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National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
February 26, 2010

While I'd taken acting classes at many different places, I did not get the comprehensive instruction about acting that you find at the Conservatory. They prepare you for the stage and for the business. Not just acting tools, but success in getting auditions, and selling and marketing your skills. I've stayed involved because I believe in the people there and their work. NCDA truly is a home with an ever-growing family.

The Great!

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

the fact that I have been able to get work through the training they provide, and work with people and organizations that I came in contact with through the Conservatory.

Ways to make it better...

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

see if it were possible to bring in professionals in casting/producing/management more frequently to provide students with additional networking and growth opportunities.

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

It was a challenge as a student, but it was always fun. And it has continued to be fun in my work volunteering with them. They are consummate professionals, but incredibly generous with their time and their laughter. Makes for a good time.

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

incredibly enthusiastic about their work, and supportive of your efforts, so long as you made an effort. They bend over backwards to help you get where you need to. Also, they're hilarious.

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

expand its curriculum, give countless more students without the resources the chance to experience a great arts education, support fellow organizations in both the Georgetown and arts communities, and maybe even open branches elsewhere, if so inclined.

Ways to make it better...

They had been able to devote more time to some related studies, such as stage combat and/or the technical side of the business, but there is only so much time, and they have limited resources.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a constant battle to keep up funding, and to continue marketing effectively to potential students in the area.

One thing I'd also say is that...

My experience at NCDA helped shape who I am today, and introduced me to people I will be friends with forever. And for that I will always be grateful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have worked with current students in class and consulted with them outside of it.