The
National
Conservatory
of
Dramatic
Arts

Professional

NCDA offers Washington D.C.'s only accredited actor training studio program. We've been preparing people for careers in acting since 1975.


Graduates enter the job market with a strong foundation in the craft of acting, the business savvy to be successful in a competitive market, and a network of professional contacts.


Read about our programs.

Practical

Students work closely with a faculty of professional actors, directors, producers, and playwrights who are actively working in theater, film, and television in Washington, D.C. and beyond. The intensive training offered by our school can make your dream of working as an actor a reality. 

​Tuition at NCDA is competitively priced for the area and dramatically lower than similar acting classes in Los Angeles and New York City.


Learn about our competitive prices. 

Accredited

NCDA complies with rules and regulations from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and the USDE, which means that students are eligible to apply for government financial aid in the form of grants, subsidized loans, etc.

Accreditation also ensures that the curriculum is continually reviewed by a panel of education experts and industry professionals.


See what makes us different from other acting schools.

Upcoming Open Houses

At Open House, you'll have a chance to tour the school, ask an Admissions Representative questions, and meet other students beginning their acting careers. Can't make it to an Open House? 

Schedule an individual appointment.

Wed, June 12

Open House

6:30 PM

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Wed, June 12

Open House


6:30 PM

Wed, July 3

Open House

6:30 PM

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Wed, July 3

Open House


6:30 PM

Wed, July 10

Open House

2 PM

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Wed, July 10

Open House


2 PM

Wed, July 24

Open House

TBA

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Wed, July 24

Open House


TBA

Sat, July 27

Open House

2 PM

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Sat, July 27

Open House

Includes a screening of films made by students and faculty members.

2 PM

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Student Performance Schedule

Dreams, Incorporated

Presented by ART (in collaboration with TBD Immersive)

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Dreams, Incorporated

Presented by ART (in collaboration with TBD Immersive)

This immersive production will involve interaction with the actors and take place throughout the entirety of the school. The experience is capped at 19 individuals, so reserve your space soon!


June 28, 29 and July 5, 6 @ 8 PM

June 30 and July 7 @ 3 PM

Our student performances are always free and open to the public. We do ask that you reserve seats, as space is limited.  Please note this experience requires walking, standing, and navigating uneven floors in low lighting. The building is accessed via a staircase. 

Reserve a Seat

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1556 Wisconsin Ave NW

Washington, DC 2007

Support Us

At NCDA, ​we strive to provide students and alumni with the resources they need to be successful artists and creators. Please  consider helping us further our cause with a tax-deductible donation to NCDA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, through PayPal or the Network for Good


Thank you for helping in our pursuit of artistic excellence.

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