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

Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique - PSL
Theatre du Conservatoire Paris CNSAD.jpg
The school's main building in Paris
TypeGrande école
Established19 July 1784; 237 years ago (1784-07-19) (as a part of the Conservatoire de Paris)
1946 (as the CNSAD)
AffiliationPSL Research University
AdministratorFrench Ministry of Culture
2 bis rue du Conservatoire
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Logo CNSAD.svg

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

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. Its alumni include: Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Huppert, Carole Bouquet, Sebastian Roché, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Louis Garrel, Celine Sallette and Olivier Martinez.


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).


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.


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.


  1. ^ a b "CNSAD - Presentation". CNSAD. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2008.

External links[edit]

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