Admission to The Conservatory

The Conservatory caters to students from all walks of life, from recent high school graduates to the recently retired. Whether you have never acted before or you have been performing since you were a child, NCDA provides the training and guidance needed to take the step into the world of professional acting.

The Admissions Process

Step One
Visit us by scheduling an
individual appointment or join us for a scheduled open house.

Step Two
Complete the application for admission that you'll receive once you visit. You will need to provide an official high school transcript (undergraduate and graduate transcripts are acceptable).

Step Three
Participate in an audition workshop with a faculty member.

WE will:

  • Provide a monologue for you to memorize
  • Schedule your workshop

YOU will:

  • Spend approximately 30 minutes working on the monologue with a faculty member. We get to see you at work, and you get a feel for training with us.

​​Previous acting experience is not required for admission. All we ask for is passion, some nerve, and a willingness to work hard.

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Funded, in part, by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
*The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is not affiliated with the Federal Government, the District of Columbia Government, or any other state or local government. The "National" in the name of the institution refers only to our location.
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Washington, DC 20007
United States

​​Other ways to get to know us 

Check out our social media links to learn more about The Conservatory, our projects on stage and film, and our alumni.

Check our calendar and attend of our student performances. All performances are FREE of charge and what better way to see the actors we are training now.

Watch our films on Vimeo and YouTube featuring Conservatory students, alumni, and faculty​.

The Conservatory has a rolling admissions process: We accept students year-round. First semester classes begin January, May, and September. Applicants are considered individually, meaning applicants do not compete against other applicants for admission.

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