The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (New York City) and AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts (Los Angeles) are pleased to announce that N-CHS student, London Woods, has been accepted for the 2015-2016 academic year. Admission to AMDA is extremely competitive; their students come from all over the globe and are selected from auditions held in more than 35 cities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, and South Korea. The full-time enrollment at the two AMDA locations is approximately 1, 300 students. AMDA was founded in 1964 as a premier performing arts conservatory. With campuses on New York’s Upper West Side and in the historic Hollywood district of Los Angeles, AMDA sits in the epicenter of two entertainment communities, making it uniquely suited to offer intensive full-time training and BFA programs in Acting, Music Theatre, Performing Arts, and Dance Theater.
AMDA graduates have performed on Broadway in shows such as VENUS IN FUR, WAR HORSE, YESTERDAY, MARY POPPINS, PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, SPIDERMAN, TURN OFF THE DARK, GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT, 9 TO 5, AVENUE Q, CHICAGO, A CHORUS LINE, GYPSY, GREASE, HAIR, HAIRSPRAY, IN THE HEIGHTS, JERSEY BOYS, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL, MAMA MIA, RENT, SHREK THE MUSICAL, SOUTH PACIFIC, SPAMALOT, WEST SIDE STORY, and WICKED. Recent film credits for AMDA graduates include: THE HUNGER GAMES, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, WIN WIN, 3:10 TO YUMA, THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND, AMERICAN BEAUTY, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, DUPLICITY, ENCHANTED, EVERY LITTLE STEP, HAIRSPRAY: THE MOVIE, THE NOTORIOUS BETTY PAGE, THE PRODUCERS, SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE, and THE SHAPE OF THINGS. Television credits for AMDA graduates include: “NCIS” (CBS), “CASTLE” (ABC), “GLEE”(FOX), “30 ROCK” (NBC), “WHITE COLLAR” (USA), “HOUSE” (FOX), “ROYAL PAINS” (USA), “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS), “CRIMINAL MINDS” (CBS), “THE FOLLOWING” (FOX), “BUNHEADS” (ABC FAMILY), “AWKWARD” (MTV), “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO), “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC), “RED WIDOW” (ABC), “JUSTIFIED” (FX), “NURSE JACKIE” (SHOWTIME), “PAN AM”(ABC), “A GIFTED MAN” (CBS), “DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES” (ABC), “GENERATION KILL” (HBO), “GREY’S ANATOMY” (ABC), “GOSSIP GIRL” (CW), “GUIDING LIGHT” (CBS), “IN PLAIN SIGHT” (USA), “LAW AND ORDER” (NBC), “THE OFFICE” (NBC), “SNL” (NBC), “DEXTER” (SHOWTIME), and “WEEDS”(SHOWTIME).
London Woods is a recent graduate of Newton-Conover High School. According to Woods, he has been singing since the age of three. Even though he has been playing alto saxophone for 8 years now, he never thought music was going to be his final calling! Nevertheless, Music Theater is what he will be studying, and he is overjoyed! London turned down three full ride scholarships to follow his dreams in NYC. He feels that this experience is truly a blessing, and he does not take this opportunity for granted.
London is the son of Jessica Wofford of Newton, NC. He is one more reason why we are all proud to say, “We are Newton-Conover!”