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2019–20 Conservatory Catalog

Detailed Information about Academic Programs: Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Semester, Summer Training Congress


SF Semester: Fall 2019

For most serious consideration, apply by:
May 17, 2019

(We will continue to receive Fall 2019 applications until August 26, 2019)

Registration and Orientation:
August 30, 2019

Classes Begin:
September 3, 2019

Classes End:
December 13, 2019

SF Semester: Spring 2020

Early bird admission deadline:
November 1, 2019

For most serious consideration, apply by:
November 29, 2019

Registration and Orientation:
January 24, 2020

Classes Begin:
January 27, 2020

Classes End:
May 16, 2020

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Are you ready for an artistic, intellectual,
and personal transformation?

Embark on a study away program at one of the country’s most acclaimed professional theater companies—located in the heart of one of the world’s most culturally vibrant and diverse cities. Grounded in a rich academic curriculum, the San Francisco Semester brings young theater artists into an active, ongoing engagement with the eclectic and energetic arts community of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Surrounded by the creative and ambitious theater students of A.C.T.’s M.F.A. Program, you’ll expand your understanding of theater as you define yourself as an artist. In the classroom and at performances across the Bay Area, you’ll explore theater from a multitude of angles—from the page to the stage, as viewer and performer, across a variety of artistic genres.

Through inspiring, experiential courses and wide-ranging artistic encounters, the San Francisco Semester will pull you into thrilling conversations about theater as an ever-evolving art form. Study in a professional setting while coming face to face with some of the boldest productions anywhere. From our 1,000-seat mainstage theater to intimate downtown spaces, there are myriad ways to experience theater in San Francisco. You’ll witness performances by the country’s most eclectic range of artists—from stalwart classics to daring devised work from off-the-grid ensembles.

At our Tony Award–winning theater company and conservatory, you’ll collaborate with some of the best artists in the industry; invigorate your imagination and creativity; experience stirring, unforgettable performances; immerse yourself in one of the country’s most thrilling cultural centers; and expand your understanding of what theater can be.

Why wait? Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to launch your future today. Who are you as an artist—and who do you want to be?



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