BFA theater graduates travel to New York City to reunite with fellow NWSA graduates - actors Kate Finneran and Natalie Gold - and present their showcase

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2015 NWSA Showcase in New York participantsMiami, FLORIDA – Full of energy and much anticipation, a group of 13 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graduates from Miami Florida’s premier arts conservatory, New World School of the Arts’ (NWSA) College Theater Division head to New York City in search of their big Broadway opportunity. During their week-stay the students will showcase their talent to a group of more than thirty talent agents and scouts, many of who are already familiar with the level of artistic excellence demonstrated by NWSA’s students and alums.
This year’s well anticipated journey to NYC includes an exceptional artistic component, which has the group of soon-to-be actors elated. Established actors Kate Finneran and Natalie Gold, both alumni of the Theater program of New World School of the Arts, have agreed to offer theirvaluable time to their younger peers in a one-hour Q&A session.
MAY 5: Q&A session, and 45-minute showcases will be held at Snapple Theater (1627 Broadway, New York, NY 10019)
1:00 PM –– Showcase #1
2:30 PM – Q&A session
5:00 PM – Showcase #2
To RSVP for either or both New World School of the Arts Theater Showcase, please contact Mari Lyn Henry at 212-501-2101 or Sanchia Gopie at 305-237-3541 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For almost a decade, the College Theater program at NWSA has taken its BFA class on this life-changing journey to NYC. “The goal in the theater division is to prepare our students for professional careers in theater, the showcase offers the first step for students to meet, interact and network with agents and casting directors in New York.  It also is an opportunity for students to experience, for the first time, professional auditions when casting agents send them to callbacks for Broadway and Off-Broadway castings. Many of our alums are working in theater and film today due to the NYC showcase helping to launchtheir careers,” said Patrice Bailey, dean of theater at NWSA.
Of past showcases Mari Lyn Henry said “What the actors from New World School of the Arts brought to their New York City showcase is a combination of excellent training, a well- organized selection of scenes, monologues and songs which were totally appropriate for their physicality, age range, and talent and an enthusiasm and passion for the careers they have chosen to pursue. The industry professionals-agents, managers, and casting directors who were there are still referring to New World's showcase as one of the best they have ever seen.”
Gloria Cardona, Selena Castellon, Daniel Cruz, Christopher Ferrer, Jessica Gorwky, Mark Guardamino, Icela Guernica, Michelle Hernandez, Krystel Mills, Eduardo Morales, Sarah Rumbaut, Casey Sacco, Kelly Ziegler
Kate Finneran is Broadway, film and television actress in the recipient of two tony awards one for Noises Off and the other for Promises Promises. She also won a Drama Desk award as best featured actress in a Broadway play for "Noises Off." She has also appeared on Broadway with Kevin Spacey in "The Iceman Cometh," 'Neil Simon (I)''s "Proposals", "The Heiress," "In the Summer House", "My Favorite Year," "Two Shakespearean Actors," "On Borrowed Time" and as Sally Bowles in the Tony-winning revival of "Cabaret."  Her Regional credits include Katie's regional theater work includes "Hedda Gabler" with Kate Burton (Bay Street and Williamstown Theatre Festival) and "The Smell of the Kill" (Berkshire Theatre Festival). Her off-Broadway credits include parts in "Arms and the Man," "Edith Stein," "Bosoms and Neglect," "You Never Can Tell," "A Fair Country" and Encore's "Lil' Abner." Finneran’s film credits include You’ve Got Mail, Liberty Heights, Night of the Living Dead, and Bewitched. Her television work includes Bloodline, The Michael J Fox Show, Company, I hate My TeenageDaughter, Damages, Mercy, Bram and Alice, Frasier, Oz and Sex and the City.
Natalie Gold is a film, television and Broadway actress. She known for the film “Birdman” or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). She is perhaps best known for playing Julia Harwell on the TV show Rubicon, and she has appeared in many films including “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”, “I Don’t Know How She Does It”, “Love & Other Drugs.” She has performed opposite Jake Gyllenhall, Naomi Watts, Cynthia Nixon and she has been directed by Sidney Lumet. Her Television work includes two season in “Alpha House,” “The Left Overs,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order,” “Killing Kennedy,” “The Americans In Addition.” Gold has an extensive Theater background appearing with Cynthia Nixon in the play “Distracted” at the Roundabout Theater, “The Language of Trees,” Roundabout Theater, “Engaging Shaw” at the Old Globe San Diego, Scarcity Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
Micheal Aronov – Headwig and The Angry Itch, L.A. Law, The Closer, Blood and Gifts, Golden Boy
Stephen Anthony – National Tour of Catch Me If You Can
Alana Arenas – Steppenwolf Theater Company Member
Randi Berry & Dechelle Damien – Co-artistic Directors of Wreckio Ensemble Theater Company
Andrea Burns – The Nance, Broadway In the Heights
Billy Corben – Director, Cocaine Cowboys I & II, Top Rated Tribeca Film Festival
Maria Corina – Marido en Alquiler NBC-Telemundo Production
Tyrone Davis – National Tour of Shrek The Musical
Cote De Pablo – Star, Navy NCIS
Sean Patrick Doyle – National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof and Mary Poppins, Broadway La Cage Aux Folles
Nick Duckardt – Carbonell Award for Best supporting Actor in a Musical 2010, In the Heights (Miami)
Jose Elosegui & Elaine Flores – 2013 International Tour Artspot Educational Theater
Kate Finneran – Tony Award for Noises off, Promises, Promises, Broadway Annie
Natalie Gold – Distracted, The Language of Trees, Rubicon, Love and Other Drugs
Mandy Greenfield – Associate Artistic Director of Manhattan Theater Club
Gizel Jimenez – National Tour of West Side Story 2011, Law and Order SVU, In the Heights (Westchester)
Melissa Lopez – National Tour of Spamalot
Marckenson Charles – Carbonell Award for best supporting Actor 2011
Yara Martinez – ABC Family's The Lying Game, ABC's Nashville, Teen Nick’s Hollywood Heights, A & E’s Breakout Kings and TNT's Southland
Tarell McCraney – Playwright, The Brother Size Choir Boy (Royal Court), Head of Passes (Steppenwolf
Harris Milgrim – National Tour of West Side Story
Michael Scittotto – National Tour of West Side Story 2011
Gregg Weiner – Transporter 2, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Carbonell award for best actor 2010
Dominique Stasiulis – National Tour Rock of Ages
Zabryna Guevara – Gotham
The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to training exceptionally talented and committed students interested in pursuing performing careers in the theater. The program concentrates on the actors training, delving into fundaments ofphysical and emotional preparation, and the achievement of truthfulness andexpressive person on the stage. The music theater program, in addition, emphasizes Music Theater, singing, dance and choreography. Students work with an ambitious repertory centered on twentieth century material through private voice lessons, vocal ensemble classes, music theater workshops and studio and full-scale productions.
For more information about New World School of the Arts, please call 305-237-3559 or 305-237-3458 or visit