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Welcome Parents

Dear Parents:

Welcome to the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts website. We’re glad you’re here! We designed this site to help prospective students find and analyze the information they need to train for a career in acting for the stage, TV and film. But the site is also intended to involve you in the process by offering a broad overview of our  training programs, resources, services, policies and procedures. Please explore the website and let us know how we can be of assistance to you.

Here are some of the things I think as a parent you will want to know:

  • The Conservatory is an accredited actor-training institution. We comply 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. Learn more here: Training.

  • Our instructors are all working actors, directors and playwrights who are actively employed in the DC-area acting community. 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. The techniques and philosophies taught here at NCDA are the same that comprise the foundation of numerous acting conservatories worldwide, including the Drama Division of the Julliard School in New York and the Royal Shakespeare Company Studio in Britain. The Conservatory’s training philosophy also emphasizes individual attention and small class size – typically no more than eight students per class. 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 we offer can help make the dream of working as an actor a reality. Contact us by email or phone today to arrange a tour of the school and speak one-on-one with one of our admission representatives. Or come to a free Open House with other parents and potential students to meet with our faculty members, alumni and current students. 

Thank you for considering the Conservatory for your student!

Best Regards,

Nan Ficca
The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
Washington's Accredited Actor Training Studio