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American Musical and Dramatic Academy
New York City and Los Angeles, USA
Type Private
Established 1964
President David Martin
Enrollment Approximately 800
Campus Urban

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), is a college conservatory for the performing arts located in New York City and Los Angeles, California.

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 Phillip 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.

Notable alumni

AMDA has a distinguished record of training students for careers in the performing arts. Among its most notable graduates are:

Notable faculty

AMDA has many teachers and faculty who have many professional connections and credits.

Notable faculty includes: 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, Ray Virta, Lars Rosager, Lindsay Chambers, Eileen Schauler, Michael Sartor, Brooks Almy, Danny Gurwin, Jane Lanier, Jameson Jones, Karen Morrow, Deborah Ross Sullivan, Dan Daily, Dan Fishbach, Karly Rothenberg, and Chryssie Whitehead.

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