The Actors Workshop Staff 

All our classes are taught by consistently working actors!

Chris Cardona            

Adult Acting Coach /Owner

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 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: 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 Andreadis Talent Agency, both legit and commercially.

(SAG-AFTRA /AEA)

Chris' Acting Resume

Nikki Silva 

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 12-17 years old

Teen Voice Class 12-17 years old

Private Voice Coach

Derek McLaughlin

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

Gabriella Cascio

Youth Acting Coach

Youth Acting Coach

Born and raised on Long Island, Gabriella has always loved to perform. She began her training in dance, studying tap, jazz and hip hop. She performed in various community productions before attending Pace University's BA International Performance Ensemble Program, where she studied acting with an emphasis on devised theatre and ensemble work. Gabriella has been described as Nia Vardalos+Gina Rodriguez+ Kathryn Hahn with a dash of Broad City. 
Credits include the NYTW, HERE Arts Center, the Accidental Festival in London, Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery. Most recently, Gabriella performed the premiere of “My Big Gay Italian Christmas” in Atlantic City. Additionally, Gabriella has starred in several short films. She has studied film technique at MN Acting Studio and improvisation at UCB.
Gabriella also has a Bachelor's Degree in Film and Screen Studies and has written, directed, produced, and cast two short films. She has experience with 16 mm film and digital filmmaking. Recently, Gabriella was a production assistant at Entertainment Tonight/The Insider, where she worked several red carpet events and press junkets. Additionally, she was a talent assistant at Impractical Jokers and worked assisting filmmakers at the Tribeca Film Festival for the third year in a row.
Currently, Gabriella is attending NYU for graduate school for Educational Theatre: certification k-12. She recently worked as the Drama Director at Ocean Beach Youth Group on Fire Island and has taught with Wingspan Arts and at various studios.

343 Wantagh Avenue,

Levittown, New York, 11756

Tel: (516) 491-3707