Available Fellowships 2018–19

Available Fellowships 2018–19


All A.C.T. fellowships require a season-long commitment (typically from September to June). Details of each fellow’s daily schedule are determined on an individual basis, in consultation with the fellow and the respective department.

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Artistic & Administrative Fellowships

Please note: Artistic and administrative fellowships are full-time and for the duration of an entire season.

Community Producing Fellow

The Community Producing Fellow is a unique opportunity to be mentored and trained by professional staff in both the Artistic and Education & Community Programs departments. Learning opportunities include assisting with the producing of community engagement events for mainstage productions and the annual New Strands Festival, assistant teaching in a school and/or community residency, and supporting the overall development and producing of the annual Every 28 Hours Black Arts Festival.

This Fellowship is valuable for those seeking careers in producing, teaching, directing, and community engagement. The ideal Community Producing Fellow is a fast-learner, clear communicator, and collaborative leader, with strong organizational and writing skills and the ability to compassionately work with diverse groups of people. Successful applicants will have a desire to engage with students and community members of all ages and backgrounds, flexibility and ability to multitask, and positive energy. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, InDesign and Outlook is helpful. 

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Conservatory Fellows

Conservatory Fellows will have the opportunity to learn and participate in the inner workings of our multifaceted Conservatory Department, which includes:

  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program
  • San Francisco Semester (SFS)
  • Summer Training Congress (STC)
  • Studio A.C.T.
  • Young Conservatory (YC)


Conservatory Fellows are mentored and trained by Conservatory program directors and staff, gaining experience in providing training to a variety of constituencies.  

Learning opportunities include working alongside professional staff on:

  • Daily operations of the Conservatory Office
  • Preparing the weekly schedule for M.F.A. and SFS students and faculty
  • Registration and enrollment during YC and Studio class sessions
  • Recruitment for M.F.A., SFS, and STC programs
  • Maintaining student databases for M.F.A., STC, and SFS applications, as well as databases for YC and Studio A.C.T.
  • Communicating with student bases about programming


Projects will grow in size and responsibility throughout the Fellowship, depending on the fellow’s interests and goals, under the guidance and mentorship of Conservatory staff. Such projects may include:

  • Industry showcase support and preparation
  • Faculty recruitment scheduling for various programs
  • Assisting with SFS productions and/or teaching in YC classes
  • Assisting in YC Summer Intern application process


The Conservatory Fellowship is best suited to individuals interested in a career in arts administration and management, specifically in the context of theater training and production. The ideal Conservatory Fellow:

  • Has experience working in an office environment
  • Is organized and detail orientedHas strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, and
  • Has interest in working with a wide student base with various needs and goals


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Development Fellow

A.C.T.’s Development Fellow is mentored and trained by Development Department staff in various aspects of A.C.T.’s fundraising activities, including donor relations and events related to membership fulfillment.

The Development Fellow will develop a thorough understanding of nonprofit and performing arts fundraising by participating in a diverse array of daily tasks. Past learning opportunities have included, but are not limited to, assisting with three to four major annual fundraising campaigns, donation acknowledgment and benefit fulfillment, data entry in a robust fundraising database and ticketing software, in-kind donation solicitation and stewardship, and assisting with M.F.A. Program fundraising projects.

There is an opportunity to sit in on and participate in fundraising strategy meetings. We ask our fellows to see A.C.T. performances and read the season’s plays in order to be well versed when speaking to donors.

The ideal Development Fellow will be team oriented and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills.

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Marketing and Graphic Design

Marketing/Public Relations Fellow

The Marketing/Public Relations Fellow is mentored and trained by A.C.T.’s marketing and communications team, learning the essentials of arts marketing and public relations. Fellows are involved in all aspects of A.C.T. marketing/PR campaigns, including internal and external promotions, media relations, marketing partnerships, budget and sales meetings, and creative development of all campaigns.

The idea Marketing/Public Relations Fellow is outgoing, has excellent interpersonal skills, and is willing to be an active participant. Successful Fellows are also creative problem-solvers with strong organizational skills, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and are extremely detail-oriented with developed general office skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience in Adobe InDesign as well as proofreading and editing copy is highly beneficial. A background in theater is preferred but not necessary.

Graphic Design Fellow

The Graphic Design Fellow is mentored and trained by A.C.T.’s in-house design team. Our three-member team is passionate about design and committed to creating concept-driven, imaginative, and relevant collateral (including direct mail, print and digital advertising, in-house publications, etc.) that live up to A.C.T.’s high standards of creativity. There is a strong emphasis on adapting and creating ads for our mainstage shows and conservatory programs for both national and regional publications.

Other projects include conceptualizing and executing brochures, posters, signage, event promotions, and more. Specific learning opportunities may involve any of the following: designing ads for the San Francisco ChronicleBay Area News GroupAmerican Theatre, and other major publications; designing original art for our Young Conservatory and Master of Fine Arts Program performances and classes; creating signage for our box office and theater lobby; adapting existing designs for various formats; photo manipulation; and production.

The ideal Graphic Design Fellow will have a degree, or be working toward a degree, in graphic design; have proficiency in Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign (Mac platform); have strong conceptual skills, sophisticated design sensibilities, and creative typographic solutions and the ability to offer a variety of design options; be efficient and flexible and able to work well with others in a fast-paced environment; and demonstrate organization, attention to detail, and problem-solving and time-management skills.


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