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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Up next at The Costume Shop

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 Heather Marlowe, Miss T Productions-Love Junkies, Theatre Rhinoceros, 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.

AlterTheater presents


by Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Ann Brebner & Jeanette Harrison
A world premiere commission

February 12–15, 2015

If every object has a story, imagine the stories that fill a four-generation, family-owned shop. Landless is an unexpected romance among a woman, a boy, a shop, and a small town, but it all goes off the rails when a Native American tribe receives federal recognition. Come be part of the town for a night as stories and secrets are told, stolen, and sold. Performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information about Landless visit the AlterTheater website.

Tickets are $25, except for the Choose Your Own Price performance on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 415.454.2787.

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

The Glass Menagerie

February 24–28, 2015
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Ryan Purcell

In Tennessee Williams’ stunning memory play, Amanda Wingfield is an aging Southern belle who’s seen better times. As she dreams about her youth, she alternately adores and torments her adult children, aspiring poet Tom and emotionally fragile Laura—who has constructed a safe world of her own in the form of beautiful glass animal figurines. When Amanda decides that she is going to set Laura up with Tom’s coworker, the stakes are raised and the Wingfield family is changed forever. Based on Williams’ own life, this American classic about hope, family, the tenuous nature of our dreams, and the longing for a better life remains heartbreakingly relevant.

Performances take place at The Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco.