Follow four young actors in their first year at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

Ever wonder what life is like in an acting conservatory? Rory, McKenzie, Izzy and Olivier invite you to experience their dedication and drive as they learn to become working actors through the rigorous and practical training at NYCDA. ConservaStories is a unique first-hand vlog, shot and edited by the students.

Vlog 1 - Day In The Life

“Telling a story is one of the best ways we have of coming up with new ideas, and also of learning about each other in our world” – Richard Branson

Rory, Izzy, Olivier, and McKenzie take you through their week in the first semester at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Vlog 2 - City Life

“Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life” -Irving Berlin

Let Olivier show you what dorm life is like at NYCDA.

Vlog 3 - Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” -Epicurus

McKenzie has a new outlook on life thanks to NYCDA.

Vlog 4 - Work From Within

“Find in yourself those human things which are universal.” -Sanford Meisner

Watch how Izzy overcomes her obstacles in her acting training.

Vlog 5 - While Away From Home

“Leaving home in a sense involves a kind of second birth in which we give birth to ourselves.” -Robert Neelly Bellah

Rory might be far from his origins but he’s making New York his new home.

Vlog 6 - Quarter Wrap Up

“Your personal truth is your gift to the world.” –Jennifer Elisabeth

Get a glimpse into what the end of the first semester looks like at NYCDA.

Vlog 7 - Back in the Trenches

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

Catch up with the cast as they fill us in on their holiday breaks and the anticipation to start fresh for their second semester.

Vlog 8 - View Through the Lens

“People are embracing the thing that made them different growing up instead of letting that thing elicit shame” -Constance Wu

Izzy gives you a peek into her Acting for the Camera class and shares a personal story about the importance of diversity.

Vlog 9 - What May Be

“We know what we are, but not what we may be” -William Shakespeare

Olivier reflects on his artistic journey using the viewpoints technique.

Vlog 10 - V Day

“The only way to have a friend is to be one” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ConservaStories crew exchange valentines gifts and share a little song.

Vlog 11 - Voices of Our Generation

“Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.” -Chuck Palahniuk (author), Fight Club

McKenzie gets personal using the text of Shakespeare.

Vlog 12 - Don't Think, Just Do

“To breakthrough, sometimes you got to just do without thinking. Most times we think too much, and end up not doing.” -Jensen Siaw

Rory makes a breakthrough in Meisner. He shares with you how he did it.