Important Information & FAQ
Each participant receives a small stipend—paid weekly—to help offset living expenses, including transportation.
Please note: Due to the high cost of living in the San Francisco area, all fellows must have additional independent funding for living expenses while in residence.
Housing and Transportation
Securing housing is the responsibility of each fellow. Rentals in San Francisco can be expensive and most fellows and students share rentals on a monthly basis. Be advised that most landlords in San Francisco require new tenants to pay the first month’s rent and a security deposit. Most areas of San Francisco and the Bay Area are easily accessible via public transportation. Parking in the city is difficult and expensive, and most fellows find they can easily get along without a car.
Please note: Limited, optional housing may be available for a few 2018–19 fellows in lieu of stipend. Details will be made available to successful candidates after acceptance into the program
While A.C.T. cannot sponsor foreign applicants or assist in obtaining the required visa, we are willing to accept the application of anyone who already has the necessary permits to work in the United States. Please contact your local officials or the U.S. embassy in your country for more information.
A.C.T. recognizes a critical need to offer training opportunities to students of color and aspiring professionals who wish to enter the field of theater arts. As part of this commitment, A.C.T. strongly encourages individuals who reflect the diversity of the Bay Area to apply.
A.C.T. is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Academic credit may be available to qualifying fellows. In addition, some schools translate the fellow experience into academic units. Check with your school's academic advisor to see if this applies to you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer fellowships in acting?
We do not offer acting fellowships. For information about continuing your actor training at the A.C.T. Conservatory, please click here. For information about auditioning for an A.C.T. production, please click here.
What kind of commitment does a fellowship at A.C.T. entail?
All fellowships at A.C.T. require a season-long commitment, usually from September to June. Most fellowships require a full-time (35 hours/week) commitment (see below).
Do you offer fellowships during the summer?
Due to our season schedule, we do not typically offer fellowships during the summer. Our Young Conservatory, which offers theater classes for students ages 8 to 19, does, however, offer (unpaid) Summer Program Internships that provide hands-on training in theater education and arts administration; for information, click here.
Do I need to have any particular education or experience for these fellowships?
Most of our applicants are making the transition from the academic environment to professional theater. No particular degree is required for any of these fellowships. Fellowships in our artistic and administrative departments may also be suited to students who are taking a break from college. A background that includes practical theater experience is preferred for all fellowships, although not required for some administrative fellowships. Our fellowships are generally not for high school students.
Can I hold another job during my fellowship?
Production and Stage Management fellowships require a full-time commitment, often including evening and weekend work. Holding another job is not possible during these fellowships. Holding an additional, flexible part-time job is possible during an artistic or administrative fellowship: the hours and schedules of these fellowships are sometimes adaptable, depending on the needs of the department and the fellow. For any fellowship, we encourage every applicant to secure independent funds to cover living expenses.
What type of writing sample should I submit?
A college research paper, critical essay, or article for a college newspaper or other similar publication is appropriate. The subject matter need not be theater or drama, though this is preferred. We are less interested in original fiction or plays.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Your letters of recommendation should be from employers, professors, or mentors from different areas of your life who know you well and who can speak to your skills, abilities, and goals.
Do I need to include a college transcript with my application?
No, college transcripts are neither required nor necessary for your fellowship application. Application requirements are listed in the How to Apply section.
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