The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts provides immersive, highly disciplined professional actor training programs designed to give you the tools you need for a successful career as an actor in film and television. Focus is on learning on-camera acting skills based on the Meisner technique, and on managing the business side of acting in the current environment.

5 Reasons to choose The New York Conservatory:

1. Top quality instruction, personal coaching and mentoring from working actors

New York Conservatory instructors are working professionals who bring real-world acting experience to every class they teach. Personal mentoring is an important feature of the schoolall instructors and department heads are available to students inside and outside the classroom for personal advice and direction.

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2. Two-year program in a conservatory environment

Acting is a youth-driven business. The sooner you can start your career, the better. Having professional acting training is essential to getting auditions and landing jobs, however a Bachelor’s Degree is not. In The Conservatory environment, you will work all day, every day strictly on your craft. All students graduate with the tools in hand to get work—headshots, professional reel, network of industry contacts, and ongoing audition coaching and support.

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“At NYCDA, you are not preparing to be an actor, you are living as an actor.”

—Richard Omar, Artistic Director


3. The school’s relationships with casting directors and agents

We share a building with the largest independent casting operation on the East Coast. In your second year, will be  required to complete a professional internship with casting directors, talent agents, producers, theater directors or others in the industry—you will gain insight into how the business side of acting works, and the opportunity to develop lasting relationships. Each student also gets to perform directly in front of casting directors, talent agents and talent managers and receive feedback from them, in something we call Jury.

4. Safe, secure dorms in New York’s East Village

New York City is the most respected actor training ground in the world. As a Conservatory graduate, you’ll begin your career with two years of real-life New York industry experience under your belt. Student housing is located on East 3rd Street in Manhattan’s vibrant East Village, just a half-hour walk from campus through the heart of NYC—filled with great restaurants, coffee shops, independent theaters, art galleries, and venues for music of all kinds. Dorms are comfortable and safe, with 24-hour attended front desk, live-in RA’s and a close community of Conservatory students to make life as a New Yorker fun.

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5. State-of-the-art equipment and facilities

Located in Manhattan’s historic Chelsea/Flatiron district, NYCDA has acting studio classrooms, movement studios, dance studios, camera studios, and multi-purpose studios on three floors. A student lounge and a robust library of DVDs and 1600 film, television, theater and commercial scripts round out the Conservatory campus.

Courses held in on-camera studios familiarize you with the process of being on a live set and how to act in front of a camera.

“The Conservatory gave me a foundation to work from, and insight into the process of being an actor who works in film and TV. You can feel things, and be given notes or adjustments like in theater, but being able to have all of that captured on camera and having the luxury of watching and learning from your work on screen is priceless.”
—Ryan Dorsey, Pitch (Fox)