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National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

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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

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1 Melissa59

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.