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"American Conservatory Theater is not just a place where you come to see plays. It's a place where you come to talk about plays, where you come to meet artists, where you come to learn about the making of art. It's a place that opens your heart and your mind, and can actually teach you something about the world. It's a place in which you are transformed."

— Carey Perloff, Artistic Director

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is the Bay Area’s Tony Award-winning flagship theater. Renowned for its rich variety of programming, A.C.T. presents great plays and musicals, and pushes the boundaries of theatrical storytelling.
A.C.T. is the only American regional theater to house a professional actor-training program; actors who have studied at  A.C.T. include Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt, Nicholas Cage, Darren Criss, Harry Hamlin, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Deavere Smith, and Denzel Washington. It performs in the historic Geary Theater and the recently-opened, state-of-the-art Strand Theater, both in San Francisco. A.C.T. takes pride in its tremendous theatrical legacy of performance and training, and plays a vital role in creating the art and artists of the future.  

What we look for in our staff: the ability to imagine, the energy to create and explore new ideas and the freedom of spirit to celebrate our diverse community.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. No calls, please.


Box Office Treasurer

Status: Seasonal/Part-time/Hourly
Reports To: Box Office Manager

A.C.T. seeks a people-oriented Box Office Treasurer to assist patrons in a wide array of ticket-related transactions as well as to provide general information about the company and the surrounding neighborhood.

Job Duties:

  • Provide excellent customer service to A.C.T. patrons as the public face of the company.
  • Sell and exchange single and subscription tickets to A.C.T. events using the AudienceView ticketing software.
  • Work in the box office phone room as well as our two performance venues.
  • Provide information to the public about productions, policies, and the logistics of attending A.C.T. events.
  • Package tickets for mail and will-call.
  • Provide technical support to patrons using the A.C.T. web site.
  • Reconcile a cash bank and receipts for in-person sales.
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge about all aspects of the company and attend all mainstage productions.


  • A patient, helpful, and friendly attitude.
  • Ability to focus and concentrate in a busy and sometimes noisy environment.
  • A commitment to accuracy, efficiency, and working well with colleagues and patrons.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience using AudienceView or another ticketing system is a plus.

The Box Office is open 7 days a week. Candidates for this position must have flexible availability.

Treasurer is a union position at A.C.T. Regular box office employees are expected to join the union (I.A.T.S.E. Local B-18) within 31 days of hire.

To Apply: Please send cover letter including salary requirements, resume, and references to

    Box Office Treasurer Search
    A.C.T. Attn: Human Resources
    30 Grant Avenue, 7th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94108-5834

or e-mail with Box Office Treasurer in the subject line.

Deadline: Open until filled.

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Director of Development

Status: Full Time / Regular / Exempt
Reports To: General Manager
Salary: DOE + Benefits

The Director of Development (“DoD”) in collaboration with key leaders across the organization, will structure and execute a strategic fundraising plan that aligns the activities of the Development Department with core organizational needs. Both a seasoned fundraiser and an organizational leader, the new DoD will lead a team that will engage the whole organization in building a culture of philanthropy in support of A.C.T.’s vision. Working across departments, the DoD will assess the range of philanthropic opportunities within A.C.T.’s programs and be an effective advocate for building resources for them and for the organization as a whole.

Reporting to, and working closely with, the Executive Director, the DoD serves as a key member of the Operating Committee (Senior Management Team) and an active participant in making strategic decisions for A.C.T. The DoD contributes to institutional planning, including guidance for annual and long term revenue budgets and expense planning. The DoD is ultimately responsible for directing the resources of the Development Department and creating any new initiatives required to assure aggressive growth of contributed revenue for the organization.

He/she is responsible for all fundraising activities, including annual and capital programs, planned giving and endowment efforts, prospect research, database maintenance, mentoring and supporting all volunteers and staff involved in fundraising, supervision of donor cultivation efforts, preparation of relevant reports, government funding, and fundraising events.  Additionally, the DoD will support the recruiting of new members of the Board of Trustees. Working closely with Board of Trustees’ leadership including the Board Chair and Board President, as well as the Development Committee and the Committee on Trustees and Governance, the DoD will partner in building organization-wide capacity in support of A.C.T.’s fundraising goals.

Critical to the success of the role is the commitment of the DoD to personally build support for A.C.T. Connection to the art form and a deep comfort with engaging high-net worth individuals will be needed. The DoD will effectively represent and advocate on behalf of the organization in public forums, meetings and with a broad range of patrons, public officials, artistic partners, nonprofit and business partners and prospective supporters. Adeptly facilitating donor’s engagement with A.C.T. leadership and producing partners so that opportunities for creating enthusiasm and deeper support are maximized, will be needed to grow a stronger more diverse base of support. In partnership with the Marketing Department and the external public relations firm, the DoD will develop key messages for external constituents to promote understanding and recognition of A.C.T.’s role in the community and beyond.

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To Apply: Please contact Nancy Painter at or 415.202.6240.

Deadline: Open until filled.

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Finance Associate / Accounts Payable

Status: Fulltime/Regular/Non-exempt
Reports To: Director of Finance
Salary: DOE + Benefits

A.C.T. seeks a dynamic Finance Associate to join four-person finance team, with primary responsibility for overseeing accounts payable functions for $20 million theater operations. 


  • Handling the receipt, recording and payment of invoices.
  • Entering invoices into computerized accounts payable system (Blackbaud).
  • Verifying that purchases are valid, authorized and mathematically correct; verifies correct account coding and allocations.
  • Processing payments to vendors in a timely manner, taking advantage of discounts when appropriate; work with vendors to resolve issues and disputes
  • Reconciling accounts payable balance with the General Ledger.
  • Processing credit applications.
  • Reconciling monthly corporate credit card used by Organization’s employees.
  • Ensuring that authorized personnel are complying with Company procedures regarding expense reporting for invoices and corporate credit card.
  • Calculating use tax and reviews invoices and credit card transactions to ensure use tax is being paid
  • Maintaining an updated vendor list, including W-9 records; prepares annual 1099 tax documents for vendors in AP system.
  • Resolving purchasing and invoice payment issues with staff throughout the organization.
  • Maintaining Accounts Payable, contract, correspondence, and other Finance Department files; Coordinates record transfers and storage.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or high school diploma with additional accounting courses, or minimum of two years of accounting experience using computerized accounts payable systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the principles and practices of accounts payable; must be able to apply various accounting principles, tax regulations and good business judgment to invoices.
  • Familiarity with computerized accounting systems necessary; experience with Blackbaud highly desirable.
  • Moderate to advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, as well as general computer knowledge/abilities.
  • Ability to process large volume of invoices with high degree of accuracy; ability to both multitask and work with great attention to detail.
  • Must be both a self-starter and a team player; must be able to interact in a professional manner with a wide range of people.
  • This position handles a great deal of sensitive information; the ability to maintain confidentiality is essential.

To Apply: Please send cover letter including salary expectations and resume to with Finance AP Search in the subject line.

Deadline: Open until filled.

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Security & Patron Services Representative

Status: Part-time
Reports To: Theater Manager 
Salary: $15/hour

The Security & Patron Services Representative is an important part of the behind-the-scenes of a successful theatrical production. This particular role is needed when the theater is in rehearsal or production, so there are only a few relatively brief periods throughout the year where there is no work available. Weekly hours when in production range from 10 – 30 hours per week.

Responsibilities include:

  • Being on time for every shift.
  • Opening dressing room doors for actors prior to their arrival.
  • Closing all stairwell and fire exit doors prior to a performance.
  • Activating and disabling the fire panel as needed.
  • Monitoring the fire panel throughout the performance.
  • Communicating with Front of House and Production staff as needed.
  • Positioning at stage door entrance and buzzing actors in as they arrive.
  • Available for weekend shifts (we are currently looking to fill Friday through Sunday shifts).

A successful candidate is punctual, dependable, and able to exhibit confidence with regards to the activating and disabling of the fire panel (after training).

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

Required experience:

  • Security: 1 year

To Apply: Please send your resume and work availability to with Security Guard - Stage Door Search in the subject line, or mail your materials to

    Security Guard - Stage Door Search
    A.C.T. Attn: Human Resources
    30 Grant Avenue, 7th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94108-5834

Deadline: Open until filled.

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Associate Production Manager

Status: Fulltime/Regular/Exempt
Reports To: Production Manager
Salary: DOE + Benefits

American Conservatory Theater (LORT A) seeks an Associate Production Manager with a particular focus on carpentry and rigging, to be part of our dynamic team. Reporting to the PM, this position oversees and manages the execution of production elements for assigned productions at A.C.T. We are looking for a creative problem solver, someone who has excellent technical and communication skills, thrives in a team atmosphere and is articulate and imaginative.


  • Serve as primary Production Manager for main stage productions, events and rentals in multiple venues as assigned by the Production Manager.
  • Create and distribute any production paperwork including GP and Section drafts, Scenery bid packages, lineset schedules, street-parking permits, production summaries and schedules.
  • Advance and coordinate productions with particular focus on technical and budget analysis, arrangement of equipment, and determination and communication of scheduling of technical staff and stagehands, working closely with creative teams of each production.
  • Supervise union, and hire and supervise non-union production staff/crews throughout the A.C.T campus.
  • Oversee and manage the external scene shop’s construction process from the initial design submission, to the bid process, construction phase, to installation, load in, run and strike.
  • Assist the PM in the management of all Union labor contracts and employees, including: IATSE Stagehands, Wardrobe, USA Designers, AEA Stage Managers, AFM Musicians.
  • Assist the PM in the management and oversight of the Production Department.
  • Assist the PM in the creation and the implementation of new policies and procedures within the production department to improve efficiency for the ongoing operations and mission fulfillment of A.C.T.
  • Assist the PM in the management of personnel safety and uphold safety policies and protocols within the department. Institute and uphold all required health and safety training.
  • Assist the Production Manager with budget estimates, financial projections, and staff planning as needed.


  • A BA/BFA in theatre or equivalent professional experience (3-5 years) in production management or technical direction.
  • Strong technical experience particularly in the areas of scenery construction, carpentry and rigging.
  • Experience and proficiency in CAD drafting (AutoCAD/ Vectorworks). Experience in solving complicated technical and logistical problems. Knowledge of Automation systems is highly desirable.
  • Experience in managing budgets and expenditures.
  • Advanced knowledge of theatre procedures and practices, especially in the production department.
  • Willingness to work on an irregular schedule, including overtime as needed.
  • Excellent oral, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent work ethic and a sense of humor is a must.
  • Strong computer skills a must. Proficiency on PC (preferred) and MAC using Microsoft Office.
  • Valid Driver’s License and a clean DMV report required.
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds.

To Apply: Please send cover letter including salary requirements, resume, and references to with Associate Production Manager Search in the subject line.

Deadline: Open until filled.

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Design & Production Associate

Status: Fulltime/Regular/Exempt
Reports To: Production Manager
Salary: DOE + Benefits

American Conservatory Theater (LORT A) seeks a Design and Production Associate to work closely with the Production Manager as a key production liaison to guest designers and all internal shops and departments. The primary focus will be managing the implementation of lighting designs, execution of technical drawings and associated paperwork for the main stage season. Although the emphasis will be on lighting and projections, the Design & Production Associate will also work with the other production departments in a similar capacity. The Design & Production Associate also provides design support to shows and projects in the absence of a guest designer, and participates in the technical planning, budget forecasting and other administrative duties within the department.


  • Serve as a key production liaison between designers, shops and all production staff during the design development process regarding questions, changes, revisions, technical coordination, deadlines and budgets for all main stage shows.
  • Serve as the Assistant Lighting Designer during all tech rehearsals and previews for all main stage shows, and as necessary, assist the projections and sound departments during tech.
  • Assist designers with drafting designs into accurate and current theater or event space plans. Provide designers with all pertinent information including floor pans, sections, inventories and line set schedules.
  • Generate and maintain all other show paperwork including line set schedules and industry standard lighting paperwork. Continually track and update changes on all design information and drawings.
  • Research, price and order or rent equipment & expendables for shows and the general inventory within the department.
  • Assist the PM in managing and recommending maintenance & upkeep of equipment, tools, and facilities as well as purchasing, scheduling and labor to receive and install parts and replacement equipment.
  • Manage the upkeep and organization of files on the server filing system for the Design Studio.
  • Assist Stage Management with set-up in the rehearsal studio, including but not limited to rehearsal lighting practical effects, rehearsal sound system, and the creation or sourcing of rehearsal sound cues or music.
  • Assist the Production Manager with budget estimates, financial projections and staff planning as needed.
  • Understand and work within the parameters of all Union labor contracts, including: IATSE Stagehands, USA Designers and AEA Stage Managers.
  • Design and provide other production management duties, and technical support, as assigned, for the Conservatory, MFA, Young Conservatory, educational programs and initiatives, rentals and other events under the umbrella of A.C.T.
  • Assist Production Management in the creation and upkeep of tech packages for all A.C.T. venues for both internal use and rental purposes.


  • A BA/BFA in technical theatre or equivalent professional experience ( 2 years+) in technical theatre with an emphasis lighting design
  • Proficient in theatre drafting and CAD drafting as well as industry standard lighting software required
  • Knowledge and experience with state of the art computer lighting control systems, audio & video playback systems, and show control
  • Willingness to work on an irregular schedule including overtime as needed.
  • Experience in managing budgets and expenditures.
  • Excellent oral, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent work ethic and a sense of humor is a must.
  • Strong computer skills a must. Proficiency on PC (preferred) and MAC using Microsoft Office.
  • Valid Driver’s License and a clean DMV report required.
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter including salary requirements, resume, and references to with Design & Production Associate Search in the subject line.

Deadline: Open until filled.

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Non-Union Stage Crew

Status: Hourly, Overhire

American Conservatory of Theater is collecting resumes for upcoming non-union overhire positions working at The Strand Theater, our newly-reopened 283 seat venue in the Central Market area. Overhire for load in/load out positions sought in the following areas:

  • Carpentry/Master Carpenter
  • Rigging
  • Props
  • Electrics
  • Sound/Tech
  • Scenic Artists

Resumes also being accepted for run crew positions.

Candidates should have a well-rounded production background, in addition to the necessary skills and experience in the fields in which they are applying.

Hiring is on per-show basis throughout the season/year and compensation is based on an hourly rate and is commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to

Deadline: Ongoing

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