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The A.C.T. Fellowship Project 2018

Each year, the A.C.T. fellows have the opportunity to come together and, with the guidance of professional A.C.T. mentors, produce a project entirely on their own. The project is designed to exercise the skills developed throughout each fellowship and encourage fellows to take on supporting roles outside of their regular assignments, ultimately culminating in a work each fellow can proudly add to their professional experience. This project marks the fifth consecutive year the fellows have come together, but unlike previous Fellowship Projects, the 2017-18 fellows have decided to take on producing not one, but two plays!

A.C.T. fellows involved (in alphabetical order): Miranda Ashland, Mia Carey, Tessanella DeFrisco, Bree Dills, Ilyssa Ernsteen, Nailah Harper-Malveaux, Spencer Jorgensen, Olga Korolev, Lealani Drew Manuta, Taylor Steinbeck, Rachel Stuart, Bree Willard, and Nora Zahn.

Far Away

by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Nora Zahn

The Costume Shop Theater
1117 Market Street, San Francisco

Free Admisson


In a world stricken by paranoia and restrictive governmental control, all of Earth is at war and no one can be trusted—especially not the crocodiles or the car salesmen or the children under five. Obie Award–winning writer Caryl Churchill gives us an unnerving look at the consequences of tyranny through a futuristic era that feels simultaneously far away and eerily familiar.

Performance Dates
Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.


by José Rivera
Directed by Nailah Harper-Malveaux
World Premiere at American Conservatory Theater,
San Francisco

The Costume Shop Theater
1117 Market Street, San Francisco

Free Admisson


In an almost-apocalyptic Los Angeles, an orphaned heiress invites two strangers into her penthouse apartment for an eccentric feast. What begins as an odd evening devolves into chaos as the splintering minds of these three women begin to show their cracks. From award-winning playwright José Rivera, comes a lyrical rumination on the ways in which humans seek connection when war is your everyday backdrop, hunger is your constant pang and trauma is your collective psyche. 


Performance Dates
Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m.

We encourage you to attend both performances during the same evening or afternoon, e.g. Far Away on 4/21 at 2 p.m. and Brainpeople on 4/21 at 3 p.m. In this case, you must reserve tickets to both performances.

Postshow Events

Dramaturgical Talkback

A discussion moderated by dramaturgs Conservatory Fellow Ilyssa Ernsteen and Publications Fellow Taylor Steinbeck, between the directors and the audience about the themes of the two plays.

Friday, April 20 at 9:45 p.m. (after Brainpeople performance)


Aspiring Theater Professionals Panel with Q&A 

This panel will be moderated by Education Fellow Lealani Drew Manuta, and will include panelists Marketing Fellow Miranda Ashland, Development Fellow Rachel Stuart, Graphics Fellow Bree Willard and Community Producing Fellow Nailah Harper-Malveaux. They will discuss the fellowship program, their time as fellows, and their involvement with The Fellowship Project 2018.

Saturday, April 21 at 4:45 p.m. (after Brainpeople performance)

Wearing Many Hats: The A.C.T. Fellowship Project 2018 (Blog Post)

For over six months, 13 young theater artists from various departments of A.C.T.’s Fellowship Program have come together to produce not one, but two plays in a project that will culminate in performances this week.

by Taylor Steinbeck
Apr 17, 2018

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