At the New York Film Academy’s film school, faculty members and curriculum are focused on providing students with the real world know-how to help them achieve their goals. These achievements are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances. Below are some of the positions and networks in which our alumni have worked:
Degrees, Programs, and Workshops at NYFA
At NYFA’s Musical Theatre School in New York City, aspiring performers enhance their acting, singing, and dancing skills through hands-on experience and rigorous training. Following our signature learn-by-doing approach, students at our Musical Theatre School are immersed in the world of performance, working and studying in the exciting city known for Broadway and off-Broadway theatre.
During our programs and workshops, students learn directly from industry professionals and rehearse in purpose-built facilities that include voice practice rooms and state-of-the-art dance studios. As our musical theatre programs are designed to prepare students to pursue creative goals, the curricula is centered around gaining real-world experience.
The New York Film Academy strives to make education in performing and visual arts accessible to the most diverse, international, and broadest spectrum of students. At the Musical Theatre School, we’re committed to creating a welcoming, supportive community where students can collaborate and begin to build their creative network.
In NYFA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program, aspiring performers study the most prominent facets of the performing arts industry, stage and screen. Throughout the program, students receive professional training and practical experience to pursue ambitious creative goals in the arts. Students complete a range of challenging projects, audition, and performance opportunities that help them focus on finding the actor within, expanding their vocal and physical range, and learning how to apply the emotional, physical, and technical work necessary for quality stage and on-camera acting.
Designed for students who want to explore film, media, and entertainment while maintaining a focus in Musical Theatre, NYFA also offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Entertainment Media. During this hands-on program, students begin with courses that introduce them to the art of narrative and cinematic storytelling, as well as liberal arts classes designed to support their development as a visual artist. Students may then choose the Musical Theatre concentration, where they advance their audition and performance skills, learning new and fundamental techniques. The program concludes with a final graduation showcase performed for family and friends. As both degree programs are located at NYFA New York, students learn and grow as performers in the central hub for launching musical theatre careers – New York City.
The 1 and 2-Year Certificates at NYFA’s Musical Theatre School are comprehensive, conservatory-based performing arts programs. During their time at NYFA, aspiring performers complete a selection of hands-on projects and exercises designed to strengthen their performance skills and hone their natural abilities. In the 1-Year Certificate Program, students learn the core fundamentals of musical theatre, building to a graduation showcase performed for family and friends.
Students who continue to the 2-Year Certificate Program advance their musical theatre skills and techniques, expanding to voiceover and on-camera work, culminating in an industry showcase and a final Graduation Package that includes masterclass experiences with outside industry professionals, comprehensive audition book, voiceover demo, two filmed audition musical theatre videos, a resume, as well as a professional, personal website. Students in both the 1 and 2-Year programs will have multiple opportunities to audition for our fully-produced main stage musicals, as well as our New Works Series, where they collaborate with guest Directors, Writers, and Composers.
In our musical theatre workshops, students learn the tools and techniques necessary to pursue an interest in the performing arts. During these intensive workshops, students can build upon their existing skills in voice, movement, and acting.
At NYFA’s Musical Theatre School in New York, aspiring performers begin a rigorous intellectual exploration through practicum, working alongside established faculty with a lifelong enthusiasm and dedication for theatre and visual arts. NYFA’s Musical Theatre faculty consists of professional performers, dancers, musicians, and directors who have appeared in numerous Broadway and touring productions, top-rate regional theatre, opera, hit movie musicals, as well as television and film.
D. Michael Heath
D. Michael Heath
D. MICHAEL HEATH has enjoyed a forty-plus year career as a Broadway performer, Concert Artist, and Educator. He has worked with many of Broadway’s greatest composers & lyricists including John Kander & Fred Ebb, Cy Coleman, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken, Tim Rice, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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 was 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.
For ten years D. Michael toured the USA & Canada with the Pulitzer Prize-winning producer/ director/ author Joshua Logan and his wife Nedda Harrigan Logan in Musical Moments, a musical retrospective of Logan’s stage musicals and films.
D. Michael has given numerous vocal master classes and workshops across the United States and in Hong Kong and is the founder of ∙ voice studio nyc ∙ in Manhattan with clients performing in the Broadway, Off-B’way and National Touring productions.
Deidre Goodwin has been in 8 Broadway shows and has made numerous television and film appearances. Some of her Broadway credits include A Chorus Line (Shelia Bryant), Chicago (Velma Kelly), and Nine (Our Lady of the Spa). She can also be seen in the Oscar-winning film Chicago, Every Little Step, Ocean’s 8, and more. TV appearances include Chicago Med (NBC), Pose (FX), Broad City (Comedy Central), Madam Secretary (CBS), Divorce, Season 3 (HBO), and 30 Rock (NBC). As a voice-over artist, she can be heard on numerous promos on BET. She is currently The Voice of WCBS 880 and KYW Newsradio. Deidre is also a Choreographer and Director.
Chair of Musical Theatre
Kristy Cates Chair of Musical Theatre
Kristy Cates has been a professional actress in New York City for over two decades. She made her Broadway debut in the Original Broadway Cast of the smash hit, Wicked, as the understudy to Idina Menzel, and can be heard on the iconic cast recording. She went on to play the lead role of Elphaba in Wicked (Broadway, First National Tour, Chicago), Miss Bassett in Finding Neverland (Broadway), Grandma Josephine in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Original Broadway Cast/Cast Recording), Jerry Springer: the Opera (Carnegie Hall), as well as numerous off-Broadway and Regional productions.
She is a professional voiceover artist and has been heard on national tv/radio commercials for such brands as Subway, Almay Cosmetics, Chase Bank, PNC, and more. Kristy is an original member of NYFA’s Musical Theatre faculty dating back to 2009 and has taught master classes in musical theatre technique worldwide. In 2019, she was named “Young Alumni of the Year” by her esteemed alma mater, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, for her combined accomplishments in performance and teaching. Kristy is honored to be the current Chair of Musical Theatre for the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre at The New York Film Academy.
The Musical Theatre School at NYFA strives to offer an intensive and focused education with practical stage experience and training. The achievements of our NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances, and we’re proud of our alumni who have been inspired to pursue creative pathways in theatre and entertainment.
Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.