CNSAD

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Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique
Theatre du Conservatoire Paris CNSAD.jpg
The school's main building in Paris
Type Grande école
Established 19 July 1784; 233 years ago (1784-07-19) (as a part of the Conservatoire de Paris)
1946 (as the CNSAD)
Affiliation PSL Research University
Administrator French Ministry of Culture
Address 2 bis rue du Conservatoire, Paris, Île-de-France, 75009, France
Campus Urban
Website cnsad.fr

The Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique (CNSAD; English: National Academy of Dramatic Arts) is France's national drama academy in Paris and is associated with PSL Research University.

It is a higher education institution run by the French Ministry of Culture and, with an acceptance rate of two to three percent and an average graduating class of thirty students, is widely considered the most selective acting conservatory in France. It is consistently regarded as a top world-class performing arts institute, renowned for its excellence in theatre education. Its alumni include: Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Huppert, Carole Bouquet, Sebastian Roché, and Olivier Martinez.

History[edit]

The CNSAD was founded as a part of the Conservatoire de Paris in 1795, making it the oldest acting school in Continental Europe. The Conservatoire de Paris split in 1946, with one school for the dramatic arts, and the other for music and dance, known as the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP).

Admissions[edit]

The CNSAD offers a three-year study program, with the CNSAD diploma awarded on completion.[1] The school admits approximately thirty students per year (usually fifteen men and fifteen women), as well as some invited foreign trainees (stagiaires étrangers). The school has a rigorous three-round competitive selection process, with only two percent to three percent of applicants gaining admittance.[1] A stage directing program was launched in 2001.

Location[edit]

Entrance to the CNSAD (May 2009)

Le Conservatoire, the school's main building, is located on the rue du Conservatoire in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Its famous theatre, built in 1811 by the architect Delannoy, was the site of Hector Berlioz's debut opera, as well as the first French performances of Beethoven's Third and Fifth Symphonies.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CNSAD - Presentation". CNSAD. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Nathalie Baye CNSAD alumni". Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lily Bloom CNSAD alumni". Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cannes 2010 brochure for Illegal" (PDF). 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nicole Garcia CNSAD alumni". Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Marx, Rebecca Flint. "Isabelle Huppert". Allmovie. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Anna Mouglalis CNSAD alumni". Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jacques Villeret CNSAD alumni". Retrieved 30 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • cnsad.fr, official website (in French — with one introductory page in English)

Coordinates: 48°52′20″N 2°20′48″E / 48.8723°N 2.3468°E / 48.8723; 2.3468