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National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
February 25, 2010

I had attended a few low-cost performances at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts but was not familiar with the school until my oldest son decided he wanted to become an actor. I was very hesitant at his decision to enter a field that I thought was risky and difficult. He auditioned and was accepted at NCDA and completed their regular program as well as their advanced program (ART). The support and guidance he received, along with the excellent education at the Conservatory, changed my views on his beloved profession. He is now an equity actor, and he could not have achieved this without the mission of NCDA. Arts are often at the bottom of the "needs" list for financial support, however, yet the arts also make our lives richer and more satisfying. A little school that turns out wonderfully trained actors is one that should not be ignored. Their products benefit us all! I became such a fan I ended up serving on their board of directors!

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

observing my son graduate from their program as well as attending a number of the free performances offered by the Conservatory featuring student work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

observing the dedication they have to their students, which continues even after graduation, as well as their efforts to be one of the few accredited acting conservatories in the region.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a lean group with a big job -- it is impressive what they do with so little. I like to think what they could do if they had just a little more financial support to work with!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

supply the mid-atlantic with many well-trained, solid, professional working actors who could work in all kinds of areas: events, theatre, film, commercial, industrial, and so forth. Actors are an important part of our culture's communication!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I served on the board as a representatives who has local community experience as well as the parent of a student who attended the school. I helped to raise money and raise community awareness of their free student performances. I also recruited interns .