A.C.T.'s award-winning conservatory presents a wide array of productions each year, featuring some of the brightest and most creative performers in the country. From showcasing the talents of students training in the nationally renowned Master of Fine Arts Program, to unveiling the prodigious skills of young actors (ages 8–19) studying in the Young Conservatory, these productions are a place where students put their skills into practice, engage with enthusiastic audiences, and create some of the most dynamic work you'll see onstage.

Join us for the 2015–16 season, which includes vibrant classics, exciting premieres,
and imaginative new productions.

Upcoming M.F.A. Program and YC Shows

October 15–24, 2015

The Belle's Stratagem

by Hannah Cowley
Directed by Nancy Benjamin

Hannah Cowley’s spirited 1780 comedy of manners presents a lighthearted battle between the sexes, in which everyone’s itching to be struck by Cupid’s arrow—even if it means transforming their very identities. The lovely and crafty Letitia is determined to win the man of her dreams, the cool and distant Doricourt, to whom she’s been betrothed since birth. While Letitia is madly in love with him, he won’t so much as look at her. Meanwhile, Sir George is suffering a blow to his newlywed bliss—his beautiful country-bred wife, Lady Frances, shows signs of being corrupted by life in bustling, fashionable London. Through a complex game of wits and intrigue, the two pairs of lovers make startling discoveries about each other. A comedy of manners teeming with intricate subplots, starry-eyed lovers, irresistible romance, and unexpected resolutions, The Belle’s Stratagem demonstrates that the “weaker sex” can often be the more formidable in matters of love and marriage.  

Performances take place at The Rueff at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater at 1127 Market Street, San Francisco.


A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory performs a YC Cabaret

October 30–November 2, 2015

The Magic of Lennon and McCartney

Performed by the High School Musical and Cabaret Ensembles

A special tribute to the genius of John Lennon and Paul McCartney who, together with The Beatles and individually as soloists, shook the foundation of the pop music world becoming iconoclasts to two generations. This cabaret will feature a wide range of the duo’s music in an intimate setting..

All YC Cabaret performances take place at The Garret on the fifth floor of A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco.


December 9–12, 2015

I’m Through with Love

Directed by Nick Gabriel

Spend an evening with A.C.T.’s extraordinary Master of Fine Arts Program students, who will sweep you away with a specially programmed lineup of musical performances. Grab a cocktail and enjoy this intimate, uniquely entertaining blend of singing and frivolity.

erformances take place in The Garret on the fifth floor of A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco.

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