​To be successful in the increasingly competitive profession of acting, making a commitment to an intensive, focused period of training and practice is key. Our school will teach you how to act, but it will also teach you how to become an actor at the professional level.

NCDA has trained actors for careers in all media - stage, film, and more - since 1975. We're confident our experience will leave students prepared for the demands of a professional acting career.

Our Programs



with a faculty of actors, directors, producers, filmmakers, writers, and other creatives actively working in Washington, D.C.



a network of contacts comprised of school alumni and industry professionals throughout Washington, D.C.



on our school's black box stage and with the theatrical and filmmaking equipment you'll find in other professional theatres and studios.