Performance Opportunities

Young Conservatory Performance Opportunities

Summer 2017


All spaces in this performance opportunity have now been filled. See below for current Fall 2017 opportunities!

Black Butterflies
A Collaborative Youth Arts Project

by Darren Canady
Directed by Lauren Spencer

July 25–August 5
The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater and Destiny Arts Theater, Oakland

When you’re a young girl of color caught in a stifling web of educational neglect, calcified courts, and an overwhelmed incarceration system, orange ain’t the new black—it’s a trap. Behind the scenes though, there are complicated, varied stories of girls trying to survive and escape that shadow web with their humanity, dignity, and individuality intact. This exploration of the unique effects of what we problematically call “the school-to-prison pipeline” on girls of color will reveal the community-wide collusion of parents, educators,  and litigants that has led us here . . . and what it may take to get out.

This world premiere by award-winning and nationally-recognized playwright Darren Canady combines a cast of young actors from the A.C.T. Education & Community Program, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and the Young Conservatory.

Tuition: Free
June 9, 2–5 p.m. & June 10, 10 a.m.–noon
Rehearsals: Beginning June 26
July 25–August 5
Ages: Grades 9–12


Fall 2017


High School Cabaret Ensemble & High School Musical Ensemble

If you're an advanced student grades 9–12 with previous acting and singing experience, our ensemble program is a great opportunity to hone your artistry with focused and eager peers.

During weekly rehearsals from September to May, our Cabaret Ensemble and Musical Theater Ensemble develop a number of musical pieces in various styles—from works by well-known composers to standard musical theater selections—for performances in the Garret, the intimate fifth-floor performance space at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater.

Both ensembles present a series of weekend cabarets throughout the 9-month period, and members serve as musical ambassadors for the Young Conservatory, performing at events sponsored by A.C.T. and other organizations throughout the year.

Ensemble placement is determined by audition.*

Both ensembles meet weekly for a 2.5-hour rehearsal and require a 9-month commitment.

Tuition: $800
Sat, Sep 9*
Rehearsals begin: Sept 15 & 16
various, throughout September 2017–May 2018
Ages: Grades 9–12

* To schedule an audition for any of our ensembles, please email


Fall & Winter Junior Cabaret Ensembles

If you're a student grades 6–8 and have previously taken Junior Musical Theater or have significant experience in singing, our Junior Cabaret Ensemble class may be for you! Designed to deepen your singing skills and performance techniques, the session will culminate in a cabaret performance in the Garret, the intimate fifth-floor space at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, for family and friends. 

Two sessions of the Junior Cabaret Ensemble are offered: the Fall Junior Cabaret Ensemble (estimated dates Sep 13–Nov 11) and the Winter Junior Cabaret Ensemble (dates TBD). There are separate auditions for each session, and each requires a 4-month commitment at a time.

Ensemble placement is determined by audition.*

Each ensemble meets weekly for a 2-hour rehearsal and requires a 4-month commitment.

Tuition: $400
Wed, Aug 30*
Rehearsals begin: Sept 13
Nov 10 & 11
Ages: Grades 6–8

* To schedule an audition for any of our ensembles, please email

Buy Tickets Subscribe Calendar Donate Now
© 2016 American Conservatory Theater-a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization. Number 94-6135772.
Privacy Policy | Contact Us