The Paris location in the former principal building.
|Established||1784 (as a part of the Conservatoire de Paris)
-1946 (as the standalone Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique)
|Affiliation||French Ministry of Culture and Communication|
|Location||Paris, Île-de-France, 75009|
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, widely considered the most selective acting conservatory in France, is consistently regarded as a top world-class performing arts institute renowned for its excellence in theatre education. Its alumni include Juliette Binoche, Carole Bouquet, Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Martinez and Sebastian Roché.
The Conservatoire was founded as a part of the Conservatoire de Paris in 1795, making it the oldest acting school in Continental Europe. It split in 1946, 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).
The Conservatoire offers a three-year study program, with the CNSAD diploma awarded on completion. 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. A stage directing program was launched in 2001.
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.
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- Jean-Hugues Anglade
- Michel Auclair
- Sabine Azéma
- Jeanne Balibar
- Nathalie Baye
- Jean-Paul Belmondo
- Richard Berry
- Juliette Binoche
- Lily Bloom 
- Carole Bouquet
- Anne Coesens
- Grégory Gadebois
- Guillaume Gallienne
- Nicole Garcia 
- Louis Garrel
- Marina Hands
- Isabelle Huppert
- Samuel Le Bihan
- Jean-Pierre Lorit
- Jean-Pierre Marielle
- Olivier Martinez
- Sara Martins
- Daniel Mesguich
- Anna Mouglalis
- Jeanne Moreau
- Reggie Nalder
- Vincent Perez
- Gérard Philipe
- Sebastian Roché
- Jean Rochefort
- Philippine de Rothschild
- James Thiérrée
- Jacques Villeret 
- Philippe Martinez
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- "Nicole Garcia CNSAD alumni". Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "Anna Mouglalis CNSAD alumni". Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "Jacques Villeret CNSAD alumni". Retrieved 30 January 2011.