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

The High School Musical and Cabaret Ensembles perform

Through the Years with Jason Robert Brown

May 20–23, 2016

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.

Collaborative Youth Arts Project

by Nikkole Salter
Directed by Tyrone Davis
July 26–30, 2016

When a school district in Ferguson, Missouri loses accreditation, a group of friends opt to get bused to a high school across the tracks. Amid opportunities and trials, some navigate the unfamiliar environment better than others, threatening both their friendships and their futures. This world premiere by Nikkole Salter, a nationally recognized playwright, combines a cast of young actors from the A.C.T. Education & Community Programs, Destiny Arts in Oakland, and the Young Conservatory. Now in its second year, this collaborative initiative brings together a diverse group of young actors from the Bay Area to create a play articulating the needs and challenges of youth in today’s world. This new play will be presented in an exciting production performed at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater in San Francisco and at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland.

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

The A.C.T. Young Conservatory presents

Fields of Gold: The Music of Sting

Book by Craig Slaight
Directed by Domenique Lozano and Craig Slaight
August 16–28, 2016

From the overwhelming success of the rock band Police to his breakout solo career, Gordon Matthew Sumner, known in the music world as Sting, is one of the all-time great singer-songwriters. Part of the ongoing series of musical tributes from the A.C.T. Young Conservatory, Fields of Gold: The Music of Sting features 30 years of music, interwoven with a unique story concerning a group of Amish and non-Amish youth coming of age in the American heartland. With such hits as “Be Still My Beating Heart,” “If You Love Somebody,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Fields of Gold,” “Synchronicity,” and “When We Dance,” Sting has been a favorite of young and old alike. Join us as we celebrate the music of Sting.

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

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