2013 Advanced Acting Company member Pamela Willis
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► Produce and appear in three full-length plays that enjoy two-week runs in the Conservatory’s black box theater. Each production consists of a full, five-week rehearsal process and performances before live audiences and theater reviewers. Each is directed by a respected local director.
► Continue to hone their classical acting skills by participating in a full production of a classical play. Washington, DC, has an unusually high number of employment opportunities for classically trained actors; having strong classical skills increases an actor’s likelihood of finding work post-graduation.
► Audition for local and regional casting directors.
► Produce and appear in 2 or more original 15-minute films as well as several comedy shorts, which are then added to each actor’s film reel.
► Discover the role of the actor in the new-play development process by participating in a full production of a brand-new play commissioned specifically by the Conservatory from a local playwright.
► Take part in weekly professional-development seminars on a variety of pertinent industry topics, hosted by Conservatory faculty and area theater and film professionals.
Faculty member Doug Wilder directing a campfire scene for the short film
Peasants vs. Overlord with the 2012 Advanced Acting Company
During the program, students:
► Apply the skills and expertise developed in the Conservatory’s two-year program to tackle larger, more comprehensive acting projects as part of a working ensemble and repertory theater.
► Learn the intricacies of acting for the camera during an intensive shooting schedule as part of the film-acting curriculum.
Students who successfully complete the two-year, intensive, actor-training program can audition to enter an advanced, intensive, third-year program and participate in the Conservatory’s Actors Repertory Theater. Students who continue into the advanced program obtain another 900 hours of training onstage and in film – producing and appearing in three full-length plays and several short films.
This program consists of 2 semesters of continuous, 5-day-a-week study, for a total of 30 credit hours. Semesters typically run back to back, which means students can usually complete the program and receive their advanced diploma in acting in 8 months’ time.
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The curriculum is described in brief below:
► Performance Project I – Full Production of Transition Play
► Stage Combat I – Unarmed Stage Combat
► Audition Techniques III – Advanced Audition Techniques
► Business of Acting II – Individual Mentoring / Business Plan Development
► Cold Readings I – Advanced Techniques
► Performance Project II – Full Production of Classical Play
► Lab – Theater/Film Tech
► On Camera Intensive I – Advanced Film Acting Techniques
► Performance Project III – Short Film Project
► Audition Techniques IV – Advanced Audition Techniques
► Cold Readings II – Advanced Techniques
► New Play Development I – Appearing in New Works
► Performance Project IV – Full Production of Brand New Play
More than 90%* of the Conservatory’s graduates find work as actors within six months after graduation.
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.