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Musical Theatre Department

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

Mark Olsen is a nationally recognized authority on stage movement and combat, having worked extensively on stage and in academia. He has appeared on Broadway and toured internationally with mime/mask production, “Mummenschanz,” and has acted in numerous regional theater productions. Mark has directed more than 45 professional and university productions, and continues to be a movement coordinator and fight director for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre venues — such as the Signature Theater, where in 2010 he and the creative team won a Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk award for work on Horton Foote’s “Orphan's Home Cycle.”

Mark studied film theory at Trinity University and filmmaking at the New School, and is the director of two short movie musicals: “Walk the Walk” and “” Formerly Head of Graduate Acting at the Penn State School of Theatre, he has also taught at Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Houston, Ryerson Theater School (Toronto), Sarah Lawrence College, and New York Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab. He is currently also a movement teacher in the Drama Division at The Juilliard School.
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 Deidre Goodwin Deidre Goodwin
Jazz & Theatre Dance

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 Michelle Potterf Michelle Potterf
NYFA Musical Theatre Head of Dance

Michelle recently completed a 9-year run in “Chicago” 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” 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 “Stepford Wives” film, with many more TV, commercial, and film appearances. Michelle 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.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Sara Antkowiak Sara Antkowaik

Sara is a New York actress, dancer, 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”; Rosenstern in “Elsinore County” at Theatre Row (also choreographer); Babs Kogan on “Secret Lives of Stepford Wives”; Randi in “Pretty Babies” at 13th St. Rep; Terasa in Taxdeductible Theatre’s “#Hero” at The Chain Theatre; and Snow White plus 30 other Disney characters in “Noir and White,” also with Taxdeductible. Sara 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 Lincoln Center, Klara in “Russian Tea” at Metropolitan Playhouse, Dream Laurey in Media Theatre’s “Oklahoma!,” Dana in “Lustyness” at Under St. Marks, Callie in “Julio” at Kraine Theatre (also choreographer), “Broadway Bares,” webseries “Bad Kitty” and Going Up?,” and short films “Have You Seen Calvin” and “Deal Travis In.” She has been a featured model for acclaimed photographers Jordan Matter (“Dancers Among Us”) and Howard Schatz (“SCHATZ Images: 25 Years”).

Sara is currently on the faculty at New York Film Academy and New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Carl Danielsen Carl Danielsen

Carl 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 credits include the Duke, Island Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”; Polinius in “Hamlet” at the Kraine Theatre; Roger, “Enter Laughing,” York Theatre; Steve, “The Big Voice: God or Merman,” Actors Temple; Edgar, “King Lear,” Hudson Guild; Stephen, Major Barbara and Burleigh, “Mary Stuart,” Pulse Ensemble. Carl musical-directed “Trolls,” at the Actors Playhouse and went on to replace Mark Baker in the lead. He also musical directed and arranged Picon Pie at DR2 and understudied Stuart Zagnit. Regional credits include: Balthazar in “Much Ado About Nothing” and Mac in “42nd St.,” Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada; “A Marvelous Party”; “Northlight” (Jeff Award as best actor, nominated for best musical direction); “The Tricky Part,” Kitchen Theatre; “Cole!,” San Jose Rep, LACLO, (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards for best supporting actor and musical direction, Dramalogue award for musical direction); “2 Pianos, 4 Hands, 20 cities”; “Homer,” “Morning’s At Seven,” Caldwell Theatre, FL; “World Goes ‘Round,” TheatreWorks (BATCC award, supporting actor); “Taming of Shrew,” “Oh, Kay!,” SF Shakespeare (BATTC award, supporting actor); “Oedipus Rex,” Denver Center Theatre Company; “Room Service,” Barrington Stage; John Adams, “1776,” Barnum, Barnum, Cat/Hat, “Seussical,” Woodminster Amphitheatre; Don, “Singing in Rain,” Bobby, “Crazy for You,” Cioffi, “Curtains,” Shenandoah Summer Musical Theatre. TV: “Law and Order,” “Quit Claim.” Composer in Advanced BMI workshop, Harrington Award.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty D. Michael Heath D. Michael Heath

Head of Voice

(Member Voice Foundation, NATS, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, AGMA) Michael has worked with many of Broadway’s greatest composers and lyricists, including John Kander, Fred Ebb, Cy Coleman, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken, Tim Rice, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. His Broadway, Off-B’way, 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 the music of the Phantom opposite Sarah Brightman in Lord Webber’s original international touring concert venture, “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert.” He 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 the legendary performer Colm Wilkinson in Livent’s original production of “Music of the Night” and played opposite Betty Buckley in the American tour of the same show.

D. Michael 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. He has given numerous vocal master classes and workshops across the United States and in Hong Kong.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Erik Liberman Erik Liberman

Broadway production of “LoveMusik,” National Tour of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Mabou Mines’ Doll House.” Regional Theatre productions of “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Into the Woods,” as well as world premiers of “Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Somewhere in Time.” His TV credits include co-star roles for “Vinyl,” “The Knick,” “Angel,” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class.”
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Bronson Norris Murphy Bronson Norris Murphy

Bronson can currently be seen in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. Select performances include the 30th Anniversary Tour of “CATS” (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones - International) and “The Stephen Foster Story” (Stephen Foster – US & JAPAN). NYC Developmental Productions: “Faustus, the Musical” (Johann Faustus, MTM’s “Best Actor” award), Alan Menken & Tim Rice’s “King David” (Joab), “Maybe One Day: A Fable.” Regional Theatres include: Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, Skirball Center PAC, York Theatre, Players’ Theatre, John W. Engeman Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and West Virginia Public Theatre. Master of Music from NYU:Steinhardt.
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, and The Performing Arts Project, Heifetz Institute, as well as college and training programs around the country.
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.

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 Bobby Cronin Bobby Cronin
Bobby Cronin is an award-winning composer/writer. Current projects include: “Sunset City” with book writer Wade Dooley (Running Deer Theatre Lab 2013, Goodspeed Mercer Project 2014, the Finger-Lake's the Pitch 2014, York Theatre Company reading 2015); “(un)Lucky In Love” with co-book writer Crystal Skillman (lab production West Texas A&M 2015); commissioned in 2011 for London’s esteemed ArtsEd School (president: Andrew Lloyd Webber) under the title “The Concrete Jungle,” and opened in London June 2012; “‘Til Death Do Us Part” (Alec Baldwin Fellowship Winner 2012, UK’s S&S Award Finalist 2013); ”Daybreak,” which won the 2011 New Jersey Playwrights Contest and premiered in Wayne, NJ & London’s Tristan Bates Theatre June 2012; and “Mary & Max” with Crystal Skillman, Joe Osheroff [Homonculus Mask Theatre], Acheson Walsh Studios Puppetry, and director Stafford Arima (“Allegiance,” “Altar Boyz,” “Bare,” “Carrie”).

Bobby composed the scores and songs for the short musical films "Winning New York," "," and “Walk the Walk” for The New York Film Academy (NYFA), where he is also on faculty. He has also taught musical theatre at NYU/CAP21, where he and Terry Berliner wrote the musical “Alone in the U.S.,” which had it's England premiere in early 2015 after staged readings at Marymount Manhattan College and NYFA. His music is featured in the new webseries “Settling Up.”

Bobby won Best Score of a Mockumentary for the webseries “Thank You, Next.” He won Best Music/Lyrics for his contributions to “Ten Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You” in 2010’s MITF, and was named one of four NEO Writers for the York's 2014-2015 season under the mentorship of Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Once on This Island,” “Rocky”).

Other credits: 54 Below, Lincoln Center Songbook Series, Birdland, Symphony Space, London’s The Players Theatre & St. James Theatre, and more. "Reach The Sky: Live at The Beechman" and “The Concrete Jungle International Studio Cast Recording” both available on iTunes.

Before he switched to composing, Bobby spent 10 years directing in NYC and around the country and was the Artistic Director of Ergo Theatre Company, NYC, and Associate Artistic Director of Northern Stage, VT, where he also oversaw the musical theatre education program. Bobby created the Inspired Benefit Concert Series for animal rescue organizations across the U.S and UK. Yale graduate, Member of ASCAP, Dramatists Guild, and MMD (UK).
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 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 Faculty Jay Russell Jay Russell
Broadway: “End of the Rainbow,” “The Play What I Wrote.” Off-Broadway: “Travels with my Aunt” (Keen Company), “Our Town” (Barrow Street), “Around the World in 80 Days” (Irish Rep), “The Normal Heart” (Public Theatre), “The Green Heart” (Manhattan Theatre Club), and more.

National Tours: “Wicked,” “Beauty & the Beast,” “Applause.” Regional: “Lives of Reason” world premiere (Two River Theatre Co.), “The Liar” (Westport Playhouse), “Amadeus” (Baltimore CenterStage), “End of the Rainbow” (Guthrie), “A Civil War Christmas” (Long Wharf), “Noises Off” (Arena Stage), “City of Angels” (Goodspeed), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Utah Shakespeare), “Gross Indecency” (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Cincinnati Playhouse), “Natural Selection” (Actors Theatre of Louisville), “Design for Living” (Olney), “Anything Goes” (Ordway), and many more. International: “Fully Committed” (English Theatre, Vienna), “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (English Theatre, Frankfurt & Vienna).

TV: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Louie,” “Ugly Betty,” “Sopranos,” “Bored to Death,” “Law & Order(s),” “The Unusuals,” and “Onion News.” Film: “Morning Glory,” “In Lieu of Flowers,” “Ride,” “All in Time.” Jay teaches Acting for TV and Scene into Song for the New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Program.
Christine Toy Johnson
Christine teaches Performance Lab and is a project and showcase director. Recently teamed up with composer Bobby Cronin and director Stephen Nachamie to create the award-winning short movie musical, “Winning New York” for the NYFA second year movie musical students. Christine has an extensive career in television, film, and theatre. She is currently featured in the FX TV series, “The Americans,” and recently played a role in the first season of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Other TV credits include appearances on “Smash,” “Ugly Betty,” “Fringe,” “30 Rock,” and numerous “Law and Order(s)” and daytime soap operas. Her many Off-Broadway shows include revivals such as “The Music Man,” “Grease,” “Merrily We Roll Along” (cast album), and “Pacific Overtures.” A graduate of the screenwriting program at NYU, she is an award-winning writer of plays and screenplays and is the founder of the Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Seth Reich Seth Reich
Head of Acting for Musical Theatre Department

Seth has established himself as a theatre artist and educator with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked with numerous theatre companies and educational institutions including Actor's Shakespeare Company, the American Repertory Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Classic Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Columbia University, Emerson College, New Jersey City University, New York Film Academy, and New York University. He has developed numerous education programs including one designed to enhance communication skills for students with disabilities, a program that was acclaimed by the Folger Shakespeare Library. He has directed a wide variety of plays ranging from classical to contemporary to new works. As an actor, some of his television and film credits include “Mystic River,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” “New Amsterdam,” “Gossip Girl,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” and “Perestroika.”

While working with top leaders in the field, Seth continues to dedicate his life to the development and growth of the arts through education and performance. Seth is also an accomplished musician and the Artistic Director of Theater with a View. He holds a bachelor's from Emerson College and a master's from Columbia University.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Peter Marciano Peter Marciano
Pete is a professional actor and teacher who resides in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at the Actors Studio Drama School where he earned his MFA in Acting in 2012. He is studying to become a Linklater voice instructor and has taught in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and currently teaches at The New York Film Academy. He is a company member of LES Shakes, which brings movement and music-based Shakespeare to the Lower East Side. Peter is also a Vice President and Co-Founder of Open Windows Spa, a non-profit aimed at helping survivors of domestic violence. His favorite roles include Richard III, Iachiamo in “Cymbeline,” Cal in “Andre's Mother,” Kip in “Raised in Captivity,” and Peter in “Bug.”
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.
Kenny Ingram
Kenny is currently performing on Broadway in Disney's "The Lion King." Mr. Ingram recently won Best Production for The Easter Bonnet Competition 2014 "Momentum" for Direction, and won The Easter Bonnet Competition 2012 "Halleluljah Harlem" for Direction and Choreography. He has Won a Jeff Award for his Choreography in "42nd Street” and a Black Theater Alliance Award for "Dreamgirls" in Chicago. At NYFA he teaches Tap and Musical Theater. He is proud to have been teaching Tap for NYFA's Summer High School Session. Kenny has also taught dance at Lou Conte Dance Studio and was the Children's Jazz Dance Coordinator at Ruth Page Dance Center both in Chicago. Kenny is a proud member of SDC and he is working on his own one-man musical called "Detours." Kenny recently was an adjudicator for the American College Dance Festival.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Harry Bouvy Harry Bouvy
Film: “The Producers,” directed by Susan Stroman. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “Sex & The City,” “666 Park Avenue,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light.” Broadway: Originated the role of Dr. Chilton in “Silence! The Musical” (Original Cast recording), and later took over the role of Hannibal Lecter. National Tour: Carmen Ghia in “The Producers” (Helen Hayes nomination). Las Vegas: Sire Tobin in “Spamalot,” directed by Mike Nichols. Regional: “Caucasian Chalk Circle” at Yale Rep; Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls” at Great Lakes Theatre in Cleveland; Vanya in “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike” at City Theatre in Pittsburgh Public; Louis in “Angels in America” at Syracuse Stage; and four one-man shows: “I Am My Own Wife,” “Chesapeake,” “Fully Committed,” and “This Wonderful LIfe.” Harry earned his MFA in Acting at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida, where he studied with Jim Wise, Brant Pope, and the legendary Jose Quintero.
Stephen Nachamie
Helen Hayes award for his Washington D.C, production of “A Chorus Line,” currently the assistant director for the Broadway production of “She Loves Me.” For the NYFA Musical Theatre program, Stephen directs Movie Musicals, showcases, and teaches director’s perspective and other studio classes.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Kevin David Thomas Kevin David Thomas
Kevin is an actor, music director, and teacher from New York City. He performed on Broadway in Trevor Nunn’s revival of “A Little Night Music,” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury (original cast recording). Prior to that, he was seen in “Les Miserables”; both the US National tour and Broadway companies. As a musician, he assisted on the Broadway production of “A Tale of Two Cities,” and was assistant music supervisor for the US national tour of “Little House on the Prairie” (starring Melissa Gilbert). He has music-directed various productions from Ohio (“Spitfire Grill”) to Moscow (“Once on this Island”). He has taught musical theater in Shanghai, China, the Moscow Academy of Theatre Arts, the New York Film Academy, and other various private schools. Kevin has a bachelor of music from Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music.
New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Faculty Matt Lopez Matt Lopez
Matt first started dancing at the age of 10, performing for a Filipino dance troupe in New Hampshire. He attended Northeastern University, majoring in theatre. Lopez later transferred to the University of Central Florida, where he danced at Walt Disney World. Matt had the opportunity to perform with Hilary Duff in the Christmas Day Parade televised on ABC. Upon graduating from Central Florida, he landed a job as the mascot for the New England Patriots. In the spring of 2010, Lopez was featured on “Live with Regis and Kelly” in their “Go-Go Segment.” 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 artists Yulya and Matt Palmer.

Matt now lives in New York City, where he is currently dancing with his crew, DEF-C, and choreographing flash mobs to raise awareness for nonprofit organizations. In April 2012, Lopez was the audition facilitator for a Nicki Minaj performance and chosen as a lead dancer in Times Square for the debut of her album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded." Matt is now choreographing for R&B/Pop artists Kyle James and Sid Haywoode, whose song "No Excuses" is #6 on Europe's dance hit chart.

Lopez teaches hip-hop/funk master classes abroad including the Philippines and the United Kingdom. He is currently teaching hip-hop and street jazz at drop-in studios, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and the New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre program.
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