Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
Broadway College Center

Learn More About BroadwayWorld Education

National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

The Acting Training Program
Visit Web Site

1556 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington,DC 20007

TwitterCollege Twitter

FacebookCollege Facebook

InstagramCollege Instagram

Certificate in Acting

The Conservatory has been training students successfully for careers in acting since 1975. More than 2,000 students have graduated from our actor-training program since it began, an average of 25 to 30 students a year. Students leave the Conservatory with a strong foundation in the craft of acting and the business savvy to be successful in a competitive market. Becoming a successful actor requires an intensive period of training, just as acquiring any professional skill does. Conventional wisdom suggests that to become truly good at an art or skill, an individual has to train for 10,000 hours. Taking one class a week that lasts for only three to four hours is a slow, inefficient way for students to obtain the experience and expertise they need to become proficient in the art of acting. The Conservatory’s two-year, intensive, actor-training program provides students with 1,800 hours of instruction, practice and rehearsal – in 16 months. Students who continue into the third-year, advanced program experience another 900 hours of training onstage and in film. The Conservatory’s curriculum is based on the teachings of Michael Chekhov, Michel Saint-Denis and Constantin Stanislavsky. These teachings comprise the foundation of numerous acting conservatories worldwide, including the Drama Division of the Julliard School in New York and the Royal Shakespeare Company Studio in Britain. The Conservatory’s training philosophy also emphasizes individual attention and small class size – typically no more than eight students per class. Our curriculum includes a focus on both theater and film. The two-year intensive program introduces students to the basics of film acting; students continuing into the advanced program create and appear in several short films. The curriculum also includes an intense emphasis throughout on the business of acting: headshots, resumes, monologues, cold readings, auditions, callbacks, goal setting, job hunting and career planning. We provide our students with the instruction, studios, tools and audiences they need in a learning environment that reflects the real-life world of acting. The atmosphere is intense, but supportive; rigorous, but engaging; challenging, but worthwhile. We’re delighted you’re looking at the Conservatory as the way to pursue your dream of working as an actor in theater, TV and film.

Notable Alumni Include:


Related Articles

1st Stage Announces New Commission Of Solo Work From Brilliant Playwrights And Creators 
September 24, 2020

During this uncertain time for the nation and the arts community, 1st Stage remains committed to creating diverse, modern work by leading playwrights and performers. Despite the prolonged theatre closure necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company delights in bringing you the same quality of beautiful, emotional, relatable stories that you could have otherwise seen on our stage.

Photo Coverage: Yanna Avis Brings Paris To The Grand Salon at La Goulue
November 23, 2019

The audience that crowded into the Grand Salon at La Goulue had the best bargain in NYC last night. Their eyes, ears, and taste buds spent a night in Paris for the cost of a pre-fixe dinner and music charge. Yanna Avis created an evening of authentic French Cabaret that brings you to the glamorous place and time when the likes of Cole Porter and other artistic Americans lived in Paris. You didn't have to speak French to enjoy her show, but it seemed that most everyone in the room did, as they joined in when Yanna sang PADAM, PADAM, PADAM, and popular other Chansons. I don't think most of Yanna Avis's sophisticated and well dressed fans needed this special price for the experience as many of them have seen her perform in Europe as well.

Theatre Week Kickoff Party To Feature 45+ Theatre Organizations, Children's Programming
August 26, 2019

The 2019 Theatre Week Kickoff Party celebrates the launch of the 2019-2020 theatre season and the start of Theatre Week in the Washington region. The event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 11am-4pm at Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater. It is a free event and tickets are available through the TodayTix app and website.

Photo Coverage: A Glamorous Night Of Cabaret As La Goulue Presents Yanna Avis
June 20, 2019

Speaking French wasn't a requirement for a table at Yanna Avis' Cabaret show at the famed French Bistro La Goulue last night but it sure felt like everyone was fluent in the language. PADAM, PADAM, PADAM, an overflow audience could't resist the temptation to sing along with the alluring chanteuse at times who re-located the legendary New York City French establishment to Paris for the evening. Yanna made it a magical evening for all the patrons as they enjoyed the finest in French cuisine and the finest of French Cabaret.

Cast Announced For THE BALTIMORE WALTZ From The Keegan Theatre
December 20, 2018

The Keegan Theatre announces the cast and creative team of Paula Vogel's award-winning dramatic farce THE BALTIMORE WALTZ, opening on January 19, 2019.  Directed by Keegan Theatre Artistic Director Susan Marie Rhea, THE BALTIMORE WALTZ features Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Michael Innocenti (Carl), Brianna Letourneau (Anna) and Ray Ficca (The Third Man).

TOO HIP FOR THE ROOM Brings Love, Sex & Barbecue to the Charm City Fringe
October 26, 2018

Take a Swedish Band (that isn't technically a band) and a handful of brilliant Baltimore based improvisers, and what do you get? The Siegfried Olsson Band presents Too Hip for the Room, a sketch comedy show that combines the talents of YouTube sketch group, the Siegfried Olsson Band with members of the Baltimore Improv Group, and the Baltimore/DC area producer of Mortified.

TOO HIP FOR THE ROOM Comes to Charm City Fringe
October 15, 2018

Take a Swedish Band (that isn't technically a band) and a handful of brilliant Baltimore based improvisers, and what do you get? The Siegfried Olsson Band presents Too Hip for the Room, a sketch comedy show that combines the talents of YouTube sketch group, the Siegfried Olsson Band with members of the Baltimore Improv Group, and the Baltimore/DC area producer of Mortified. 

The Hub Theatre Names Matt Bassett New Artistic Director
May 23, 2018

The Hub Theatre announced today that Matt Bassett, Hub's former Associate Artistic Director, will be stepping into the role of Artistic Director as they move into their 11th season.