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Acting for Film Department

Anne Moore Anne Moore
Chair of Acting

BA, Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Moore is an actress/director/producer who studied Meisner at William Esper Studio in New York City. Her credits include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Sex in the City,” “Law & Order,” and “Good Intentions,” and numerous off-Broadway and sketch comedy credits. Award-winning documentary filmmaker with her short Czech Daze.

Lynda Goodfriend Lynda Goodfriend
Creative Director

Lynda received her BFA from Southern Methodist University. She has also studied with the legends, Lee Strasberg and Sandy Meisner​. Lynda is a veteran of both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions appearing in shows such as Good News, West Side Story, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Boyfriend. She was a series regular​ on the iconic hit television show “Happy Days,” and on the series “Who’s Watching the Kids,”​and “Blanksy’s Beauties.” She guest starred on shows such as Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Vegas. She has also appeared in feature films such as “Pretty Woman,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Front,” “Beaches,” ​and “Nothing in Common.”​ Lynda was owner and principle instructor of the Actors Workout School for 15 years with locations in both Los Angeles and Orange County. Her theatre, the Actors Workout Theatre in NoHo, won numerous awards for its theatrical productions. She has also directed for television and film including a Disney pilot and the television movie Four Stars. Lynda opened her management company in 1983 and developed many actors’ careers until she became Chair of the Acting Department for NYFA in Los Angeles in 2011.

Phil Kaufmann Phil Kaufmann
Associate Chair

MFA in Acting, Yale School of Drama; BA in Drama, Dartmouth College. TV appearances on “Law and Order”, “Harry’s Law”, “The Mentalist”, as well as many commercials. Director of several short films, including pilot presentation, “Intelligence” and upcoming web series, “Send Me”.

David Robinette David Robinette
Associate Chair

MA in Performance Theory/Playwriting, California State University, Northridge and BA in English/Creative Writing, Hunter College. Television actor with appearances on “The Young and the Restless,” “Law & Order,” “As the World Turns,” and “All My Children.” Film role in “Cry Funny Happy,” Official Selection at Sundance.

Christopher Cass Christopher Cass
Senior Acting Instructor

BA in Theatre, University of Georgia. NY and LA credits include “Rounding Third,” “Jerusalem,” “Gaining Ground,” “RFK” (Off-Broadway), “Sleepwalk,” “Born in the RSA,” “Much Ado” (Central Park), “Henry V” (Off-Broadway) and “Macbeth.” Television credits include: “ER,” “Like Family,” “Tucker,” “Fired Up,” “Cedric the Entertainer,” “Night Court,” and many more.

Louis Gossett Jr. Louis Gossett Jr.
Special Lectures, Master Classes

Winner of an Academy Award for his role in Officer and a Gentleman, and winner of two Emmys and two Golden Globes. Over 150 film and television acting credits, including memorable roles in A Raisin in the Sun, Iron Eagle, Toy Soldiers, and Blue Chips.

Robert Allan Ackerman Robert Allan Ackerman
Master Classes, Scene Study

Director of Emmy, Golden Globe, DGA, AFA, and SAG Award-winning films including "Safe Passage," "The Ramen Girl," and "Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows." Director of Broadway productions including "Bent," "Slab Boys," and “Extremities." Director of West End productions including "Torch Song Trilogy," "Burn This," and "Our Town."

Robert Bailey Robert Bailey

BA in Theatre Arts and Dramatic Literature, Brown University; awarded Samuel Arnold Fellowship for work with Jerzy Grotowski at Polish Laboratory Theatre; studied with Frank Corsaro. Directed at Circle Repertory Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Studio, Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, and American Place Theatre in New York and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Director of award-winning short film Last Call.

Henry Barrial Henry Barrial

BA in Psychology, University of Montana. Henry’s first film, a short entitled The Lonelys, won several top awards in the festival circuit. Since then he has directed and written many features including the low-budget film Some Body which was released theatrically in 2002 in 15 cities across the US; True Love, which was selected by the prestigious Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and The House That Jack Built, written by Joe Vasquez and featuring Tony Award nominee John Herrera. Barrial’s latest film, DriverX was released by IFC.

Matthew Bellows Matthew Bellows
Scene Study, Solo Performances, Play Production Workshop

MFA in Acting, University of San Diego. Matthew’s film and television credits include Extinct (series regular), New Amsterdam, Fuller House, Grimm, Nashville, Captain Marvel, Bloodline, and more. Theater credits include As You Like It, Les Miserables, and Anna Christie. Board member of Los Angeles nonprofit, The Collaborative.

Michael Bershad Michael Bershad
Business of Acting, Acting Technique

BA, Criminology, University of MD. Trained with Stella Adler, Michael Shurtleff, David LeGrant. Series regular, 2 seasons, "Capitol". Theatrical Agent with Stephan Gray Artists. Casting: Glenn Larson Prods, White Eagle Prods (Sylvester Stallone). Cable Ace Awards Judge, 5 years. Produced 3 films, including the feature, "Dispatch" (Netflix, Amazon), which he also wrote and starred in.

Jean Claude Deering J. Claude Deering
Technique, Scene Study

BFA from Stella Adler Studios at NYU’s Tisch School. Theatre credits include two seasons at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. A member of Lincoln Center's LCT Directors LAB. Film and TV credits include “Side Effects” (dir. Steven Soderbergh), “The Ugly Truth,” "Room 104" (HBO), “NCIS,” "Entourage," "12 Deadly Days" (YouTube Red), and "Inside the Box" (ABC/Shondaland). Digital producer/writer/director for Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, MSN, Fullscreen, and Chiat/Day.

Maria Del Bagno Maria Del Bagno

Graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, apprenticed under renowned master choreographer, Jaime Rogers, and the “Father of Jazz Dance,” Luigi. Over 25 years of experience as a dance instructor. Named one of L.A.’s top choreographers by L.A. Jazz Dance Foundation.

Kadina de Elejalde Kadina de Elejalde

MFA in Acting, Yale School of Drama; BA in Theatre Arts, Barnard College. Theater credits include off-Broadway, Yale Repertory Theater, and Padua Playwrights Festival, for which she won a Dramalogue award. Films and television credits include: Jan De Bont’s The Haunting, Richard the Second, various shorts and webseries, and HBO’s award-winning Indictment: The McMartin Trial.

Debra Dragotto Debra Dragotto
Scene Study, Writing for Actors

MFA in Screenwriting, UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, & New Media; BA in Drama, Hofstra University. Debra has studied Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and Film Production at the School of Visual Arts, as well as private study with some of the leading names in the acting world. She has won numerous Drama-Logue Awards for stage directing, as well as the Jack K. Sauter Award for Artist Merit from UCLA, where she was also selected to direct her film after a year-long elimination process. Debra has credits in Acting, Directing for stage, film, and television, as well as for Casting Director, and Television Producer.

Tim Fannon Tim Fannon

MFA in Acting, Brooklyn College; BS in Theater, Skidmore College; trained at the Royal National Theatre and the British Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Extensive stage experience and commercials; film and television roles include “Kidnap”, “Bar Flies”, “After I’m Dead”, and “Review with Forrest MacNeil”. Founding member/artistic director of Fovea Floods Theater, and company member of Moving Arts.

Ros Gentle Ros Gentle

BFA, National Institute of Dramatic Art, University of NSW, Australia; Diploma in Teaching, Balmain Teachers' College of Advanced Education, Sydney. An actress of 40 years with teaching experience at NIDA, Actors Center, Joanne Baron/DW Brown Studio, and Australian Institute of Dramatic Art.

Cathy Giannone Cathy Giannone
Scene Study, Meisner

BFA from Strasberg Institute at NYU. Lifetime member of Actors Studio. Has taught at Artist Theatre Group and Third Street Theatre. Recipient of two Drama Circle Awards and four DramaLogue Awards. Cathy Giannone is known for her work on The Bogus Witch Project, CB4 and The Little Rascals Save the Day.

Maria Gobetti Maria Gobetti
Acting Technique, Scene Study, Meisner

MA and BA in Theatre, UCLA. Artistic Co-Director at The Victory Theatre Center, with over 80 directing credits. Maria directed the critic’s choice world premieres of Jon Klein’s Suggestibility and Wishing Well. She also directed and produced the critic’s choice production of David Mamet’s Oleanna; the world premieres of American Iliad by Donald Freed. Maria was the 1992 recipient of Women in Theatre’s Outstanding Achievement In Theatre Award.

Miraj Grbic Miraj Grbic

BFA in Acting, Academy of Dramatic Arts University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Performed in more than 60 plays from such authors as Shakespeare, Moliere and Camus. Starred in 40 Feature Films an TV Shows, including “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol” and “The Hunting Party” among others.

Isabella Hoffman Isabella Hoffman

BFA in Theatre & Music from Columbia College Chicago. Over 75 credits in film and television, including Golden Globe winning series “Dear John” and “Burlesque.” Other notable credits include “Curb your Enthusiasm”, “Boston Legal”, “Jag”, “Firefly”, and “Providence.” Recipient of the Joseph Jefferson award for best Actress in a Principal Role in "Teibele and Her Demon.”

Nicole Javier Nicole Javier

MFA in Acting, University of California, San Diego; BFA in Theatre Performance, Chapman University. Nicole has studied at Second City Hollywood and is certified in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga from School Yoga Institute (Bali, Indonesia). On stage at La Jolla Playhouse in DIANA the musical, written by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, directed by Christopher Ashley.

Suzanne Kent Suzanne Kent
Scene Study, Comedy & Improvisation, Monologues, Voice

Founding company member of The Groundlings Theatre Company in Los Angeles and created the Sunday Company program at The Groundlings. Over 30 feature film credits, including “Middle Men,” “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid,” “Nuts,” “The Boost,” and “History of the World: Part I”. Television series regular roles on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” “St. Elsewhere,” “The Garry Shandling Show,” and “Brotherly Love.” Voice actor on “Rugrats,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” and “Rocket Power”.

Joseph Limbaugh Joseph Limbaugh

BA in Drama from University of Portland. Directed, performed in, and created hundreds of improvisational shows including Cartoon Overlord, Scandal, Dark Gables, Course Correction, Rue de Monsters, Camenot, Politico! After School Specials, and many more. He was the head writer of Hollywood Saturday Night and runs the sketch and improv program for the ACME Comedy Theatre.

George Mcgrath George McGrath
Comedy & Improvisation, Acting for the Camera, Voice

Performed with the Groundlings in Los Angeles from 1983 – 1992. He co-wrote the Paramount film “Big Top Pee-wee,” and created and starred in Nick-at-Nite’s first original series, “On the Television,” which he also co-executive produced. He had a recurring role on HBO’s “Tracey Takes On,” a series he also wrote and produced.

Kellynn Meeks Kellynn Meeks
Voice and Speech, Movement

MFA in Acting, Penn State University, BFA in Acting, University of Minnesota Duluth. Lessac Certified Trainer. Studied under Arthur Lessac. Performed extensively with Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Commercial and television credits including “The West Wing.” ABC Digital’s “Boondoggle”.

Corey Pepper Corey Pepper
Comedy & Improv, Sketch Comedy

BA, SUNY at Binghamton. Founding member of National Lampoon Players, studying improv with Chris Barnes and Michael Haggarty. Graduate of Warner Bros. Comedy Writers program. Thirty years experience as actor, writer, comic and teacher. Has appeared in such projects as “Studs Lonigan” for NBC, and “The Quickening” for A&E.

Lee Quarrie Lee Quarrie

MFA, Interdisciplinary Digital Media: Arizona State University. Lee toured nationally as Glenda and Auntie Em in "The Wizard of Oz" with American Family Theatre. Her original film, "Patchwork Dreams," is a grand prize winner of the 2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition.

Matthew Montgomery Matthew Montgomery

MFA in Film/TV Production, University of Southern California (Recipient of the Lionsgate Televisa-Pantelion Fellowship); BA in Theatre, University of Southern California. Matthew has studied at Point Park Conservatory and trained at The Berg Studio, Los Angeles. Directing credits include Devil’s Path (Best First Narrative Feature, FilmOut San Diego). Feature credits include Redwoods (Best Feature, Iris Prize Festival), Pornography: A Thriller, and Back Soon. On stage in the international tour of Corpus Christi by Terrence McNally.

Julio O. Ramos Julio O. Ramos

MFA in Film Directing and Production from UCLA; BA in Journalism from Universidad San Martin de Porres (Peru). Julio is the Writer/Director of "A Doctor's Job" and "Behind the Mirrors," films that were showcased in Telluride, Camerimage and CFC WorldWide, awarded with top prizes at Palm Springs ShortFest, Nashville and La Habana. He is an Alum of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

Mary Sala Mary Sala

MFA in Performance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a Certified Lessac Kinesensic© Trainer, currently serving as President of the Lessac Training and Research Institute. She is a professional actor, voice over artist, author and has taught theatre, acting, voice, speech and movement for a combined 32 years.

Carol Stanzione Carol Stanzione

BFA in Acting, New York University Tisch School Of the Arts/Strasberg Institute. Acting credits include “Orange Is The New Black”, “Side Effects”, “Deliver Us From Evil”, Eminem's "Stan" music video and the west coast premiere of “The Manchurian Candidate”, as well as many radio commercials and animated series. Has cast, directed and produced over 200 voiceovers for TV, film and radio.

Riley Steiner Riley Steiner

MFA in Shakespeare from Mary Baldwin College, BA in Theatre Arts from Mary Baldwin College, studied with Uta Hagen at HB Studios, and trained at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. Television credits include General Hospital, NYPD Blue, Civil Wars. On stage in New York, When the Young Wine Blooms with Celeste Holm, and Ophelia in Hamlet, directed by Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Tyler Stillwill Tyler Stillwill

MFA in Acting from Penn State University and BA in Acting/ Design from University of Northern Iowa. Artistic Director- Black Hawk Children's Theatre, Waterloo, IA 2003-2009. Instructor of Voice & Movement, Greek Theatre, Directing and Acting (Meisner Method) and Theatre Arts History at the University of Northern Iowa. Actor, Iowa Shakespeare Festival.

Melissa Sullivan Melissa Sullivan
Acting for Film

BFA in Theater from California Institute of the Arts. Artist in Residence, University of Las Vegas. Acting film credits include: Finding Red Cloud and The World of Tomorrow. TV credits include: E.R., Hawthorne, Dragnet. Theater credits include: James Joyce’ The Dead, The Interview, Tennessee William’s Mr. Paradise, Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Cle Thompson Cle Thompson
Acting for Directors, Accent Reduction

BA in English, Beloit College. Extensive acting experience in off-Broadway productions, national tours, and feature films including A 2nd Before Hell Freezes Over, VS, Funny Valentines and Beyond the Blue. She has worked with legendary film composer/arranger Elmer Bernstein, sung in clubs from New York to Los Angeles.

Matthew Toronto Matthew Toronto

MFA in Directing from Penn State University and BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Michigan. Director, writer, and producer of film and theatre. Feature film, “The Pact”. Acting experience includes national tours, regional theatres and 5 seasons as a dancer alongside the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Dig Wayne Dig Wayne

Trained in London at the Lee Strasberg Studio. He was cast in the lead role in the musical 5 Guy's Named Moe in London's West End which won an Oliver Award for best musical. His most notable role in Los Angeles has been as Gabriel in the Actors Studio project of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Fences. Dig was nominated for an Ovation Award and won a NAACP Theatre Award for supporting actor in 2007.

Stacie Mitchell Stacie Mitchell
MFA in Acting from Purdue University, and BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. Film credits include: "The Game of Death," (Sony Pictures) "Opening Night," (Netflix) "Mooz-lum," (Amazon Prime) "Dogman 1 & 2." Theatre credits include: LA Fresh Produced, Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Tim Redmond Tim Redmond
BFA in Acting from Kent State University. Tim is currently a member of InHouse Theater company in Los Angeles, which produces site-specific theater and has performed in regional theaters around the country including the American Conservatory Theater, the California Shakespeare Festival, and the Aurora Theater company, to name a few. Tim also works for Sidelight Media and has produced short films, non-scripted programming and documentary films.
Evangeline Crittenden Evangeline Crittenden
MFA in Acting, California Institute of the Arts; BA in Theater Arts, UC Santa Cruz. Film and TV credits include I Solved a Murder (A&E), Shangri-La: Near Extinction, and Meet Me By The Lake, among many others. Evangeline is a critically-acclaimed theater director and writer, most notably for her award-winning solo show-turned film The Grief Party and the shadow ballet Pomegranate Jam.
Andrew Eisenman Andrew Eisenman
MFA in Theater Arts and Acting, Brandeis University; BA in Drama, San Francisco State University. Founding Company Member of Leviathan Lab and American Bard Theater. Directed at Leviathan Lab and Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York and Our Gang Teen Ensemble in LA. As an actor, Andrew has performed with various professional companies such as The Public Theater, New Group, Ma-Yi Theater, and the National Asian American Theater Company.
Corey Johnson Corey Johnson
MFA in Acting, University of Southern California; BFA in Theater, Central CT State University. Training also includes Improv and Sketch with the Upright Citizens Brigade 98 years) and the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center. Acting credits include: Musicals in Real Life, Titus and Dronicus, and CollegeHumor Originals.
Saida Santana Saida Santana
PhDs and Master's in Performing Arts, URJC; Master's in Life and Executive Coaching, UCJC; BA in Journalism, UCM. Saida played the lead in La vida según Ofelia, De Bares, La Llorona, and in the television series El juramento de Puntabrava, Todos ah cien, and Cosita Linda. Recent credits include: Kill Skills and La Reina del sur 2. She is the director, producer, playwright, and actress of multimedia plays Visual Poems, dentro, and Melocotón en almíbar, as well as a screenwriter in companies including Official Spanish Television, El Terrat, and Telemundo.
John Dion John Dion
MFA in Directing, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts; BA in Visual Arts-Media, University of California San Diego; 8-Week Program, New York Film Academy. Feature, series, and short film credits with Hallmark. Extensive film festival play including Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand, and Austin. BAFTA LA and Emmy Foundation College Television Awards student nominations. Short film television distribution on Canal+, Shorts International, and Mediaset.

Miguel Cruz Miguel Cruz
Miguel Cruz is a television and film director with credits that include nearly 200 TV episodes. Shows include two seasons of the number one Spanish sitcom Aida and the Emmy winning Caiga Quien Caiga. Cruz directed and produced feature film Vulnerable, which starred renowned Spanish actress Paula Echevarria. He has also developed a remake of the Argentinian blockbuster Permitidos for 20th Century Fox Studios. Cruz's most recent project was as director for the Disney show Bunk’d.  As well as a NYFA instructor, Cruz is the Director of NYFA’s Fulbright Program Initiatives, a member of the Directors Guild of America, a former Fulbright Scholar, and serves on the board of the Fulbright Association of LA. 

Kristin Jordan Tripe
Kristin Jordan Tripe
Kristin Jordan Tripe has an MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She specializes in speech work and accent reduction and is trained in Linklater, Fitzmaurice, and Roy Hart voice techniques and Edith Skinner speech technique. She is also an award-winning independent filmmaker and an educator in theatre arts integration at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts.

Adam Lebowitz-Lockard Adam Lebowitz-Lockard
Adam Lebowitz-Lockard is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and member of the Élan Ensemble, currently residing in Los Angeles. In addition to NYFA, he teaches Grotowski and Movement at USC. His various off-broadway and regional work include: The Whitney Museum, Primary Stages, The Flea Theater, Soho Playhouse, American Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and many Los Angeles stages small and large. He received his MFA in Acting from USC.

Martin Thompson Martin Thompson
Martin Thompson earned his BFA in Acting at East Carolina University, before going on to study with Uta Hagen at HB Studio in New York, The Actors Studio, American Theatre of Actors, and with Wynn Handman at The American Place Theatre. He has appeared in over 100 productions on the New York stage, and in regional theatres nationwide. His motion picture credits include starring with Kevin Costner in The New Daughter, opposite Paul Rudd in Wanderlust, and with Colin Firth in Main Street (the final screenplay by the legendary Horton Foote.) On television, he has appeared on NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, Scorpion, Comedy Bang Bang, Uncle Buck, and the first season of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels for Showtime.

Matthew Singletary Matthew Singletary
Technique & Scene Study; Play Production Workshop
MFA in Directing from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. BA in Theatre from Alma College. A professional director of over fifty theatrical productions at theaters and universities in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and all over the United States. His short films have been seen at numerous film festivals domestically and internationally, including the Slamdance Film Festival, the WildSound Film Festival, and many others.

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