American Conservatory Theater

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Basic Information

Gap Program Name: A.C.T. Conservatory—Professional Theater Training
Address: 30 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 4154392426
Director: Melissa Smith

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Additional Information

Program Type:
Study
Academics
Arts
Postgraduate Year
Ages: Ages 8–19 see Young Conservatory. Ages 19+ see all other Conservatory programs
Gender: A.C.T. welcomes gender diversity and students of all gender identities and expressions.
Program Description:

A.C.T. CONSERVATORY

ACTOR TRAINING FOR ALL

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is the Tony Award-winning nonprofit theater in San Francisco. Founded in 1965 by William Ball, A.C.T. continues to be the premier theater in the San Francisco Bay Area for actors to push themselves further, explore their craft, and grow as artists. Through our Conservatory training programs, A.C.T. is committed to forging the artists of tomorrow, with a lifelong investment in theater.

Located in the heart of San Francisco, A.C.T. was the first theater not affiliated with a US college or university to be accredited to award a Master of Fine Arts degree. We have since expanded our Conservatory training to offer accredited short-term and long-term program options for aspiring or working actors and performers.

Danny Glover, Annette Bening, Denzel Washington, Brie Larson, Darren Criss, and Anika Noni Rose are among the Conservatory's distinguished former students who now have renowned careers in theater, film, and television. With our commitment to excellence in actor training and to engaging the relationship between training, performance, citizen artistry, and audience, the A.C.T. Conservatory has moved to the forefront of America's theater schools and artistic community. Change your life and change the world with A.C.T.'s Conservatory training.

Learn more at ACT-SF.ORG/CONSERVATORY

MASTER OF FINE ARTS

Study, grow, and perform your craft at a Tony Award-winning professional theater company, surrounded by a full season of mainstage shows, a vibrant Bay Area artistic community, and a citywide celebration of art and diversity. A.C.T.'s Master of Fine Arts Program is a rigorous 3-year course of training, which prepares actors to succeed in all aspects of the profession, with a primary goal of preparing artists for a lifelong investment and career in theater.

  • Program: 3 years
  • Applications: Open every September--Apply by January 10, 2020 for MFA class of 2023. Classes begin September 2020
    Requirements: Successful applicants must (1) be 19 years of age or older, and (2) have successfully completed their undergraduate (US equivalent of Bachelor of Arts) education in acting or demonstrate an equivalent level of experience in acting.

SAN FRANCISCO SEMESTER

Uniquely SF, Uniquely A.C.T. Embark on the San Francisco Semester, a 15-week study-away program, and connect with the eclectic Bay Area community. This immersive and extensive experience combines internationally recognized professional actor training with theatrical and cultural immersion in the heart of San Francisco and A.C.T.'s season of mainstage productions.

  • Program: 15 weeks
  • Applications: Open twice every year, for Fall or Spring Semesters--Apply by November 1, 2019 for Early Bird pricing. Classes begin January 27, 2020
    Requirements: Successful applicants must have successfully completed their secondary (US equivalent of high school) education or demonstrate an equivalent level of experience in acting.

SUMMER TRAINING CONGRESS

Whether you're a working actor or an aspiring professional, make the most of your summer with intensive, comprehensive actor training in San Francisco. Elevate your craft with A.C.T.'s Summer Training Congress, our longest running training program now in its 48th season, offering a 5-week Core Skills Intensive, a 2-week Shakespeare Intensive, or the option to combine both for the total 7-week actor package.

  • Program: 2 weeks, 5 weeks, or 7 weeks
  • Applications: Open every January
  • Requirements: Successful applicants must (1) be 19 years of age or older, and (2) have successfully completed their secondary (US equivalent of high school) education or demonstrate an equivalent level of experience in acting.

STUDIO A.C.T.

Expand your creativity with Studio A.C.T.--the part-time acting school at the Tony Award-winning American Conservatory Theater. Studio A.C.T. offers exciting, rewarding classes for adults of all backgrounds and levels of experience in Acting, Voice, Audition Technique, Musical Theater, Playwriting, Improv, On-Camera Technique, Movement, Clown, Mask, and much more--all taught by some of the finest local professional artists in the industry. Our 4-week and 8-week courses earn college credit and are scheduled for nights and weekends to accommodate work and home commitments. We also offer 1-week Intensives and 1-day Master Classes with local, national and international guests.

  • Program: Varies by class--1 day, 1 week, 4 weeks, or 8 weeks
  • Applications: No need to apply; just sign up!
  • Classes: Offered seasonally--Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Requirements: Students must be 19 years of age or older.

YOUNG CONSERVATORY

Develop your talents, character, and imagination with A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory. The Young Conservatory is an internationally recognized professional theater training program for students ages 8- 19, in grades 3-12. YC offers professional theater training and performance opportunities throughout the year for both beginners exploring acting for the first time, as well as young actors with previous experience. Classes are designed to develop imagination, concentration, character, professionalism, and technique. Our faculty are working theater professionals who are particularly skilled in working with young actors to strengthen students' command of their bodies and voices.

  • Program: Varies by class--1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, or 8 weeks.
  • Applications: No need to apply; just sign up! (Some programs by audition only)
  • Classes: Offered seasonally--Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Requirements: Students must be 8-19 years of age.
Duration: Varies—see specific program details for more information.
Session Start/End Dates: Varies—see specific program details for more information.
Program Costs: Varies—see specific program details for more information.
Scholarship Availability: Available—see specific program details for more information.
Program Highlights:

MASTER OF FINE ARTS

Set the stage for your career.
Professional actor training for a life in the performing arts.

  • Program: 3 years
  • Applications: Open every September
  • Requirements: Successful applicants must (1) be 19 years of age or older, and (2) have successfully completed their undergraduate (US equivalent of Bachelor of Arts) education in acting or demonstrate an equivalent level of experience in acting.
  • act-sf.org/mfa

SAN FRANCISCO SEMESTER

Uniquely SF. Uniquely A.C.T.
Immersive and extensive actor training in the heart of San Francisco.

  • Program: 15 weeks
  • Applications: Open twice every year, for Fall or Spring Semesters--Apply by January 10, 2020 for Spring Semester. Classes begin January 27, 2020
  • Requirements: Successful applicants must (1) be 18 years of age or older, and (2) have successfully completed their secondary (US equivalent of high school) education or demonstrate an equivalent level of experience in acting.
  • act-sf.org/sfs

SUMMER TRAINING CONGRESS

Intensive, Comprehensive Actor Training.
For working and aspiring actors looking to elevate their craft.

  • Program: 2 weeks, 5 weeks, or 7 weeks
  • Applications: Open every January
  • Requirements: Successful applicants must (1) be 19 years of age or older, and (2) have successfully completed their secondary (US equivalent of high school) education or demonstrate an equivalent level of experience in acting.
  • act-sf.org/stc

STUDIO A.C.T.

Real theater classes for real people.
Part-time theater classes for adults looking to expand their creativity.

  • Program: Varies by class--1 day, 1 week, 4 weeks, or 8 weeks
  • Applications: No need to apply! Just sign up!
  • Classes: Offered seasonally--Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Requirements: Students must be 19 years of age or older.
  • act-sf.org/studio

YOUNG CONSERVATORY

Develop Your Character.
Professional theater training for ages 8-19.

  • Program: Varies by class--1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, or 8 weeks.
  • Applications: No need to apply! Just sign up! (Some programs by audition only.)
  • Classes: Offered seasonally--Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Requirements: Students must be 8-19 years of age.
  • act-sf.org/yc
College Credit:

A.C.T. is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Education and the U.S. Department of Education.