Dominican pursues acting career at prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Cadette has been accepted at AADA
Cadette has been accepted at AADA

Dominican Student, 18-year-old Michael Cadette, has been accepted to attend the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) to pursue studies in Film Acting, Stage Acting and Musical theatre.

According to the Admission’s Letter from the Admissions Committee of AADA, “You are one of an elite few who have shown the academic, personal and professional promise that we seek in our students, and we sincerely look forward to having you join us at our New York Campus as part of our incoming Fall 2016 class”.

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is the oldest acting school in the English-speaking world (1884) and is the first and finest acting school in America, training students to become professional working actors in theatre, film and television. The main campus of the Academy in Manhattan, New York City was initially founded in 1884 to train actors for the stage.

During the 20th Century, The Academy became widely known as the “Cradle to the Stars” due to its stunning reputation of influential alumni. It has world-renowned alumni as Spencer Tracy, Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas and Grace Kelly. According to its website “The Academy’s legacy continues to grow with new and emerging legends like alumni Robert Redford, Danny DeVito, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Paul Rudd leading the way. In the school’s 132-year history, our past students reflect a distinguished level of actor, as well as countless prominent and influential names from all disciplines within the entertainment industry. In fact, The Academy alumni hold an unprecedented total of 106 Oscar®, 283 Emmy®, and 90 Tony® nominations”.

Michael has already begun classes at AADA in mid-September and his studies in Film Acting, Stage Acting and Musical theatre will include story theory, script and character analysis, physical training and performance, studies encompassing extensive movement, speech, voice and sensory work, script analysis and theatre history. Most importantly, a practical study of foundational acting techniques is explored including Strasberg, Meissner, and Hagen. AADA students are exposed to all facets of stage and on-camera performance.

According to AADA’s website: “To bring further refinement to their education, our students are prepared to sustain lifelong careers by learning the intimate details of the industry from accomplished and notable professionals. As part of their training, The Academy offers unprecedented access to leading industry professionals. Our students graduate equipped and ready to succeed with business skills in strategic marketing, time management, interview and audition skills and online promotion”.

After graduating from the St. Michaels Secondary School in 2014, Michael spent two years with the OTT Performing Arts Academy in Barbados under the tutelage of Canadian trained Barbadian Janelle Headley – Voice and Drama tutor, Founder and Creative Director of OTT; British trained Barbadian Tar-Jane Herbert – Dance Tutor and Choreographer; Canadian trained Barbadian, Maachelle Farley – Assistant Vocal Tutor; American Trained Barbadian Trudy Rowe – Script Analysis Facilitator and Director of Social Support Services, among others. He performed in three of OTT’s annual April Performances, in his role as ‘Brett’ in the widely acclaimed musical, “13” (2014), inthe musical “The WIZ” as one of the Ensemble (roles: Yellow Brick Road, Quadlings & WingedMonkey Leader) (2015) and in the musical “Into the Woods” in the role as Cinderella’s Prince in 2016. In July 2014 Cadette attended the Broadway Student Summit at D.A.N.Y. Studios in New York City.

He also trained with the Louise Woodvine Dance Academy in Barbados(2014-2016) under the tutelage of British trained Barbadian Choreographer Louise Woodvine – Choreographer and Founder of Louise Woodvine Dance Academy in Barbados and Canadian trained Barbadian
Megan Navarro – Dance Tutor and Choreographer.

Michael sees Stage Acting,Film Acting, Television and Musical theatreas a whole new world of discovery, openness and self-expression, entertainment and inspiration. He wants to use the opportunity at AADA to be inspired, feel inspired and in turn inspire others through stage and cinematic performances. He dreams of, and looks forward to performing on Broadway and also in cinematic films.

Michael Cadette is the son of Sylvester Cadette of UN/ITU and former Director of Telecoms in Dominica, and Lilia Cadette, formerly of Orange/Digicel and Marpin2K4.

See photos below photos of his performances in the OTT Production of musical, “13” (2014) as Bret, in the musical “The WIZ” as one of the Ensemble (roles: Yellow Brick Road, Quadlings & Winged Monkey Leader) (2015),  in the Dramatized Dance of The Puppet Master and in the musical “Into the Woods” in the role as Cinderella’s Prince in 2016.

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  1. November 3, 2016

    Good job Cadette !You are a great performer …I hope i can watch you perform someday.I’m in law tutoring in new york .check this out

  2. Too Hard Too Long
    November 2, 2016

    Congratulations!!! Looking forward to seeing you on screen and/or on stage

  3. bob
    November 1, 2016

    you go Cadette you beat us to it …….break a leg

  4. Grandbarian Young lady
    November 1, 2016

    Congrats! God bless you!

  5. nicole
    October 31, 2016

    congratulations young man. great work. keep reaching for the stars

  6. de Gyal dem Suga
    October 31, 2016

    way to go micheal! So proud to see Dominicans doing well and breaking new ground in these areas. I had the pleasure of knowing your father you come from good stock so we expect great things from you.

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