Based on Goethe's Faust, Academy bowed as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2009. NYMF and Daegu embarked on a multi-year partnership that exchanges works annually between the U.S. and South Korea as part of the respective festivals. Academy, which was staged by original NYMF director John Carrafa, received the Best Musical honor that also includes a $2,500 cash prize. NYMF executive director and producer Isaac Robert Hurwitz accepted the award.
In 2009 Academy took the NYMF Awards for Excellence in the categories of Best Music and Best Ensemble.
Press notes for Academy read: "At St. Edward's Academy, two seniors make a harmless bet on whether they can influence an unsuspecting freshman to break a few rules to succeed. But when the transaction goes recklessly out of control, the boys become entangled in a fight for their own academic and personal survival. Inspired by Goethe's Faust, Academy is a pop chamber musical about boys learning to become men — and remaining true to themselves."
NYMF and Daegu launched its partnership with the Korean musical My Scary Girl as part of the 2009 NYMF. The 2010 NYMF will host the Korean musical Special Letter, featuring book and lyrics by In Seon Park and music by Chang Wook Ma. The work is described as "a rambunctious comedy about a soldier whose pen pal is not who she seem."