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And Prepare Yourself For Your New Career as an Actor!

Do you dream of acting? Whether you want to perform on stage or in movies and on television, the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts can prepare you for your new career.

The New York Conservatory isn’t just another acting school, it’s a collection of working actors with impressive resumes that get real joy out of passing on their knowledge to the performers of tomorrow. People who know how to build up a passion for acting into a career, because they’ve done it themselves.

So don’t only learn theory, learn how to put it into action with a dedicated group of professional actors, ready to mentor you on your path.

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Learn to Act from Experienced Professionals

Your instructors are all actors from stage, film and television who have worked in the industry for years, and they take great joy from passing their knowledge on to the next generation.​


Earn a Degree in Two Years

We offer Associate Degree programs in Film and Television Performance, New Media for Actors, Theatre Performance or Musical Theater Performance.

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Enjoy Your New York College Experience from Our Dorms

We work with student housing providers located in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Theaters, art galleries and amazing restaurants are all within easy walking distance in these vibrant neighborhoods.

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Get Experience in the Industry

Since our programs include opportunities for a professional internship in New York, you’ll never have to show up to auditions without experience. Possible opportunities include working with casting directors, agents, producers, theater companies, or our in-house productions.

Your instructors at The New York Conservatory will be working actors. They know how today’s entertainment industry works, and will help you make an individualized plan to reach your place in it. With their guidance, you can hone your talents and gain new skills that will help you command attention at auditions in New York City or anywhere in the world.

Our admissions advisers will also help you through each stage of the visa and admissions process, but the sooner you start, the better: Apply Now or Request More Information

Here at NYCDA, we already have a small but vibrant community of international students, all living with us as New Yorkers in our safe and comfortable student housing. Listen to what they have to say about our faculty, and the experience as a whole:

You’ll receive thorough training in:

The Meisner Technique – A time-tested methodology that helps you build a character and performance that audiences will find believable in any medium.

Movement for Actors – How to literally be in the right place at the right time on a stage or movie set.

Voice and Speech – The skill of projecting your best voice and being understood by the audience.

Acting as a Business – How to navigate the entertainment industry as an actor, including how to behave at auditions and casting calls, and how to promote yourself to keep your career going after that first acting job.

Plus, we offer elective classes that teach skills like voice-over, improv, stage combat, or internet video – See our full curriculum for Film and Television, New Media for Actors, Theatre Performance or Musical Theatre HERE.

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It’s easy to audition for entry to NYCDA; you can do it from home via Skype or a Youtube video.

We’ll also be happy to help you with the process of getting an F1 student visa and complete our other requirements for international students.

If you really want to become an actor, why not do it right? Get excited about moving to New York for a couple of years, and dedicating yourself to your craft. Join us and our faculty of working actors in New York City, and let us prepare you for the career of your dreams.

Apply to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts today. You’ll be glad you did.