National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

Rating: 4.84 stars   37 reviews


1556 Wisconsin Ave Nw Washington DC 20007 USA


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.


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


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

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Anonymous Bob's Review for National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

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Rating: 4 stars  

A place of enlightment and discovery. The National Conservatory of dramatic Arts or (NCDA) is more than a building where acting classes are held, it serves as a preperation gateway for a career field that is extremely competitive. Within 3 months of intensive learning, from styles ranging from classical to contemporary studies, my experience has compelled me to become the best actor I can be and more. I recommend anyone who wants down-to-earth, humanized, and GENIUNE training to appear in front of these doors ASAP. Well, what are you waiting for?

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The home-like environment which allows people of all shapes, sizes, sex, race, etc to learn or/and better their craft as actors in full potential.

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