Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that overall employment of actors, directors and producers is expected to increase over the next several years. High school students who wish to launch careers in this field may benefit from enrolling at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles. Numerous notable actors have attended the school, including one of the stars of the hit television show Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

TV Squad reports that Ferguson, who plays an openly gay husband and father on the show, began his career at the Albuquerque Children's Theater. Following his time spent at AMDA, the actor worked on Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. The play also won a Tony award.

Since 2005, Ferguson has starred in the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as the movie Untraceable.

However, the actor has received the most attention for his role on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Role in a Comedy Series in 2010.

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