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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Performing Arts Schools, Theater

Mission: The founders of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts realized the need in 1975 for a quality program in the Washington area, which would allow students to train for careers in the performing arts.  Prior to the establishment of the Conservatory students wishing to train as actors were compelled to move to either New York or California to attend Conservatories in those states.  The performing arts in the Washington area have enjoyed enormous growth over the past ten years, increasing the demand for professionally trained actors.  The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts remains the only full-time, accredited acting program in the area.  Prospective students must demonstrate their readiness for training through a formal admissions process including both interview and audition.  Student Actors admitted to the Conservatory Program spend four consecutive semesters training twenty hours per week in voice, speech, acting, stage movement, stage combat, theatre history and rehearsal labs.  Students who have demonstrated professionalism and promise move on after the Conservatory Program to be members of Actor’s Repertory Theatre (ART) and spend an additional two semesters as members of the ensemble perfecting their craft in a professional company atmosphere, and appear in three full productions which are open to the public and invited members of the Washington theatre and performing arts community.

Results: We have graduated 700 students, and our actors are on stages and screens in LA, NY, DC, Chicago, and all over the country.

Target demographics: All ages and races who are looking to start a career or 2nd career as a professional actor.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 30 students

Programs: We offer two programs of study. A 4 semester Diploma in acting, and a 2 semester Advanced repertory company.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a graduate of NCDA from 1996. (including the 3rd year performance program) I had an absolutely wonderful experience there. The program really prepared me for life as an actor as well as a comprehensive overview of the theater in general. This is a gem right in the heart of Georgetown for those who are serious about a career in the performing arts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From a student's perspective--great training from an excellent faculty. From a theater goer's perspective--an opportunity to enjoy innovative theater while supporting actors-in-training. From a local artist's perspective--a widely respected organization with opportunities to collaborate and network. Good people doing quality stuff for theater in DC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I graduated from the advanced acting program at NCDA four years ago. My experience as a student was positive, and I've also had a positive experience as an alum. The faculty continues to take an interest in the students even after they graduate, and that's been immensely valuable to me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is a terrific gem of an acting school located in Georgetown. Great faculty!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a recent graduate of both the basic and advanced programs at NCDA. Their training was professional, comprehensive, tough, but nurturing at the same time. Since I've graduated, I've used their services for monologue development and other advice (all free of charge). I'm now in a professional production and am using every bit of the training I received at NCDA. It has enabled me to prepare for auditions as well as develop a character far beyond what I was able to do before I attended this program. Naturally, any program is only as good as what you're willing to put into it, but if you are serious about becoming an actor, this group will help you get there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A nurturing environment and the freedom to take chances make the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts' actor training the most effective I have ever experienced. The work is challenging and incredibly gratifying. Opportunities to find employment and learn about the business of acting make this school truly unique. NCDA will provide the skills to anyone who is serious about become a working actor and continue to support you is so many ways even after graduation. My heartfelt thanks to the staff for the incredible hours they put in to make this school a success.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Folks at NCDA as they would like to be called treat you a family that will never cast you out. I feel I have joined a family that only continue to grow with an outstanding group of people

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen numerous productions at the conservatory as well as their new film projects which can be viewed on their website. I'm constantly impressed by the quality of Thier productions and always have a very enjoyable experience. They offer a memorable and singular experience as the only theater venue in Georgetown. But the best Thing about the conservatory is the community they have created around the school. While interacting with students and staff it becomes apparent that they love acting and they love acting at the conservatory. Even as an outside observer I feel my knowledge and appreciation for the ancient art form of acting has grown through my conversations and interactions with the staff and students . I look forward to many more years of enjoying the shows an productions from the conservatory and can only hope to be in a position one day where I can further show my support through donating and volunteering.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. The administrators and faculty consistently showed that they were willing to go the extra mile to help students succeed. Their knowledge and expertise, as well as their commitment to excellent teaching, and small classes, all contributed to a terrific, hands-on, practical education that has readied me for an acting career.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began training at the Conservatory exactly twelve years ago. Ten years later, I am a successful working actor, primarily in the theatre. I owe everything to the Conservatory. Without the training, guidance, and support of the faculty, administration, and fellow student body, I wouldn't be where I am today. I apply the training I received at the Conservatory to my work as an actor daily, and I've expounded upon that training. As a result, I'm not only an alumnus, but a member of the faculty as well. I always encourage people who are looking to begin their training to first consider the Conservatory. It has not only helped me grow (and continue to grow) in my craft, but it's helped me to grow in life. I thank the Conservatory wholeheartedly for that. ~Frank Britton

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful organization. NCDA is offering great programming for its students and has changed their program to reflect the changing needs of Actor Training.