The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts provides immersive, highly disciplined professional actor training programs designed to give you the tools 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.

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

We share a building with one of the largest independent casting operation on the East Coast. 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.  You will also 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 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 start your career with two years of real-life New York 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 Manhattan—filled with great restaurants, coffee shops, independent theaters, art galleries, and music venues. 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. Real-world 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)