The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts provides a structured, full time, immersive program that encourages collaboration, imagination, and innovation. With our team of working professional actors and directors, we also emphasize individual attention and small class size – typically no more than ten students per class. Plus, our school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), meaning that our standards are continually reviewed by a third party.
Instructors at NCDA help foster and sustain a creative working environment that is rooted in empathy, exploration, and encouragement. The process can be intense, but it is always supportive. Geared toward training the next generation of professional actors, NCDA’s curriculum includes a strong focus on the business of acting. In addition to the techniques that students will apply to their work on stage, they will gain the skills they will need to succeed in other aspects of the industry, including audition and callback techniques, marketing and branding, business planning, and budgeting.
With this well-rounded approach, students will graduate NCDA with an understanding of what it takes to enter into the professional creative industry. We don't just train actor, we train working actors!
NCDA has been preparing students for careers in acting since 1975. The intensive training we offer can help make your acting dreams a reality. Graduates of NCDA are an essential part of DC area theatre and film community.
NCDA alumni have worked at:
Constellation Theatre Company
Disco Jesus Productions
Encore Stage and Screen
Faction of Fools
The Hub Theatre
The Kennedy Center
MD Renaissance Festival
NextStop Theatre Company
No Rules Theatre Company
Olney Theatre Center
Round House Theatre
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Washington Stage Guild
WSC Avant Bard
And many, many more...
In addition to theatre work, NCDA grads are booking TV, Film, Commercial, and new media work all over the world! Alumni have had roles in House of Cards, Veep, Lincoln, The Wire, and The West Wing, and other projects. They've worked with Netflix, HBO, Apple TV, Discovery Channel, The History Channel, ABC, NBC, and FOX.
We have graduates working professionally in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, Richmond, Paris, London, Chicago, Miami, Cleveland, Las Vegas, and even Australia and Switzerland. Wherever they end up, graduates become part of a robust network of NCDA alumni and faculty that is always willing to lend a hand and help fellow students navigate the complex world of professional acting.
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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