The Actors Workshop Staff 

Chris Cardona            

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Adult Acting Coach
Beginner to Professional 

Adult Acting Coach /Owner/Director
Adult Acting / Scene Study Classes
Adult Master Class
On Camera Acting Class
Private Coaching
Self Tapes (Kids thru Adults)
Staff Director
B.F.A. in Drama & Acting            

Chris' Acting Resume            

Chris Cardona was born and raised on Long Island. He is a film, television, and stage actor, director, as well as the head acting coach and the owner of The Actors Workshop. Chris began acting in High School, and attended The Long Island High School of Performing Arts. He continued his acting education in Manhattan, studying with the late Herbert Berghoff, Michael Becket and Bill Hickey at H.B. Studios. Chris obtained his B.F.A. in Drama and Theatre at Queens College, starring in, and directing numerous plays while in attendance there. While still in college, his first big break was a lead role in the film titled, "Who Shot Pat?", opposite Sandra Bullock. This he booked through answering an ad in Backstage. He then continued to study in Manhattan at The Atlantic Theatre, among many others, and ultimately ended up studying for 5 years at the prestigious Barrow Group, in their "Master Class". This is where Chris feels he honed his skills the most, working with incredibly talented actors and teachers. He is known for the films: Worth, God's Pocket, Noah, The Bachelorette, A Most Violent Year, The Confession, Henry's Crime, Blindsided and Who Shot Pat? Chris' television credits include: The Blacklist, Hightown, The Money, The Good Cop, Red Oaks, , Blue Bloods, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Orange is the New Black, Madam Secretary, Believe, Person of Interest, White Collar, Cop Files, and The Sopranos. New York Theatre credits include lead roles in: Requiem for a Heavyweight, Lobby Hero, A Streetcar Named Desire, Burn This, Total Abandon, Wait Until Dark, Match, and A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In addition to his acting, Chris has been boxing, kickboxing and training pro fighters for over 30 years. He is a fight scene choreographer and stunt coordinator, and is often called upon to do fight scenes in films, television and commercials. He has been the stunt double for Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone, among others. Most recently, Chris both directed, wrote the screenplay and starred in the new Pilot "MANHATTAN SOUTH" currently being pitched to NETFLIX. Chris lives in New York, has been married to his wife JoAnn Cardona since November 16, 1997. They have two teenage daughters, Courtney and Kayla.

Chris is signed by the Bi-Coastal ERIS TALENT AGENCY and STEIN ENTERTAINMENT Group,  both legit and commercially.

Nikki Silva 

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Nikki Silva is a professional actress, theatrical producer, and musician. She is the lead vocalist, performing weekly  in The Big Happy Band. Her recent stage roles include: Agnes White in “Bug,” Abigail Williams in “The Crucible” and Marilyn in “Behanding in Spokane”

Nikki is the CEO and Founder of The Exceptional Foundation, a Performing Arts pageant for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has experience mentoring youth, coaching acting, and aims to empower her students to reach their fullest potential.

Teen Acting Coach
Teen Acting Class 8-17 years old

Derek McLaughlin

Adult Acting Coach

Beginner to Intermediate Acting

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In my 27 years in pursuit of my actor training which first started out at Suffolk Community College and has taken me as far as South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa , California ,  to Oxford , England , it has been one truly enjoyable endeavor .

From it I have learned that no one technique is a template for success but a combination from all whether it be Meisner , Stanislavsky , Adler or Strassberg. I also believe that whether you are a beginning actor or an experienced veteran actor , you should always be trying to learn and evolve. This what I teach my students. Some of my favorite productions that I have been fortunate to be a part of were ; TOTAL ABANDON, MICE AND MEN , REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT , LION IN WINTER , RFK , AND BREAKING LEGS . I am so thankful and elated to Chris for giving me this opportunity to become a part of the ACTORS WORKSHOP.

Kate Brady

Kids & Teens Vocal & Musical Theatre 
Beginner to Advanced Vocal Coach

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Kate Brady is a recent graduate of Five Towns College, with a BFA in Musical Theatre for which she received the highest achievement award. Kate has also studied abroad in London at the British American Drama Academy, studying physical comedy, improv and Shakespeare. 

Recent theatre credits include Shannon in the premiere of Losing Everything at Playwright Horizons, Janet Van De Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone, Rhoda in a New Brain (dir. Joe Barros), #25 in The Wolves(dir. Kate Eminger), and Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (dir. Stanley Bahorek.) 

Kate is a current working actor, constantly auditioning and training in Manhattan. She has experience in college prep, audition prep (in-person, self-submission, and zoom,) on-camera acting, and aims to help cultivate her students while also challenging them. 

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