About KD Conservatory

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KD Studio Actors Conservatory was founded in 1979 as the entertainment business began venturing outside New York and Hollywood. Since then, Dallas/Ft Worth has become the eighth largest media market in the country. There are more than 25 professional theaters in the Metroplex; there are currently four network television shows shooting (with more nearby in Austin and Shreveport); there’s plenty of TV and radio commercial production. We even have one of the largest animation studios in the country—Funimation, creators of Dragon Ball Z.

Where We Started

Kim Dawson and Kathy Tyner founded KD Studio, Inc. in 1979 in Dallas, Texas to provide Dallas area actors a workshop space to continue their training. In January 2011, KD Studio, Inc. applied with Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges to operate as KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts, a Subsidiary of KD Studio, Inc.,Read More

About the Founder & CEO

Prior to founding KD Studio, Inc., Kathy Tyner served as General Manager of the Kim Dawson Agency, the largest talent and modeling agency in the Southwest. During her fifteen years with the Agency, Ms. Tyner also served as a producer and booking agent and was responsible for the formation of the Broadcast Talent Division of the agency. Read More

Our Instructors

Instructors are selected by KD Conservatory on the basis of their professional experience and educational achievement. In order to ensure the highest standards of professionalism, we seek instructors from those sectors of the entertainment industry which closely relate to the subject area being taught. Read More

Accreditations and Memberships

KD Conservatory’s AAA Degree Program in Acting has been rated “Exemplary” by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The school is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), which is headquartered at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 22090. Read More

Advisory Board

The KD Conservatory Advisory Board plays a vital role in upholding the high standards of education at the Conservatory throughout the many changes that periodically sway the entertainment industry. Their professional credentials and active involvement in KD Conservatory is essential in assuring that students receive Read More


KD Conservatory utilizes state of the art filmmaking equipment and cameras for the Motion Picture Production program and a variety of sophisticated equipment to make class presentations and practical application more effective. Specially designed classrooms are provided with up-to-date, professional quality equipment to provide camera. Read More

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