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Acting for Film Department

Josephine Wilson Josephine Wilson
Chair of the Acting for Film Department in New York

Josephine Wilson has been teaching at New York Film Academy since 2015 and has served as Head of Acting for Musical Theatre for the past year. She is a New York-based actor and teacher from a tiny town in Idaho. Josephine is a company member of the nationally-acclaimed Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, MA, where she spent nearly 10 years acting, directing, and teaching. While there, she studied under Tina Packer and dove deeply into Kristen Linklater's work in the place where it was created and developed. Josephine has also helped Lincoln Center Theatre develop its Shakespeare curriculum for schools, and has taught in its programs since moving to New York in 2015. She is a member of The Humanist Project, a theatre company that devises new pieces rooted in the classics. She has recently been a part of a five-person Macbeth performed at the Secret Theatre, was in Macbeth for South Brooklyn Shakespeare, was a part of the Shakespeare Society's exploration of Richard III, and co-created a clown show called Quantum Fairy Tales. She has also written and developed her own show, Psyche, that she recently performed at Dixon Place. Regionally, she has performed as Annie in Table Manners, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Miss Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She holds an MFA in Acting from Pennsylvania State University.

Amy Van Horne Amy Van Horne
Creative Director of the Acting for Film Department in New York

Amy Van Horne is an actor, teacher, and professional on-camera audition coach. She holds an M.F.A. from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts where she studied under the tutelage of Master Teachers William Esper and Maggie Flanigan. Amy has been a professional film and television actress for over 20 years, working in both LA and New York. Selected film/TV credits include: Cost of Living, The City, The Big Easy, Hitz, Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place, Push, Veronica’s Closet, Family Rules, The Beach Boys: An American Family, Judging Amy, Strong Medicine, Cold Case, and Final Sale. She has also appeared in dozens of national network commercials. Having firsthand knowledge of the many technical challenges actors face working in front of the camera on professional film/TV sets, Amy developed and led on-camera acting technique and scene study classes that she taught for over 10 years in LA. Teaching actors to find freedom on camera became Amy’s passion, and she returned to New York in 2013 to train as a master teacher under her mentor Maggie Flanigan.

Victor Verhaeghe Victor Verhaeghe
Meisner Technique, Acting for Film

Victor Verhaeghe has been acting professionally for over twenty five years. Victor just wrapped a featured role on the Hugh Jackman film, Bad Education, co-starring Allison Janney and Ray Romano. Also this year, he worked on the feature film, Peel, starring Emile Hirsch and Amy Brenneman, as well as a guest starring role on the television show, The Americans. He also starred in a feature film, Bride in a Box, that shot in July of this year. Recent film and TV work includes: Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies; a recurring role in the HBO mini-series, The Night Of, starring John Turturro. Other recent work includes: the recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi, a featured role on the NBC Pilot Allegaince; guest starring roles on Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Fringe, and several Law & Order episodes. His Off-Broadway credits include Magic Hands Freddy at Soho Rep with Ralph Macchio, Four Last Things with Royal Family Productions. He has written and starred in three musical comedies for the NY International Fringe Festival. He has also written and produced a feature film and three short films that all garnered attention on the festival circuit. He is currently workshopping his most recent musical, Doormen, The Musical.

Blanche Baker Blanche Baker

A veteran actor of stage and screen, Baker first made her television debut in the miniseries Holocaust for which she won an Emmy Award and went on to appear in numerous other television movies and series, including the recent HBO film Taking Chance. She is also well-known for her turn in the classic film Sixteen Candles and she made her Broadway debut in 1980 in the Edward Albee adaptation of Lolita.

Anna M. Cianciulli Anna M. Cianciulli
Acting for Film

Editor of the Italian edition of Sanford Meisner's "On Acting" ("Sulla recitazione") Nomination - Best Actress - International Festival of Cinema and Technology. Director and Actor for dramatic presentations at: The Kitchen (BAM Event); Joyce Soho; St. Peter's Church; Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Station. Collaborations staged with Domenica Cameron-Scorsese; Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon; Felix Cavaliere, Brian Dennehy; Roberto Benigni.

Michael Laibson Michael Laibson
Acting for Film

Michael Laibson is an Emmy winning Producer of Daytime Dramas. For over twenty years, he led the creative teams at All My Children, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, and Another World.

He started in the business as an actor, getting his degree in Theatre at UCLA, and then performing in Los Angeles and New York in productions ranging from classical to musical. He directed Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, Thieves, and Loneliest Game in Town in NYC before moving into Television Production.

Michael directed the award winning production of The Savior of Fenway at the New York International Fringe Festival, the critically acclaimed Christopher Durang play, Laughing Wild for the Garage Theatre in Teaneck, NJ, and most recently the revival of Eugene O"Neil's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Anna Christie at the Tank Theatre in Manhattan.

Michael has been teaching Acting for the Camera and Directing Actors at the New York Film Academy (in NY, Abu Dhabi, and DisneyWorld) for over ten years. He also is on staff at Primary Stages, the Equity Theatre in NYC, and at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Rico Rosetti Rico Rosetti

Rico is an actor/director/teacher based in New York. He's taught classes or led workshops at Rutgers University, The Acting Studio in Philadelphia, Pratt University, Delaware County Community College, among others. Stage credits include A Doll House (Torvald), American Fairy Tales (ensemble), Trojan Women (Menelaus), Gingham Dog (Vince), Our Lady of 121st St (Balthazar), Hurlyburly (Eddie). TV: "Law & Order," "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Guiding Light," "All My Children." As a director he has helped develop a number of original works, including A Gentleman from Mississippi which premiered at the Century Theater in NYC before touring nationally. Rico holds an MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

David Shalansky David Shalansky

After moving to New York City in 1996, David Shalansky became successful in TV commercials and worked steadily in New York and regional theatre. He moved to Los Angeles in 2003, working in TV and independent films and producing original content before returning to New York in 2014. He continues to write and produce web series as well as act in TV, film, commercials and voiceovers. He is best known for his recurring role on “Gilmore Girls” and has recently worked on such shows as “Vinyl,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Divorce” with Sarah Jessica Parker, and “Grey’s Anatomy.” He is also a professional drummer and plays in several LA and NYC bands. BFA: Acting, Boston University.

Liz Stanton Liz Stanton

Liz Stanton is a multifaceted theatre artist whose award-winning performances have been praised in New York City, regionally and around the world. She specializes in devising theatrical performance, and teaching physical acting and embodied voice. She is also a theatrical development producer for Convergences Theatre Collective. MFA: Contemporary Performance, Naropa University.

David Vando David Vando

Scholarship student at Columbia University, BS Contemporary Literature, MFA Playwriting, Folger Library Fellowship in Shakespearean Studies recipient, Forest Robert's International Playwriting Prize winner, whose theatre works have been performed in Europe as well as America. Published works include, THE MASK AND THE MIRROR, an anthology of three plays, and SHAKESPEARE FOR THE 21st CENTURY going into its second edition.

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