union Square, our
                                                                                                                                    home is nestled in the heart of Manhattan’s historic Chelsea
                                                                                                                                    district. It’s a vivacious neighborhood brimming with
                                                                                                                                    activities, including an eclectic range of restaurants,
                                                                                                                                    bookstores from mammoth to quaint, inviting coffee shops
                                                                                                                                    and boutiques, galleries, intimate theaters, a number of
                                                                                                                                    churches and, of course, shopping for anything and
                                                                                                                                    everything. Subways and bus lines dart beneath and
                                                                                                                                    through to spirit you virtually anywhere in the city in
                    imaginable. Here’s a look at some of the                                                                        minutes—and your options are endless. From the world’s
                                                                                                                                    greatest museums and world-class sports teams uptown
                    scenes you can look forward to enjoying.                                                                        to the Broadway stage and network TV studios in Midtown
                                                                                                                                    to the cultural opportunities of Little Italy, Chinatown and
                                                                                                                                    all the diverse neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan. The
                                                                                                                                    world’s most spectacular campus is at your feet.
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                                                                                                                                                       CONSTANT EXPOSURE
                                                                                                                                                         our
                                                                                                                                                       Y NYCDA education is designed to give you connections that can pay dividends when you hit the job market and
                                                                                                                                                       throughout your career. Regular internships not only expose you to the business and build your knowledge, they give you a
                                                                                                                                                       chance to impress. In our programs your contact network branches even wider. Regular seminars are your opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                       interact with guest speakers from every facet of film, television, and theater. In class, you work extensively on audition skills that
                                                                                                                                                       will serve you throughout your career. And of course, you ultimately perform for a professional jury, assembled from the show
                                                                                                                                                       business power centers on both coasts. Add Acting as a Personal Business workshop, headshot seminars and our legendary Final
                                                                                                                                                       Reel project—which culminates in a polished, fully produced DVD of your final performance, suitable for industry
                                                                                                                                                       professionals—and you’ve got the most comprehensive exposure and support in the industry.

                                                                                                                                                       LIVE IN A LANDMARK
                                                                                                                                                                                   ear
                                                                                                                                                       Students in the Platform Y and the four-week Summer Program can make their home at the St. George Student Residence.
                                                                                                                                                       This classic 1920s hotel, located in the heart of scenic Brooklyn Heights, is conveniently located just one subway stop from
                                                                                                                                                       Manhattan. The St. George was once a beacon for celebrities and athletes flocking to the largest indoor saltwater pool in the
                                                                                                                                                       United States. In fact, part of The Godfather was filmed in the St. George! You’ll live with students and interns from around the
                                                                                                                                                       world and get a truly authentic taste of life in New Y ork.
                                                                                                                                                       PLEASE NOTE: EARLY APPLICATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED, AS SPACE IS LIMITED.
                                                                                                                                                       TO INQUIRE ABOUT A RESIDENCE, CALL AN ADMISSION COORDINATOR AT 888.645.0030, EXT. 4080.


                                                                                                                                                       A WEALTH OF DRAMATIC RESOURCES
                                                                                                                                                       For classwork, homework and just personal enrichment, NYCDA students have access to a treasure trove of performing arts
                                                                                                                                                       history. The Conservatory maintains a library of some 500 plays and screenplays and a varied collection of films on DVD. Just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ork
                                                                                                                                                       five blocks away, your student ID opens the doors to the collections of the renowned New Y Public Library System. A
                                                                                                                                                       quick subway ride takes you to the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and the Juilliard School Library, which
                                                                                                                                                       house the world’s most robust combination of circulation, reference and rare archival collections in the performing arts field.
                                                                                                                                                       They give you free access to a prodigious collection of scripts and non-book materials, such as historic recordings, videotapes,
                                                                                                                                                       autographed manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs.
                                                                                                                                                       These circulating collections include 42,000 scripts, 6,000 reference works, 5,000 recordings and some 700 videotapes
                                                                                                                                                       featuring music, dance, theater, television, film and comedy performances. Exhibitions, seminars and performances are also
                                                                                                                                                       yours to enjoy. We encourage you to draw from all of New Y   ork’s incomparable resources, including our world-famous
                                                                                                                                                       museums, cultural institutions and theaters.
     GET AN INSIDE TRACK
     NYCDA is home to the largest independent casting facility on the East Coast. So as a student walking the halls to and from
                                                         ork
     classes, you’re exposed from day one to top New Y casting directors, actors and the gritty realities of professional auditions.
     The buzz, the energy, the soul of the business are all around you here. In fact, many students do their internships right here in our
     building, learning the inner workings of the industry while forming relationships with some of the very professionals they need
     to impress after graduation. No other conservatory in the world can match this uniquely inspiring, enriching atmosphere.

     HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
     To ensure all our students are as informed and comfortable as possible, we give you several days of orientation before classes
     begin. After the mandatory review of policies, the fun and excitement begin. Y  ou’ll learn the nuances of this historic Chelsea
     neighborhood, the surprisingly simple realities of navigating this amazing city and the unique opportunities available to you here.
     Seminars on safety, job-hunting as well as professionalism give you a chance to bond with peers and staff. All this before you take
     a single class.

     SETS IN THE CITY
     We consider the internships an invaluable piece of your NYCDA education for a number of reasons. They give you hands-on
     experience with the realities and expectations of the business, build your network of inside connections and put you in the
     perfect position to impress the movers and shakers of our industry. In your final year, your internship could be with agents,
     casting directors, production companies, theater groups and more. Recent long-term internships have given students just like
     you unforgettable working experience in such venues as CBS Daytime, Professional Artists Agency, CESD Talent Agency,
     Abrams Artists Agency and SNL, among others.
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                                                                                                                                          +SCHOLARSHIPS
SCHOOL POLICIES                                                                                                                                                                                  We understand that tuition and related educational costs are
                                                                                                                                                                                                 a factor in your educational decisions. We also believe talented
PRIVACY OF RECORDS
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) prevents schools from releasing certain student                                                                                    actors must do what’s best for their career goals. So we have
information or allowing outside parties to view it (with specific exceptions) without the student’s written consent. A copy
of NYCDA’s FERPA policy is available at the Office of the Registrar upon request.                                                                                                                many financial aid programs and financing options to make an
                                                                                                                                                                                                 NYCDA education more affordable for those with the talent
MEDICAL INSURANCE
All our students are required to have health insurance that is accepted in the New York City area. Students without                                                                              and ambition to succeed. Grants, loans and a range of federal,
insurance can arrange for coverage through our partnership with University Health Plans. Emergency medical treatment
is available within one mile of our school.                                                                                                                                                      state and outside scholarships may be used toward an NYCDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                 education.




                                                                                                                                        INANCIAL AID
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
NYCDA provides equal educational, housing and employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and prohibits
discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or national or                                                                    FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION, REFER TO THE INFORMATION PACKET IN THE BACK
ethnic origin in the administration of its policies, scholarships or other school-administered programs.                                                                                         POCKET OF THIS CATALOG, OR CONTACT US DIRECTLY AT 888.645.0030.


GENERAL REFUND POLICY
Students who withdraw prior to or during the first week of a semester will receive a full refund for that semester. Withdrawal during
the second week will result in a 75% refund of that semester’s tuition. Withdrawing during the third week results in a 50% refund
                                                                                                                                                                                                 NYCDA SCHOLARSHIPS
of the semester’s tuition. No tuition refunds occur if a student withdraws after three or more weeks.                                                                                            Our Scholarship Audition Tour typically awards over a million dollars in scholarships per
The $750 tuition deposit is non-refundable. Refunds for student housing are subject to the policy indicated on the                                                                               school year. NYCDA scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and may reflect
housing contracts. Refund calculations for students receiving financial aid are determined by the federal government. (A                                                                         artistic promise and demonstrated financial need.
complete explanation of these policies is found in the Student Handbook.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                 + THE SANFORD MEISNER MERIT AWARD:
DRUG-FREE ENVIRONMENT
NYCDA maintains a drug-free environment. Any student reporting to class under the influence of alcohol or controlled                                                                                Based upon talent demonstrated at the audition. Ranges from $500 to a maximum
drugs will be asked to leave immediately. Under these circumstances, assistance will be provided to ensure the student                                                                              of $10,000 for the academic year. Special provisions: Will be renewed if the
arrives home safely. Alcohol or drug use can result in dismissal from the school. This policy is exercised at the discretion
of the administration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    student is invited to return for the second year and maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA.

CAMPUS SECURITY                                                                                                                                                                                  + THE MARY DOYLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
NYCDA prepares an annual Campus Security Report as mandated by the U.S. Department of Education. It is available at                                                                                 Based upon financial need. Ranges from $500 to a maximum of $10,000 for the
the Student Services Office upon request.                                                                                                                                                           academic year. Special provisions: To apply, a student must fill out the FAFSA and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    must reapply for the following academic year. Selection based on financial need,
PART-TIME JOBS
We recognize that some students depend on additional income. So we help those students when possible by posting job                                                                                 talent and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
notices and by offering a job-hunting seminar at orientation. Due to the intensive nature of our Programs, we ask students
who must work to limit their hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS
GRADING SYSTEM                                                                                                                                                                                   You may be eligible for a specialized scholarship from an outside agency. Some sources
NYCDA uses a grading system approved by our accrediting agencies. Passing grades in rank order are A, B, C, D and P.
Failing grades are designated as F. You will be evaluated in areas of:                                                                                                                           to explore are employers, unions, professional organizations and community and
+   Working to potential                                                                                                                                                                         special-interest groups. A number of extensive scholarship-search resources are
+   Mastery of technique and subject matter                                                                                                                                                      available free on the Internet. You must notify our Financial Aid Office if you receive
+   Professional conduct and contribution to the class ensemble                                                                                                                                  funds from any of these sources:


                                                                                                                                                                                                 + Absolutely Scholarships                      + College Toolkit
     GRADES ARE CLASSIFIED AS FOLLOWS:
                                                                                                                                                                                                 + College Board: Pay for                       + Peterson’s Scholarship Search
     LETTER GRADE                         QUALITY RANGE                                                                                                                                             College/Find Scholarships                   + Sallie Mae College Answer
     A- to A+                             EXCELLENT             Superior skills progress
     B- to B+                             GOOD                  Above average skills progress                                                                                                    + CollegeNET MACH25                            + Scholarship Resource Network
     C- to C+                             FAIR                  Average skills progress                                                                                                          + FastWEB.com                                      (SRN) Express
     D to D+                              POOR                  Little skills progress
                                                                (a grade of D may prevent credits from being transferable)                                                                       + FinAid Scholarship Search                    + Scholarships.com
     P                                    PASS                  Adequate attendance in a non-credit workshop
     F                                    FAIL                  No skills progress
     Your instructor’s evaluations and grade assignments are made considering your potential as well as growth
     over the grading period. If you receive a grade of less than C, you will be contacted by the administration and
     you may be placed on academic probation.
                    CURRICULUM + COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
career-
prepared
from set to stage
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                                   PLATFORM YEAR                                                                                                                                                                                                THE141
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ACTORS LAB I
                                   THE122                                                                                               THE129                                                                                                  Through exercises based on the work of
                                   VOICE AND SPEECH I                                                                                   MOVEMENT FOR ACTORS I                                                                                   such people as Stanislavski and Hagen,
                                   Explore basic vocal technique for the                                                                Explore a series of subtle exercises                                                                    explore the facets of the craft that allow
                                   actor, including breath work, relaxation                                                             developed to allow an understanding of                                                                  an actor to immerse himself and take
                                   techniques, resonance, pitch, tempo and          THE126                                              physical awareness and impulses in a non-
                                                                                                                                                                                            THE137
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ownership of the given circumstances of
                                   volume, with the goal of increasing the          INTRODUCTION TO THE                                 judgmental and non-product oriented                                                                     the script in a truthful way. Learn tools of
                                                                                                                                                                                            MEISNER TECHNIQUE II                                the imagination such as endowment,
                                   ability to fully express the truth of the text   CAMERA FOR ACTORS I                                 atmosphere. Physically complement the
                                   and the emotional integrity of the                                                                   work being done in Meisner class using              Apply, through heightened awareness, the            emotional memory, sense memory, object
                                                                                    Learn the technical aspects and
                                   character and situation, while striving                                                              Feldenkrais impulse exercises. Learn                principles of emotional preparation to              work and creating a moment before. Put
                                                                                    differences for the actor working on a
                                   for vocal variety and expressiveness.                                                                popular dance styles most likely to occur           specific text work. Develop the skills of           these skills to practical use working on
                                                                                    single-camera and a multi-camera set.
                                                                                                                                        during the course of an acting career, such         exploring the text; preparation techniques;         simple A/B scene.
                                                                                    Practice required technical camera skills
                                                                                                                                        as the foxtrot and the waltz.                       personal invention; focus on believable
                                                                                    such as hitting marks and adjusting to
                                   THE123                                                                                                                                                   behavior in order to achieve spontaneity;
                                   IMPROVISATION
                                                                                    different camera angles. Discover the
                                                                                                                                                                                            and honesty in sharing. Learn how to                THE142
                                   Perform with spontaneity and freedom
                                                                                    nature and function of all jobs on the set,
                                                                                    from camera operator to grip, and how
                                                                                                                                        THE132                                              maintain the integrity of the text; interpret       ACTORS LAB II
                                                                                                                                        VOICE AND SPEECH II                                 the material and act moments as they are            Further develop the skills learned in
                                   through improvisational technique using          they affect the actor’s work. Learn all
             Course Descriptions




                                                                                                                                        Continue vocal flexibility work introduced          written; memorize and interpret speeches;           Actor’s Lab I and apply them to text in
                                   body, gestures, and emotions. Use                terminology of working in film and
                                                                                                                                        in Voice and Speech I, beginning with               and perform a fully interpreted score.              scenes from plays. Learn how to explore the
                                   improvisation as an art form, as well as         television. Develop an understanding of
                                   for auditioning and executing other              expected professional behavior on set               microphone technique and cold reading                                                                   given circumstances written by a playwright
                                                                                                                                        skills. Explore Shakespearean texts to                                                                  and use the learned acting craft to bring the
                                   performance disciplines. Make use of the
                                   tools of listening; being in the moment;
                                                                                    and of the actor’s responsibilities.
                                                                                                                                        develop heightened language skills, full
                                                                                                                                                                                            THE139                                              characters to life in a truthful manner.
                                                                                                                                                                                            MOVEMENT FOR ACTORS II
                                   committing to choices in working with                                                                breath support and dynamic energy. Use the                                                              Work on preceding circumstances,
                                   fellow actors; use of status; and making         THE127                                              intensity of Shakespeare’s plays to diagnose        Build on the fundamental relaxation and             relationship, environment, obstacles,
                                   active choices with emotional and                MEISNER TECHNIQUE I                                 and correct any vocal problems that may             dance techniques learned in Movement                intentions and actions.
                                    physical connections.                                                                               arise during heightened emotionality. Make          for Actors I. Study physical impediments
                                                                                    Learn the acting technique of Sanford
                                                                                                                                        use of the opportunities in Shakespeare’s           and emotional releases along with
                                                                                    Meisner in order to achieve spontaneous
                                                                                                                                        plays where the text requires moments of            standard film, television and theater
                                                                                    reactions and authentic behavior in acting.
                                   THE125                                           Begin with basic listening skills, repetition
                                                                                                                                        simplicity, relaxation and minimalism with a        choreography. Integrate body and mind
                                   FILM GENRES AND HISTORY                                                                              precision of body, face and gesture work to         with “Authentic Movement” exercises on
                                                                                    exercises and an exploration of
                                                                                                                                        complement the language.                            observation and imagination. Become
                                   Become conversant with several film acting       independent activities. Advance to an
                                                                                                                                                                                            more self-aware by learning how body use
                                   styles, primarily after the advent of sound,     exploration of scene work with a specific
                                                                                                                                                                                            affects the way we function and how
                                   as exemplified and demanded by different         emphasis on relationships, activity and
                                                                                                                                                                                            people respond to physical, vocal and
                                   genres of film. Analyze how character            preparation that includes working off each
                                                                                                                                                                                            emotional stimuli.
                                   qualities and script content lead to the         other and expressing moments fully.
                                   choices that are needed to act in those          Explore emotional preparation, imaginary
                                   genres. Study early film history and the         circumstances and point of view.
                                   development of easily recognized genres;
                                   genre as a marketing tool; genre as an acting
                                   tool; and shared elements of the most
                                   popular genres, including the western,
                                   romantic comedy, film noir, horror and sci-fi.
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                                   FILM AND TELEVISION YEAR                                                                                                                              PROCESS FOR THE CAMERA II
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            THE268
                                                                                                                                                                                         Continue to consolidate technique and              DAYTIME DRAMA
                                   THE241                                                                                                                                                develop artistry. Learn to express an inner
                                                                                                                                                                                         emotional live in mid-shots and close-ups
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Work to master the specific technical and
                                   PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP                                                                                                                                                                                  performance adjustments required by soap
                                                                                                                                                                                         in this two-camera class. Process teachers
                                   Interact with industry leaders, enhance                                                           THE259                                              work in tandem with Scene Study faculty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            operas. Identify the differences between
                                                                                                                                     SCENE STUDY FOR FILM &                                                                                 plot-driven genres and character/
                                   networking possibilities and garner real-                                                                                                             to help students solve technical problems
                                   life experience as a complement to in-         THE255                                             TELEVISION I
                                                                                                                                                                                         of acting on camera while maintaining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            relationship-driven daytime drama. Learn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to make the subtle but important changes
                                   studio training. Possible placements           PROCESS FOR THE CAMERA I                           Work on the acting craft, both artistically         truthful behavior.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            required by the daytime drama script.
                                   include working in the offices of casting                                                         and technically, in front of the camera.
                                                                                  Function effectively and professionally
                                   directors, agents, producers and                                                                  Analyze assigned scenes from feature films
                                                                                  in front of the camera by hitting marks;
                                   advertising agencies, or with theater                                                             and one-hour episodic television. Practice          THE266
                                   companies, production companies or
                                                                                  making entrances or exits; dealing with
                                                                                  props; adjusting between master, mid-shot          working with master shots, coverage and             ACTING AS A PERSONAL                               THE272
                                   event planners. Prepare reports reflecting                                                        continuity. Learn how to deal with                  BUSINESS                                           SCENE STUDY FOR FILM &
                                                                                  and close-up; and shooting out of
                                   on how the coursework relates to the                                                              different on-set working situations and                                                                TELEVISION II
                                                                                  sequence with both physical and                                                                        Learn how to pursue a professional acting
                                   internship experience.                                                                            maintain the quality of the work. Deal                                                                 Work with the specific artistic and on-set
                                                                                  emotional continuity. Practice on-set                                                                  career from a business perspective. Cover
                                                                                  behavior; shooting sequence; master, mid-          with the necessity of coming to the set             topics such as developing business tools,          environments that actors deal with
                                                                                  shot, close-up; working with the neutral           fully prepared without any rehearsal. Full                                                             professionally. Begin the course with a
                                   THE245                                         mask; and character-specific behavior              preparation for all class work without
                                                                                                                                                                                         including pictures, résumés, cover letters,
                                                                                                                                                                                         mailings, postcards and e-mail; dealing            fast-paced taping of scenes from episodic
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                                   ACTORS LAB III                                                                                    rehearsal is required.                                                                                 television, including hitting marks and
                                                                                  choices in mid-shot.                                                                                   with agents and casting directors; and
                                   Analyze screenplays from the actor’s point                                                                                                            managing finances. Research work                   doing coverage in one session. In the last
                                   of view. Learn how to use analytical skills                                                                                                                                                              eight weeks of the course, refine acting
                                   to build a character in an organic and         THE258                                             THE263                                              prospects, prepare picture and résumé,
                                                                                                                                                                                         write a cover letter, utilize the Ross             and technical skills through tandem
                                                                                  VOICE-OVER                                         AUDITION TECHNIQUE FOR                                                                                 teaching by the Process teacher and the
                                   truthful way. Move forward by putting all                                                                                                             Reports, understand actors’ contracts, and
                                                                                                                                     FILM & TELEVISION                                                                                      Scene Study teacher. With the Process
                                   preceding Actors Lab work in front of the      Learn the tools to deal specifically with                                                              learn the roles of industry professionals
                                   camera, adding the technical skills            voice-over microphone work; prepare the            Explore the different types of audition             such as agents, managers and casting               teacher acting as director, experience
                                   necessary for filmmaking.                      moment before; apply subtext to meaning            situations and genres encountered in a              directors. Learn to market yourself as a           directorial demands for artistic and
                                                                                  and inflection; identify key words; work           professional acting career. Practice these          business for employment in the film and            technical results. Work with the Scene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Study teacher to maintain performance
                                   THE253                                         with a partner; and explore animated               forms, on and off camera, using scenes
                                                                                                                                     from plays, screenplays and television
                                                                                                                                                                                         TV industry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            under professional pressure.
                                   ACTORS COMEDY WORKSHOP                         voices. Do a weekly vocal warm-up and
                                                                                  exercises in physical alignment. Master            scripts. Prepare a monologue to use for
                                   Get a solid foundation in the various styles   the elements of breaking down copy,                professional presentation appropriate for           THE267
                                   of comedy, from “Broad” to “Realistic.”
                                   Learn the practical application of the
                                                                                  slating, character, focus, breath awareness        auditioning both within the Conservatory            COMMERCIALS                                         THE273
                                                                                  and broadcast jargon.                              and in the professional arena.                                                                          PHYSICAL AND
                                                                                                                                                                                         Apply basic acting skills to the needs
                                   principles of character development,
                                                                                                                                                                                         and requirements of performing in                   VOCAL DYNAMICS
                                   physical and verbal timing and point of
                                                                                                                                                                                         commercials. Working in
                                   view. Develop a comprehensive vocabulary                                                          THE264                                              lecture/demonstration and labs, learn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Review and strengthen the vocal
                                   for use in both situation comedy and sketch                                                       RESEARCH, REHEARSAL,                                                                                    techniques learned in Voice and Speech
                                                                                                                                                                                         the MOS, slice-of-life and spokesperson             I and II, and continue with a deeper
                                   comedy. Apply basic acting skills to comic                                                        PERFORMANCE
                                                                                                                                                                                         formats in depth. Become familiar with              investigation of the vocal-physical
                                   material. Learn key techniques for
                                                                                                                                     Achieve the opportunity to display                  types and styles of ads and develop                 connection. Improve control over vocal
                                   auditioning in the competitive comedy
                                                                                                                                     technique, talent and professionalism on            audition security.                                  and physical technique through advanced
                                   arena. Gain insight into the creation of
                                                                                                                                     a working set in this honors course. As a                                                               warm-ups and exercises. Apply these
                                   comic material by executing a team exercise
                                                                                                                                     final project, tape fully produced scenes                                                               skills to rehearsal and performance of
                                   in creating an idea, pitch and script for an
                                                                                                                                     with guest designers, directors and editors,                                                            text on camera.
                                   original situation comedy.
                                                                                                                                     and receive an edited copy of the work.
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ELECTIVES*                                                                                            THE408
                                                                                                      COMBAT FOR THE CAMERA

THE400                                                                                                Experience the basics of on-camera
SKETCH COMEDY FOR                                                                                     fighting, including hand to hand, firearms
PERFORMANCE                                                                                           and found weapons, as well as the basic
                                                                                                      terminology and safety rules of the set.
Build on sketch-writing and performing                                                                Become familiar with the specific
skills introduced in Actors Comedy
Workshop by creating and rehearsing
                                                                                                      demands on the actor in film and                    THE411
sketch material and presenting a public           THE403                                              television as opposed to theater-based
                                                                                                      combat. Explore how to reveal character
                                                                                                                                                          DIALECTS

performance at an outside cabaret.                MICHAEL CHEKHOV                                                                                         Learn the basics of the International
                                                                                                      through combat that moves the story
                                                  TECHNIQUE FOR ACTORS                                                                                    Phonetic Alphabet and learn skills to
                                                                                                      forward. Gain a better understanding
                                                                                                                                                          eliminate accents and regionalisms while
                                                  Explore Michael Chekhov’s                           of the nature of fighting on camera
THE401                                            “psycho/physical” approach to acting                from audition to final edit.
                                                                                                                                                          focusing on Standard American Speech.
PERFORMANCE IMPROV                                                                                                                                        The instructor chooses additional accents
                                                  through the basic principles and
                                                                                                                                                          to acquire based on the class population.
Refresh and enhance the                           exercises outlined in Chekhov’s book,
performance skills learned in                     To the Actor, including psycho/physical             THE409
Improvisation. Refine the skills of               exercises, character work and ensemble              THE INTUITIVE ACTOR
staying in the moment, spontaneity                improvisations. Do a weekly warm-up                                                                     THE412
                                                                                                      Become a more independent and intuitive             WEB VIDEO FOR ACTORS
and freedom in making choices. Course             specifically designed to develop the
                                                                                                      actor through focus on Viola Spolin’s
will culminate in a public performance.           organic connection of the actor’s                                                                       Actors create and distribute original Web
                                                                                                      theater games. Build the foundations of
                                                  inner life, creative imagination and                                                                    video as a way to increase their visibility
                                                                                                      improvisation as they relate to acting and
                                                  expressive body.                                                                                        within the profession. Classes are a
THE402                                                                                                onstage performance. Explore and discuss
                                                                                                      sensory awareness, physical involvement,
                                                                                                                                                          combination of practical and theoretical
STAND-UP COMEDY FOR                                                                                                                                       exercises, including the creation and
ACTORS                                            THE405                                              environment and what’s beyond to broaden
                                                                                                                                                          posting of original video content online.
                                                  ADVANCED VOICE-OVER                                 relationship and experience on stage.
Develop a five-minute stand-up comedy                                                                                                                     Special guests from the world of Web
routine which will be performed in a              Deliver copy with ease, believability,                                                                  video demonstrate how they have used the
live nightclub setting. Learn writing             conviction, confidence and the required                                                                 medium to accelerate their careers and
technique, joke structure, timing and             emotional and narrative qualities. Analyze                                                              expand their creative reach.
rhythm, point of view, and                        scripts, take direction, record various
character/persona development. Explore            types of voice-overs, acquire terminology
the differences between acting and                and language, and learn to adjust voice-
stand-up performance. Learn through a             over work on demand.
combination of lecture, video examples
and working on your feet.
                                                  THE406
                                                  THE PHYSICALLY
                                                  EXPRESSIVE ACTOR
                                                  Work with movement and awareness to
                                                  identify specific problems and habits that                                                              * Listed electives may or may not be offered in
                                                                                                                                                            any given year. Film and Television Year
                                                  interfere with freedom of choice in                                                                       students will receive a list of scheduled
                                                  monologue and scene work.                                                                                 electives at the end of the fall semester.
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                                   THEATER YEAR                                                                                                                                          THE306
                                                                                                                                                                                         VOICE AND SPEECH IV
                                                                                                                                                                                         Continue the work explored in Voice
                                   THE300                                                                                                                                                and Speech III. In this advanced voice
                                   ACTING I
                                                                                                                                                                                         class, achieve the goal of vocal clarity and
                                   Continue the Platform Year exploration                                                                                                                expressiveness through vocal warm-up
                                   of Meisner and Stanislavski techniques                                                                                                                exercises, articulation drills, and breath
                                   into the exercises of Bobby Lewis and
                                   Uta Hagen. Progress through a series of
                                                                                                                                                                                         support exercises. Explore the use of
                                                                                                                                                                                         the voice as an acting tool in performance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            THE308
                                   traditional acting exercises while also
                                                                                                                                     THE304                                              Develop the vocal skills necessary for all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ONE-ACT PROJECT

                                   acting in monologues and scenes from
                                                                                                                                     THEATER HISTORY/LITERARY                            areas of theater history, which support            Use the performance of one-act plays to
                                   theater texts of the 19th and 20th
                                                                                                                                     ANALYSIS I                                          the scene work in Acting I and II.                 work on multiple-character ensemble
                                   centuries. Discuss fundamental                                                                    Read classic plays and explore their                Learn two dialects commonly used                   scenes, create and maintain characters over
                                   acting theory.                                 THE302                                             relationship to other art forms of the time         in contemporary theater.                           the course of a full script, and understand
                                                                                  MOVEMENT FOR ACTORS III                            as well as their context in world history.                                                             the full character arc, throughline of action,
                                                                                                                                     Form independent thought and opinions                                                                  multiple conflicts, climax and denouement
                                                                                  Build on the foundation laid in
                                   THE301                                         Movement for Actors I and II with                  based on analysis. Learn the basics of              THE307                                             of a script. Gain focus and stamina in
                                   VOICE AND SPEECH III                                                                              dramaturgical research and information              MOVEMENT FOR ACTORS IV                             performance. Learn the fundamentals of
                                                                                  continued exploration of physical
                                   Continue the exploration of vocal tools                                                           collection while working on the technical                                                              stage direction, such as composition,
                                                                                  awareness, expressiveness, flexibility and                                                             Continue the work of Movement for
             Course Descriptions




                                   begun in Voice and Speech I and II,                                                               aspects necessary for the performance of                                                               picturization, imagery, tempo, movement
                                                                                  impulses. Continue experiential exercises                                                              Actors III. Explore physical awareness,
                                   maintaining the goal of improved vocal                                                            texts from the 19th and 20th centuries.                                                                and technical requirements to develop
                                                                                  for heightened awareness of the body as                                                                expressiveness, flexibility and impulses,
                                   clarity and expressiveness. Achieve vocal                                                                                                                                                                appreciation and understanding of the
                                                                                  an acting instrument, with an added                                                                    and experiential exercises for heightened
                                   goals through vocal warm-up exercises,                                                                                                                                                                   director’s job and to reinforce a healthy
                                                                                  emphasis on period movement and basic                                                                  awareness of the body as an acting
                                   articulation drills and breath support         theatrical dance styles. Build on toning           THE305                                              instrument, with additional emphasis on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            actor-director relationship.
                                   exercises as well as through performances      and strengthening warm-ups for alignment,          ACTING II
                                                                                                                                                                                         period movement and basic theatrical
                                   encouraging exploration of the voice as
                                   an emotional and characterization tool.
                                                                                  grace and grounding. Learn the basics of
                                                                                  stage combat, beginning with hand-to-
                                                                                                                                     Increase comprehension of scene structure           dance styles. Build on toning and                  THE309
                                                                                                                                     and acting requirements as established by           strengthening warm-ups for alignment,              THEATER HISTORY/LITERARY
                                   Explore vocal skills necessary for all major   hand combat.                                       the text. Gain an understanding of the              grace and grounding. Add basic weaponry            ANALYSIS II
                                   areas of theater history, which support                                                           shifting acting requirements for scripts from       skills to training in stage combat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Continue the work begun in Theater
                                   scene work in Acting I and II. Learn two
                                   dialects commonly used in contemporary
                                                                                  THE303                                             the beginning of Greek/Roman theater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            History/Literary Analysis I. Read plays
                                                                                  IMPROVISATION II                                   through to modern drama of the 19th
                                   theater. Explore choral singing as a means                                                        century. Increase awareness of a character’s                                                           and gather dramaturgical research while
                                   of volume support and projection for           Learn Viola Spolin’s theater games, from                                                                                                                  exploring the world that produced the play.
                                                                                                                                     intentions, motivations, and activities to
                                   the stage.                                     preliminary orientation exercises; space                                                                                                                  Explore theatrical texts beginning with the
                                                                                                                                     fulfill the demands of the script, and of
                                                                                  work; activity doing; and who, what, where                                                                                                                Greek and Roman theater and continue on
                                                                                                                                     how to specifically achieve these in a scene.
                                                                                  games, to advanced transformational                                                                                                                       through the early 19th century.
                                                                                                                                     Increase focus and comfort on stage.
                                                                                  character work used as a rehearsal tool for
                                                                                                                                     Develop the ability to imaginatively create
                                                                                  dramatic scripts. Explore playfulness,
                                                                                                                                     a character and relate to partners, as well
                                                                                  expressiveness, group building skills, and
                                                                                                                                     as to adjust acting technique to suit the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            THE310
                                                                                  focus. Work on developing the characters                                                                                                                  PRODUCTION PRACTICUM I
                                                                                                                                     needs of stage performance versus
                                                                                  you explored in Acting I.
                                                                                                                                     film/television performance.                                                                           Learn the wide array of technical aspects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that support a theatrical production, as well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as professional procedures and work ethics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for rehearsal and performance.
A D M I N I S T R AT I O N + FA C U LT Y
                                         cast
                               an unbeatable
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                                                            ROM NEW YORK
                                                                   LIVE
                      While the principles of great acting don’t
                      change, the realities of the business do—
                                                                                                                                            Overall direction flows from the Academic Leadership
                      continuously. So actors and teachers who                                                                              Team to the department heads, who work closely with the
                                                                                                                                            faculty, whose expertise in specific disciplines includes
                      don’t stay current are quickly left behind.                                                                           acting, voice, dance, directing, casting and producing. All
                      As a student at NYCDA, you learn in a                                                                                 are available to students for advice and direction. Because
                                                                                                                                            part of our mission is to expose you to the diverse realities
                      dynamic, intimate setting from faculty who                                                                            of our industry, we also regularly bring in accomplished
                                                                                                                                            guest instructors to give seminars. You will have
                      are more than just knowledgeable and                                                                                  opportunities to meet and learn from industry leaders,
                                                                                                                                            including directors, talent agents, casting directors,
                      passionate mentors; they’re also working                                                                              managers, producers and cinematographers as well as
                                                                                                                                            actors. Guest lecturers have included Tony Award winner
                      professionals—pros who bring their up-to-                                                                             Frances Sternhagen and Academy Award winners Alan
                                                                                                                                            Ball and Olympia Dukakis. You’ll also be asked to evaluate
                      the-minute knowledge, experience and                                                                                  your classes and instructors every semester—and we take
                                                                                                                                            your comments, praise and criticisms seriously. Your
                      connections to you in class, every day.                                                                               teachers are also evaluated at least once a year to assess
                                                                                                                                            their teaching quality, professional standards and
                                                                                                                                            collegiality. It’s one of the ways we maintain the most
                                                                                                                                            well-rounded, inspiring and motivated faculty in the
                                                                                                                                            industry.
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                                          JOAN SEE                                                                                                                                                                  RICHARD OMAR
                                          Artistic Director                                                                                                                                                     Director of Education




                                                                                                                                                PROFILES
                                          Joan See graduated from Hofstra University with degrees in English, speech and                                       Richard Omar received his training at Hofstra University and from Uta Hagen and
                                          theater. Professionally trained by Sanford Meisner, Joan started her acting                                          Bobby Lewis in NYC. New York theater credits include Dracula in Dance with Me,
                                          career over 30 years ago and has appeared in over 300 commercials. She has had                                       Harker (New York International Fringe Festival), Rick in the world premiere of
                                          the pleasure of working with such distinguished actors as Julia Roberts, Paul                                        Theresa Rebeck’s The First Day, Wes in the NYC premiere of Beth Henley’s Lost
                                          Newman and Eva Gabor. Other credits include professional theater productions                                         (Theatre 4), Richard Loeb in Never the Sinner (The Directors Company), Bunny in
                                          on and Off Broadway and daytime drama. Joan has had the honor of serving as                                          The Secret History (The Directors Company), Hastings in Richard III with Austin
                                          Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild in NYC. In 1980 she founded Actors in                                      Pendleton, Sherwood in Fruit Bat Safari Camp with Sally Mayes and Julie Halston.
                                          Advertising, which grew into the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She                                        Richard was featured in The Unofficial New York Yale Cabaret’s tribute to Wendy
                                          also founded Three of Us Studios, which is the largest and most successful casting                                   Wasserstein (Wendy’s Words) at the Laurie Beechman Theater. As a ballroom
                                          facility on the East Coast. She is the author of Acting in Commercials, a Guide to                                   dancer, he appeared on film with Leslie Caron, Patrick Stewart and Jennifer Beals.
                                          Auditioning and Performing On-camera. Esquire magazine quote: “Joan See is the                                       He has taught at the New Actors Workshop for Mike Nichols and George
                                          Stanislavski of the 30-second spot.”                                                                                 Morrison, at SUNY Purchase and at Hofstra University.




                                                      DAVID PALMER                                                                                                                                        JAY R. GOLDENBERG
                                                           Chief Executive                                                                                                                                Director of Film and Television
 David Palmer has degrees in psychobiology and music from Drew University and                                                                                                                             Performance Program
 has been with NYCDA since 1985. Before coming to NYCDA, he worked for                                                                                                                                    Jay Goldenberg received his MFA in acting from New York University School of
 IBM in their product centers in the fledgling days of the PC. He facilitated                                                                                                                             the Arts and has worked as an actor, teacher and director. Jay has coached on the
 NYCDA’s move into its current space in 1986 and then managed and grew the                                                                                                                                sets of features, miniseries, sitcoms and daytime drama. Some of the projects he
 casting facility Three of Us Studios. In 1990 he assumed the role of General                                                                                                                             has worked on are Say Anything with John Cusack and Ione Skye, the miniseries
 Manager and ran the day-to-day operations of the organization. This expanded                                                                                                                             Elvis and Me, the TV series Moonlighting with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd,
 into strategic management of the school as it prepared for and was approved for                                                                                                                          and the daytime drama General Hospital. Some of his private clients have included
 accreditation in 1994. Since then he has led and directed the administration of the                                                                                                                      Salma Hayek, Cybill Shepherd, Alicia Silverstone, Estelle Getty, Michael Chiklis,
 school to provide the highest-quality infrastructure and operational support                                                                                                                             Charles Kimbrough, Beth Howland, Ione Skye, Mary Wilson, Eric Close, Allyce
 systems and services, which enables the faculty, students and staff to achieve their                                                                                                                     Beasley, Trevor St. John, Nicollette Sheridan and several other actors working as
 academic and artistic goals and objectives.                                                                                                                                                              principals in both film and television.




                                          JAMES MELIS                                                                                                                                                         EILEEN CONNOLLY
                                          Chief Financial Officer                                                                                                                 Director of Theater, Film and Television
                                          James Melis has 15 years of financial experience in four of the most difficult and                                                                       Performance Program
                                          heavily regulated industries: banking, health services, hospitality and education.                                   Eileen Connolly is the founder and Artistic Director of Wallis Knot Theatre, where she
                                          As Controller at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, which owns over 20 satellite                                       creates, designs and directs original multimedia productions, including Late to the
                                          hospitals, nursing homes and clinics, he was a visionary thinker who set up long-                                                                                           ork
                                                                                                                                                               Republique (NYCDA), Dance with Me, Harker (New Y International Fringe Festival)
                                          term strategies so that the hospital and its subsidiaries could run seamlessly and                                   and Seeing Andre Gide (New Actors Workshop). As an actress she has worked Off
                                          meet the standards of federal, state and city regulators. As Controller at Deutsche                                  Broadway and at the Meadow Brook and Birmingham theaters in Detroit, the Royal
                                          Bank, he facilitated getting the bank listed on the NYSE. As Controller at Park                                      George in Chicago and the Walnut Street Theatre and Painted Bride Art Center in
                                          Avenue Bank, his innovative practices improved the bank’s OCC rating to the top                                      Philadelphia. As a director, she was honored to assist Betty Comden and Adolph Green
                                          20% in the United States. At Generale Bank, his resourceful direction increased                                                                       ork
                                                                                                                                                               their revival of A Doll’s Life (Y Theatre). She recently created the movement and
                                          the bank’s efficiency by cutting costs and streamlining the financial reporting                                      combat for Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of Beowulf. For the University of
                                          process to regulators. As Accounting Manager at Bank of America, he structured                                       Vermont, she was commissioned to co-author an adaptation of Aristophanes’ The Birds
                                          and managed the consolidation process during the merger with Continental Bank.                                       and Don Marquis’ Archy and Mehitabel. She has an MFA in acting from the University of
                                                                                                                                                               Minnesota, and a BA in theater and dance from DeSales University.
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                                                                                                                                   PROFILES
                                                                * RICK CROM
                                                                Rick Crom has been part of the New Y entertainment
                                                                                                         ork
                                                                community for over 25 years as a comedian, actor and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * NEAL LERNER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Neal Lerner’s television guest appearances include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lipstick Jungle, Reba, The W at Home, Ed, Frasier, all the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ar
                                                                songwriter. As a stand-up comic he’s appeared on Tough                                                                                                                                 Law & Orders, Ally McBeal, Seinfeld, Caroline in the City,
                                                                Crowd with Colin Quinn, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, MTV                                                                                                                                    NewsRadio, Married with Children, Murphy Brown, Cheers
                                                                Comedy Half-Hour, Showtime and Comedy Central. He                                                                                                                                      and a recurring role on All My Children. Film credits
* BRAD BARNES
Brad Barnes has taught at The New School, Columbia
University and the New York Conservatory for
                                                                performs regularly in Manhattan, Las Vegas and Atlantic
                                                                City. He’s appeared on Broadway in the musicals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       include The Visitor, Boiler Room, Batman Returns and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Demolition Man. He performed Off Broadway in Stuff
                                                                Urinetown, The Goodbye Girl and Footloose; Off Broadway in                                                                                                                             Happens (directed by Daniel Sullivan at the Public
Dramatic Arts. He wrote and directed Engine Trouble,
starring Christopher Walken, a short which premiered on
Showtime in 2003. His other films include We Todd Did
                                                                Merrily We Roll Along, Das Barbecue, Encore’s Fiorello, Li’l
                                                                Abner and Carnegie Hall’s Louisiana Purchase; on television
                                                                                                                                                                                         * RAY IANNICELLI
                                                                                                                                                                                         Ray Iannicelli is a veteran of some 40 Off-Off- and
                                                                                                                                                                                         Off-Broadway productions. He has also played the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Theater), Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fuddy Meers (MTC), Hurrah at Last (Roundabout Theatre
                                                                in Ed, The Chris Rock Show, Chappelle’s Show; on film in Bad                                                                                                                           Company) and Carol Churchill’s Serious Money (Public
(Sundance ’04) and Choked (Sundance ’05). His music                                                                                                                                      provinces with On the W   aterfront, Conversations with My
                                                                Dog and Caesar Salad. He is the composer/lyricist for                                                                                                                                  Theater). Regional theaters include an acclaimed recent
videos have appeared on CBS, MTV, CMT and the                                                                                                                                            Father, Boy Meets Girl and Breaking Legs. Ray has done
                                                                several Off-Broadway and cabaret revues, including Oh                                                                                                                                  production of Social Security at Cape May Stage, and
Sundance Channel. His recent documentary Peace Queer                                                                                                                                                              ork
                                                                                                                                                                                         practically all the New Y TV shows, including Law &
                                                                Fine, RSVP, The Subject W Neurosis and NEWSical, which
                                                                                          as                                                                                                                                                           performances at Yale Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Actors
premiered in Nashville in 2009. Brad received his BA from                                                                                                                                Order, Remember WENN (guest star) and Oz (recurring
                                                                ran at Studio 54 and garnered him two Drama Desk                                                                                                                                       Theatre of Louisville and George Street Playhouse. Neal
Middlebury College, his MA from Manchester University                                                                                                                                    role). Some of his movies include The Yards, Rounders, Safe
                                                                nominations for best lyrics and best revue.                                                                                                                                            has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
(UK) and his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the                                                                                                                                          Men, Spike of Bensonhurst and Prizzi’s Honor. Ray has also
 Arts. Brad’s feature film Homewrecker won the “Best of                                                                                                                                  shot over 75 commercials.
NEXT” award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.                 * JOE DE GISE II
                                                                Joe De Gise II is a performer and writer and the co-                                                                                                                                   * REBECCA LINGAFELTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rebecca Lingafelter received her MFA in acting from

* TODD BARNES
Todd Barnes is a filmmaker whose films have screened in
                                                                director of New Y    ork’s longest-running comedy review,
                                                                Chicago City Limits. He co-founded the improvisational
                                                                                                                                                                                         *   CAROL KASTENDIECK
                                                                                                                                                                                         Carol Kastendieck has directed over 100 plays, musicals
                                                                                                                                                                                         and operas around the country. Most recently she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Columbia University, where she worked with Anne Bogart,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kristin Linklater and Andrei Serban. She has taught at the
                                                                group Unexpected Company (which held regular runs Off                                                                                                                                  Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classic Stage Company and
competition at Cannes, Sundance, London and other                                                                                                                                        directed Austin Pendleton in Richard III at the New
                                                                Broadway) and the sketch comedy group Bitter Harmless                                                                                                                                                             ork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Public Theater. New Y acting credits include work
major film festivals worldwide. Todd serves as Producer of                                                                                                                               Perspectives Theatre Company and When the World W      as
                                                                People. He has also been featured at both the Aspen and                                                                                                                                with Target Margin Theater, Classic Stage Company,
Spare Key Productions, Inc., a full-service production                                                                                                                                   Green for the Michael Chekhov Theatre Company’s Sam
                                                                Toyota Comedy festivals. His film and television credits                                                                                                                               Peculiar Works, Vortex Theater Company and the
company creating commercials, music videos and branded                                                                                                                                   Shepard Festival, both in NYC. Carol has taught at
                                                                include Hacks (with Jim Gaffigan), Live! With Regis and                                                                                                                                Metropolitan Opera. She has performed internationally in
entertainment. Work by Spare Key has appeared on                                                                                                                                         Juilliard, Hofstra University, Carnegie Mellon University,
                                                                Kelly, Daily Download, and Cut to the Chase. Joe has been in                                                                                                                           Italy, Edinburgh, Germany and South Korea. Commercial
Showtime, CBS, NBC, MTV and CMT, among others.                                                                                                                                           Miami University and the Riverside Shakespeare
                                                                several commercials and also played guitar with the                                                                                                                                    work includes national commercials for Pepsi and Dawn.
Todd earned his BA from Middlebury College and his JD                                                                                                                                    Company School. She holds an MFA from Carnegie
                                                                acoustic rock group The Hillary Step. As a teacher, Joe has                                                                                                                            She is co-artistic director of Performance Lab 115, an
from Boston College Law School. He is licensed to                                                                                                                                        Mellon University and has studied under Stella Adler,
                                                                traveled around the country, teaching improvisation,                                                                                                                                   NYC-based theater ensemble. She is a proud member of
practice law in New Y   ork and Connecticut but prefers                                                                                                                                  Robert Benedetti, John Houseman, Sonia Moore and Ted
                                                                creativity, team building and other workshops for actors.                                                                                                                              SAG and AEA.
cameras and editing suites.                                                                                                                                                              Pugh. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors
                                                                                                                                                                                         and Choreographers and of the Actors Equity Association.

* MARICKA BECZ                                                  * MAURY GINSBERG
                                                                Maury Ginsberg is very active in theater, film and                                                                                                                                     * BECKY LONDON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Becky London holds an MFA in acting from Yale School of
Maricka Becz is a theater artist, solo performer and writer,
certified Fitzmaurice voicework associate, certified yoga
instructor, director, movement-theater choreographer and
                                                                television. Most recent work includes the feature film
                                                                Greta, starring opposite Hilary Duff and Ellen Burstyn, as
                                                                                                                                                                                         *   MICHAEL LAIBSON
                                                                                                                                                                                         Michael Laibson is an Emmy-winning producer of
                                                                                                                                                                                         daytime dramas. Over the past 20 years, he has led the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Drama and a BA, magna cum laude, in English language and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       literature from Yale University. Television credits include
                                                                well as Richard Loncraine’s My One and Only, starring                                                                                                                                  Conviction, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent,
teacher. She has worked extensively in film, television and                                                                                                                              creative teams at All My Children, As the World Turns,
                                                                Renée Zellweger and Kevin Bacon. Other films include                                                                                                                                   Third W  atch, Quantum Leap, Guiding Light and All My
theater for 20 years. She has taught workshops and served                                                                                                                                Guiding Light and Another World. He is a director for the
                                                                2007 Sundance winner Rocket Science, directed by Academy                                                                                                                               Children. Films include United 93, Changing Lanes, El
on the faculty for University of California Irvine, Cal State                                                                                                                            Garage Theatre Group in Teaneck, New Jersey, and
                                                                Award nominee Jeffrey Blitz; David Auburn’s The Girl in                                                                                                                                Camino, Never Forever and A Very Serious Person. Becky has
Fullerton, Cal State Stanislaus, Malashock Dance, The Old                                                                                                                                directed the award-winning production of The Savior of
                                                                the Park with Sigourney Weaver; David Mamet’s Lansky                                                                                                                                   worked on Broadway in Marlene, at Lincoln Center in Ubu,
Globe theater, Marymount Manhattan College, Juniata                                                                                                                                      Fenway at the New York International Fringe Festival
                                                                with Richard Dreyfuss; and DreamWorks’ The Ring with                                                                                                                                   and Off Broadway in Isn’t It Romantic at the Lucille Lortel
College and New Y     ork University. She is also a founding                                                                                                                             and in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Education: UCLA,
                                                                Naomi Watts. Television includes recurring work on Law                                                                                                                                 Theatre, Othello with TFANA, Last of the Red Hot Lovers at
member of The Gravity Project, a collective of theater                                                                                                                                   BA in theater arts, teaching at Montclair State
                                                                & Order, Friends and Two Guys and a Girl. Guest leads                                                                                                                                  American Jewish Theatre and Jewtopia at the Westside
artists from the world of dance, movement-theater and                                                                                                                                    University, NYFA and New Actors Workshop.
                                                                include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special                                                                                                                             Arts. She is a member of Charles Busch’s Off-Broadway
advanced voice work, who gather to create original work
                                                                Victims Unit, Kidnapped, New Amsterdam, Without a Trace,                                                                                                                               Theatre-in-Limbo Company, with which she has appeared
with poetic text.
                                                                Joan of Arcadia, NYPD Blue, Star Trek: Voyager, Just Shoot
                                                                Me, Arli$$, Murder One and Melrose Place, among others.
                                                                                                                                                                                         * RICHARD LARSON
                                                                                                                                                                                         Richard Larson was a singer/dancer on the original Carol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in Shanghai Moon, Psycho Beach Party, Pardon My Inquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and in New Y   ork and Tokyo in V ampire Lesbians of Sodom.
* SARA BUFFAMANTI
Sara Buffamanti is an international performer who has
worked in Tokyo, Korea, Southeast Asia, Germany, Italy
                                                                His theater credits include a 20-year working relationship
                                                                with mentor and friend Olympia Dukakis. Shows with
                                                                                                                                                                                         Burnett Show and the Julie Andrews Hour. He traveled
                                                                                                                                                                                         extensively as the national spokesperson for Chevrolet,
                                                                                                                                                                                         GMC Trucks, DuPont, BorgWarner Chemical and IBM.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Regional work includes the Old Globe, Yale Repertory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Theatre, Trinity Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Provincetown
                                                                Olympia have included Mother Courage, The Seagull and                                                                                                                                  Playhouse, Capital Rep, Portland Stage, Caldwell
and Scotland. In New Y City, Sara graduated from the
                        ork                                                                                                                                                              His Broadway debut was in Woman of the Year with
                                                                The Cherry Orchard, to name a few.                                                                                                                                                     Playhouse and many others. Becky was a founding
MFA acting program at Columbia University, where she                                                                                                                                     Lauren Bacall. He also appeared as Zack in A Chorus Line.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       member of UNYYC, the Unofficial New York Yale
studied under the tutelage of Kristin Linklater. Since then,                                                                                                                             Richard’s commercials include Dr. Pepper, Honda, Volvo
she has worked with The LITE Group, Vortex Theater
Company, Target Margin Theater, Judson Church Theater,
                                                                * SUZANNE HEVNER
                                                                Suzanne Hevner’s New Y     ork theater credits include the
                                                                Tony-nominated Broadway revival of The Music Man,
                                                                                                                                                                                         and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cabaret. In the company’s award-winning first season, she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       directed Separating the Men from the Bulls by Neal Lerner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Michael Heintzman, and in the second season she
Electric Pear Productions, Alphabet Arts, the
Metropolitan Opera and Mabou Mines and is currently
working on The Verge with her company, Performance Lab
                                                                Balancing Act, Kiss Me Quickly Before the Lava Reaches the
                                                                Village, The Trio (Ensemble Studio Theatre) and Chicago
                                                                                                                                                                                         * BRAD LEMONS
                                                                                                                                                                                         Brad Lemons has worked on and Off Broadway, on
                                                                                                                                                                                         television, film and in the opera. He has worked with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       adapted and starred in Wendy’s Words, a tribute to the late
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Wendy Wasserstein, adapted from her short stories and
                                                                City Limits (comedy/improvisation). She was a founding                                                                                                                                 magazine articles.
115, for the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator. Sara is the                                                                                                                                 Westport County Playhouse, Theatre for a New
                                                                member of the comedy group The Heartless Floozies,
creator and solo performer of Eleanor alla Barre, a one-                                                                                                                                 Audience, Metropolitan Opera House and several other
woman clown piece.
                                                                performing downtown at Moonworks, the Luna Lounge,
                                                                Stella at the Fez and PSNBC. Regionally, she has worked at
                                                                The Denver Center, Syracuse Stage, Lake Placid Center
                                                                                                                                                                                         regional theaters. His work has been seen on ABC’s All
                                                                                                                                                                                         My Children and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * AMY MARCS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       As an actress, Amy Marcs has appeared at many regional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       theaters across the country. Most recently she was seen as
* QUINN CASSAVALE
Quinn Cassavale is the Managing Director of The
Schoolhouse Theater, an Equity theater in Northern
                                                                for the Arts and the Oklahoma Lyric. Film credits include
                                                                Doubt, Broken Flowers, Meet Joe Black and Changing Lanes,
                                                                                                                                                                                         well as in productions of Hamlet, Othello, Chitty Chitty
                                                                                                                                                                                         Bang Bang, Evil Dead: The Musical, Romeo & Juliet, White
                                                                                                                                                                                         Noise, Carmen and many others. He has taught at Circle in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Gorgeous Teitelbaum in The School House Theater’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       production of The Sisters Rosensweig. Other credits include
                                                                and on television The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order:                                                                                                                              featured roles in Gemini, Kingdom of Earth, The Star
Westchester. As an actress, she has appeared in many                                                                                                                                     the Square Theatre School, Cornell University, Columbia
                                                                Criminal Intent, and Stella (Comedy Central).                                                                                                                                          Spangled Girl, and And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little. She has
regional theaters, starred in several independent feature                                                                                                                                University, Lafayette College, the Martina Arroyo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       performed in the independent film The W   aiting Game. Her
films as well as having worked on all the New Y soaps.
                                                ork                                                                                                                                      Foundation and Broadway Classroom.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       voice can be heard on numerous national network
In addition, she has appeared in numerous national on-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       television and radio commercials. She played the role of
camera commercials. Quinn attended NYU’s Tisch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Peg the Pig in the animated feature film Impy’s Island,
School of the Arts. After graduating with a BFA in theater,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       recently premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Amy is a
she studied extensively with Fred Kareman.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       long-time student of Fred Kareman.
46 47            New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts administration + faculty administration + faculty administration + faculty administration + faculty




                                                                                                                                   F OUR FACULTY
                                                                                                                                       PROFILES
                                                                * CHARLES MINTZ
                                                                Charles Mintz has been a voice-over actor for over 20
                                                                years, appearing in more than 10,000 commercials. He
                                                                                                                                                               * MOLLIE O’MARA
                                                                                                                                                               Mollie O’Mara, a founding member of the critically
                                                                                                                                                               acclaimed and award-winning downtown theater company
                                                                has been heard as the signature voice in dozens of long-                                       Cucaracha, originated roles in over 35 productions while

 *   PETER MATTALIANO
 Peter Mattaliano has a master’s degree in theater from
                                                                running campaigns for America’s best-known
                                                                corporations. Charles has appeared as a featured
                                                                                                                                                               directing and designing over 10, most notably Crowbar
                                                                                                                                                               (The Old Victory Theater) on 42nd Street, which won the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              * ALAN RACKHAM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Born on Prince Edward Island, Robert Alan Rackham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              moved to New Y City to pursue a career in the theater.
                                                                performer in thousands of other commercials for familiar                                               ork
                                                                                                                                                               New Y Outer Critics Circle and OBIE awards. Also in
 Villanova University. As an actor and founding member of                                                                                                                                                                     After working professionally as an actor, Alan attended
                                                                brands from Air Canada to Xerox. He also has narrated                                          NYC she appeared in productions with the Public
 the Philadelphia Company, he originated the roles of Big                                                                                                                                                                     Columbia University, lived in Europe and then attended
                                                                hundreds of corporate and educational programs,                                                Theater, New Georges and SOHO Rep. Mollie appeared
 Al Royce in David Rabe’s In the Boom Boom Room, and Billy                                                                                                                                                                    NYU, changing his focus to behind the camera as a
                                                                documentaries and children’s books. Charles has a BS in                                        in a recurring role on All My Children for over 13 years.
 in Rabe’s Streamers. Other roles include Oberon in A                                                                                                                                                                         director. While at NYU, Alan wrote and directed two
                                                                design and an MA in speech from the University of                                              Other TV credits include One Life to Live, Another World,
 Midsummer Night’s Dream, Caliban in The Tempest, the                                                                                                                                                                         short films, both of which have been shown at film
                                                                Michigan, and for some years prior to performing he wrote                                      Guiding Light, Law & Order, The Jon Stewart Show and Help
 Leader Player in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,                                                                                                                                                                        festivals all over the world and have won him directing
                                                                advertising copy at several advertising agencies, rising to                                    911. Film includes work with Hal Hartley, Merchant Ivory,
 Morty in Steambath and the title role in Euripides’ Orestes.                                                                                                                                                                 awards. Alan is currently in post-production on Chicken, a
                                                                the level of Creative Director.                                                                Vestron and Sony. She received her BFA from CUA in
 He has taught at NYU, the Philadelphia Company, the                                                                                                                                                                          short film that serves as the thesis component of his
                                                                                                                                                               Washington, D.C.
 National Theatre Workshop for the Handicapped,                                                                                                                                                                               master’s of fine arts degree from NYU.
 Hofstra University and Villanova University. He wrote and
                                                                * MARY ELAINE MONTI
                                                                Mary Elaine Monti’s career has been most diverse; from
                                                                                                                                                               * JOE PERCE
 directed the musicals The Jack the Ripper Revue, Moll
 Flanders, The Birds and Mickey Colossus and was
 commissioned to write and direct an adaptation of
                                                                Shakespeare at Lincoln Center to guest roles on Law &
                                                                Order to selling Lysol in a TV commercial. She leads a
                                                                                                                                                               Joe Perce was the 1987 CLIO Award Winner as Best Male
                                                                                                                                                               Actor in a Commercial (Pontiac’s Trans Am). He has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              * CONNIE ROTUNDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Connie Rotunda, a guild-certified Feldenkrais®
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              practitioner works as the training program practitioner of
                                                                working actor’s life, with credits in film, theater, television,                               appeared in dozens of commercials. Joe’s credits include
 Dorothy Parker’s Big Blonde for the Art & Work Ensemble.                                                                                                                                                                     the NYC Feldenkrais Professional Training Program. She
                                                                animation, improvisation and commercials, both on-                                             improvisational comedy with such groups as The First
 He received the American College Theatre Festival’s                                                                                                                                                                          holds an MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. A
                                                                camera and voice-over. She received her Meisner training                                       Amendment, Chicago City Limits, Comedy Mind Spill,
 Excellence in Directing Award for his production of Moll                                                                                                                                                                     professional actor and director, she has worked regionally
                                                                from William Esper.                                                                            and producing his own comedy troupe, Assorted Nuts. He
 Flanders at Villanova University. He has coached and/or                                                                                                                                                                      and Off Broadway, created and performed sketch comedy
                                                                                                                                                               was voted Best Improvisational Comic of 1989 by
 directed multiple Tony winner Donna Murphy, Kerry                                                                                                                                                                            with Alarm Dog Rep, as well as performed and taught as a
 Butler and Jill Clayburgh. He is currently the private coach
 for Broadway star Matthew Morrison, who plays Will
                                                                * RAWLEIGH MORELAND
                                                                Rawleigh Moreland has worked extensively in New Y
                                                                City in theater, film, television and commercials. Theater
                                                                                                                          ork
                                                                                                                                                               Backstage magazine and has been involved with such
                                                                                                                                                               movies as Black Rain, The Hidden, Bum Rap, B-movie
                                                                                                                                                               classic Don’t Mess with My Sister and the Sundance award-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              guest artist. She is currently a company member of Wallis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Knot and a rogue artist with The Anthropologists. Along
 Schuester in the TV series Glee.                                                                                                                                                                                             with Feldenkrais, she has trained in the Viewpoints with
                                                                credits include The Gingerbread House and Last Trace of the                                    winning short Kings Day Out. TV credits include the ABC
                                                                                                                                                               pilot The Bodyguards with rappers Kid & Play, Law & Order,     Anne Bogart. She has taught actor movement workshops
                                                                Dinosaurs (Playwrights Horizons), A Family of Five
 * MARCY McGUIGAN
 Marcy McGuigan earned a BFA in theater arts at Penn
 State University and an MFA in acting at the University of
                                                                (Theatre for a New Audience) and Birdbath (West Side
                                                                Arts). Regionally, he has performed at the Shakespeare
                                                                                                                                                               The Equalizer and appearances on Nickelodeon, MTV,
                                                                                                                                                               Comedy Central, The David Susskind Show and ABC’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, the Metro Playhouse, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Northeast Theatre Conservatory and the American
                                                                                                                                                               After-School Special.                                          Academy of Dramatic Arts.
                                                                Festival of Cincinnati, Showboat Majestic, Seven Stages,
 Michigan. New Y    ork credits include Wendy’s Words, the
                                                                Theatrical Outfit, South Georgia Rep., Peanut Butter
 Unofficial New Y   ork Yale Cabaret’s tribute to Wendy
 Wasserstein; A Wonderful Life (Shubert Theatre); Shanghai
 Moon (Drama Department); It’s Not My Fault (NY
                                                                Children’s Theatre and The Lost Colony. Film and
                                                                television credits include New York Stories, Mighty                                            * STEVE PERLMUTTER
                                                                                                                                                               Steve Perlmutter is an actor and acting instructor. He has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              * JUDITH SEARCY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Judith Searcy has written, directed and performed sketch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              comedy and improvisation for over 20 years in NYC and
                                                                Aphrodite, Wolf, Another World, The Equalizer, Texas and Law                                   performed at regional theaters throughout the country,
 International Fringe Festival); Meet Me in St. Louis (Irish                                                                                                                                                                  nationally in a variety of venues, including live and video
                                                                & Order, to name a few. He has produced a SAG feature                                          including Philadelphia’s famed Walnut Street Theatre. He
 Rep); Infinite Cages (Common Ground Co); The Big Fat                                                                                                                                                                         projects for American Express, ESPN, Mercedes, British
                                                                film for Suncrest Cinema. Rawleigh holds an MFA in                                             has appeared in numerous radio and television
 Naked Truth (Pulse Ensemble); Box Office of the Damned                                                                                                                                                                       Airways and many others. She was a principal member of
                                                                directing from the University of Cincinnati. Rawleigh also                                     commercials for products such as Nestea, Jell-O, Volvo,
 (CSC); and Swingtime Canteen (The Blue Angel). She is a                                                                                                                                                                      Chicago City Limits, New Y    ork’s longest-running comic
                                                                works as a producer/director and session director for Stark                                    Norwest Bank, Bell South, Tony Roma’s restaurants and
 member of the Charles Busch Matinee Classics Company,                                                                                                                                                                        revue, for 10 years, played the title role in the award-
                                                                Naked Productions and Dreamcatcher Casting.                                                    Staples. In addition to NYCDA, Steve currently teaches at
 with which she has appeared in Times Square Angel, A Doll’s                                                                                                                                                                  winning comedy short Marge and has been seen on PBS,
                                                                                                                                                               Rutgers University and NYU School of Continuing and
 House and Hedda Gabler. She played Dorothy Brock in the                                                                                                                                                                      CBS, NBC’s Today show, NPR and Comedy Central. She
 National Tour of 42nd Street, for which she was nominated
 for a Carbonell Award. Regional work includes the
                                                                * RUTH NERKEN
                                                                Ruth Nerken received her training from William Esper
                                                                and the American Conservatory Theatre and has a BA
                                                                                                                                                               Professional Studies. Steve studied extensively with Fred
                                                                                                                                                               Kareman and Larry Moss, and he is a graduate of
                                                                                                                                                               Northwestern University.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              holds a BA in speech/theater (Arizona State University)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and an MFA in acting (University of North Carolina at
 Westport County Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre,                                                                                                                                                                            Greensboro) and has continued her studies at NYU,
 Florida Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, The Asolo,           from Yale University. She has guest starred on Law & Order,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Columbia and the University of London.
 Bay Street Theatre, Barrington Stage Company and
 Gateway Playhouse. Television/film credits include Grand
                                                                Kate & Allie and Too Close for Comfort. She’s performed Off
                                                                Broadway, in regional theater and in the national touring                                      * ROBERT PIETRI
                                                                                                                                                               Writer-director Robert Pietri graduated on a fellowship
 Theft Auto IV, Ghost Stories, A Very Serious Person, The
 Centenarian, Truth and Beauty, The Today Show, Good
                                                                company of Grease as Frenchy. Ruth also has appeared in
                                                                over 200 television commercials. She has been a guest
                                                                                                                                                               from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate master’s
                                                                                                                                                               program in film. He is the recipient of many grants and was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              * MAGGIE SUROVELL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maggie Surovell has performed Off Broadway at Cherry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lane Theatre, Saint Anne’s Warehouse and The Public
 Morning America and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Marcy       speaker at AFTRA, SAG and Yale University.                                                     selected by the Fox Searchlab, a development program for
                                                                                                                                                               emerging writer-directors. He has several short films to his   Theater. Her original plays have been performed at
 has taught at Adelphi University, the University of                                                                                                                                                                          Cherry Lane Theatre, The Brick and IRT Theater. She is
 Michigan and Trollwood Performing Arts School.
                                                                * RACHEL OAKES
                                                                Rachel Oakes is a graduate of the two-year conservatory
                                                                program at New Actors Workshop, where she studied
                                                                                                                                                               credit, including Flight to Savannah (Winner of the Carl
                                                                                                                                                               Lerner Award – Best Film of Social Significance 2007). In
                                                                                                                                                               addition to writing and directing, he has been working on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a dialect and voice coach and has taught voice and speech
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in the graduate program at Rutgers University, Mason

 * BARRY McNABB
 Barry McNabb earned a bachelor of science degree in
 dance/theater in 1981. His professional debut was for Bob
                                                                under Paul Sills and Kathy Hendrickson, among others.
                                                                She has studied at Upright Citizens Brigade with Sean
                                                                                                                                                               other film- and media-related projects. His commercial
                                                                                                                                                               clients include Pure Digital, Inc., the City of New Y   ork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gross School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama Summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Program, Sarah Lawrence College, Wagner College and
                                                                                                                                                               and Toray. In 2004, he was associate producer for              the University of Georgia. She is a certified Fitzmaurice
 Fosse as featured soloist and dance captain in Dancin’.        Conroy and has worked with such improvisation troupes
                                                                                                                                                               Conventioneers, which debuted at the 2005 Tribeca Film         voice teacher with an MFA in acting from the University
 Other highlights of his career include being an original       as God Freedom Fantastic and the critically acclaimed
                                                                                                                                                               Festival. The film won the John Cassavetes Award for best      of Georgia and a BA in theater from Temple University.
 Broadway cast member: The Phantom of the Opera and Me          transformational improvisation company Present
                                                                Elevation. Rachel recently worked as Manager of                                                feature under $500K at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards.
 and My Girl; and director and/or choreographer: Broadway
 (Touch of a Poet, Easter Bonnet Competitions); Off
 Broadway (Irish Rep, CSC, Lincoln Center, the Public,
                                                                Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota,
                                                                Florida, where she taught adult classes, children’s classes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              * JOHN TYRRELL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John Tyrrell is a graduate of the Neighborhood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Playhouse, where he studied with Sanford Meisner. His
 Circle Rep, etc.); international (Madrid, Barcelona, Seoul,    and camps. She was a teaching artist in the Write-a-Play
                                                                program, which conducts in-school workshops using                                                                                                             Broadway credits include Equus, The Merchant and
 Monte Carlo, etc.); regional (Pittsburgh Public, Geva,                                                                                                                                                                       Stephen Porter’s production of The Miser. John appeared
 Alley, Seattle 5th, etc.). His work on television includes     improvisational tools to teach children about playwriting.
                                                                While in Florida, Rachel performed weekly with FST                                                                                                            in the national company of The Elephant Man as well as
 Late Night with Conan O’Brien (13 years), Saturday Night                                                                                                                                                                     regional theater: Bell Book and Candle (S.J.R.T.), You
 Live (five years), The Howard Stern Show (five years).         Improv in the 109-seat Goldstein Cabaret, playing mostly
                                                                to sold-out audiences.                                                                                                                                        Touched Me (John Drew Theatre) and, most recently,
 Awards: Premio (Spain). Nominations: NY Drama Desk,                                                                                                                                                                          Conversations with My Father at the Repertory Theatre of
 Lucille Lortel, Connecticut Critics Circle, MAC, Bistro,                                                                                                                                                                     St. Louis. John has appeared on television in Loving and
 Barrymore, Emmy, etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guiding Light.
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              your questions
              answered:                                                                                                                       + How many people are in a class ?
                                                                                                                                                 Most classes have between eight and eighteen students.
YCDA’S FAQs
              + Does NYCDA provide housing?
                                                                                                                                              + What kind of degree can I earn?
                Yes. We provide housing for students in the Platform Year and the four-week Summer Program at the
                                                                                                                                                 You will receive a Certificate of Completion. Should you choose one day to expand your education, your credits may
                St. George Student Residence. Early applications are recommended, as space is limited.
                                                                                                                                                 be transferable to any of over 1,700 colleges nationwide.
              + Do you accept international students?
                                                                                                                                              + Will I get college credits? And if so, who will accept them?
                Yes. NYCDA is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to accept non-immigrant
                                                                                                                                                 Every school has its own transfer credit policy. We therefore recommend to those wishing to pursue further education
                students. All students must be fluent and literate in English.
                                                                                                                                                 after NYCDA to contact the school of interest to get an understanding of its transfer credit policy. More than 160
              + Is financial aid available?                                                                                                      other colleges, universities, and theater schools are listed on the NAST website (nast.arts-accredit.org). Additionally,
                Yes, we offer federal financial aid to qualified students. Other financing options are available for all                         the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, through the National Program on Noncollegiate
                programs. NYCDA also grants up to $1,000,000 per year in talent and need-based scholarships.                                     Sponsored Instruction (National PONSI), evaluates our courses for credit recommendations. All Conservatory
                                                                                                                                                 courses are recommended for college credit in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree level or in the upper
              + How do I apply for financial aid?                                                                                                division baccalaureate degree level. Over 1,500 cooperating colleges and universities are listed on the National PONSI
                Over the Internet or telephone. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov, or call 1.800.4FED.AID to have a Free                                    website (www.nationalponsi.org).
                Application for Federal Student Aid sent to you. You may also contact us at 888.645.0030,
                ext. 4090. Our FAFSA school code is 031207.                                                                                   + If I decide I want a degree in theater, are my credits wasted?
                                                                                                                                                 No. While an NYCDA education prepares you for the realities of film and television, the core of all training is about the acting
              + Do you offer scholarships?                                                                                                       itself. So if you decide you want to pursue a theater degree after graduation, you can leverage our articulation agreements with
                We do. Scholarship auditions are held in New York on a regular basis. The Admission team also                                    several institutions. The Theatre Program of the Department of Performing Arts at Adelphi University in Garden City, New
                travels the country and holds auditions in a city near you. Please visit our website at www.sft.edu                              Y ork, admits our Professional Training Program graduates into its BFA program as juniors. The School of Theatre Arts and
                for upcoming dates, locations and other critical details.                                                                        Dance at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley also accepts NYCDA grads into its BA program as juniors.

              + Do I have to audition to be accepted?                                                                                         + Does your school help me find an agent or send me out on auditions?
                Yes, an audition is required for acceptance. Placement is by interview for the Summer Program.                                   We are known for our ability to intensely and thoroughly prepare actors for the realities of the marketplace. During
                An audition is required for summer scholarship consideration and entrance into the Professional                                  the Film and Television Year there will be heavy exposure to industry guests, directors, managers, agents and casting
                Training Programs.                                                                                                               directors via internships and regular seminars. However, we are not a talent agency, nor do we guarantee employment.

              + Do I have to memorize the monologues?                                                                                         + Can I work in the industry while I study with you?
                For the admittance audition, monologues should be memorized and performance-ready.                                               In our programs, classes take priority over any auditions or bookings. We ask that students only audition in the second
                                                                                                                                                 semester of the Film and Television Year.
              + What if I have no experience with auditioning?
                We’re looking for instincts and ability, not experience. However, you must prepare by memorizing the                          + Has anyone famous attended your school?
                two contrasting monologues. If you have questions, contact one of our Admission Coordinators at                                  Shelley Hennig, Josh Sussman, David Del Rio, Matthew Fox, Lauren Graham, Thomas Calabro, Kim Greist, Justin
                888.645.0030, ext. 4080.                                                                                                         Guarini, Scott Holroyd, Elise Neal and Kevin Kilner, to name a few, plus countless film, TV, commercial and voice-over
                                                                                                                                                 artists.
              + What are the requirements to get into your Professional Training Programs?
                • A complete application                             • A successful audition                                                  + Do we have winter/spring break? What is the last day of class?
                • High school graduation or GED                      • Letters of recommendation                                                 The year is divided into two semesters. Fall term runs from late August to winter break, usually just before Christmas.
                • English fluency and literacy                       • Academic transcripts                                                      Spring term starts in January and ends in May. Spring break is usually around the end of March. The summer term
                                                                                                                                                 begins in May and ends in August.
              + Can I transfer into your programs?
                To be eligible as a transfer student you must meet the requirements listed above, plus provide proof of credits               + Do I need experience to apply for admission?
                from the other institutions that are equivalent to our Platform Year of training. Contact the Office of                          No, just talent and drive. Our programs require no previous experience or training. Acceptance is based on your
                Admission for more details.                                                                                                      audition, transcripts, application and references attesting to your desire and commitment to a career in acting.
50      New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts the audition experience the audition experience the audition experience the audition experience




      HOW DO I PREPARE AUDITION?
         FOR MY NYCDA
                 To be accepted in our Professional Training Programs, you must audition. Don’t worry if you’ve never
                 done this before—an actor with no experience but tons of raw talent has as good a chance of impressing
                 us as anyone. Just contact one of our Admission Coordinators at 888.645.0030, ext. 4080, for details.

                 The audition requires two contrasting, contemporary monologues, each no more than 90
                 seconds. Both must come from film or television scripts or published plays. Original material or
                 classical texts such as Shakespeare or Molière are not accepted.

                 Auditions are by appointment only and are held locally on a regular basis in our New York City
                 facility and annually in major cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. Appointment
                 information and schedules are available through our Office of Admission or website. Applicants
                 from abroad may submit their audition via DVD.




For audition schedules and questions, please call the Office of Admission at 888.645.0030,
ext. 4080, or e-mail admission@sft.edu.
www.sft.edu 888.645.0030 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

				
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