Amda.edu – The American Musical and Dramatic Academy Continues its Legacy of Training
amda.edu is the portal for the private trade school the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. The site stresses the values of determination and discipline, hard work and training toward achieving the goal of becoming a working entertainment professional. Their two campuses are located in Los Angeles and New York City and they work to integrate the students into supportive communities of artist, with instructors that are professionals in the industry.
The school was founded in 1964 by actor Richard Burton’s father Philip Burton in New York City. That year the AMDA staged their premier gala for fundraising World Enough and Time, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. They followed this up more fundraising productions that were critically acclaimed tributes to the great broadway writers like Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne, Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. Many of these featured performers Angela Lansbury and Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and Kevin Kline. Due to the continued success of the school AMDA is now located in two buildings in New York, the principle one being located near Lincoln Center and the other in the historic Ansonia Building on the Upper West Side.
Through amda.edu the visitor can learn all about the acting and musical theater, the dance theater and performing arts programs. The academy offers both two year and four year degree programs. amda.edu also offers dual campus enrollment and transfer credits to BFA degree programs. Support information is offered through the site for admissions, scholarships and financial aid, faculty biographies and descriptions of the student life.