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Join us for A.C.T.’s third annual New Strands Festival: where artists and audiences meet for the city’s most unique exploration of new theatrical work!


During this free event, you can curate your own creative journey through performance spaces in A.C.T.’s vibrant Strand Theater in the heart of Central Market.

Be among the first to hear staged readings of (nearly) finished plays from the country’s fiercest new writers. Rock out to the sounds of a new pop musical. Learn tricks of the trade in exclusive master classes led by festival artists. Share a drink with artists and chat about their process. Dance to sick beats at a DJ happy hour—or all of the above!

As you forge new relationships with artists and audience members throughout this four-day festival, you will become a crucial part of bringing each piece to life.

For a second consecutive year, you can also explore new plays in development with A.C.T.’s New Strands Residency, which gives emerging and established American playwrights the opportunity to develop new works in residence at A.C.T. Two of this year’s pieces—Untitled Tegan and Sara Musical and Nike, or We Don’t Need Another Hero—are courtesy of our new partner, SPACE on Ryder Farm, a one-of-a-kind artist residency located on the grounds of a 223-year-old working organic farm in Brewster, NY.

All New Strands Festival performances and events are free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly encouraged.


We look forward to welcoming you and creating exciting new work together!

The Strand Theater

1127 Market Street, San Francisco

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Festival Artists

Ngozi Anyanwu • Elizabeth Carter • Jeremy Cohen • Dipika Guha • Candis C. Jones • Emily Kaczmarek • Domenique Lozano • Mina Morita • Thao Nguyen • Carey Perloff • Susan Soon He Stanton •
Kate Sullivan • Tegan and Sara • Eric Ting • Marisela Treviño Orta • Irene Tu

New Strands is made possible by Mozilla, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fund for New Work,
Theatre Forward, and the Priscilla and Keith Geeslin New Strands Fund. Specific projects are supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Goethe Institut San Francisco.

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