Our Story

NCDA has been preparing students for careers in acting since 1975. The intensive training we offer can help make your acting dreams a reality. Graduates of NCDA are an essential part of D.C. area theatre and film community.

NCDA alumni have worked at:
1st Stage
Adventure Theatre
Arena Stage
Constellation Theatre Company
Disco Jesus Productions
Encore Stage and Screen
Faction of Fools
Forum Theatre
Flying V
Folger Theatre
Ford's Theatre
The Hub Theatre
Imagination Stage
Kaiser Permanente
The Kennedy Center
Keegan Theatre
MD Renaissance Festival
NextStop Theatre Company
No Rules Theatre Company
Olney Theatre Center
Pallas Theater
Rep Stage
Rorschach Theatre
Round House Theatre
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Signature Theatre
Studio Theatre
Synetic Theater
Theater Alliance
Theatre J
Washington Stage Guild
WSC Avant Bard
And many, many more...

We're not Just on the Stage!

In addition to theatre work, NCDA grads participate in commercial, film, and television work in the DC area. Students have had roles in House of Cards, Veep, Lincoln (feature film), The Wire, and The West Wing, and other projects. They've worked with Discovery Channel, The History Channel, ABC, NBC, and FOX.

Alumni are not just successful in DC. We have graduates working professionally in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, Richmond, Paris, London, Chicago, Miami, Cleveland, and even Australia and Switzerland. Wherever they end up, graduates become part of a robust network of NCDA alumni and faculty that is always willing to lend a hand and help fellow students navigate the complex world of professional acting.

Our Training Philosophy

The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts provides a structured, full time, immersive program that encourages collaboration, imagination, and innovation. With our team of working professional actors and directors, we also emphasize individual attention and small class size – typically no more than ten students per class. Plus, our school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), meaning that our standards are continually reviewed by a third party.

Instructors at NCDA help foster and sustain a creative working environment that is respectful and nurturing of each person’s creativity and individuality. The atmosphere can be intense, but it is always supportive. ​Geared toward training the next generation of professional actors, the NCDA’s curriculum includes a strong focus on the business of acting. In addition to the techniques that students will apply to their work on stage, they will gain the skills they will need to succeed in other aspects of the industry, including audition and callback techniques, marketing and branding, business planning, and budgeting.

With this well-rounded approach, students will graduate NCDA with an understanding of what it takes to enter into the professional creative industry.