Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre (PCMT at NYFA) alum Ilda Mason made her Broadway debut in the upcoming stage revival of West Side Story, which officially opened February 20 at the Broadway Theatre. The new revival of West Side Story is directed by Ivo Van Hove, with choreography by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.
Mason will also be appearing in the highly-anticipated Hollywood adaptation of West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg and set for a release later this year. The upcoming film is written by Tony Kushner and stars Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Maddie Ziegler, Corey Stoll, and original West Side Story star Rita Moreno.
The performer is no stranger to the iconic play, which began as a Tony Award-winning musical before being adapted into a 1961 film that won ten Academy Awards. Mason has performed in two productions of West Side Story—one at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, and another at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.
In addition to her West Side Story role as one of the Sharks, Mason has performed in the Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet as well as a production of Legally Blonde in China, and has been an ensemble member in the national tour of Cinderella. Additionally, she was a professional dancer for two seasons on Panama’s Dancing with the Stars.
“Ilda was an engaged, focused student and an integral member of the NYFA Musical Theatre community,” says Kristy Cates, Creative Director of PCMT at NYFA, where Mason attended the 2-Year Musical Theatre conservatory in 2015. “We are all so proud of her many successes and look forward to watching her star continue to rise.”
New York Film Academy congratulates PCMT at NYFA alum Ilda Mason on her Broadway debut and looks forward to seeing her both on stage and on the screen in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story.