The Actors Workshop Staff 

Chris Cardona            

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353 W. 48th St, 3rd Fl.

New York, 10036


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Adult/Teen Acting Coach

Teaches Beginners to Professionals 

Adult Acting Coach /Owner/Director
Adult Acting / Scene Study Classes
Adult Master Class
Teen Acting Class (13-17 yrs)

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 COLLECTIVE TALENT AGENCY,  both legit and commercially.

Nicolette Mango


Nicolette Mango is currently a rising senior at Boston University studying a BFA in Acting, where she has received a variety of theatre based training techniques and the opportunity to perform in both dramatic and comedic plays. This past semester she was abroad in England studying at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where she was immersed in British theatre and classical based training. In addition to her theatre training, she has taken years of on-camera classes and has starred in student and independent films, making both film and theatre her passion!

Kids Acting Coach

Debra Toscano


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Debra has been singing, acting and performing since the age of 5. She comes from an incredibly talented and musical family based on Long Island. She has had the good fortune of working on many wonderful projects throughout her career but her greatest and most fun role is playing the hilarious “AUNT TONIANN” in the Off Broadway/Tour smash hits: MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING, FUNERAL, MIDLIFE CRISIS and CHRISTMAS.  Currently Debra is touring with comedian Joe Conklin featuring the City Rhythm Orchestra.

Other great projects include her touring musical/comedic variety show: A SALUTE TO OUR MILITARY, Host of the TV talk show, “CONVERSATION CORNER", Series regular playing Melissa Rhodes in the 2014 and 2016 EMMY Nominated soap opera TAINTED DREAMS, “SISTER” in “SISTER’S XMAS CATECHISM,” CAROL in GIRLS NIGHT, The Musical and the National touring/Vegas company.

Debra was a winning contestant on “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” with Wayne Brady and has sung the National Anthem for all of the major and professional NY/NJ sports teams. 
She is also an accomplished songwriter and her music cd of all original compositions titled, “MY ANGEL” is available on ITUNES

Derek McLaughlin

Kids/Teens Vocal Coach 

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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.

Adult Acting Coach

Beginner to Intermediate Acting

The Actors Workshop

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