In New York Film Academy’s Performing Arts programs, faculty members and curriculum are focused on providing students with practical experience and training to help them achieve their goals. These achievements are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances. Below are some of the networks and productions our alum have gone on to work with.
Explore Performing Arts at NYFA
To advance as performers, aspiring actors and visual storytellers must develop and strengthen their audition, voice, movement, and performance skills. At NYFA, students can prepare to pursue ambitious creative goals through immersive training. NYFA offers degree, certificate, and short-term workshops in Acting for Film and Musical Theatre, providing aspiring performers with the opportunity to learn essential knowledge in their craft as they build their confidence as a performer.
In these hands-on programs, students have opportunities to perform and create a body of work that reflects their strengths and talents on stage or screen. To learn more about the degrees, 1 & 2-Year certificates, and short-term workshops offered in our Performing Arts disciplines, please review the areas of study below.
Please note that many Performing Arts programs at NYFA require an audition. For more information, visit our Audition Requirements page.
Performing Arts Programs
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Performing Arts Faculty
NYFA students are mentored by our award-winning faculty, who actively work in the performing arts, appearing in films, television shows, Broadway, and off-Broadway plays and musicals. By currently working in the industry, our faculty are able to use their experience to help students master fundamental techniques while staying informed on the latest industry standards.
Chair of Acting for Film
Anne Moore Chair of Acting for Film
BA, Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Moore is an actress/director/producer who studied Meisner at William Esper Studio in New York City. Her credits include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Sex in the City,” “Law & Order,” and “Good Intentions,” and numerous off-Broadway and sketch comedy credits. Award-winning documentary filmmaker with her short Czech Daze.
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.
Creative Director of Acting for Film
Lynda Goodfriend Creative Director of Acting for Film
Lynda received her BFA from Southern Methodist University. She has also studied with the legends, Lee Strasberg and Sandy Meisner. Lynda is a veteran of both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions appearing in shows such as Good News, West Side Story, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Boyfriend. She was a series regular on the iconic hit television show “Happy Days,” and on the series “Who’s Watching the Kids,”and “Blanksy’s Beauties.” She guest starred on shows such as Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Vegas. She has also appeared in feature films such as “Pretty Woman,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Front,” “Beaches,” and “Nothing in Common.” Lynda was owner and principle instructor of the Actors Workout School for 15 years with locations in both Los Angeles and Orange County. Her theatre, the Actors Workout Theatre in NoHo, won numerous awards for its theatrical productions. She has also directed for television and film including a Disney pilot and the television movie Four Stars. Lynda opened her management company in 1983 and developed many actors’ careers until she became Chair of the Acting Department for NYFA in Los Angeles in 2011.
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.