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New York Film Academy Musical Theatre

Hands-on Intensive 4-Week Musical Theatre Workshop

New York Film Academy musical theatre instructor Kristy Cates in Wicked New York Film Academy musical theatre instructor Deidre Goodwin in Chicago Study under NYFA musical theatre instructor Bronson Norris Murphy Study under NYFA musical theatre instructor Todd Buonopane Study under NYFA musical theatre instructor Thom Christopher Warren Students at NYFA's Musical Theatre Workshop rehearse on stage Students sing at NYFA's Musical Theatre Workshop Musical Theatre students performing in costume at NYFA Students can explore Broadway at NYFA's Musical Theatre Workshop

OVERVIEW

Musical Theatre Workshops are offered at our New York Campus only

The New York Film Academy provides a unique environment where students of Musical Theatre can hone their skills with a Broadway-level faculty not found in any other program nationwide. The Four-Week Musical Theatre Workshop provides a rigorous and fun training experience that closely models the first four weeks of the longer programs. The program is designed for individuals with singing and movement abilities who may or may not have prior experience on a musical theatre stage. The following courses allow students to get an introduction to the integral skills required for success in this field and learn how to prepare themselves for the varied demands of a musical theatre career. The program culminates in a presentation for faculty, friends, and classmates.

Admission requirements for the Four-Week Musical Theatre Workshop are the same as for our One-Year Musical Theatre Program. All participants in the Four-Week Workshop will have the opportunity to be considered for our One or Two-Year Programs, pending space availability.

MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES

  • Introduction to Meisner
  • Ballet I
  • Jazz I
  • Music Theory
  • History of Musical Theatre
  • Voice Studio Lab
  • Song Interpretation
  • Performance Lab
  • Improvisation
  • Voice & Speech
  • Showcase Practicum

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

All musical theatre applicants must prepare a 1-minute monologue from a published contemporary American play or screenplay and two short contrasting musical theatre songs. When auditioning in person, please bring your own accompaniment on CD or iPod for your musical selections. When choosing audition selections, it is important to choose material that is age and type appropriate. It is also important to read the entire play, screenplay, or libretto prior to your audition. Applications should be completed online or turned in prior to your audition in order to schedule your audition appointment. An Admissions Representative will contact you shortly after your audition with an admissions decision. Applicants may also make an appointment for a specific audition time at our New York or Los Angeles campus.

If an "in-person" audition is not possible, applicants may submit an audition on DVD or via private YouTube links. Please make sure your name, the program name, and start date for which you are applying is written on the DVD.

To learn more about the musical theatre audition process, please click here.


Course Description (*Optional)

Introduction to Meisner
Song Interpretation
Performance Lab
Voice Studio Lab
Ballet I
Jazz I
Music Theory
History of Musical Theatre
Voice & Speech I
Improvisation
Showcase Practicum

Introduction to Meisner

This class introduces the Meisner Technique, an actor training technique developed by Sanford Meisner, one of the founding members of the instrumental Group Theater, and is aimed at honing the actor’s listening and responding skills. It aims to focus the actor's attention toward behavioral truth within imaginary circumstances with foundational exericises. Once this foundation has been established, the students begin to apply themselves to scripted text.
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Song Interpretation

This course introduces students to the techniques and comprehensive disciplines required for interpreting the musical theatre song repertoire. It is designed to provide exposure to script, score and character analysis necessary for successful song interpretation by the actor in musical theatre.
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Performance Lab

This is a performance-based class that approaches musical theater the same way an actor explores text in a play. During the course, each student will develop necessary skills to thoughtfully investigate material in order to combine organic choices in movement, acting and singing. Students will explore the fundamentals of text analysis and research in order to provide intentions, stakes and conflict for each character in a variety of contrasting musical theater genres.
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Voice Studio Lab

This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice that form the basic functional skills of vocal production and singing. Topics include: breathing, muscular, and air support, diction, the vocal anatomy, tone production, vowel and consonant modification, resonance and vocal health. Students will also develop a greater self-awareness, confidence and the tools of expression that are essential in singing.
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Ballet I

This class provides a highly disciplined and developmentally appropriate sequence of ballet training. In class training focuses upon building strength, flexibility, musicality, and coordination. The class will cover the basics of placement/alignment, turnout, line of positions, port a bras, quality of movement, class etiquette, ballet terminology, and the knowledge base necessary to move forward in the dance sequence.
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Jazz I

This class is designed to teach each student the correct alignment and specific techniques necessary for advancement within this and all dance genres. Class is aimed at increasing strength, flexibility, endurance, and the ability to learn and retain choreography. In additional to practical application of technique in class, students will also be introduced to the history and the major choreographers of Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance.
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Music Theory

This class teaches students to be literate in the written language of music. Actors who have the ability to read music fluently have a much easier time learning songs and can do so without the help of a coach or musical director. Actors who read music are acknowledged in the industry as a valuable commodity. A professional musical theatre actor known to be a good music reader is much more likely to be hired than one who is illiterate. Sight singing is the ability to sing what is notated at a glance, the equivalent of a "cold read" in scene work. It requires the ability to identify intervals immediately and sing them correctly, and in time.
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History of Musical Theatre

This course teaches students to identify prominent figures in both early and modern theatre; including composers, lyricists, performers, directors, choreographers, and producers. Students study the effects of the great historical events and trends that affected the art form from turn of the last century to today.
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Voice & Speech I

In this class, students work with basic elements of speech, such as auditory awareness, and the creation of sound. Students also learn the value of dialect and the context and history of General American Speech. They deepen the study of consonants, vowels and diphthongs in order to more precisely control their articulators and attain more resonant speech. Teachers may make exercise substitutions while maintaining learning goals.
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Improvisation

Students will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation and how it enhances and applies to all of their performance work. Working in pairs and groups, the students will create improvised scenes and environments, explore character, learn to trust instincts, and practice making honest, fully committed choices. With the introduction of music and lyrical components, students will apply all the same principles, but with an emphasis on genre, ensemble support, and fully invested song improvisation.
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Showcase Practicum

This course is designed to help students increase knowledge of rehearsal techniques, professional behavior, and musical skills. Students will receive practice in ensemble singing in large groups, duets, trios, and small group numbers. In addition to the pedagogical instruction, the class is the practicum studio for assembling showcase events.
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Dates & Tuition

Fees

Tuition: $3,981 (USD)



Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
Jan 30, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017
Jul 10, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017
Sep 25, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017
Jan 29, 2018 - Feb 24, 2018
Jul 2, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Sep 24, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018



Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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