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

Mark Olsen is the Chair of New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. He is also a professional director, fight director, and movement/acting specialist. Mr. Olsen has directed over 45 professional and university productions. Some favorite productions are “Hair,” “The Dining Room,” “Godspell,” “My Fair Lady,” “She Stoops to Conquer,” and “West Side Story.” He has directed five New York Film Academy Movie Musicals: “Walk the Walk,” “Start Up.Com,” “Radio Head Gear,” “Love on Earth 44” and the award-winning “Seeking Alice.” Formerly the head of graduate acting for Penn State University’s School of Theatre, Mr. Olsen also teaches at The Juilliard School and is a guest instructor at schools and studios across the nation. His movement coaching and fight direction has been seen on Broadway in “Old Acquaintance,” “Trip to Bountiful” and off-Broadway in “Incident at Vichy,” “The Orphan’s Home Cycle” (Drama Desk Award), “Tally’s Folly,” “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore,” and :Necessary Targets.” He worked over 10 seasons as movement coordinator and fight director for the Hartford Stage Company, plus numerous regional productions at Signature Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Theatre Center, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and others. He has performed on Broadway and for two years in the International Touring Cast of “Mummenschanz.” Proud member of SDC and AEA.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Kristy Cates Kristy Cates
Creative Director of Musical Theatre Department

Kristy is currently playing Grandma Josephine in "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" on Broadway. Past productions include: Elphaba in "Wicked" (Broadway, First National Tour, Chicago), Miss Bassett in "Finding Neverland," "Jerry Springer: the Opera" at Carnegie Hall, a handful of Off-Broadway shows and many regional productions. Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Kristy is an original member of the NYFA Musical Theatre faculty and is a professional voiceover artist.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Jordan Dragutsky Jordan Dragutsky
Coordinator for the Musical Theatre Program

Jordan Dragutsky was born and raised in Los Angeles surrounded by the entertainment industry, and spent a good amount of his childhood visiting and falling in love with New York City. His performance work in the theatre includes “4@15” (Off-B’Way Debut, York Theatre). Jordan has assisted in press offices and production/merchandising for over 20 Broadway productions including: “Hair,” “Wicked,” “Book of Mormon,” and most recently “Sunday in the Park With George” and “Michael Moore on Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender.” Film: “The Cobbler” (Goth Guy) “Gingerbread House” (Snarky Customer & Assoc. Prod.). TV: “Members Only” (ABC Pilot). Jordan is a proud SAG-AFTRA member, and regularly can be seen in the background on TV shows and films that shoot in New York. Graduate of University of California – Irvine (Drama/Queer Studies)
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Anna Ebbesen Anna Ebbesen
Music Supervisor for Musical Theatre Department

Anna has worked as the arranger and musical director for numerous showcases and productions and is the supervising musical director for all of the NYFA Musical Theatre Program’s musicals, new works projects, and movie musicals. Anna is also a professional accompanist, arranger, and audition coach.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Michelle Potterf Michelle Potterf
NYFA Musical Theatre Head of Dance

Michelle Potterf came to NYFA from a nine-year run in the Musical “Chicago” on Broadway, where she played Go-to-Hell Kitty and understudied the lead, Roxie Hart. She was chosen to work side-by-side with Ms. Ann Reinking as the dance captain for “Chicago” 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), and “Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney World.) She was a featured dancer in the remake of the “Stepford Wives” movie and 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 is head of the dance department within the Musical Theater Conservatory Program at the New York Film Academy.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty D. Michael Heath D. Michael Heath
Head of Voice

D. Michael Heath has worked with many of Broadway’s greatest composers and lyricists, including John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cy Coleman, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken, Tim Rice, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. His Broadway, off-Broadway, and touring performance credits include “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,” where he served as stage director and played the leading role of Jean Valjean. D. Michael was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to sing opposite Sarah Brightman in his original international tour of “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert.” D. Michael then went on to become associate director for two national touring companies of the same show starring Petula Clark & Michael Bolton. In Canada, he stepped in for Colm Wilkinson in Livent’s original production of “Music of the Night” and played opposite Betty Buckley in the American tour. For 10 years D. Michael toured the U.S. and Canada with Pulitzer Prize winner Joshua Logan in “Musical Moments.” As an educator, D. Michael is currently the head of voice at the New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre School and has served on the voice faculties of 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 Lee Theodore’s American Dance Machine. Voice Foundation Member, NATS, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, AGMA.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Josephine Wilson Josephine Wilson
Head of Acting for Musical Theatre Department

Josephine Wilson is a transplant to New York from the Berkshires, where she spent many years with the internationally-acclaimed Shakespeare & Company as an actor, director, education artist, and resident company member. She teaches for Lincoln Center's renowned Shakespeare program, is a company member of the Humanist Project, and writes and produces classically-inspired new plays. New York acting credits: “Macbeth” (South Brooklyn Shakespeare), a five-person “Macbeth” as Banquo, Lennox, Hecate, etc. (The Humanist Project), “Titus Andronicus” as Marcus (The Humanist Project), Lincoln Center Hall of Fame's “Voice of God”. Regional credits include: Annie in “Table Manners” (Mixed Company), Miss Jean Brodie in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (Pennsylvania Centre Stage, directed by Tony Award nominee Susan H. Schulman ), Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth,” and Titania in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (Shakespeare & Company). She has dedicated her life to the pursuit of excellence in theatre and acting training. Josephine holds her MFA in Acting from Pennsylvania State University and is a proud member of Actor's Equity.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Andrea Andresakis Andrea Andresakis
Andrea Andresakis began her career dancing at Lincoln Center under George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She subsequently performed at The Metropolitan Opera, Radio City Music Hall, NY City Center, on Broadway and in national tours. Her dozens of directing and choreography credits include The Signature Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, off-Broadway, national and international productions. At the National Dance Institute, she completed the Teacher Training program and assisted Jacques d’Amboise (Kennedy Honor recipient). At the American Ballroom Theatre, she trained under Pierre Dulaine (“Take the Lead,” “Mad Hot Ballroom” and “Dancing in Jaffa”). Teaching credits include: Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire, SUNY Purchase, CUNY, Queens College and several studios and conservatories in the tri-state area.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Sara Antkowiak Sara Antkowaik
Sara Antkowiak is a New York City-based actress, teacher, and choreographer. Recent workshops include Jose Rivera's “Marisol” (25th Anniversary), “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot,” and “Untranslatable” (World Premiere). She has been fortunate to work with Steven Schwartz as the aerial soloist in Goodspeed’s tour of “Pippin,” with Jose Rivera on his Goodman Theatre commissioned play “Untranslatable,” and with Bartlett Sher dancing in “The Tales of Hoffmann” at The Metropolitan Opera and on PBS' Great Performances. She helped create the principal role Love for Mary Zimmerman’s “Armida,” and danced in Laurent Pelly’s “Manon” and Robert LePage’s “Damnation of Faust,” all at The Metropolitan Opera. Other credits include film festival winner “Have You Seen Calvin?,” “Elsinore County” at Theatre Row (also choreographer), “Oklahoma!,” “The Maids,” “One Life to Live,” and dancing in “Cinderella” and “Peter And The Wolf,” both at Lincoln Center. She has been a featured model for acclaimed photographers Jordan Matter (“Dancers Among Us”) and Howard Schatz (“SCHATZ Images: 25 Years”). Sara is an accomplished choreographer for film and theatre in New York and she is currently on the faculty at New York Film Academy and The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Sara teaches ballet, modern, and jazz in the Musical Theatre Program at NYFA. She has choreographed movie musicals, graduation showcases, and industry showcases for the program.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Charissa Bertels Charissa Bertels
Charissa Bertels is a Broadway actress and champion of new musicals. Charissa recently toured the country in the first national tour of “If/Then,” starring Idina Menzel, La Chanze and Anthony Rapp. She made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway cast of Pasek & Paul's Tony-nominated musical “A Christmas Story,” and later reprised her role at Madison Square Garden. As part of the singing ensemble for New York City Center Encores' productions of “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” and “Lady Be Good,” her work can be heard on the subsequent cast recordings featuring Megan Hilty and Tommy Tune. Charissa produced the new musical “Academia Nuts” at NYMF, garnering awards for best new musical, best director, and two best actors. She produced two concerts of new works with participants of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop at The Duplex: “Musical Speed Dating” and “Contemporary Christmas.” Her original one-woman musical “My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend” recently received a world premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, where she has been named an Artistic Patriot. She is a proud faculty member of the musical theatre department at New York Film Academy and can be seen in two of their original musical films: “Gingerbread House” and “It Is What It Is.”
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Todd Buonopane Todd Buonopane
Broadway productions include “On the Twentieth Century,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and “Cinderella.” Off-Broadway productions include “The Girl Friend” and “Henry and Mudge.” Todd recently directed the first industry showcase for NYFA’s Musical Theatre Program. In addition to his directing, he teaches Song Interpretation and Performance Lab.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Ladonna Burns Ladonna Burns
Ladonna Burns is an accomplished singer, actress and dancer from Indianapolis. She has been seen nationally and in Canada in the national tours of “RENT” as the “Seasons of Love” Soloist/Joanne understudy, and “Seussical the Musical” as the Sour Kangaroo. LaDonna has appeared as Teen Angel/Miss Lynch in “Grease” at the International Music Festival in Macau, China. Some of LaDonna's regional credits include “All Shook Up” (Sylvia), “Smokey Joe’s Café” (BJ), “Children of Eden” (Eve/Mama Noah), “Aida,” “Ain't Misbehavin” (Armelia), “Beehive” (Aretha Franklin/Patti Labelle/Diana Ross), “Crowns” (Jeanette) and “Satchmo: The Life and Times of Louis Armstrong” (Ella Fitzgerald/Bessie Smith). She recently performed in a cirque inspired production of “Godspell” at Arkansas Rep and is looking forward to originating the role of the Jitterbug Queen in a cirque inspired “Wizard of Oz” at Syracuse Stage. She is one half of the comedy duo “The Black Ups.”
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Nathan Brewer Nathan Brewer
Nathan Brewer is an educator and director of theatre, concert, and film. Credits include Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, NYMF, Theatreworks/USA, The Adrienne Arsht Center, New Studio on Broadway (NYU, Tisch), Penn State University, New York Film Academy, Westminster Choir College, Northwestern University, The American Pops Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, The Princeton Festival, Blue Hill Troupe, 54 Below, Warner Theatre, Lincoln Theatre, Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan Theatre Source, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and The York Theatre. Nathan is Resident Director for Nouveau Productions, and Artistic Director of Recreational Arts, Inc.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Bobby Cronin Bobby Cronin
Bobby Cronin is an award-winning composer/writer represented by Mark Sendroff, Esq. (Sendroff-Baruch, NYC) and James Beresford (Shepherd Management, UK). His projects include: “Mary & Max” with Crystal Skillman and director Stafford Arima; “The Cover” with Crystal Skillman, (lab presentation at West Texas A&M 2015, shortlist for the New American Musical Theatre Prize); “‘Til Death Do Us Part” with book writer Caroline Prugh (2016 Overtures Series directed by Kent Nicholson, 2012 Alec Baldwin Fellowship Winner, and UK’s S&S Award Finalist); “Sunset City” with book writer Wade Dooley (2013 Running Deer Theatre Lab, 2014 Goodspeed Mercer Project, 2014 the Pitch, 2015 The York Theatre, NYC); “Till Soon, Anne” with book writer Christine Toy Johnson (residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center); “Welcome To My Life” (W2ML) which is under a Broadway option; “Alone in the U.S.” with Terry Berliner (commissioned by CAP21, produced at the University of Cumbria under the title “Alone in the UK”); “The Concrete Jungle,” (commissioned for London’s esteemed ArtsEd, President: Andrew Lloyd Webber); and “Lo Canto." In the spring of 2017, Bobby toured Europe for his "Bobby Cronin & Friends" concert tour, which ended with a NYC concert at Green Room 42 produced by Yael Silver (NYFA 2016). He’s a graduate of Yale, where he won the Michael P. Manzella Award for excellence in arts, scholastics and character. Member of ASCAP, Dramatists Guild.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Carl Danielsen Carl Danielsen
Carl Danielsen’s New York credits include Polonius, “Hamlet” (Kraine); Duke, “Measure for Measure” (Island Shakespeare); Roger, “Enter Laughing” (York); “Souvenir” (La Mirada); “42nd Street” (dir. Gary Griffin); “Much Ado About Nothing” (Stratford Festival); “A Marvelous Party” (Northlight, Jeff Award); “Cole!” (San Jose Rep); “LACLO” (BATCC/Dramalogue awards); Homer, “Morning’s At Seven” (Caldwell); “World Goes ‘Round” (TheatreWorks, BATCC award); “Taming of the Shrew,” “Oh, Kay!” (SF Shakespeare, BATTC award); Bert “Mary Poppins,” Cosmo “Singing in the Rain”; Barnum, “Barnum”; John Adams, “1776”; Albert Peterson, “Bye, Bye, Birdie” (Webber Douglas Academy of Drama, UK). Harrington award for composition, BMI, advanced workshop.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Harris Doran Harris Doran
Harris Doran is an award-winning writer, director, actor, and producer. He wrote, directed and produced the award-winning feature film “Beauty,” which won a Jury Prize for Breakout Performance in the LA Film Festival and is currently playing festivals around the country. His short film “The Story of Milo and Annie” features Alysia Reiner and Academy Award nominee Cathy Moriarty, and won Best Narrative Short in the Indie Memphis Film Festival. He has written the feature screenplays “Atticus Brown is Still Here” (Sundance, Tribeca and Hamptons Sloan finalist), “COG” (Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist), “In the Wake” (Austin semifinalist), and “An Unofficial Of Mice and Men Remake.” He produced the award-winning short film “Photo Op” and the feature “The Mutineer.” He has written the stage musicals “Bleeding Love,” “Wasp Woman,” and “Salvage,” as well as pop songs including "Falling Away" for Marian Raven (#1 European Billboard). Harris is an award-winning actor who has been seen in projects ranging from Broadway to TV to indies, including the Sundance premier of “My Best Day.” He has written for the TV series “I Love You But I Lied” for Lifetime and “Reenact” for TWST. Harris trained as an actor at The Juilliard School and has taught acting as a private coach and teacher for 15 years.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Christine de Frece Christine de Frece
Christine de Frece has been teaching at New York Film Academy since 2014. She is a graduate of Circle in the Square and the University of Lethbridge. Regional roles include “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (Domina), “Rumors” (Cookie), “Oliver!” (Mrs. Sowerberry), “A Christmas Carol” (Mrs. Fezziwig), “Music Man” (Marian Paroo), “Ragtime” (Mother u/s, Ensemble).
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Deidre Goodwin Deidre Goodwin
Deidre is a veteran of 8 Broadway shows, a voice-over artist, and has appeared in several TV shows and films. Broadway credits include the original companies of "Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life," and "Never Gonna Dance," and the original revival casts of "Nine," "Rocky Horror Show," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "A Chorus Line" and "Chicago." Film credits include Oscar-winning film "Chicago," "Every Little Step," "Across the Universe," "It’s Complicated," "Half Nelson," "Magic Mike XXL" and "Ocean’s 8." Television highlights include "30 Rock,""Dancing with the Stars," "Law & Order SVU," "Broad City," "Search Party" and "Madam Secretary." As one of the founding faculty members of the NYFA Musical Theatre Program, Deidre teaches jazz and theatre dance, choreographs a variety of school productions for stage and screen, and is the supervising producer for the Dance on Film Projects.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Jeremy Greenbaum Jeremy Greenbaum
Jeremy Greenbaum appeared on Broadway as Davey in “Newsies” and has been seen off- Broadway in “The Fantasticks” (Mute/Matt u/s), Prospect Theater Company’s “Tamar of the River” (Shelah), and York Theatre Company’s “Saturday Night” (Dino). He has performed at regional theatres around the country, including Ogunquit Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Gateway Playhouse, American Theater Group, Miami Theatre Center, The Gretna Theatre, and The Media Theatre. Jeremy holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University and currently teaches on faculty at the New York Film Academy, American Musical Theatre Academy, and Broadway Kids Auditions. He also coaches and gives master classes around the U.S. and abroad. Jeremy is currently represented by Wolf Talent Group and Innovative Artists.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Kenny Ingram Kenny Ingram
Kenny Ingram is proud to have been a part of the New York Film Academy’s musical theatre faculty for four years as a tap and jazz dance instructor. He also has had the pleasure of teaching tap for NYFA’s high school summer programs. Mr Ingram is currently in Disney's “The Lion King” on Broadway.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Christine Toy Johnson Christine Toy Johnson
Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning actor, writer, director and advocate for inclusion based in NYC. As a performer, she has been breaking the color barrier in non-traditionally cast roles for over 25 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. Broadway highlights include: “The Music Man,” “Grease!,” “Chu Chem.” National tour highlights include: “Bombay Dreams,” “Flower Drum Song,” “Cats.” Off-Broadway: “Merrily We Roll Along” (cast album), “Pacific Overtures,” “Balancing Act” (cast album), “Philip Goes Forth” (Mint Theatre), “Genesis” (NYSF), and more. Television: nearly 100 appearances including “The Americans” (recurring), “Law and Order: SVU” (recurring), “Mr. Robot,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Blacklist,” “Braindead,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “30 Rock,” “Ugly Betty,” “Nunsense,” “Nunsense II,” and two years on “One Life to Live.” For NYFA, she has written screenplay and lyrics with composer Bobby Cronin for the award winning movie musical “Winning New York” (2015) and “Food Like Love” (2017). She had the honor of being one of 12 screenwriters chosen to participate in the 2nd Annual Meryl Streep/IRIS Writing Lab in 2016. In addition to being on the faculty of NYFA’s Musical Theater Department since 2014, Christine has taught master classes in song performance, scene study and mining character subtext at such places as the Yale School of Drama, the O’Neill Theatre Center National Theater Institute, The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, The Poor Mouth Theatre Company and the National Dance Institute (NDI). Recipient of the 2013 Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors’ Equity Association for “outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human spirit in the American theatre."
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Bob Kale Bob Kale, CSA
Bob Kale began his show business life as an actor working in theatre, film and television. His 20+ year casting career began as an assistant, then associate, and then casting director at Hughes Moss Casting/Barry Moss Casting for several years. Bob is a partner of MKA Casting. A partial list of the projects he has worked on includes Broadway: “A Tale Of Two Cities,” “Little Women The Musical,” “Souvenir,” “King Hedley II” (August Wilson), “An Inspector Calls,” The Who's “Tommy,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (1995), “Titanic The Musical,” “The Life,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “A Christmas Carol” and “The Wizard of Oz” at Madison Square Garden. He also worked on the National Tours for most of those productions as well. Off-Broadway: “Bedbugs!! The Musical” (APA and ArcLight), “I Forgive You Ronald Reagan,” Frank McGuinness' “Gates Of Gold,” “Rounding Third,” “Dracula,” “Dietrich & Chevalier,” “Over the River and Through the Woods,” and “The Deep Throat Sex Scandal,” among many others. Additional National Tours: “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” starring Ann-Margret, “Barry Manilow's Copacabana,” “Nunsense” (25th Anniversary Tour), and “Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk” starring Savion Glover. He has numerous feature film and TV casting credits as well, and has cast for Goodspeed Musicals, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, North Shore Music Theatre, Dallas Summer Musicals, Atlanta Theater of The Stars, and Ford's Theatre. Bob graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse, Juilliard Drama Division. At Neighborhood Playhouse he first came into direct contact with acting teacher, Sanford Meisner, who became his mentor. He studied with Mr. Meisner during his two years at the Playhouse and worked as Mr. Meisner’s assistant in his professional class for three years, including the class being taught in the book, “Sanford Meisner On Acting.”
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Chad Larabee Chad Larabee
Chad Larabee directed the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of “Dreyfus in Rehearsal,” as well as the London world-premiere of “Ain’t We Got Fun.” Off-Broadway credits include the world-premieres of “POPart The Musical,” “Do Not Disturb,” “Molineaux,” and “Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island.” Chad directed “Mary Poppins” and “Clybourne Park” at Northern Stage, where he is an artistic associate. This fall he will direct “The Little Mermaid” at Northern Stage. Select regional directing credits include “Big River,” Assassins,” “Always... Patsy Cline,” “Violet,” “On Golden Pond,” and “Singin’ In The Rain.” Film credits include directing the NYFA films “Life In Free Fall” and “The Ghosts of Ethan Dean,” which won Best Musical Short at the 2017 Garden State Film Festival. Chad is a graduate of The University of Iowa and Florida State University, where he received his MFA in Directing.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty James LaRosa James LaRosa
James LaRosa is an award winning actor, singer and voiceover artist. He has appeared throughout the country and New York in such roles as Mark Cohen in "RENT," Henry in "Next to Normal," Cosmo Brown in "Singin' in The Rain," Anthony in "My Big Gay Italian Wedding," Frankie Valli in "Who Loves You," Gus in "Saturday Night Fever," and Abraham in "Altar Boyz." Developmental musical work includes "Benjamin Button," "Mr. Confidential," "Perfectly Victorian," "Academia Nuts," "Calico Buffalo," and "Lady Scarface." Film and TV credits include "What Would You Do?" (ABC), "Fugitive Chronicles," "The Angry Gardner," "Deadly Sins," and "Nickelodeon's Mega Music Festival." As a voiceover artist, he can be heard on Rockstar Games, Nickelodeon, MTV, and Theatrical Rights Worldwide. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, LaRosa was the technical singing demonstrator for "Singing Exercises for Dummies."
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Erik Liberman Erik Liberman
Erik Liberman is currency originating the role of Charles Revson in Broadway’s “War Paint.” He recently originated the roles of The Telephone Guy in the award-winning “Band’s Visit” and Clopin in Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Other notable theatre credits include Broadway’s “LoveMusik” directed by Harold Prince; the North American tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” opposite Harvey Fierstein; and acclaimed revivals of “Into the Woods,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Minnie’s Boys,” and Carol Burnett’s “Hollywood Arms.” Recent TV appearances include “Vinyl,” “The Knick,” and “Unforgettable.” Erik is a winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers, YoungArts, Helen Hayes, Ovation and Garland Awards. He studied at London’s Royal National Theatre and Complicite, as well as École Philippe Gaulier (outside Paris).
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Daniel Lincoln Daniel Lincoln
Daniel Lincoln’s Broadway credits include “Wicked” and “On Your Feet!” Off-Broadway: “Avenue Q,” “Tick, Tick ... BOOM!” National Tours: “Matilda,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Wizard of Oz.” International concert tours: “The Midtown Men,” “Burlesque to Broadway.” Daniel has also worked for Telsey + Co Broadway Casting, and taught at NYU Tisch. As composer/lyricist: “Queen Bea: A Soapsical!” (3 Rules Prod, NY, starring the cast of TV’s “One Life to Live”), “Calixte” (Festival South, MS), “Wrong Could Be Right” (Facade Prod, London UK), and the upcoming movie-musicals “Plus One,” and “Bang! Boom! Pow!” Graduate of UCLA (BA: Music) and NYU (MFA: Musical Theatre Writing).
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Matt Lopez Matt Lopez
Matt Lopez first started dancing at the age of 10, performing for a Filipino dance troupe in New Hampshire. He majored in theatre at Northeastern University and transferred to the University of Central Florida, where he danced at Walt Disney World. Matt performed with Hilary Duff in the Christmas Day Parade televised on ABC. He also worked as the mascot for the New England Patriots. In the spring of 2010, Lopez was featured in the Go-Go Segment on "Live with Regis and Kelly." His other notable past stage/television performances include dancing for Sean Kingston and Wyclef Jean on a kids programming show on PBS, as well as for Demi Lovato on ABC's "Good Morning America." Matt now lives in New York City, where he is currently dancing and choreographing with his partner, Melissa Ramos-Lopez, who previously danced for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. In April 2012, Lopez was the audition facilitator for a Nicki Minaj performance and was chosen as a lead dancer in Times Square for the debut of her album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded." Matt choreographed for the 5-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots Cheerleaders, the pre-game performance at Madison Square Garden for the NY Knicks and for R&B/Pop artist, Sid Haywoode. In 2015, he was selected as one of the Top 12 Dance Convention Teachers in the U.S. by "Dance Informa Magazine." Lopez is currently teaching hip hop and street jazz at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Sarah Lawrence College and the New York Film Academy.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Karl Maier Karl Maier
Karl Maier received his training from The University of New Hampshire, Boston Ballet, and The American Academy of Ballet at Vassar. During his career as a dancer, singer, and aerialist, Karl has had the privilege of working with and performing with many inspiring artists including Vanessa Williams, Mark Dendy, Micky Dolenz, and Robert Lepage and his Ex Machina. Select Credits: “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” the national tour of “Pippin” (aerial captain), and nine years dancing and flying with “The Metropolitan Opera.” He can be seen on PBS's “Great Performances at the Met,” dancing and flying in many operas including John Adams' Grammy Award-winning “Dr. Atomic.” In addition to teaching ballet with NYFA's Musical Theatre Department, Karl teaches movement for The New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, and conducts master classes and private lessons in meditation and energy direction for actors.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Rob Maitner Rob Maitner
As a coach and teacher, Rob has helped clients book jobs on Broadway in “Young Frankenstein” (Tina Norrup, understudy to Sutton Foster), “9 to 5” (Gaelen Gilliland, standby for the roles of Judy Bernly and Doralee Rhodes) and the upcoming “Honeymoon in Vegas” (again, Ms. Gilliland, who will be standing by for Nancy Opel).

Rob taught a private musical theater class consisting of six students, helping them analyze songs and, specifically, helping them perform musical comedy. As a director, his work has been seen in New York City (“Beyond Therapy,” “The Bad Smile”) and Los Angeles (the world premiere of Ryan Michael Teller's “Fear of…”). Most recently, Rob formed Off Off Hollywood Productions, a production company dedicated to creating independent television.Their first pilot, “FreakMe” starring Mindy Cohn from “The Facts of Life” will be premiering at the Tribeca Screening Room.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre FacultyT.J. Mannix T.J. Mannix
T.J. Mannix has 20 years of experience in New York City in film, TV, musical theater, commercials, voiceover, improv, and musical improv. T.J. has co-starred in “Law and Order: SVU,” “Law and Order,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” and recurred on “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.” With over 80 commercials and voiceovers credits, highlights include: Santa Claus in the Radio City Music Hall’s “Christmas Spectacular,” “BLANK: the Musical” (New World Stages), “Stephen Sondheim's 80th Birthday” (PBS/Lincoln Center), “The Piper” (opposite Christiane Noll), “Oliver!” (Bill Sykes), and singing for President Clinton and Pope John Paul II. T.J. is an improvisor/instructor with Chicago's The Second City/NCL, Magnet Theater, and UCB. He is the founder/co-producer of the ninth annual New York Musical Improv Festival and teaches master classes across the world. He is also known for creating and starring in “LimboLand,” a one-man completely improvised musical (Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, Vancouver, Berlin, Pittsburgh, Palm Beach). As a faculty member in the NYFA Musical Theater Conservatory, T.J. teaches acting for film, acting for TV, improvisation, musical improvisation, and comedy, and directed the original movie musical “Plus One.”
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Peter Marciano Peter Marciano
Peter Marciano is a New York City-based actor and teacher. He received his MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School in 2012. He is a Designated Linklater Teacher, having studied voice, speech, and Shakespeare with Kristin Linklater. Peter has taught voice, movement, and acting at the New York Film Academy, The Hewitt School, Molloy College, Columbia University, and the Premier Film Academy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and at The Linklater Centre in Orkney, Scotland.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Jason Marquette Jason Marquette
Jason Marquette graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Performance credits include the original cast of the 1st National Tour of the revival of “42nd Street, The Musical,” theme parks and regional theaters all across the country. In 2008 he mounted his self-produced NYC production “The Next Step.” He is the owner/operator of Marquette Productions and managing director of MPower Dance Workshops. Mr. Marquette is also on the judging faculty with Spotlight Dance Cup and the All American Talent Awards. He has been teaching for over 24 years in cities all across the country as well as internationally. In 2014, Jason taught at the first annual SoFlo Tap Festival in Lake Worth, FL, and has most recently joined the faculty of Resonance, a Northeast U.S.-based travelling tap festival. He was on faculty at various studios in New York City including New Dance Group, The Peridance Capezio Center, and Broadway Dance Center for six years teaching tap and theater dance. He is currently on faculty teaching tap at the New York Film Academy.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Bronson Norris Murphy Bronson Norris Murphy
Bronson Norris Murphy is currently in the Broadway production of “The Phantom of the Opera” (Raoul u/s) and has performed in the National Tours of “Love Never Dies” and “CATS” (Gus, Growltiger, Bustopher Jones). He has 40 regional credits roles and has has the privilege to work at really wonderful places. Faculty: New York University, New York Film Academy, Joffrey School of Ballet. Education: Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Western Kentucky University. Master of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU:Steinhardt.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Stephen Nachamie Stephen Nachamie
Stephen Nachamie began his career while in high school as a PA for the original run of the off-Broadway musical “Little Shop of Horrors” and the Broadway production of “Starmites.” He was the associate director for the Broadway Revival and PBS broadcast of “She Loves Me,” and has assistant/associate directed concerts of “Chess” and “Funny Girl” for the Actor’s Fund. He has directed two movie musical short films: “BANG! BOOM! POW!” and “Winning New York” (Audience Choice Award winner, New Filmmakers NY Festival). Other New York credits include: “Small Town Confessions,” “Little Shop of Horrors” (off-Broadway, Broadway, and beyond with Alan Menken, 54 Below), “Animals Out of Paper” (Hudson Stage Co.), “Buyer and Cellar,” “My Name is Asher Lev,” “Becoming Dr. Ruth” and “Rounding Third” (Penguin Rep), “Mr. Confidential” (NYMF New World Stages Award), “Nauthty/Nice” (Producer’s Circle), “Driving Miss Daisy” (with Joy Franz and Larry Marshall), “I Hate Hamlet” (Harbor Lights Theatre), “Faraway Bayou,” “Luck! The Musical” (York Theatre), and “Torch Song Trilogy” (starring Seth Rudetsky). Regional credits include: “Sex With Strangers,” “4000 Miles” (Capital Rep), “The Judy Garland Songbook” (Omaha Symphony), “A Chorus Line” (Olney Theatre: Helen Hayes Award, Best Musical), “The Whipping Man” (Omaha Playhouse), “Hello Out There” (Goodspeed New Musicals Festival), “Tick, Tick ... BOOM!” and “Gutenberg!” (New Rep), “Lady Day” (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), “Camelot,” “1776,” (Olney Theatre), “West Side Story” (NC Theatre), “Dreamgirls” (West Virginia Public), “The Sunshine Boys,” and “Almost Maine” (Barnstormers Theatre).
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Johanna Pinzler Johanna Pinzler
Johanna Pinzler worked as a professional actor and singer for 11 years before getting her MFA in acting from Brooklyn College. She works around the country as a director and serves as an associate artist and resident director at Summer Repertory Theatre in Northern California. There, she has directed and choreographed 12 productions including “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Avenue Q,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Odd Couple,” “Present Laughter” and “Company.” She teaches acting and directing at both NYFA and Marymount Manhattan College. She has directed productions at both institutions, including “Urinetown” for NYFA and and “The Laramie Project” for MMC. She is also proud to have made her debut as a film director with the movie musical “Food Like Love” at the New York Film Academy.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Mark Price Mark Price
Mark Price is a performer, teacher and coach who teaches performance lab as well as showcase director. His 15+ years as a teacher includes heading his own studio practice as well as serving on the faculty of The Performing Arts Project, AMDA, and Heifetz Institute, as well as leading college and training workshops around the country. He co-founded Base Camp, a coaching intensive for creatives, with life coach Di Ana Pisarri, and is an independent vedic meditation instructor and graduate of Ithaca College (BFA). As a performer, Mark has had over 20 years experience, originating roles in Broadway companies of ”Mary Poppins” (Robertson Aye), “Wonderful Town," “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); as well as appearing in roles in “Chicago” and “Beauty and The Beast” (Lefou). Regional work includes “The 39 Steps,” “The Producers" ”Lend Me A Tenor," “Assassins," “Into The Woods," “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 TV credits include: “Law & Order,” “Broadway’s Finest,” “The Tony Awards,” and “The Good Wife."
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Dan Renkin Dan Renkin
Dan Renkin has taught for NYFA's Musical Theatre Department since its inception, and for the school since 1996. He has choreographed stage combat, taught and performed from regional theatres to Broadway, from the Metropolitan Opera to FringeNYC. His film work has won festival awards, and he was a stunt coordinator on "As the World Turns." Faculty/Guest Instructor: AADA, Circle in the Square, HB Studio, Broadway For All, Broadway Classroom, Juilliard, CAP21, Martina Arroyo. Recent credits include: “Singin in the Rain” (New Canaan), “Dex: a Killer Musical” (Fringe), “Extinction” (Guild Hall), “Monte Cristo” (New Light), “R&J&Z” (New Ohio).
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Jay Russell Jay Russell
Jay Russell’s Broadway credits include “End of the Rainbow,” and “The Play What I Wrote.” Off-Broadway: “Our Town” (Barrow Street), “Travels with My Aunt” (Keen Company), “Around the World in 80 Days” (Irish Rep), “Come Back Little Sheba” (Transport Group), “The Normal Heart” (Public), and more. National Tours: “Wicked,” “Beauty & the Beast.” International: “Fully Committed” (English Theatre of Vienna), “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (English Theatre of Frankfurt). Regional: leading roles at the Guthrie, Arena Stage, Long Wharf, PaperMill Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ordway, Utah Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: “Gotham,” “Louie,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Ugly Betty,” “The Sopranos,” “Seven Seconds,” “Bored to Death,” “Law & Order,” “Morning Glory,” “Ride,” “In Lieu of Flowers,” and “All in Time.”
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty James Savage, Jr. James Savage, Jr.
Ohio Born, NYC-based actor. NYC highlights: Off-Off Broadway: “Henry V,” “Richard II,” and “Hamlet,” American Globe Theatre; “Romeo and Juliet,” The Wild Project; “Tape,” Duel Theatre Company, “Doubt,” “Everyman,” and “Murder in the Cathedral”; Black Orchid Theatre; and Off Broadway: “Your War’try Grave,” La MaMa. Regional Highlights: “Julius Caesar,” Great Lakes Theatre Festival; “The Sweepers,” Ensemble Theatre at The Cleveland Playhouse; “Six Degrees of Separation,” Charenton Theatre; “Boy Gets Girl,” The Beck Center for the Arts; and “Julius Caesar,” Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

At the New York Film Academy, James teaches: Movement for the Actor, Combat for Film, Meisner, and Yoga for the Actor. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Queensborough Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and The New York College of Health Professions. In addition, James is the founder and instructor of Yo Qi Tai, a mind/body combination of Yoga, Qigong, and Tai Chi. He holds an MFA in Acting from The Pennsylvania State University.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Robert W Schneider Robert W Schneider
Robert W Schneider is a New York-based theatre director and historian who has had the great pleasure of collaborating with many of the entertainment industry’s greatest artists, including Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Emma Thompson, Christopher Durang, Christina Aguilera, Seth McFarlane, Laura Osnes, Jane Krakowski, Darren Criss, and many others. As a director he has over 100 credits to his resume including the regional premieres of “Memphis” (LA StageScene Award for Best Musical and Best Director), and “Rock of Ages,” as well as award winning productions of “The Last Five Years,” “Nine,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and many others. Robert is an original programming producer at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City and a proud member of SDC. Robert received an MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre from Penn State University. Along with fellow NYFA instructor Kevin David Thomas, Robert co-hosts the popular iTunes podcast “Behind The Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends” (Twitter: BroadwayCurtain).
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Kevin David Thomas Kevin David Thomas
Kevin David Thomas is an actor, singer, music director, and arts educator. He last performed on Broadway in the revival of Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of “A Little Night Music,” sharing the stage with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury, and then subsequently Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Kevin was also seen on Broadway in the first revival of “Les Misèrables” after touring in the original Third National Tour. As a music director, he assisted the music director/supervisor on the Broadway production of “A Tale of Two Cities,” Town Hall’s “Pamela’s First Musical” (starring Donna Murphy), and served as assistant music supervisor for the U.S. national tour of “Little House on the Prairie” (starring Melissa Gilbert). A specialist in new works, Kevin served as music supervisor on the world premiere of “Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On” (cast recording), as well as the world premiere of “My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend” (Merrimack Repertory Theatre). Kevin has hosted, performed, music directed, and accompanied cabarets and concerts throughout New York City (Below 54, Duplex, Town Hall) and the nation. As an arts educator, Kevin has taught, accompanied, and music directed extensively with New York Film Academy’s musical theater department. He spent much of 2011 in Moscow, Russia teaching and music directing at the Russian Theater Academy (GITIS). Kevin has been an educator at various universities, conservatories, and regional theaters from Shanghai, China to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He has a bachelor of music from Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Wysandria Woolsey Wysandria Woolsey
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 performed in 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, and “Song and Dance” as stand-by to Melissa Manchester. She 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 as a soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in both Cleveland and Breckenridge Colorado, and was featured in the Lincoln Center Tribute to Alan Jay Lerner and at in a “Tribute to Stephen Sondheim” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Joshua Zecher-Ross Joshua Zecher-Ross
Joshua Zecher-Ross has worked on over 100 productions in New York and around the country as a music director, conductor, and orchestrator. New York credits: “Avenue Q,” “A Night with Janis Joplin,” various shows at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, The Laurie Beechman, Don’t Tell Mamas, and others. Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Sharon Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square. Recently: “Sweetee” directed by Patricia Birch at The Signature, NYC. Bachelor’s degree in music and vocal performance from the Steinhardt School at NYU.
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