Summer Assistants

Summer Assistants

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory (YC) Summer Program Assistant positions provide hands-on training in theater education and arts administration in one of the United States’ premier theater companies in the heart of San Francisco. Program Assistants are vital to the success of young actor training in the YC. Positions are available to incoming and current college students interested in education and non-profit administration, as well as production.

Program Description

Two tracks are available in Summer 2018: Young Conservatory Teaching/Office Assistant and Production Assistant. Applicants are free to express interest in both positions. Placement will be based on need.

YC Teaching/Office Assistant

Assistants will work under the guidance of the YC Director, YC administrative team, and our teaching artists.


In-classroom support to our teaching artists through assisting with our students’ training, including:

  • In-classroom support to our teaching artists through assisting with our students’ training.
    Maintaining Studio needs and learning environments
  • Coordinating and assisting Teaching Artists in the studio
  • Supervising the students on their breaks
  • Work behind the scenes in the A.C.T. Conservatory Office by assisting in the daily business of the school

Jun 11–Aug 17, 2018. Applicants must be available for at least 2 sessions listed below. They do not need to be consecutive.

    Session I: Jun 11–22
    Session II:
June 25–Jul 6
    Session III:
Jul 9–20
    Session IV:
Jul 23–Aug 3
    Session V:
Aug 6–17


Please have general availability from 9am–5pm. Hours most likely will vary within this time frame. Final schedules will determined before each assistant's start day.

YC Production Assistant

Assistants will work under the guidance of the Conservatory Artistic and Production teams.


Support various YC productions in directing, design, and technical execution such as:

    • Attending rehearsals and managing production notes
    • Maintaining rehearsal room needs and process
    • Working backstage during performances
    • Assisting office needs related to the productions

Dates and Hours
Applicants must be available for the full rehearsal and performance schedule of the production they are assigned to. Schedules TBD but rehearsals are generally 4–6 hours a day, performances are in the afternoons and evenings. May be asked to attend a few production meetings.

Compensation for all positions: A partial commute stipend awarded at the end of commitment, one free Studio A.C.T. course of your choice, access to A.C.T.’s performing arts library, and complimentary tickets to all A.C.T. productions

How to Apply

The application deadline for Summer 2018 positions is April 1, 2018.
Applicants will be contacted with a decision no later than May 1, 2018.

Completed applications are accepted by email and should include the following items:

All application components submitted by email should be in Microsoft Word and/or Adobe PDF file formats. Please note that Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional is required to submit the application cover sheet by email.

  1. Application: Please download and fill out this form completely.
  2. Personal Statement: This statement should be no longer than one page and include the following: what you expect from an A.C.T. internship; your career objectives; your experience and/or education in theater; and the qualities you possess that qualify you as a candidate for the YC Summer Program Assistant position. Your personal statement should reveal information about yourself that may not be represented in your résumé or recommendation.
  3. Resume.
  4. One Letter of Recommendation: This letter may be submitted separately from the rest of your application but must be received by April 1, 2018.

All email submissions should be sent to

Please do not call or email to check on the status of your application. However, if you have relocated, your situation has changed, or you've accepted employment elsewhere, we would appreciate a letter or email.

YC alumnus and program assistant Darren Criss in Glee

YC alumnus and program assistant, and playwright Itmar Moses, whose plays have been commissioned by such reputable theaters as Berkeley Repertory Theatre,The Wilma Theater, the Manhattan Theatre Club, and Playwrights Horizons

YC alumnus Beth Behrs on the hit TV show 2 Broke Girls

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