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 a guidance needed to take the step into the world of professional acting. What are you waiting for?

The Conservatory 3-Step Admission 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 which 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 with a faculty member whom will evaluate your monologue and provide student counseling

Other ways to get to know us 

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

  • Check our calendar and attend of our student performances. They 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​

  • Our admissions process is "rolling." We accept students year-round. First semester classes begin January, May, and September. The application process is individual based and applicants are not grouped.

​1556 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
United States


National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts


Washington's Accredited Actor Training Studio

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