New York Film Academy
1-800-611-FILM  |  1-212-674-4300
New York Film Academy nyfa alumni

New York Film Academy Notable Alumni

Ilda Mason


Ilda Mason is a Panamanian actress, singer, and dancer based in New York City. She began her acting career in productions including Peter Pan, The Beauty and the Beast, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Legally Blonde, Gloria Estefan’s On Your Feet! and toured nationally for the stage production of Cinderella as a member of the ensemble.

She was a professional dancer on Panama’s Dancing with the Stars for two seasons and has performed in Ivo van Hove’s adaption of West Side Story on Broadway. She has also performed in two other productions of West Side Story: one at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, and the second one at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. Mason played the role of Francisca in one, Estella in the other, and understudied Rosalia in both.

Most recently, Mason was cast as Luz, a member of the Sharks in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation and the remake of West Side Story. The film won ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Director’ at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.

Program Studied at NYFA: Musical Theatre
Program Type: 2-Year Conservatory in Musical Theatre
Year Attended/Graduated: 2015
Location: New York
Credits: West Side Story, Cinderella, Dancing with the Stars (Panama), Legally Blonde, Hello Dolly, Peter Pan, The Beauty and the Beast, A Chrous Line, On Your Feet!


West Side Story - Official Trailer (2021)


Start typing and press Enter to search

New York Film Academy Disclaimer
New York Film Academy Disclaimer
HomeStudent ServicesNYFA Online StoreJobsPrivacy PolicySite Map

Copyright © 2022 New York Film Academy

All programs and workshops are solely owned and operated by the New York Film Academy and are not affiliated with Universal Studios or Harvard University.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Not all programs are offered at all locations.