Welcome to the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts!

Looking for an accredited actor-training school in Washington, DC?  You’ve found it!  Welcome to the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, where we train actors for careers in theater, TV and film.

The Conservatory complies with rules and regulations issued by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, and the US Department of Education.  Because we’re accredited, our students can submit a Free Application for Federal Financial Assistance (FAFSA) to see if they’re eligible to receive federal student loans and grants.  Learn more here:  Admissions.

Becoming a successful actor requires an intensive period of training, just as acquiring any professional skill does.  The Conservatory’s two-year, intensive, actor-training program provides students with 1,800 hours of instruction, practice and rehearsal in 16 months.  Students who continue into our third-year, advanced actor-training program obtain another 900 hours of training.  Because our semesters typically run back to back, students can usually complete the two-year program in 16 months; and three years of study in 24 months.  Learn more here:  Training.

Our instructors are all working actors, directors and playwrights who are actively employed in the DC-area acting comm unity.   It’s a requirement for faculty members to be actively working onstage or in film or video in order to serve as a Conservatory instructor.  Learn more here: Faculty.

The costs of attending the Conservatory are comparable to the costs of attending unaccredited, less-intensive acting schools and studios in DC.  Students pay $12/hour for instruction here, compared to $15 to $24/hour at other local schools.   Our tuition is substantially less than accredited acting studios in NYC.  Students pay under $9,500/year here, compared to around $35,000/year for an accredited school in NYC.  Learn more here:  Tuition.

Our graduates enter the job market with a strong foundation in the craft of acting, the business savvy to be successful in a competitive market  and a network of professional contacts.   More than 90%* of our graduates find work as actors within six months after graduation.   Learn more here:  Graduates.

At the Conservatory, we’ve been training people for careers in acting since 1975.  The intensive training available we offer can help make your dream of working as an actor a reality. 

►  Contact us by email or phone today to arrange a private tour of the school and speak one-on-one with an admissions representative.  

►  Or come to a free Open House with other potential students to meet with our faculty members, alumni and current students.  Click here to sign up!   


*In its most recent report to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, the Conservatory reported a placement rate of 93% for students attending its two-year training program - based on a cohort of 24 students who trained at and graduated from the Conservatory between May 2009 and January 2010.  The Conservatory reported a placement rate of 100% for students attending its advanced actor-training program – based on a cohort of 8 students who trained and graduated between May 2010 and December 2010.








Attend a Free Open House

We have concluded our Open Houses for the Fall 2014 Semester.  We are still enrolling, and individual appointments are available.  Call us at 202-333-2202. Check back for Spring Open House dates soon! 

At these free events, you can tour the school and meet faculty members and staff in the company of other students.  

For more information visit our open house page or call 202-333-2202.

Meet with an Admissions Representative

Call us at 202-333-2202 or click here to set up a time where you can visit the school and speak one-on-one with an admissions representative.

See Our Graduates Onstage and On Screen

Conservatory graduates can be found on stages and and screens all around the DC area and across the country as well.  Click here for a current listing of the activities of our graduates and faculty members.  


Check out 'MouseDAD, the award winning short film from Crash of Rhinos, The Conservatory's film production wing!

Mousedad features 4 Conservatory faculty members, and was shot by the Conservatory's Director of Film and Media!  In the 2014 Festival, mouseDAD! took Best Film, Best Directing, Best Writing, and Best Acting!  But what would you expect from the best acting school in DC?

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