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.
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.
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.
Due to COVID-19 all NCDA training programs and performances, and face to face Admissions events have moved to an online format.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, and local and federal authorities have issued stay at home orders, NCDA has transitioned to distance learning so that our students can complete their current semester of training and performances while sheltering in place.
Our faculty members have done an extraordinary job of translating NCDA’s curriculum to online platforms, finding new, creative solutions for training actors as we all obey the command to stay at home. We look forward to sharing with you soon the culmination of some of the students' work over digital pathways.
As of now, we look forward to continuing our online training for the Summer and hope Fall semester allows us to be together. We are taking applications for upcoming enrollment and doing interviews and audition workshops via Zoom. With daily changes in public health recommendations, we'll need to remain flexible and open to creative solutions as the year moves forward.
Each day, we're finding that the theatre forms we've taught and performed for years have great resilience and power at this moment in our history. Actors are still powerful storytellers even while sheltering at home; we can still play and connect to audiences through video and the internet; the art of comedy is more necessary than ever; the voice of the tragic chorus can still resonate virtually. It has been heartening for students and faculty alike to stay connected through these theatre forms, with all they have to teach us about human resilience, human vulnerability, and of course, laughter!
We all need our communities, our colleagues, and our networks of friends and family to help us navigate the unprecedented challenges we're facing. We know that artists and their work are essential to our collective well-being. Although we are working remotely, everyone at NCDA remains fiercely committed to the education of our students, supporting our alumni and faculty and building connections with our audience and our community.
We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all come together again in theatres and cinemas and on stages and sets.
Learn more about our acting classes, school events, and alumni activities.
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.
Funded, in part, by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is not affiliated with the Federal Government, the District of Columbia Government, or any other state or local government. The "National" in the name of the institution refers only to our location.
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