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New York Film Academy Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre Conservatory Ensemble

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Overview of our Third-Year Musical Theatre Conservatory Ensemble

After completion of PCMT at NYFA's Two Year Musical Theatre Conservatory OR Comparable Two Year or Degree Musical Theatre Program, students are eligible to audition for the Musical Theatre Conservatory Ensemble.

PCMT at NYFA's Musical Theatre Conservatory Ensemble is a rigorous musical theatre program dedicated to providing an elite company of actors with highly advanced training as well as uniquely tailored professional experiences and performance opportunities. The most promising, hard working, and outstanding students have the ability to work as a professional company aimed at breaking into the professional industry.

Our musical theatre conservatory faculty consists of top-tier Broadway and TV/Film instructors and performers. As we are located in New York City, PCMT at NYFA is able to expose students to industry professionals, which may include agents, managers, and casting directors, through a series of intensive masterclasses. Students gain insight and knowledge directly from the people who know the business best.

PCMT at NYFA's Repertory Company offers a robust curriculum with advanced training in Voice, Acting, Dance (Hip Hop II, Advanced Tap, Ballet, and Jazz), Speech, Rehearsal Techniques, Musical Rep, Collaboration, and several laboratories focused on development of a personalized Cabaret Act and Thesis Role.

Musical theatre conservatory students will graduate with a clear and confident knowledge of their professional assets, an impeccable work ethic, a stronger resume of roles, a heightened capacity to engage their talent within the competitive marketplace, and the professional preparation and networking skills to be competitive in all facets of the industry.




SEMESTER ONE CLASSES
  • Musical Rep
  • Advanced Acting and Rehearsal Tech
  • Advanced Voice & Speech
  • Showcase Prep
  • Artistic Collaboration
  • Professional Audition and Outreach
  • Thesis Rehearsal Lab
  • Character Clown
  • Advanced Ballet
  • Advanced Jazz and Theatre Dance
  • Hip Hop II
  • Advanced Tap
  • Applied Music Theory
  • Cabaret
SEMESTER TWO CLASSES
  • Musical Rep II
  • Advanced Acting and Rehearsal Tech II
  • Advanced Voice & Speech II
  • Showcase Prep II
  • Artistic Collaboration II
  • Professional Audition and Outreach II
  • Thesis Lab II
  • Rehearsal Lab
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Street / Commercial Jazz
  • Choreography Practicum
  • Dance Audition Practicum
  • Advanced Voice Lab


THE THIRD-YEAR MUSICAL THEATRE CONSERVATORY ENSEMBLE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To audition for the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre at NYFA, prospective students must submit an application (apply online or email joey@nyfa.edu). There is a required $65 application fee.

MUSICAL THEATRE DEPARTMENT INTERVIEW
As part of the admissions process, applicants are required to have an interview in person with someone from the Musical Theatre Department. The purpose of the interview is to identify the applicant's goals and prior experience. The ideal applicant has a passion for storytelling, creative expression, and artistic collaboration. The interview is also an opportunity to review the curriculum of the program with the applicant and to ensure that they fully understand the level of commitment required to successfully complete the third year.

AUDITION Each prospective candidate will present the following on the day of the audition:

—   Two Musical Theatre Songs (approximately 60-90 seconds each)
—   One Monologue from a Contemporary American Play (60-90 seconds)
—   Jazz / Theatre Dance Audition (combination will be taught)
  • Audition video submission may be accepted as pre-screen. For pre-screen video submissions, please make sure to include your name, the title of the piece, and show you are performing from, and the program that you are applying to
  • When auditioning at the New York City location, a pianist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in a three-ring binder and in the correct key
  • We will not accept a cappella auditions (singing without music)
DIPLOMA FROM A TWO YEAR MUSICAL THEATRE CONSERVATORY OR DEGREE PROGRAM
All applicants must show proof of graduation from New York Film Academy's Two Year Musical Theatre Conservatory OR a Comparable Conservatory or Degree in Musical Theatre. A scanned copy of your diploma is sufficient. If you have not yet graduated, an in-progress transcript is acceptable for admittance, but proof of graduation is mandatory before beginning the program.

PROOF OF HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION
All students must show proof of high school graduation. To fulfill this requirement, applicants must submit ONE of the following documents:
  • Official high school academic transcript
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • Copy of state-issued high school equivalency certificate
  • Official Associate Degree or college transcript from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university that indicates high school graduation as a requirement for enrollment (for students who have completed partial undergraduate coursework)
  • Homeschool transcript accredited by the state
Students completing high school in a foreign country, where a language other than English is the official language, and who are able to produce an original transcript, must have it translated into English by an education evaluation service that offers translation services.


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Musical Theatre Program: Course Description

SEMESTER ONE CLASSES
Musical Rep
Advanced Acting and Rehearsal Tech
Advanced Voice & Speech
Showcase Prep
Artistic Collaboration
Professional Audition and Outreach
Thesis Rehearsal Lab
Character Clown
Advanced Ballet
Advanced Jazz and Theatre Dance
Hip Hop II
Advanced Tap
Applied Music Theory
Cabaret
SEMESTER TWO CLASSES
Musical Rep II
Advanced Acting and Rehearsal Tech II
Advanced Voice & Speech II
Showcase Prep II
Artistic Collaboration II
Professional Audition and Outreach II
Thesis Lab II
Rehearsal Lab
Contemporary Ballet
Street / Commercial Jazz
Choreography Practicum
Dance Audition Practicum
Advanced Voice Lab

SEMESTER ONE

Musical Repertory I

This class focuses on finding and working on collecting appropriate songs for building the MT book. Concentration on interpretation and applicability to personal type and what works best within type and vocal range.
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Advanced Acting and Rehearsal Technique I

Building upon the work of all previous acting classes, this class concentrates on the application of the skills of text analysis, rehearsal technique, and advanced acting skills as applied to modern and contemporary plays.
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Advanced Voice and Speech I

This class addresses individual speech challenges that in some cases can be defined as “accent reduction” and in other cases it can be helping the performer to speak with clarity and distinction. Introduction to the basic phonetic alphabet and at least two standard dialects for stage and screen.
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Showcase Prep I

Guided and facilitated by the teacher, students search for viable vocal selections to be considered for the industry showcase. The class will concentrate upon best fit for vocal range, type, and performative elements.
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Artistic Collaboration I

With a rotation of teachers invested in the course, this class will provide a forum to explore musical composition, film craft, make-up, writing and devised work. Guest designers, composers, performers, and film makers will be integrated into the class as time and availability allows.
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Professional Audition and Outreach I

A specialty class concentrating on audition technique for stage and film, using traditional methods as well as the latest methods of digital submission. This is an extension of the “digital graduation package” with added features that include creation of professional webpage, a starter digital reel, and a “how to” regarding the process of recording video auditions for submission.

Facilitated by the teacher, students will explore ways to enhance their outreach to the industry. If availability allows, guest speakers and visitors will be integrated into the class to see work, give feedback, and provide professional advice.
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Thesis Rehearsal Lab I

This class begins the process of identification and then the consequent practical research for each student’s “thesis role.” A single character is chosen from the musical theatre canon and the individual student embarks upon the process of mastering the role. The student learns the role, in total, including all vocal and physical demands. A singular teacher hosts the class and other teachers can do consultations in their area of specialty. The thesis role must be selected and a completed first draft of the thesis project with all pertinent elements must be ready to present for a grade by the end of this semester.
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Character Clown

A specialty class dedicated to freeing the actor’s impulses. Character clown work relies upon a very unique set of principles that result in immense freedom of expression, relaxed vulnerability, and a special relationship to failure that results in liberating the performer in extraordinary ways.
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Advanced Ballet I

Building upon all past ballet classes to continue with strength and stretch, encountering new and more advanced challenges in technique, partnering, and combinations.
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Advanced Jazz and Theatre Dance I

Building upon all previous Jazz classes, concentrating on technique, expression, more challenging combinations in duo, solo, and ensemble work.
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Hip Hop II

Expanding upon the foundation and the fundamentals established in Hip Hop I, this class explores the genre in more detail, linking the dance idiom to emerging forms within the entertainment industry.
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Advanced Tap

Building upon past Tap classes to explore more rigorous technique and combinations in solo, duo, and ensemble formats.
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Applied Music Theory

Music Theory with an emphasis on sight-reading and part-singing.
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Cabaret

This class looks at the special world of cabaret performance, the specific forms that succeed in engaging an audience and telling a story or establishing a mood. The class will work with the teacher to create and eventually perform a special “night of cabaret” for all NYFA students.
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SEMESTER TWO

Musical Repertory II

Selecting and refining all choices, streamlining the book to create maximum agility with choices aimed at modern casting trends.
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Advanced Acting and Rehearsal Technique II

Building upon the work of all previous acting classes, this class concentrates on the application of text analysis, rehearsal technique, and advanced acting skills as applied to modern book scenes from the Musical Theatre genre.
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Repertory Voice and Speech II

Advanced proficiency and exploration in performing political speeches, poetry, monologues, rap stylings.
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Contemporary Ballet

Building upon all previous work but now introducing this contemporary genre of dance that incorporates elements from both classical ballet and modern dance, allowing more freedom of movement in the upper body and breaking from the rigorously defined body lines of the past.
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Street/Commercial Jazz

Work in the specialized and demanding hip hop/jazz blend that is being used more and more for stage and screen.
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Dance Audition Practicum

A special class concentrating on the format, pace, expectation, rigor, and structure of professional dance auditions.
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Choreography Practicum

Guided by a teacher, students explore the process of creating choreography within a variety of contexts.
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Showcase Prep II

Guided and facilitated by the teacher/director, students will refine choices and begin rehearsals to create the industry showcase. The show will concentrate upon best fit for vocal range, type, and performative elements. Class will culminate in an industry showcase.
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Advanced Voice Lab

A semester long class dedicated to the continued study of healthy singing technique and best practices to enhance expression and protect the instrument.
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Artistic Collaboration II

With a rotation of teachers invested in the course, this class will provide a forum to explore musical composition, film craft, make-up, writing, and devised work. Guest designers, composers, performers, and filmmakers will be integrated into the class as time and availability allows.
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Rehearsal Lab

Guided rehearsals in preparation for the industry showcase.
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Professional Audition and Outreach II

A specialty class concentrating on audition technique for stage and film, using traditional methods as well as the latest methods of digital submission. This is an extension of the “digital graduation package” with added features that include creation of professional webpage, a starter digital reel, and a “how to” regarding the process of recording video auditions for submission.

Facilitated by the teacher, students will explore ways to enhance their outreach to the industry. If availability allows, guest speakers and visitors will be integrated into the class to see work, give feedback, and provide professional advice.
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Thesis Lab II

A special class that is designed for the students to address and work on specific problems related to their chosen “thesis” role - a single character is chosen from the canon and the student learns the role, in total, including all vocal and physical demands. A singular teacher hosts the class and other teachers can do consultations in their area of specialty. The thesis is presented at the end of the second semester.
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For New York City:
September 2020 - May 2021



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