New Orleans native Shelley Hennig is widely famous for her status as Miss Teen USA 2004. While her dazzling allure got her the crown, her passion for acting and incredible talent got her the ticket to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She learned here how to channel her undying love of acting and her drive to become an actress and exploit efficiently her natural beauty. This, with the help of our Artistic Director Joan See, landed her the role of wild child “Stephanie Johnson” on the Days of our Lives, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010.  A swiftly rising star, Shelley effortlessly transitioned to primetime as “Diana,” the sweet-natured coven leader determined to use her magic for good, in the new CW drama, The Secret Circle, which premiered on September 15th on the CW.

“NYCDA turned me into a confident, working actress, something I never thought was possible! Their amazing faculty gave me the tools, knowledge, and experience I needed to get out into the entertainment world and not just do well, but stand out. I truly believe I would not be where I am today without NYCDA”  Shelley Hennig