American Musical and Dramatic Academy
|American Musical and Dramatic Academy|
|Location||New York City and Los Angeles, USA|
The Conservatory offers both Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and two-year Certificates in Professional Performance. Programs are offered in Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance and Performing Arts.
AMDA is an accredited institution of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
AMDA was founded in 1964 by Philip H. Burton along with other prominent people from the New York theatre community to provide practical training for the actor. Burton was an acting teacher and is best known as having trained his adopted son, Richard Burton. AMDA's programs are designed to prepare students to work professionally as an actor in theatre, musical theatre, dance, film and television and stage combat.
The New York City campus is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The principal facility is located at 211 West 61st Street, directly behind Lincoln Center. The other half of the campus is located at the historical Ansonia building, where Ziegfeld once lived, on West 73rd Street.
The Los Angeles campus is located in the heart of the Hollywood Entertainment District, one block north of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine Street, adjacent to the Capitol Records Tower, with its principal facility in the historic Vine Tower Building.
AMDA has a distinguished record of training students for careers in the performing arts. Among its most notable graduates are:
- Brad Bass (Wicked)
- Matt Barber (Dance Professional and Writer)
- Angela Bettis (Girl, Interrupted, Bless the Child)
- Krystal Joy Brown ("Leap of Faith (musical)"), "Big Fish", "Hair"
- Tyne Daly (Grey's Anatomy, Cagney & Lacey, Judging Amy, Gypsy)
- Di Drago
- Tiffany Engen (Legally Blonde (musical))
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family,The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Class)
- Rose Freymuth-Frazier (Undressed)
- Caissie Levy (Hair, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray)
- Gretchen Mol (3:10 to Yuma, Life on Mars, The Shape of Things, Boardwalk Empire)
- Meredith Patterson (All My Children, 42nd Street)
- Chase Peacock (High School Musical on Stage!, American Idiot (musical))
- Soara-Joye Ross (Les Misérables)
- Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical, Spamalot, Chicago)
- James Stevenson (Guiding Light, Passions)
- Kai Soremekun
- Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas, Law & Order)
- Lee Tergesen (Royal Pains, Life on Mars, Oz, Generation Kill, Weird Science)
- Michelle Visage (Judge on Ru-Paul's Drag Race, Radio DJ, Singer)
- Carrie Welling (singer/songwriter of the band "The Shells")
- Chryssie Whitehead (Every Little Step, A Chorus Line, Grey's Anatomy)
- Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray, Stacked)
- Natalie Zea (Dirty Sexy Money, Boys Don't Cry)
- Clara Campi (NoMansLand, Full Masti)
- Jason DeRulo(dates American Idol winner Jordan Sparks ,Multi-Platinum recording artist)
- Talitha Farrow
- Christopher Jackson (The Lion King, In the Heights)
- Janelle Monáe
- Will Blunderfield (Nettwerk recording artist)
- Paul Louis (S Club 7 in Miami, Creator of children's syndicated series, "Jelly Bean Jungle")
- Katrice Gavino (Summer of Love)
- Mamie Parris (Ragtime, 9 to 5)
- Becca Tobin (Glee)
- Katherine Helmond (Who's the Boss, Brazil)
AMDA has many teachers and faculty who have many professional connections and credits.
Notable faculty includes: Katherine Helmond, Emily Skinner, Roxana Stuart, Carine Montbertrand, Karen Malpede, Teri Ralston, Elaine Petricoff, Mark Santoro, Casey Colgan, Evan Pappas, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Kathy Morath, Regina O'Malley, Wyatt Charles Jean, Ray Virta, Lars Rosager, Lindsay Chambers, Eileen Schauler, Michael Sartor, Brooks Almy, Danny Gurwin, Jane Lanier, Jamison Jones, Karen Morrow, Deborah Ross Sullivan, Elizabeth Moulton, Dan Daily, Dan Fishbach, Karly Rothenberg, and Chryssie Whitehead.
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