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!

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.

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RE:ACT Readings present

A Series of Staged Readings

July 29–August 2, 2014

A newly formed group of A.C.T. alumni present the following staged readings. Tickets are a $10 suggested donation. For more information, and to reserve tickets, email


Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Dark And Deep
Written and Directed by Josiah Polhemus+

Humans have moved underground in a dystopian future society.  Emotions and memories are regulated so frequently, that nobody knows how they got down there or why.  The ruling government known as The Cooperative gives a new recruit his first assignment:  Find the surface. In an attempt to ‘remember’ the new recruit goes off his medication and discovers clues to the past and a re-emergence of  feelings that causes a shocking revelation.

Featuring: Molly Benson*, Jillian Jetton, Jeremy Kahn*, David Mendelsohn*+,  Amy Prosser*+, Michael Shipley*+, Ogie Zulueta*


Wednesday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Things Reveal Themselves Passing Away
Written and Directed by Amy Prosser+

Joy and Mark are late bloomers, married for the first time at 43, and thinking about babies. Visits to a fertility clinic and from an old friend lead them to question themselves, their marriage, and what it means to be childless in an age of readily available medical intervention.

Featuring: Molly Benson,  Tara Blau*, Antonia K. Fairchild*+,  Leon Goertzen*, Karina Gutierrez,  Jillan Jetton, Will Springhorn Jr.*



Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Ice Is Also Great
by Andrew Dolan+
Directed by Nancy Carlin+

The Gorhams decide to sell their son Adolf to their neighbors (who, after some bartering, accept!) one seems to have considered how wrong this is (and on so many levels). Ice Is Also Great, an apocalyptic comedy, is as dark as it is hilarious.
Featuring:  B.W. Gonzalez*, Jamie Jones*+, Lucian Patton+, Adrian Roberts*+, Michael Stevenson*+


Friday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The Snow Geese
by Sharr White+
Directed by David Mendelsohn+

With war raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they’ve always known.
Featuring: Kelly Ground*+, Josiah Polhemus*+, Liz Sklar*+, Ken Sonkin*


Saturday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The Monster Builder
by Amy Freed+
Directed by Joy Carlin+

In this modern comedic riff on Ibsen’s Master Builder, an up and coming architect is challenged by the sexual and political machinations of a leading architect.  Is he in it just for the sex and power, or something more…
Featuring: Ron Campbell*, Nancy Carlin*+, Aysan Celik*, Josiah Polhemus*+, Patrick Russell*+, Liz Sklar*+

*Actors Appear Courtesy Actors Equity Association
+Denotes A.C.T. Trained Alumni