An intimate, black-box performance space dedicated to new works, The Costume Shop is a versatile venue that houses an eclectic lineup of performances: from innovative A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program productions, to eye-catching work by local artists and performing arts companies. 

Located just across Market Street from Civic Center's UN Plaza in the heart of San Francisco's lively Central Market arts neighborhood, The Costume Shop officially opened its doors at 1117 Market Street in fall 2011 as part of 24 Days of Central Market Arts.

Thanks to funding from grants from the San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Collaborative and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, A.C.T. is able provide no-cost rehearsal and performance space to select local arts organizations.

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Read on for information about upcoming performances at this exciting new venue!

In addition to our M.F.A. Program productions, this season we are proud to host exciting work from local Bay Area arts organizations, including the 06 Ensemble, Bindlestiff Studio, Campo Santo, Footloose, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Recovery Theatre, Teatro Pachuco, Theatecture, Theatre Rhinoceros, Volti San Francisco, and more.

Please note:

Performances are subject to change—information will be updated periodically. Many performances are free of charge, but check each company’s website for details.

2013–14 Season Productions

Goat Hall Productions presents

The Seven Deadly Pleasures

An original Cabaret Rock Opera
Music and lyrics by Allison Lovejoy and Geoff Ball
Book by Allison Lovejoy
Adapted and directed by Margery Fairchild

April 23–27, 2014

A tragicomic expose of the Seven Deadly Sins, dressed up in contemporary clothing and aided by the charismatic Devil, the Sins are exploited for their considerable Pleasures by the Dante Family, who cling to the American Dream while a dark secret threatens to destroy them.  Memorable songs and scandalous scenes. For all who do not want the first stone cast at them, this is the show! Tickets available online at

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

“A scorching and dark new comedy” —
The New York Times

After Sister Rose dies of alcoholism, someone steals the nun’s body from a Harlem funeral home—kicking off the raucous reunion of twelve of her former students. As they exhume the past, the characters square off in explosive confrontations, brandishing weapons of unrequited love, romantic betrayal, and devastating family secrets. Veering from the hilarious to the tragic, from rage to reconciliation, Our Lady of 121st Street presents a dark, insightful riff on the way we grieve and the way we live, capturing characters at their most primal—and human—as they push toward a state of grace.

Click here to see two shows for just $30 (a $10 savings) or see all three for $40!

Performances take place at A.C.T.'s Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco.

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

“A brilliant farce”Time Out London

After a long night of drinking, Dr. Prescott wakes up with a pounding headache and an unwelcome surprise: a showgirl sleeping in his bed. As he sets off to unravel the mystery, the girl cunningly weaves herself into the doctor’s high society life, masquerading as his wife as they try to avoid his real one. A new adaptation of French playwright Georges Feydeau’s celebrated madcap farce, set in 1980s New York,The Girl from Maxim’s uncorks a sparkling romp with one of theater’s most winning and winsome heroines.

Click here to see two shows for just $30 (a $10 savings) or see all three for $40!

Performances take place at A.C.T.'s Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco.

A.C.T.’s Fellows present

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Samuel Hunter

May 22–25, 2014

American Conservatory Theater’s 2013–14 season fellows present Tennessee Williams’ enduring and poignant classic, The Glass Menagerie. Faded Southern belle Amanda Wingfield scrapes by with her two adult children in their cramped apartment. She pins all her hopes for the future of her family on finding a “gentleman caller” for her shy daughter Laura, and she enlists her restless son Tom to help. Tom’s recollection of what follows will create a living family photo album, exploring lingering memories that simultaneously haunt and comfort us.

Tickets to this production are free, but reservations are required.
RSVP to Cat Hendel at