Designed equally for beginning actors as well as those with experience, the Academy’s acting school provides actors with intensive training in screen acting, modern on-camera acting techniques, and supporting acting classes, which contribute to the creation of a filmed performance and have helped NYFA become widely recognized as one of the top acting schools.
Unlike other acting colleges, the emphasis at the New York Film Academy is on providing practical experience and hands-on education to our students so that not only do they develop their craft as actors, but excel at acting in front of the camera. Our Acting for Film instructors are all professional, working actors, writers, directors, and producers—veterans of Hollywood, independent film, and television—who give each student the personal focus and teach the rigorous discipline necessary for launching a career in film and television.
It is the Academy’s hands-on approach and the attention to the application of acting skills to performing in front of the camera that make the Academy one of the best acting schools in the country.
When enrolling in an acting program at the New York Film Academy’s acting school, students can expect to take the following courses depending on the curriculum of the workshop or program in which they enrolled.
Scene Study I
Acting for Film and Television
Acting for Film I
Introductory Audition Technique
Performance Analysis: American Cinema
First Semester Performance
Voice and Movement
Acting for Film Production Workshop
Business of Acting and Audition
Acting for Film II
Stage to Screen
Combat for Film
Advanced Scene Study: Stage to Screen
Scene Study II
Acting for Television
Advanced Acting Technique: Method, Improvisation
Advanced Combat for Film
Mask and Clown
Advanced Speech: Accent and Dialect
Advanced Audition Technique and Business Skills
The acting school at the New York Film Academy’s NYC campus offers students opportunities throughout the year to enroll in the acting program of their choice. To learn more about the start dates and tuition rates, please click here.
Students enrolled at the New York Film Academy’s acting school in NYC can apply their coursework toward credit in one of the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles or South Beach campus degree programs, including:
Part of the reason the New York Film Academy has earned its reputation as a top acting school is the fact that it boasts a world-class faculty comprised of professional actors who each come from a distinct and distinguished background. Students enrolling at our acting school can expect to study with faculty members that include:
Glynis Rigsby, Chair of Acting for Film, NYC Campus: MFA Directing, Yale School of Drama. Credits include Britten's Rape of Lucretia for the Opera Project, Britannia Triumphans for the Yale Center for British Art, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, Public Theater, HERE. Member SSDC.
Lynda Goodfriend, Chair of Acting for Film, LA Campus: With over thirty years of acting experience, Goodfriend is perhaps best known for her regular role on the class TV series Happy Days where she played Lori Beth Cunningham. Goodfriend has gone on to appear in additional television series such as Who’s Watching the Kids?, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. In addition, she has appeared in such feature-length films that include Beaches, Pretty Woman, and Exit to Eden.
Victor Verhaeghe: Having filmed his third season in the recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi, Verhaeghe’s other television credits include: Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Damages, Bored to Death, Ugly Betty, Fringe, Sex and the City, Spin City and the different Law & Order shows (nine times).
Edward O'Blenis:MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.
Edward has performed in numerous television and film roles include Law & Order SVU, a recurring role on Bill Nye the Science Guy, a starring role in the film Eden alongside Anna Farris (Sundance 1995), and Proud (starring Ozzie Davis). His national network commercial ads include Heineken, Subway Sandwich, Bank of America, Wendy's, and Verizon Business DSL Bigger-Busier spot.
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.
Acting Student Body
The student body at the New York Film Academy’s Acting School is made up of a diverse mix of both international and American students. Our international students come from a range of different countries and locations including Brazil, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, France, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany and many more. American students travel from all across the country to attend what is arguably one of the best acting schools in the country.
The acting school at the New York Film Academy has graduated countless successful actors who have established successful careers in film, television, and stage, which has helped the Academy become considered by many as the best acting school available to students from across the world. Scroll down to view some of the notable productions in which NYFA alumni have starred.
Alumni of the acting school at the New York Film Academy have numerous career paths available to them upon graduating and the faculty members at the Academy emphasize the many practical realities of obtaining work in the industry.
Web Series Actor
Motion Capture Actor
Voice Over Actor
To learn more about the acting school at the New York Film Academy, you can call us at +1 (212) 674-4300 or follow the below links.