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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.

Peter Allen Stone Peter Allen Stone
Instructor

Peter Allen Stone is an actor, director, writer, and teacher in New York City. He has performed extensively in film, television, and on regional and off-Broadway stages. Some of his acting credits include: “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” and numerous commercials. Stone co-wrote the critically acclaimed play “Unnatural Acts,” which premiered at Classic Stage Company in New York City in 2011 and received a 2012 Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Play, G.L.A.A.D. Media Award Nomination, Off-Broadway Alliance Award Nomination, and an Honorable Mention for Top 10 Plays of 2011 by The Advocate. He worked as a casting assistant at Mackey Sandrich Casting, where he assisted on the casting for “The Green Zone” and “The Adjustment Bureau” with Matt Damon, “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and “The Good Guy” with Bryan Greenberg.

He has taught internationally at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea; Florence, Italy; Mumbai, India; and for the University of Heidelberg in Germany. His former students have appeared on Broadway (“The Lion King,” “Motown the Musical”), Film (“Life of Pi,” “Death Note,” “King Cobra,” “Unbroken,” “Men in Black III,” “Jamesy Boy,” “The Life and Death of John Gotti”), television (“Modern Family,” “The People V. O.J. Simpson: A Crime Story,” “Law and Order SVU,” “The Blacklist,” “The Apprentice,” “Power Rangers Megaforce”), and more. Stone is a graduate of the MFA Acting Program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity.

Victor Verhaeghe Victor Verhaeghe
Meisner Technique, Acting for Film

Victor Verhaeghe has begun filming his third season in the recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire", starring Steve Buscemi. Other television credits include: Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Damages, Bored to Death, Ugly Betty, Fringe, Sex and the City, Spin City and the Law & Orders (nine times).

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.

Rob Leo Roy Rob Leo Roy

Rob Leo Roy is a New York City-based actor, teacher and director. Rob is a 30-year alumni company member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre and has performed regionally across the U.S. and in New York, including Off-Broadway. Film credits include “No Reservations” and “Touched with Fire.” TV credits “High Maintenance,” “The Sopranos,” “Limitless,” “Blue Bloods,” “Rescue Me,” and each of the “Law & Order” series. National commercials include Verizon, Yahoo, IBM.com, Eggos and Capital One Bank. Rob is an audiobook narrator for Audible.com and corporate trainer and presenter, having assisted such companies as the Fire Department of New York, Cardinal Health, Macquarie Bank, AspenRe and GenRe. As a director and teacher, Rob has directed numerous one-act plays off-Broadway and has filmed over 65 short independent films in association with New York Film Academy.

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.

Anika Solveig Anika Solveig

Anika Solveig is an actor and director in New York City. She teaches acting, voice, speech, movement, and Shakespeare at the New York Film Academy, AMDA and City College of New York. In 2014 she was a resident artist with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival while simultaneously teaching voice and text at the California Shakespeare Festival. Additionally, she has taught acting, voice and speech at the University of California, Irvine, while she studied with Master Fitzmaurice voice teachers Phil Thompson and Cynthia Bassham. Anika has performed regionally with Frank Theater at the Guthrie in Minneapolis, Shakespeare Orange County, New Swan Shakespeare Co., and Counter-Balance Theater Co. In New York, she has performed with Barefoot Theatre, Brick-a-brack, Looking Glass, Amios, terraNOVA, and Panapoly Lab.

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.

Jason Tate Jason Tate

Jason Paul Tate is an actor, movement director and teaching artist. Performance credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Strindberg Rep. He has directed movement and fights for Classic Stage Company, Lesser America, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Florida Rep, The New School, and The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama. As an acting, movement and combat teacher, he has served at Hofstra, Florida State, University of Kentucky, the Asolo Conservatory, University of Central Florida, Texas A&M and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts.

David Vando David Vando
Shakespeare

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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