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New York Film Academy Acting for Film

Acting School at New York Film Academy

NYFA Listed in Varietys Entertainment Education Stellar Film Schools in 2017 A NYFA acting for film student in a yellow blazer performs an outdoor night scene as a student crew films. A NYFA acting student in a business skirt suit walks through Times Square as a student crew captures the bustling scene.

Learn to Act On-Screen

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Acting School: Review Of The Acting For Film Program

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 place NYFA amongst the top acting schools and best colleges for acting.

Unlike other acting colleges, the emphasis at the New York Film Academy’s acting school 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 a 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 top acting schools in the country.

Acting Courses

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.

Movement Scene Study I Acting for Film and Television
Voice Acting for Film I Introductory Audition Technique
Monologues Improvisation Performance Analysis: American Cinema
Open Casting Audition Technique First Semester Performance
Film Craft Voice and Movement Acting for Film Production Workshop
Meisner Acting Technique Business of Acting and Audition
Speech Acting for Film II Stage to Screen
Shakespeare Combat for Film Advanced Scene Study: Stage to Screen
Scene Study II Acting for Television Advanced Acting Technique: Method, Improvisation
Text Analysis Episodic Styles Advanced Combat for Film
Mask and Clown Advanced Movement Advanced Speech: Accent and Dialect
Ballroom Dance Physical Theatre Advanced Audition Technique and Business Skills

Acting Classes

Looking for acting classes in New York? 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.

Acting Degrees

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:

Acting Workshops

Students interested in attending a short-term acting workshop at the New York Film Academy are encouraged to learn more about the following options.

Acting Programs

Designed for students wishing to make a long-term commitment to acting school, students at the New York Film Academy’s acting school can choose from the following acting programs.

Acting School: Faculty

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:
New York Film Academy Acting School chair Peter Stone Petter Allen Stone, Chair of Acting for Film: Peter Allen Stone is an actor, director, writer, and teacher with extensive film, TV, and regional and off-Broadway experience. Credits include “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” and many commercials. Co-wrote “Unnatural Acts” (Classic Stage Company): 2012 Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Play, G.L.A.A.D. Media Award Nomination, Off-Broadway Alliance Award Nomination, and Honorable Mention for Top 10 Plays of 2011 by The Advocate. MFA: American Conservatory Theater. Proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors' Equity.

NYFA acting school LA chair Lynda Goodfriend 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.

NYFA acting school faculty member Victor Verhaeghe 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).

NYFA acting school faculty member Edward O’Blenis 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.

NYFA acting school faculty member Blanche Baker Blanche Baker: A veteran actor of stage and screen, Baker first made her television debut in the miniseries Holocaust for which she won an Emmy Award and went on to appear in numerous other television movies and series, including the recent HBO film Taking Chance. She is also well-known for her turn in the classic film Sixteen Candles and she made her Broadway debut in 1980 in the Edward Albee adaptation of Lolita.

Acting School: 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 one of the most well-known and notable acting schools in the world.

Acting School: Alumni

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.

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Career Opportunities

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. Below are some examples of the types of jobs actors can find.

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On-Camera Host Motion Capture Actor Voice Over Actor
Commercial Actor Theatre Actor Supporting Actor

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