1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007           202-333-2202

Faculty:The Conservatory's instructors are all working actor, directors, and playwrights actively involved in the DC film and theatre community.Learn more.

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Conservatory president Ray Ficca

About Us

     The Conservatory has been training students for careers in acting since 1975. The intensive training we offer can help make your acting dreams a reality.

     Graduates of the Conservatory are an essential part of DC area theatre and film community. Alumni have worked at:

  • 1st Stage
  • Adventure Theatre
  • Arena Stage
  • Constellation Stage Co.
  • Disco Jesus Productions
  • Encore Stage and Screen
  • Faction of Fools
  • Forum Theatre
  • Flying V
  • The Folger Theatre
  • Fords Theatre
  • The Hub Theatre
  • Imagination Stage
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • The Kennedy Center
  • Keegan Theatre
  • MD Renaissance Festival
  • Next Stop Theatre
  • No Rules Theatre Company
  • Olney Theatre Center
  • Pallas Theater
  • Rep Stage
  • Rorschach Theatre
  • Round House Theatre
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company
  • Signature Theatre
  • Studio Theatre
  • Synetic Theater
  • Theater Alliance
  • Theatre J
  • Washington Stage Guild
  • WSC Avante Bard
  • and many, many more...

 In addition to theatre work, NCDA grads have been featured in commercial, film and television work in the DC area, incuding: House of Cards, Veep, Lincoln (Feature Film), the Discovery Channel, The History Channel, ABC, NBC, FOX, The Wire, The West Wing, and countless other projects.

In addition to DC, we have graduates working professionally in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, Richmond, Paris, London, Chicago, Miami, Cleveland, even Australia and Switzerland. Wherever they end up, graduates become part of a robust network of NCDA grads and faculty that are always willing to lend a hand and help each-other navigate the complex world of professional acting.