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Musical Theatre School

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Musical Theatre School

Musical Theatre programs are offered at our New York Campus only




Musical Theatre School

The New York Film Academy's musical theatre school offers aspiring musical theatre actors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to develop their skills as triple threat performers by studying with Broadway level faculty. Students enrolling in the musical theatre school work directly with instructors who have appeared in numerous Broadway and touring productions, top-rate regional theatre, opera, hit movie musicals, and television shows. They receive real world training that prepares them to achieve success in the industry, creating an educational experience few other musical theatre colleges can offer.

Attracting aspiring musical theatre actors from around the world, the New York Film Academy's musical theatre school gives students the opportunity to study their craft in the central hub for launching musical theatre careers—New York City. Students learn and hone their skills in acting, singing, and dancing in world-class facilities that include voice practice rooms, state-of-the-art dancing studios, and professionally equipped recording and shooting studios.

Along with this unparalleled training, we offer the chance to “be seen” by other professionals in the business (agents, casting directors, choreographers, composers, directors, producers) in the number one musical theatre market in the world. We offer two “main stage” productions each year, along with both a Summer and Winter New Reading Series and multiple masterclasses each semester. If you join us for our two-year program, you will graduate with numerous on-camera clips, a voiceover reel, and extensive on-screen experience.

Come to New York City, study with a faculty who knows what it takes to “make it” and push yourself to your creative limit: only at the New York Film Academy!


Musical Theatre Classes

Students interested in taking a musical theatre program can enroll throughout the year. To learn more about the start dates and tuition rates, please click here.

Musical Theatre Courses

After enrolling in a musical theatre program at the New York Film Academy, students can expect to take the following courses depending on their workshop or program.

Meisner Performance Lab Jazz and Theatre Dance
Shakespeare Voice and Speech History of Musical Theatre
Ballet Voice Studio Lab Stage and Film Combat
Music Theory Song Interpretation Musical Theatre Scene Study
Pop Rock Showcase Practicum Professional Preparation (The Business of Acting)
Comedy Audition Technique Acting for Television
Tap Ballroom Dance On-Camera Audition Technique
Improvisation Acting for Film Advanced Musical Theatre Audition Technique
Modern Dance Movement The Director’s Perspective
Hip Hop Dance Movie Musical Project Advanced Acting for Musicals

Musical Theatre Workshops

The musical theatre school’s short-term workshops are designed for students who wish to gain a strong foundation in the craft of musical theatre. The Academy offers the following musical theatre workshop.

Musical Theatre Programs

Designed for students who wish to make a longer time commitment to their musical theatre studies, the musical theatre schools offers the following musical theatre programs.

Musical Theatre Faculty

The faculty at the musical theatre school at the New York Film Academy is comprised of accomplished musical theatre performers, directors, and actors who have appeared on Broadway, touring productions, and television. Each instructor possesses a set of specialties that enables him or her to help each student develop their full range of talents. The faculty members that students will study under include:
NYFA musical theatre school chair Mark Olsen Mark Olsen: As chair of the musical theatre school, Olsen is an accomplished performer, director, and instructor who has directed over forty-four productions including HAIR, My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, and West Side Story. His work has been represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at theatres and festivals around the country.

NYFA musical theatre school faculty member Kristy Cates Kristy Cates: 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.

NYFA musical theatre school faculty member Deirdre Goodwin Deidre Goodwin: Deidre is a veteran of 8 Broadway shows, a voice-over artist, and has appeared in several television shows and films. Some of her Broadway credits include the original companies of "Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life," "Never Gonna Dance" (Velma) and the original revival casts of "Nine" (Our Lady of the Spa), "Rocky Horror Show," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "A Chorus Line" (Shelia Bryant) and "Chicago" (Velma Kelly).

Deidre played June, one of the “Merry Murderesses,” in the Oscar-winning film "Chicago." She and the entire cast were also awarded with the 2003 SAG Award for Best Ensemble for their work.

She is featured in the documentary "Every Little Step," chronicling the casting process for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line."

Additional film credits include "Across the Universe," "It’s Complicated," "Half Nelson," "Magic Mike XXL" and "Ocean’s 8."

Television highlights include "30 Rock" (as Deborah from the “MILF Island” episode), "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.

Musical Theatre Alumni

The musical theatre school at the New York Film Academy has graduated numerous successful alumni, which can be viewed here.

Career Opportunities

In addition to immersing students in the essentials of musical theatre, our faculty also focuses on preparing students for life after the Academy. Below are some of the positions and networks in which our alumni have worked.

Actor Singer Musician
Dancer Choreographer Director
Songwriter Playwright Fine Arts Teacher

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