American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) is a college conservatory that offers both Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and two-year Certificates in Professional Performance Programs in Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance and Performing Arts.
Founded in 1964 by Philip H. Burton and a few others from the NY theatre community, the school is located at 211 West 61st Street, in the heart of the Upper West Side of Manhattan and 73rd street and Broadway in the Ansonia building.
AMDA’s programs are designed to prepare students for professional work, being an outstanding actor in the theatre, excelling in musical theatre, dance, film and television. It is the only BFA-granting performing arts college that has campuses in both NY and LA.
Resources include spacious classrooms, private voice rooms, rehearsal studios, a library with information on the arts and student lounges for total relaxation. Along with an audition, applicants are required to provide essays, letters of recommendation, official transcripts and pay an application fee which is just $50.
The annual tuition is $39,420 including housing for students who enroll in summer while those who enroll in fall have to pay $40,820. Getting to the top is rewarding but this procedure requires molding students’ natural talent which is what faculty members do at AMDA.