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

A.C.T.'s M.F.A. Program Performs  

February 24–27, 2016

The Big Meal

by Dan LeFranc
Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell

Family is not a word, it’s a seating chart in this delicious and provocative comedy. Playwright Dan LeFranc orients the drama around four generations of a single family loving and laughing, fighting and yelling over a series of meals. While the passing of time in LeFranc’s world is fluid (this feels like a modern cousin of Thornton Wilder’s The Long Christmas Dinner), the meals are quick and casual—a moveable feast. One moment, two young lovers are hooking up over cocktails, the next moment, they’re middle-aged and clashing about their kids. With characters that develop, and flip and shift, The Big Meal serves up a thought-provoking feast for audiences.


“A life-in-overdrive comic drama . . . Dan LeFranc’s snappy dialogue captures the tumultuous tenor of family gatherings.”—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


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


 

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

February 26–29, 2016

Singer's Choice

 

What defines a singer is often interpretation. In this cabaret, members of the ensemble select music that they feel a particular closeness to, offering a very personal journey communing with the composer, lyricist, and audience.

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.


 

The High School Musical and Cabaret Ensembles perform

April 8–11, 2016

Comedy Tonight

 

Each year we dig deeply for a program of songs that are smart, intelligent, and FUNNY.  This crowd-pleasing cabaret stretches the performers while entertaining us all. Don’t miss the fun.

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.


 

The High School Musical and Cabaret Ensembles perform

May 20–23, 2016

Through the Years with Jason Robert Brown

 

While A.C.T. brings the remarkable Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years to the Geary stage, the Musical and Cabaret Ensembles join in the celebration upstairs in The Garret with a program of music that has defined Mr. Brown’s career. Featuring songs from his solo work to selections from his award-winning musicals, our Jason Robert Brown cabaret tribute pays homage to one of our great contemporary composers.

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


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