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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An AlterLab world premiere commission

Rose in America

by Michelle Carter
Directed by Regina Victoria Fields
Starring: Charles Dean*, Nkechi Emeruwa, Dorian Lockett, AeJay Mitchell, John Patrick Moore*

Three Black Ph.D. students attempt to reclaim their own history from a white savior play about the Civil Rights Movement’s Selma March...and have to deal with the complications of a surprisingly still-alive white playwright. A quasi-realistic, semi-serious comedy about sidekicks, interpretative dance, and the collision of four generations of activists.

Rose In America will be performed at The Costume Shop Theater at A.C.T. 1117 Market Street, San Francisco, CA.


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