Conservatory Performances

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.

Upcoming Shows from A.C.T.s M.F.A. Program and Young Conservatory

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory presents




A Place to Belong (Formerly SeaChange)

A Collaborative Youth Arts Project (CYAP)
by Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by Elizabeth Carter

Jul 24–27 (all at 7 p.m.)
The Rueff at A.C.T.s Strand Theater

Jul 28–29 (July 28 at 7 p.m. and July 29 at 2 p.m.)
Destiny Arts Center, Oakland

Rents are rising.
Police are profiling.
Communities are changing.
We know it’s happening.
What are we going to do about it?

In this snapshot of a day in the life of Bay Area teens, playwright Marisela Treviño Orta explores the impact of gentrification, LGBTQ+ intolerance, mental health stigmas, and systemic discrimination on our youth. Through the power of technology, photography, and spoken word, this year’s Collaborative Youth Arts Project questions what it means to be Bay Area bred and feel like you don’t belong.

Inspired by the real-life stories of teens from rapidly changing neighborhoods in Oakland and the Mission, Bayview, and Fillmore districts of San Francisco, this world premiere combines a cast of young actors from A.C.T.’s Education & Community Programs, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory. Now in its fourth year, the Collaborative Youth Arts Project initiative brings together a diverse group of young actors from the Bay Area to create a play articulating social justice issues confronting today’s teens.



A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory presents

Urinetown: The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Jessica Bird

Aug 8–18
A.C.T.s Strand Theater

In a world of water shortages, corporate greed, and bureaucratic mismanagement, you’re either one of the powerful or one of the powerless. But for the residents outside Public Amenity #9, the time has come to stand up to the Urine Good Company and assert their rights to pee for free. A comedic lampooning of everything from capitalism and big industry to city life and Broadway classics, this Tony Award–winning musical is a quirky look at the forces that divide us and unite us.


Aug 8 at 7 p.m. (Green Cast)
Aug 9 at 7 p.m. (Blue Cast)
Aug 10 at 7 p.m. (Green Cast)
Aug 11 at 2 p.m. (Blue Cast)
Aug 11 at 7 p.m. (Green Cast)
Aug 15 at 7 p.m. (Blue Cast)
Aug 16 at 7 p.m. (Green Cast)
Aug 17 at 7 p.m. (Blue Cast)
Aug 18 at 2 p.m. (Green Cast)
Aug 18 at 7 p.m. (Blue Cast)






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