American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)
is the Bay Area’s Tony Award–winning flagship theater. Renowned for a rich variety of programming, A.C.T. presents great plays and musicals, and pushes the boundaries of theatrical storytelling.

Led by Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein, A.C.T. operates in the historic Geary Theater (1,040 seats) and the modern Strand Theater (283 seats), both in downtown San Francisco. A.C.T. serves 250,000 patrons annually through a mainstage subscription season of seven productions, a holiday production, and various special presentations.

A.C.T. is the only American regional theater to house a professional actor-training program; actors who have studied at A.C.T. include Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt, Nicolas Cage, Darren Criss, Harry Hamlin, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Deavere Smith, and Denzel Washington. A.C.T. takes pride in its tremendous legacy of performance and training, and plays a vital role in creating the art and artists of the future. 

What we look for in our staff: the ability to imagine, the energy to create and explore new ideas and the freedom of spirit to celebrate our diverse community.

Diversity makes us stronger. A.C.T. is committed to diversity in its programming and creating an inclusive work culture and environment that is reflective of the San Francisco Bay Area. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

No calls, please.

 

Current Vacancies

2019–20 Fellowships

Year-long training and mentorship in theater production and administration opportunities will be available in early February 2019. Check back for more details!
 

Café Barista

Status: Part time / Seasonal / Temporary
Reports To: Café Manager
Salary: Hourly + tips

A.C.T. seeks an individual to serve as Barista at our Strand Café during café hours (8 a.m.–4 p.m.) as well as working occasional shifts for performances in the evening.

Responsibilities:

  • Duties include professionally preparing and serving hot or cold beverage and prepared foods for a variety of patrons
  • Cleaning cafe areas & equipment
  • Restocking supplies
  • Operating registers
  • Balancing cash banks

Qualifications:

  • Previous barista or food service experience
  • Barista and cash handling experience in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment
  • Fast-paced intermission work (handling customer requests and complaints while serving several patrons at once)
  • Self-motivated to uphold & enforce health codes, and company policies and procedures
  • Must be punctual, with an exemplary attendance record
  • Able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs


To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to hr@act-sf.org with Barista Search in the subject line.
 

Materials may also be mailed to:

Barista Search
A.C.T. Attn: Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
   

Master Technician

Status: I.A.T.S.E. Local 16 Seasonal Position / Non-Exempt
Reports To:
Director of Production
Salary/Benefits: I.A.T.S.E. Local 16
Schedule: Varies. Evenings and weekend hours required during tech and performance periods. Seasonal Employment is generally (22) weeks per season.
 

American Conservatory Theater seeks a Master Technician for the Strand Rembe Theater (LORT C) for its subscription programs. The Master Technician should have a principal concentration on electrics and will serve as the Light Board Operator and Programmer during the tech process and for the run of each subscription show; however, the Master Technician will also watch over and need to have a basic knowledge of the Projection, Audio, Carpentry and Rigging systems in the theater. The Master Technician is also responsible to oversee and manage the inventory of the theater.
 

Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with ACT Production Management, the Master Technician will manage, direct and work with the crew consistent with the I.A.T.S.E. agreement. Work alongside and sometimes manage non-union workers on the same project
  • Actively provide support to the creative team for all subscription productions to realize designs with accuracy, on schedule and within budget parameters
  • In lieu of a design for an event or rental, create and hang a working plot to facilitate the needs of each specific event or rental
  • Actively provide support for the operations of rehearsals, tech notes, special events, rentals and any additional company functions such as backstage tours, photo shoots, B-Roll, web streaming, etc…
  • Thoroughly “prep” for each main stage production to maximize efficiency during the load-in process. This includes, but is not limited to: organizing the light and projection plot to determine the most efficient way to hang and focus equipment, prepare the inventory in advance of the hang, create detailed hang tapes, pre-label all cables, prepare and test atmospheric effects, pull/cut/frame all color & templates
  • Work with the Design & Production Associate to procure, rent or purchase lighting, audio, projection and other equipment and expendables as needed per show
  • Work with the Design Associate to create and maintain a detailed and accurate inventory of all lighting, projection, rigging, tools, misc stage equipment and atmospheric effects
  • Oversee and manage the hang, cable layout and focus of all light plots and projection plots
  • Program the lighting console and work as the board operator for all rehearsals and performances on subscription shows, and other shows as assigned
  • Coordinate safety and security with building facilities, including ensuring adherence to public assembly codes, fire codes and other operation procedures. Coordinate that the building fire detection systems and HVAC systems are in their proper modes when atmospheric effects are used on stage
  • During “tech”, attend and participate in all post rehearsal and post-performance tech notes sessions
  • Stay informed about each production by reading production notes, rehearsal reports and performance reports. Respond to any reported problems and be readily available for troubleshooting
  • Maintain the lighting design for the run of the show to ensure quality, including daily dimmer checks, focus checks and inspecting the plot for color burnouts, etc…
  • In the absence of a projectionist; hang, focus and maintain ACT’s minimal projection equipment
  • Oversee and maintain all house and aisle lighting inside the Strand Theater auditorium
  • Perform the upkeep, repairs and routine maintenance of all ACT lighting, projection, rigging and atmospheric effects equipment, including any associated storage rooms, offices and infrastructure
  • Work with and communicate with other department to maintain a unified and organized crew
  • Oversee the annual budget of the electrics department and ongoing maintenance labor for the Strand main stage
  • Keep and submit accurate payroll records and timesheets for the department
  • Assist Production Management in the recommended maintenance of machinery, equipment, tools, facilities and the reporting of any necessary repairs
  • Coordinate and assist the technical staff from ACT’s Conservatory and other educational initiatives to loan them equipment from the Strand theater inventory
  • Keep informed and up to date with advanced knowledge about changes, training and technical advancements in the industry
  • Attend other production meetings, as requested
  • Manage personnel safety and uphold safety protocols within the department. Participate in all required training
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Previous significant Head / Production Electrician experience required (minimum three years)
  • ETCP Electrician certification preferred
  • Knowledge of current lighting technology – moving lights, wireless systems, dimming, and power distribution
  • Proficient with programming ETC EOS family of lighting consoles
  • Proficient with programming and troubleshooting moving lights (currently VL inventory & Martin inventory)
  • Exceptional collaborative attitude. Exceptional customer service attitude
  • Proficient computer skills in: Lightwright, Vectorworks, and MS Office
  • Working knowledge and proficient maintenance skills with theatrical atmospheric effects
  • Working knowledge of basic projection equipment / computer networking & systems
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette. A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices.
  • Capable of understanding and interpreting technical plans, and paperwork.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word, PowerPoint, Autocad and Vectorworks
  • This position is physical in nature. The ability to climb ladders, lifts, catwalks, grids, reach above head. Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential

 

Ability to:

  • Handle oneself in a professional & positive manner whilst working in close collaboration designers, directors, artists and stage managersWork in a detail oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work well in a team.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under pressure
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required

 

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and references to hr@act-sf.org@act-sf.org with Master Technician Search in the subject line.
 

Materials may also be mailed to:

Master Technician Search
A.C.T. Attn: Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
   

    Start Date: October 1, 2018

    Deadline: Open until filled.

     


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Wigs Supervisor

Department: Production
Status: Full Time / Seasonal / Non-Exempt (Approx. 35 weeks)
Reports To: Wig Master
Salary: $22.52/hr + Benefits


The Wig Supervisor is responsible for the overall execution and implementation of the running and maintenance of the wigs, hair and makeup on all A.C.T mainstage productions. They shall maintain the integrity of the wig and hair design throughout each production as established by the Wig Master for these productions. The Wig Supervisor hires, oversees & supervises overhire wig run crew when additional positions are required. Otherwise, they shall be responsible for carrying out all duties associated with running the show. They assist actors with the application and removal of all wigs, facial hair and makeup. They are responsible for creating, documenting, and updating run of show paperwork as well as taking photographs of the actors in their character looks for the show bible. They shall work closely with Stage Management, and Wardrobe to create run tracks for overhire wig & makeup crew. They shall participate in the inventorying, upkeep and maintenance of the basement wig room supplies as well as the overall A.C.T wig stock.
 

Responsibilities:

  • Overall execution and implementation of the running and maintenance of the wigs, hair and makeup on all A.C.T mainstage productions from load in until the closing, pack out and load out of each production
  • Completes pre-show and post show duties including: application and removal of wigs and facial hair, styling actors hair and specialty makeup application
  • In close collaboration with the Wig Master and Stage Management, create and implement wig running crew paperwork to assure that all actor hair and makeup needs are met for each production
  • Provide updated or amended wig running crew paperwork to the Wig Master by opening night of each production
  • Assist in the creation of a Show Bible by providing all paperwork documents to the Wig Master as well as taking archival photos of each characters looks (and as applicable changes to the look)
  • Attend Designer Runs and other pertinent pre-dress rehearsal meetings as assigned by Wig Master
  • Implement hair and make-up design applications as established by the Wig Master
  • Work with Wig Master and Stage Management to schedule wig calls for performers during the tech, tech/ preview and performance period
  • Work with the Sound Department to incorporate any microphone placement into the Wig design
  • Maintain all wigs and facial hair elements as assigned, including cleaning and restyling as needed
  • Assist in training actors during each production on the make-up design for the show
  • Collect all wigs, hair pieces, facial hair and make-up after the closing of each main stage show
  • Provide support for photo shoots, marketing and press events as assigned by Wig Master
  • Hire and oversee additional run crew swings and crew members as necessary
  • Assist in training wig run crew in theater and backstage etiquette and maintain this etiquette among the crew during the run
  • Overall supervision of wig run crew; Duties including but not limited to, assigning run tracks to crew, working with the Wigs Master to set all crew call times, training the crew on the correct wig application, make-up technique, hair styling, and sanitation pertinent to the show, ensure the run crew maintains the integrity of the design as established by the Wigs Master, manage & collect overhire crew paperwork checking that they are appropriately filled out
  • For Strand productions, this position is expected to work collaboratively and hold cross departmental responsibilities with the wardrobe crew
  • Manage personnel safety and uphold safety protocols within the department, and participate in all required training
  • Participates in the inventorying, upkeep and cleanliness of the Geary wig room, stock and common wig/ wardrobe areas to maintain a well-stocked, clean and organized wig room
  • Participates in the maintenance of A.C.T wig stock as assigned by Wigs Master
  • Communicate regularly with Wig Master and Costume Shop Head on any pertinent production related matters
  • Notifies Wig Master immediately of any damage to wigs or show-related incidents and issues.
  • Attends Wig Department or Costume Shop Department and All Company meetings as required
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to; cleaning and resetting the wigs and makeup items, ventilating or fronting hair items

 

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or significant high level, hands on professional experience (minimum one year) with an emphasis on wig & make-up and theate
  • Proficient styling and maintaining all types of wigs and facial hair
  • Familiarity with hygiene and sanitation techniques related to make-up, wigs, and hair
  • Familiarity with period and historical hairstyles and costumes
  • Excellent work ethic including but not limited to:  time management, work flow management, self motivation, diplomacy, and interpersonal and collaborative communication skills
  • Excellent crew management skills including but not limited to: time management, work flow management, and interpersonal and collaborative communications skills
  • Basic computer competency with computer programs such as Microsoft word, excel, emails
  • Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time. Job requires continuous and repetitive use of hands and wrists, for fine gripping and forceful gripping. Ability to reach above head, lift up to 15 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential
  • Ability to do a variety of men’s haircuts, as needed and cosmetology license a plus
  • Wig Ventilating and Wig making skills highly desirable
  • Experience with prosthetic application and painting a plus

     

Ability to:

  • Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Travel between any/all A.C.T. locations and other assigned local travel
  • Work in a detail oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under a lot of pressure
  • Deal with high profile personalities
  • Work collaboratively across all production departments to ensure a good working environment and the success of the show
  • Work independently and as part of team
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required
     


To Apply:

Please email cover letter including salary requirements, resume, and references to hr@act-sf.org@act-sf.org with Wigs Supervisor Search in the subject line.
 

Materials may also be mailed to:

Wigs Supervisor Search
A.C.T. Attn: Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
   

 

Strand Rembe Head Carpenter

Department: Production
Status: I.A.T.S.E Local 16 Seasonal Position / Non-Exempt
Reports To:
Production Manager
Rate:
$21.68/hr
Benefits:
I.A.T.S.E Local 16
Schedule: 
Schedule varies. Evenings and weekend hours required during tech and performance periods. Seasonal Employment is generally (22) weeks per season


American Conservatory Theater seeks a Head Carpenter for the Strand Rembe Theater (LORT C) for its subscription programs. The Head Carpenter is a working member of the stage crew and shall be primarily responsible for leading load in, installation, setup of scenery, props, other stage elements as well as supervising and training the overhire stage crew in areas of scenery, automation, fly, rigging and stage props. The Head Carpenter shall participate in all areas of production where necessary including but not limited to props, electrics, sound, video or other production needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Setup and strike scenery, properties, soft goods and other stage elements for productions.
  • Working with the scene shop to safely install scenery and properties for productions.
  • Participate as running crew for all productions.
  • Oversee and perform scenic and properties maintenance for productions.
  • Communicate scenery information clearly in collaboration with other production areas for the success of the production.
  • Take responsibility for the cleanliness of the physical stage, grid, loft, stage wings, trap room, and the smooth transition of scenery between the stage and any offstage storage areas.
  • Oversee and train over hire crew as required.
  • Ensure that scenic automated gear is properly and safely installed.
  • Simple fabrication or amendment of scenery pieces as required.
  • Maintain venue tools and equipment.
  • Maintain a list of venue consumables that need to replenish for each season.
  • Attend pre-production meetings and tech notes if required.
  • Any other production related duties as assigned.
 

    Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • 2 plus years of professional experience in theatrical installation, scenic construction, stage supervision in a theater environment (LORT preferred)
  • Hands on leadership, creative problem solving and critical thinking required.
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal communication skills and writing skills. 
  • Demonstrated skills of theatrical carpentry, welding, rigging, automation, knot-tying, soft goods, scenic props, basic scenic paints.
  • Demonstrated skills to operate carpentry hand tools and power tools, ladders and lifts proficiently.
  • Working knowledge of theatrical rigging practices and chain motor rigging. ETCP rigging certification highly desirable.
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette. A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices.
  • Capable of understanding and interpreting technical plans, and paperwork.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word, PowerPoint, Autocad and Vectorworks
  • Valid Drivers’ license and clean DMV record required.
  • This position is physical in nature. The ability to climb ladders, lifts, catwalks, grids, reach above head. Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential.
 

Ability to:

  • Handle oneself in a professional & positive manner whilst working in close collaboration designers, directors, artists and stage managers
  • Work in a detail oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work well in a team.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy, and sensitivity under pressure
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required


To Apply:

Please send resume, references, and cover letter including salary requirements to hr@act-sf.org@act-sf.org with Strand Rembe Head Carpenter Search in the subject line.

Deadline: Open until filled.


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Overhire Wigs Run Crew

Status: Seasonal, Hourly, Production-by-production basis
Reports To:
Wig Supervisor
Salary:
DOE (Not Eligible for Benefits)

A.C.T is looking for seasonal overhire wigs run crew for its upcoming productions in 2018. The Wigs Crew is responsible for the overall execution and implementation of the running and maintenance of the wigs, hair and makeup during A.C.T. productions. They shall maintain the integrity of the wig and hair design throughout the production as established by the Wig Master. They assist actors with the application and removal of all wigs, facial hair and makeup. They are responsible for documenting and updating pre show and run of show paperwork as well as taking photographs of the actors in their character looks for the show bible. They shall participate in the inventorying, upkeep and maintenance of the basement wig room supplies during the production run.

Responsibilities:

  • Running and maintenance of the wigs, hair and makeup during the production from load in until the closing and load out.
  • Completes pre-show and post show duties including: application and removal of wigs and facial hair, styling actors hair and specialty makeup application.
  • Assist Wigs Supervisor in creating wig running crew paperwork to assure that all actor hair and makeup needs are met.
  • Participate in providing updated or amended wig run crew track paperwork to the Wig Supervisor in a timely fashion.
  • Assist in the creation of a Show Bible by providing all paperwork documents to the Wig Master as well as taking archival photos of each characters looks (and as applicable changes to the look).
  • Attend Designer Runs and other pertinent pre-dress rehearsal meetings as assigned by Wig Supervisor.
  • Implement hair and make-up design applications as established by the Wig Master.
  • Work with Wig Master and Stage Management to schedule wig calls for performers during the tech, tech/ preview and performance period.
  • Work with the Sound Department to incorporate any microphone placement into the Wig design.
  • Maintain all wigs and facial hair elements as assigned, including cleaning and restyling as needed.
  • Participates in the inventorying, upkeep and cleanliness of the Geary wig room, stock and common wig/ wardrobe areas to maintain a well-stocked, clean and organized wig room.
  • Notifies Wig Master immediately of any damage to wigs or show-related incidents and issues.
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to; cleaning and resetting the wigs and makeup items, ventilating or fronting hair items.

 

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or significant high level, hands on professional experience (minimum one year) with an emphasis on wig & make-up and theater.
  • Proficient styling and maintaining all types of wigs and facial hair.
  • Applied all lace, human hair wigs.
  • Familiarity with hygiene and sanitation techniques related to make-up, wigs, and hair.
  • Familiarity with period and historical hairstyles and makeup.
  • Excellent work ethic including but not limited to: time management, self-motivation, diplomacy, and interpersonal and collaborative communication skills.
  • Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time. Job requires continuous and repetitive use of hands and wrists, for fine gripping and forceful gripping. Ability to reach above head, lift up to 15 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential.
  • Ability to do a variety of men’s haircuts, as needed and cosmetology license a plus
  • Experience with prosthetic application and painting a plus
  • Ventilating and wig making experience a plus


Able to:

  • Organize and communicate information clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Work in a detail oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Effective problem solving abilities
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity and sensitivity under pressure
  • Work independently and as part of team
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required


To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume, including references, to productionjobs@act-sf.org with Wigs Run Crew Search in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Wigs Run Crew Search
A.C.T. - Production Dept.
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

Non-Union Stage Crew

Status: Hourly, Overhire

American Conservatory of Theater is collecting resumes for upcoming non-union overhire positions working at The Strand Theater, our newly-reopened 283 seat venue in the Central Market area. Overhire for load in/load out positions sought in the following areas:

  • Carpentry/Master Carpenter
  • Rigging
  • Props
  • Electrics
  • Sound/Tech
  • Scenic Artists

Resumes also being accepted for run crew positions.

Candidates should have a well-rounded production background, in addition to the necessary skills and experience in the fields in which they are applying.

Hiring is on per-show basis throughout the season/year and compensation is based on an hourly rate and is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to productionjobs@act-sf.org.

Deadline: Ongoing



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A.C.T. was founded in 1965 by William Ball. Edward Hastings, Artistic Director 1986–92. Carey Perloff, Artistic Director 1992–2018. Pam MacKinnon, Artistic Director 2018–Present.

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