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May 30, 2012

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May 30, 2012

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

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 27, 2012

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1 previous review
September 26, 2011

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 incredi... more

May 27, 2012

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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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 26, 2011

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to find work as a result of this training.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add voice (singing) to the curriculum.

May 25, 2012

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May 25, 2012

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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Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 22, 2012

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May 22, 2012

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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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 22, 2012

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May 22, 2012

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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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 22, 2012

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May 22, 2012

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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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 22, 2012

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May 22, 2012

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By having the opportunity to work with the students in the classroom setting as a Casting Director and then observing them in Conservatory based programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the profile and respect of the Conservatory.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

As a Casting Director I was familiar with Actors studying there by seeing it on their resume. Over the years the school and actors have asked to attend showcases and readings. However I became more familiar through my role as a Board Member.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Increase Board involvement by leveraging the assets of the group.

What is its top priority in the long run?

More positive publicity about the program to attract a bigger and better student base. This could be achieved by published articles. A simple way to attract articles would be to create a Master Class series that includes Actors of note which would in turn be newsworthy.

May 21, 2012

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May 21, 2012

The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is a great resource for education and support for the arts. It serves as a incubator for aspiring actors but also provides shows and resources for people to experience theatre and other art for free. It is amazing how much they are able to accomplish and do for people with such limited resources. They find instructors who not only are working professionals, but also usually are the top in their areas of expertise. The curriculum is varied and ever-evolving to adapt to the needs of the field. They help students during their time at school and beyond as they start their careers. Unlike most schools, the personalized attention is unparallelled. They truly want people to succeed and foster a competitive edge in their students to allow them to thrive in a highly demanding field.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 21, 2012

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May 21, 2012

The school is a home away from home and the staff and students are my family members. One is treated with the utmost respect and cared for dearly. In this school, I have been privleaged to work with professionals who really know the craft and will to anything in their power to make sure one succeeds in the aggressive and competative world of acting. They will introduce you to their connects so that you stand a fighting chance in the world of acting. The most important advantage of this school is that they are accredited and for great reason too. The school is a powerful tool needed for this field and they will work with you very well because they understand everybody has a busy life. If I can do it, so can you.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Film and on stage.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing about it.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

I found them on the internet. They are the only accredited acting school in the greater Capitol Washington area.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They have encouraged me to be a great actor, a professional and to be kind and sincere to people everywhere.

May 18, 2012

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1 previous review
September 21, 2011

I am a faculty member of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, as well as a local actor and playwright. I think NCDA does an excellent job of recruiting faculty members, senior faculty members... more

May 18, 2012

The Conservatory is a great way to break into the acting world of Washington, DC. The instructors are all working actors, with a variety of talents and expertise.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 21, 2011

I am a faculty member of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, as well as a local actor and playwright. I think NCDA does an excellent job of recruiting faculty members, senior faculty members and guest artists (directors, playwrights, etc.) who provide their students with a wide range of expertise and experience in the field of theater. By employing such a diverse group of talented instructors, the Conservatory enables its students to build a robust, practical toolkit of acting techniques and experiences as they pursue their career dreams. By only employing instructors who are actively involved in the local theater scene, the Conservatory helps its students prepare themselves for the realities of acting as a career, and start to forge a professional network for themselves that they can build upon after graduation. The fact that the Conservatory is accredited – a professional hallmark which it rigidly enforces and protects – enables many students to obtain the financial aid they would not otherwise have access to as they pursue their education. NCDA is the only accredited acting studio in the Greater Washington Metro Area. I have had the pleasure of performing onstage with former NCDA students who have gone on to rewarding careers in the theater; and, speaking personally, my being on the faculty roster at NCDA has opened numerous doors to other professional teaching opportunities, including serving as an instructor at the Actors’ Center, the Writer’s Center, Imagination Stage and the Educational Theater Company, among others.

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Please see my review above.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would help it expand its fund-raising capabilities so as to be able to further expand its capabilities and reach.

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