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 2014–15 season, which includes vibrant classics, exciting premieres,
and imaginative new productions.

M.F.A. Program and YC Shows


A.C.T. Young Conservatory performs

YC CABARET

Junior Cabaret: Don't Ask Me Not to Sing

November 14–15, 2014
Some of the Young Conservatory's most talented and dedicated young singers perform a variety of noteworthy songs from the musical theater canon, old and new.

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.


A.C.T. Young Conservatory performs

The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky

November 18–23, 2014
by Wendy MacLeod
Directed by Amelia Stewart

In this new play, co-commissioned by A.C.T. and His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen, Scotland, celebrated American playwright Wendy MacLeod offers a lightning-quick comedy of the battles mostly off the field among a Scottish private school’s rugby team.  Status on the field equals status off the field as these rugged players (boys, girls, and the conflicted) fight for who rules. When two boys named Charles claim to be king, the game is ON! MacLeod’s characters are sharply focused, witty, and caustic in this hilarious contemporary story.



Performances take place at Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 4th Street, San Francisco.


A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program performs

Side by Side by Sondheim

A Musical Entertainment

December 10–13, 2014

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
And Music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rogers, Richard Rogers, Jule Styne
Continuity by Ned Sherrin
Directed by Nick Gabriel
Produced on Broadway by Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell


Join A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program students for this glorious musical revue of some of Stephen Sondheim’s most romantic and hilarious songs. Cleverly interweaving Sondheim’s unforgettable songs with fascinating backstage stories and scintillating personal anecdotes, Side by Side by Sondheim sparkles with musical gems from the composer’s most-loved shows, from Follies and Company to A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd. Sondheim’s work has redefined the wit and sophistication of musical theater for generations of audiences, and Side by Side by Sondheim offers an intimate look at the brilliant work of one of the most celebrated composers of all time.



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

A.C.T. Young Conservatory performs

YC CABARET

Singer's Choice: Songs with Special Meaning

January 30–February 2, 2015
Directed by Robert K. Rutt and Craig Slaight
This program is specially chosen by the performers, offering the young artists the challenge of bringing songs that mean so much to them to our cabaret audience. The program is always a popular one for our audience as it embraces multiple styles of music.


A.C.T. Young Coservatory performs

A Stone’s Throw

February 10–15, 2015
by JC Marshall
Directed by Domenique Lozano
A Co-Commission with His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland

Tomorrow Island is a tiny pebble in the freezing polar sea of the North.
Every year the eccentric islanders dig an ice runway so the supply plane can land.
One day they decide enough is enough. There’s a perfectly decent concrete runway on the abandoned island next door. And all they need to do to use it is declare war on one of the world’s greatest superpowers….
A play about identity, democracy, and ice golf.

Performances take place at Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 4th Street, San Francisco.

YC CABARET

Jule, Jule, Jule Styne: The Songs of Jule Styne

March 20–23, 2015
Directed by Robert K. Rutt and Craig Slaight
Our tribute to one of the truly great musical theater composers, Jule Styne, will feature songs from many of his most famous Broadway scores—Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing, Gypsy, and Funny Girl. We will also offer some little-known gems from Styne's amazing catalogue.


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.

A.C.T. Young Conservatory performs

YC CABARET

Comedy Tonight: Songs that Make Us Laugh

May 15–18, 2015
Directed by Robert K. Rutt and Craig Slaight
Always our favorite, closing the season with a laugh. The song list comes from the repertoire of pop, standards, Broadway, and cabaret.


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.