Admission to the Conservatory is a three-step process. The first step is visiting the school to determine if it’s the right choice for you. The second step involves completing an official application form here. The third step involves participating in a free monologue workshop and auditioning for members of our senior faculty. Learn more here: Admissions.
2nd year student showcase performance of Becky Shaw
During the program, students:
► Discover and hone the tools of the actor, learning how to control their voices, bodies and minds to create, portray and sustain believable characters.
► Participate in six Rehearsal Projects, where they are cast in, rehearse for and appear in six different plays – acting credits that carry over to their resumes.
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► Learn to perform in a variety of popular, respected theatrical styles, including Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Commedia dell’arte, realism and theater of the absurd.
► Delve into script analysis and interpretation to identify literal action and given circumstances, as well as viable themes, objectives and tactics upon which to base their characters and make compelling acting choices.
► Take part in weekly professional-development seminars on a variety of pertinent industry topics, hosted by Conservatory faculty and area theater and film professionals.
► Learn to understand the business of acting so they are ready upon graduation to pursue their careers.
More than 2,000 students have graduated from our actor-training program since it began: an average of 25 to 30 students a year. Students leave the Conservatory with a strong foundation in the craft of acting and the business savvy to be successful in a competitive market. More than 90%* of the Conservatory’s graduates find work as actors within six months after graduation. Our graduates enter the job market with a network of professional contacts as well as skills, since faculty members are working professionals.
The Conservatory also has an active Alumni Committee that facilitates additional networking, training and performance opportunities on an ongoing basis.
To continue on into the advanced actor-training program, click here.
*In its most recent report to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, the Conservatory reported a placement rate of 93% for students attending its two-year training program - based on a cohort of 24 students who trained at and graduated from the Conservatory between April 2009 and March 2010. The Conservatory reported a placement rate of 100% for students attending its advanced actor-training program – based on a cohort of 8 students who trained and graduated between May 2010 and December 2010.
The curriculum is described in brief below:
► Acting I – Script Analysis
► Acting II – Introduction to Acting – Improvisation
► Acting III – Scene Study – Working the Process
► Rehearsal Project I – Rehearsal Process for Discovery
► Professional Development Seminars – Theater History, Film History, On-Camera Training, Theater Tech
► Voice I – Exploring Vocal Range
► Movement I – Exploring Physical Range
► Acting IV – Finding the Actor’s Tools – Making Positive Choices
► Rehearsal Project II – Rehearsal Process for Greek Tragedy
► Professional Development Seminars – Theater History, Film History, On-Camera Training, Theater/Film Tech
► Rehearsal Project III – Rehearsal Process for Commedia Dell'Arte
► Voice/Movement II – Connecting to the Text
► Audition Techniques I – Monologue Repertoire Development
► Rehearsal Project IV – Rehearsal Process for Shakespeare
► Professional Development Seminars – Theater Styles, Film Styles, On-Camera Training
► Rehearsal Project V – Rehearsal Process for Classic Realism
► Audition Techniques II – Cold Reading Preparation Techniques
► Voice and Movement III – Text Work and Auditions
► Business I – The Business of Acting
► Rehearsal Project VI – Rehearsal Process for Contemporary Theatre
► Professional Development Seminars – Theater Production, On-Camera Training
After completing the two-year program student may audition to enter our Advanced Training Program.
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.