We provide immersive, highly disciplined professional actor training programs taught by working actors, and designed to give you the tools for a successful career as an on-camera or stage actor in today’s entertainment industry.

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 actors who bring real-world 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 degree program in a conservatory environment

The sooner you can start your career, the better. Having professional acting training is essential to landing jobs, however a Bachelor’s Degree is not. In The New York Conservatory environment, you will work all day, every day strictly on your craft. All students graduate with an Associate Degree and the tools in hand to get work—including a professional reel or musical theater repertoire, and network of industry contacts.

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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. Training in the business of acting

NYCDA is focused on creating trained and personable acting professionals the industry wants to work with. Developing your unique brand as an actor, knowing how to land jobs in auditions, and how to behave appropriately on set are essential to making a living as an actor. In your second year, you will 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 of acting works, and have the opportunity to develop lasting industry relationships. Each student will also perform directly in front of casting directors, talent agents and talent managers and receive feedback from them.

4. Safe, secure student residences in Manhattan’s East Village or Upper East Side

New York City is the most respected actor training ground in the country. As a New York Conservatory graduate, you’ll start your career with two years of New York experience under your belt. Main 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 Manhattan—filled with great restaurants, coffee shops, theaters, art galleries, and music venues. An additional Educational Housing Services (EHS) residence hall is located adjacent to “Museum Mile” on the tony Upper East Side of Manhattan. Both residences are comfortable and safe, with 24-hour attended front desks, live-in RA’s, and a close community of New York Conservatory students.

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5. Living curriculum that adapts to today’s industry

The entertainment industry is in a constant state of change. Yesterday’s methods of landing jobs and building a career are not today’s. More content is being produced than ever before in history, and new production and distribution channels appear all the time. Casting is changing also. With new cloud repositories of actor audition videos and self-taping, landing a job involves different strategies than it did even ten years ago. At NYCDA, we prepare you to succeed in the industry as it is right now, with a faculty made of working actors.

“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, Ray Donovan (Showtime)