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.
August 11–23, 2015
A Collaborative Youth Arts Project
by Chris Webb
Directed by Tyrone Davis
Snakes, a Collaborative Youth Arts Project, is a play created especially for 12 young actors from three arts communities, united together in an exciting production performed at A.C.T.’s new Strand Theater and Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center. This world premiere includes a cast of young actors from A.C.T.’s Education & Community Programs, the Young Conservatory, and Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center.
The new Collaborative Youth Arts Project initiative brings together a diverse group of young actors from all over the Bay Area in the creation of a play about race, bigotry, and the very meaning of the American dream. In the wake of a cataclysmic earthquake, a newly discovered island that is home to a race of silver-skinned people captures the world’s attention. Infused with spirited poetry and movement, Snakes is a thought-provoking new play that asks timely questions about tolerance, justice, and community in a rapidly changing America.
The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
1127 Market Street, San Francisco
Destiny Arts Theater
970 Grace Ave, Oakland
August 18–30, 2015
I’m Still Standing
A celebration of the music of Elton John
Book by Craig Slaight
Directed by Domenique Lozano and Craig Slaight
Music Direction by Krista Wigle
Choreography by Vivian Sam
This epic show celebrates Reginald Kenneth Dwight, known throughout the world as the incomparable musical icon Elton John. With more than 40 years as a singer-songwriter, Sir Elton John has given the world an astonishing body of work—from haunting ballads to whimsical musical romps—that has delighted and moved generations of listeners. The Young Conservatory continues its tradition of popular musical tributes by bringing John’s music to A.C.T.’s brand-new Strand Theater. This unique theatrical production explores the journey of growing up in word and song, including such hits as “Your Song,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Rocket Man,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “I’m Still Standing,” and more.
Performances take place at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market Street, San Francisco.
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