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Musical Theatre Department

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Mark Olsen Mark Olsen
Musical Theatre Chair

Chair of New York Film Academy's Musical Theatre Conservatory as well as a performer, director and instructor. Mr. Olsen has directed over forty-five professional and university productions including HAIR, My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, and West Side Story. His work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at the following institutions: New York Shakespeare Festival, New York Public Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Long Wharf Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, The Alley Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stratford Children’s Festival, Pennsylvania Center Stage, The Juilliard School, Westport Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre, and The Signature Theatre.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Kristy Cates Kristy Cates
Creative Director Outreach and Development for Musical Theatre,
Musical Theatre Performance

Kristy Cates is best known as Elphaba in the Broadway, Chicago and National Tour of "Wicked" and holds the honor of being only the third person to perform the role on Broadway. Prior to playing the role full time, she was in the Original Broadway Cast as the understudy to TONY winner, Idina Menzel and can be heard singing several solo lines on the cast recording. Other credits include: Off Broadway: Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall, Click Clack Moo at the Lucille Lortell, The Music of Ruth Wallis, Princess Ida. Favorite Regional: The World Premier of Unbeatable (“Zoni” Award and Kevin Kline nomination- Best Actress in a Musical), Gloria in Boeing Boeing, Mother in Ragtime, Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret. Kristy has performed sold out concerts all over the USA as well as at the Palace of Versailles in Paris, the Kischelli Church in Budapest and aboard a chartered yacht through the Mediterranean. She is also a voice-over artists for tv and radio commercials including Subway Sandwiches and Chase Bank. Kristy teaches musical theatre performance and private voice at the acclaimed New York Film Academy.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Deidre Goodwin Deidre Goodwin
Jazz & Theatre Dance

Deidre Goodwin is a veteran of eight Broadway Shows and has numerous film and television credits. A sizzling turn as a “Merry Murderess” in the Oscar winning film Chicago garnered her a piece of the 2003 SAG award for Best Ensemble. She is also featured in the documentary Every Little Step snagging the coveted role of “Sheila” in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line. Some of her other film roles include The Bourne Legacy, It’s Complicated, Love and Other Drugs and Half Nelson. Television audiences will recognize Deidre as “Deborah” from the “MILF Island” episode of 30 Rock as well as stints on Law & Order SVU, Nurse Jackie, Dancing with the Stars (with the cast of A Chorus Line), Good Morning America and 3 appearances on the Tony Awards. Dance and Theatre are her first loves. She has appeared in eight Broadway shows and numerous regional productions. Broadway includes A Chorus Line (Sheila Bryant), Chicago (Velma Kelly), Nine (Our Lady of the Spa), The Boys from Syracuse, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show and the original companies of Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life and Never Gonna Dance. Deidre has added the honored role of Teacher and Mentor to her resume and teaches Dance and Musical Theatre workshops across the country and world with a variety of prestigious Musical Theatre organizations. She is also on the faculty for the Musical Theatre Conservatory Program at the New York Film Academy. Her experience in theatre, dance, film and teaching lead her to become co-creator of The Broadway Warm-Up: A completely synchronized vocal and dance warm-up which is available as a DVD. For more, check out and

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Michelle Potterf Michelle Potterf
Jazz & Theatre Dance

Michelle recently completed a 9-year run in Chicago the Musical on Broadway as Go-to-Hell Kitty and the understudy for the lead, Roxie Hart. She was also chosen to work side by side with Ms. Ann Reinking as the Dance Captain for Chicago the Musical on Broadway. Michelle has also had the privilege of constructing and overseeing a special one night performance by the incredible Chita Rivera at the Hotel Pierre. Michelle has danced professionally in such productions as Crazy For You (International tour), The Will Rogers Follies (National Tour), Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney World.) She has been a featured dancer in the remake of the Stepford Wives movie and as a featured Dancer in a National Ebay commercial directed by Sam Mendes, as well as many other TV appearances. She has also taught dance in the NYC Public school system through The National Dance Institute under the direction of the legendary Jacques d'Amboise. Michelle earned a BFA in Dance from Missouri State University. Currently she teaching dance at the New York Film Academy in their Musical Theater Conservatory Program.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Sara Antkowiak Sara Antkowaik

Sara Antkowiak is a New York actress, dancer, aerialist, and teacher. Among her favorite credits are: Genevieve on One Life to Live, Olympia Dancing Doll in Les Contes D’Hoffmann directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher at The Metropolitan Opera – also featured on PBS’ Great Performances, Rosentern, Hamlet’s professor in Elsinore County at Theatre Row on 42nd Street which she also choreographed, Terasa, a clairvoyant Russian in #Hero at The Chain Theatre, Betty in the webseries Bad Kitty, and short film Deal Travis In. She has been fortunate to work with Steven Schwartz as an aerial soloist in Goodspeed’s tour of Pippin, as a swing at The Met Opera in Laurent Pelly’s Manon and Robert LePage’s Damnation of Faust, and she helped create the principal role Love for The Met Opera’s Armida, directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman. Other credits include: Cinderella and Peter And The Wolf at Avery Fisher Hall, Klara in Russian Tea at Metropolitan Playhouse, Dream Laurey in Media Theatre’s Oklahoma!, Broadway Bares, Lincoln Center OutOfDoors with Mark Dendy, webseries Going Up?, commercials for Nintendo Wii, Book promos for NY Times best-selling authors, Vaseline Body Wash, NY Times, and countless other films and commercials. She has also been featured as a model for acclaimed photographers Jordan Matter (Dancers Among Us) and Howard Schatz. Sara currently teaches dance classes at The New York Film Academy and she has also taught/choreographed at Boston Conservatory, University of New Hampshire, Berwick Academy, Stamford Performing Arts Center, Ballet Theatre Workshop, and New Dance Group to name a few.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Chad Austin Chad Austin

Launched his career at Metropolitan Opera Ballet in 2008 in John Adam's and Peter Sellars's Grammy Award winning Doctor Atomic. He has continued working in over 10 different productions at the Met including Richard Eyer's Carmen, Bartlett Sher's Le Contes De Hoffman, Hansel and Gretel, Aida, La Traviata, and Stephen Wadsworths's Boris Gudinov. NYC and Regional productions include: Cinderella (Lincoln Center) Play about the Naked Guy (Emerging Artist Theatre) Cabaret, A chorus Line, The Man that Came to Dinner, Buried Child and Street Scene.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Blanche Baker Blanche Baker

Studied with Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Jerzy Grotowski and Larry Moss. Feature films include Sixteen Candles, The Handmaid’s Tale with Robert Duvall, Raw Deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Kevin Bacon HBO film Taking Chance. She won an Emmy for Holocaust with Meryl Streep. She was part of the Yale Repertory Theatre. Her theatre roles include Steel Magnolias and Edward Albee’s Lolita with Donald Sutherland.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Carl Danielsen Carl Danielsen

Carl Danielsen studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Drama in the UK and received a BA in music from the University of California, Berkeley. He continued his acting studies with Larissa Eryomina from the Moscow Art Theatre in LA and studied Shakespeare, scansion and text analysis with Deborah Sussel (ACT) and Joel Friedman (Temple University/New York Shakespeare Festival).

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Aaron Galligan Aaron Galligan

BROADWAY: Monsieur Andre in "The Phantom of the Opera," Henry Ford in "Ragtime," and Papa Who in "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Also: 5 seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Kennedy Center, Papermill Playhouse, TUTS, International tour of "Cinderella"

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty D. Michael Heath D. Michael Heath

A member of Voice Foundation, NATS, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, and AGMA, Heath has worked with a number of Broadway’s leading composers and lyricists including John Kander and Fred Ebb, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and others. He has appeared in Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring productions of Starlight Express, The Most Happy Fella, They’re Playing Our Song, Peg, A Tribute to Agnes Demille, Nunsense, Street Scene, Shenandoah, The Pirates of Penzance, A Little Night Music, and Les Miserables in Concert in which he acted as stage director and starred in the leading role of Jean ValJean. Heath was chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber to perform the music of the Phantom of the Opera in the international tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in addition to directing two national touring companies starring Petula Clark and Michael Bolton. D. Micahel toured the USA and Canada for a decade with the Pulitzer Prize-winning producer/director/author Joshua Logan in Musical Moments. Heath has taught vocal training at such esteemed schools and universities as the College Conservatory of Music/University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, Long Island University/CW Post Campus, New York university’s CAP 21, the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, and American Dance Machine in addition to giving a number of vocal master classes and workshops throughout the USA and in Hong Kong.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Erik Lieberman Erik Lieberman

Erik appeared in the world premiere of REEFER MADNESS!, for which he received Ovation and Garland Awards, the LA Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning revival of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and THE TEMPEST. Has won The Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers in 2005 and appeared in AN EVENING OF KURT WEILL at Lincoln Center before making his Off-Broadway debut in THE CALAMITY OF KAT KAT AND WILLIE. He debuted on Broadway in Hal Prince and Alfred Uhry's LOVEMUSIK, provided choreography for MABOU MINES DOLLHOUSE, which played Off-Broadway then toured the world for eight years, and toured North America opposite Topol, Harvey Fierstein and Theodore Bikel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.  Erik received a 2008 Helen Hayes Award for his portrayal of "Charley" in Eric Schaeffer's revival of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, a 2012 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his performance as "The Baker" in Marc Lamos' production of INTO THE WOODS, and displayed "the disquieting unease of a young man searching for a place to fit in" in David Zellnik's FOR ELISE, directed by Pam Berlin at EST. This was followed by multiple portrayals of Groucho Marx — in Off-Broadway's MINNIE'S BOYS and THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU EVER HOID (New York Musical Theatre Festival Award) and at The White House.  Most recently, he was a "standout*" originating the role of "Frank" in SOMEWHERE IN TIME for director Scott Schwartz at Portland Center Stage. ON CAMERA: Erik starred in film festival favorites BROTHER for Susan Marshall and Christopher Shinn; KINETOSCOPE for Max Goldblatt and Oscar-nominated producer Dan Janvey; D2D for Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond; FALLING STAR opposite Adam Pascal, Natasha Lyonne and Tovah Feldshuh; and in the upcoming films FOG and ROVER.  On TV, he appeared on ANGEL and GET REAL with Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg.  Online, he is recognized for his role as "Len Rolls" on the "must-see*" web-series, SUBMISSIONS ONLY.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Bronson Norris Murphy Bronson Norris Murphy

Recently appeared in Vince Pesce’s production of Something’s Afoot at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut and in the 55th Anniversary Production of The Stephen Foster Story in Kentucky. NAT’L TOURS: The 30th Anniversary production of CATS (BroadwayWorld’s “Best Actor” nomination); American Spirit (original cast). OFF-BROADWAY/NEW YORK:Faustus, the Musical (MTM’s “Best Actor” award), King David (Joab), Candide, Isle of Iniquities, Maybe One Day (original cast) as well as performances at The Metropolitan Opera, North Shore Music Theatre, Skirball Center, York Theatre, Players’ Theatre, John W. Engeman Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and West Virginia Public Theatre.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Mark Price Mark Price

Broadway: Original companies of Mary Poppins (Robertson Aye), Wonderful Town (Ensemble), All Shook Up (Dennis), Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), Mamma Mia! (Pepper), Dance of the Vampires (Boris), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy u/s), Paul Simon’s The Capeman (Anthony Krzesinski), Replacements for Chicago and Beauty and The Beast (Lefou). Regional: Sherlock Holmes & The Suicide Club (Alley Theater), Lend Me A Tenor (Paper Mill Playhouse), Assassins (Charles Guiteau) at Milwaukee Rep, The 39 Steps (George Street Playhouse), Into The Woods (The Baker) at the Alliance Theater, Sondheim Celebration at Lincoln Center, Sweeney Todd (Tobias) at the Kennedy Center, for which he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination, and 70, Girls, 70 and Tenderloin for City Center Encores! Film & T.V.: Law & Order, Broadway’s Finest, The Tony Awards, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show. He is a BFA graduate of Ithaca College and has taught workshops and classes for AMDA, The Performing Arts Project, Heifetz Institute, as well as college and training programs around the country. Visit

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Thom Christopher Warren Thom Christopher Warren
History of Musical Theatre

Broadway: The Lion King (Ed), Once Upon A Mattress. National Tours: The Lion King (Zazu), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Copacabana, Barry Manilow's Harmony.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Wysandria Woolsey Wysandria Woolsey
Private Voice Instruction, Voice Studio Lab, Advanced Audition Technique

Wysandria Woolsey originated the role of "The Sugar Bowl" in Disney's Broadway production of "Beauty and the Beast", and is featured on the cast recording and in the national commercial. She performed the role of "Carlotta" in the Broadway production of "The Phantom of the Opera" and was in "Parade" at Lincoln Center, both directed by Hal Prince. Other original Broadway shows include: "Aspects of Love" and "Chess", Both directed by Trevor Nunn. In Europe she was Grizabella in the Austrian production of "Cats" and has done numerous national tours including "Whistle Down The Wind" (dir. Hal Prince), "Zorba" with Anthony Quinn (dir. Joel Grey),"On the 20th Century" as understudy to Imogene Coca, "Song and Dance" as stand-by to Melissa Manchester, and was a featured soloist in "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber" (dir. Arlene Phillips). Other regional and Stock credits include: "City of Angels", Blood Brothers, "A Chorus Line" and "Street Scene". She has also appeared a soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in both Cleveland and Breckenridge Colo. and was featured in the Lincoln Center Tribute to Alan Jay Lerner. and at in A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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