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.
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Status: Full Time/Regular/Non-Exempt
Reports to: Conservatory Manager
Salary: $20–25 per hour + benefits
Schedule: 36 hours/week; regular business hours, occasional weekends or evenings required
The Conservatory Associate, Academic Programs, plays an integral role in the daily administrative operations of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), San Francisco Semester (SFS), Summer Training Congress (STC), and general support of the Conservatory office. Working in tandem with the Conservatory Manager, this role actively supports the heads of each of these programs. Specific responsibilities include:
- Create application forms for all programs
- Monitor and track applications to all programs
- Field admissions calls and e-mail inquiries
- Schedule auditions and interviews for the appropriate programs
- Create and distribute student contracts to students accepted into programs
- Collect, submit and track deposits received
- Oversee registration process for all programs, including assembly of orientation packets
- Support the Director of Admissions with general student database management
- Attend, prepare and distribute accurate agendas, minutes and other materials for Faculty meetings
- Process, respond to, and track information requests and serve as liaison for administration, faculty, and students for each of the three academic programs
- Plan and execute key events for all program related events, including but not limited to: program orientations and graduations, audition and callback weekends, conservatory hours, faculty retreats and student outings.
- Responsible for the day to day logistics for SFS and STC programs
- Ensure technical assets cabinet is well stocked and assist faculty with technical needs for classes, including reserving TV monitors and assisting with set-up as needed
- Create Student Evaluation and Faculty Feedback forms
- Track accident reports for all programs
- Act as key administrative support for the Conservatory Director, including managing Director’s calendar
- Receive guests to the Conservatory & Education Department office
- Assist Conservatory Manager with weekly calendar management for all academic programs and department needs
- Provide technical support for the general access printers and computers in Conservatory office
- Process and submit all check requests and expense reimbursements for department
- Assist Conservatory Manager and Conservatory Director with monthly credit card reconciliations
- Assist Conservatory Manager in mentorship and task allocation for Conservatory Fellow
- Responsible for creating the monthly Alumni newsletter in WordFly
- Work with Conservatory Manager to track and report alumni news, both internally and on social media
- Provide customer service to alumni requesting tickets to A.C.T. performances
- Assist with the planning and execution of alumni events as needed
- Coordinate with recruiters to create workshop descriptions and submit proposals where needed
- Plan and book travel within budget for recruitment trips, providing recruiters with detailed itineraries
- Follow-up with interested candidates following workshops, maintaining communication and establishing relationships with them
Other duties as assigned
- College Degree, or commensurate professional experience
- Three (3) years working in an administrative setting
- Background in Theater or Performing Arts
- Keen Attention to Detail
- Excellent Communication (verbal and written), Organization, Prioritization, & Customer Service skills
- Demonstrated Experience in Event Management
- Intermediate to Advanced Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel)
- Ability to interact with a variety of supervisors and stakeholders
- Must be adaptable to shifting priorities
- Experience in administration for a higher learning academic institution
- Basic HTML proficiency and/or experience with WordFly or similar programs a plus
- Social Media Management Experience
- High level of emotional intelligence (EQ)
Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to email@example.com, with “Conservatory Associate, Academic Programs Search” in the subject line.
Deadline: Open until filled. Position is available immediately.
Status: Full Time/Regular/Exempt
Reports to: Deputy Director of Development
Key Responsibilities of the Position
This is a full-time position responsible for the management of research for the entire A.C.T. Development department, with specific emphasis on overall prospect management and prospects related to board, major gifts, corporate, foundations, the Committee of Trustees and Governance (COTG) and Development committees, and any additional fundraising and/or capital campaigns as needed. Management of these activities includes: prospect research, database analysis, project management and gift strategy. The Development Research and Prospect Manager (DRPM) is also responsible for leading the Development team regarding standards for donor information related to prospect management and the maintenance of a moves management system in Tessitura. Additionally, the DRPM will be a key team leader in the organization’s management of Tessitura CRM system and will be the department’s lead administrator of its iWave prospecting software. The DRPM plays an integral role in creating and implementing the overall strategy of the fundraising department.
The Development Research and Prospect Manager will report to the Deputy Director of Development and will work collaboratively with the Director of Development and other gift officers on collecting prospect research and strategizing gift solicitations.
- Use data mining, donor analytics and predictive modeling techniques to identify new prospects within the database.
- Regularly read all appropriate newspapers, websites, business journals, real estate updates to populate and replenish the prospect pool.
- Proactively identify 15-20 robust prospects per month for individuals, foundations, and corporate giving.
- Proactively identify prospects for Committee on Trustees and Governance pipeline.
- Follow up with staff and committee members to keep them on target with tasks and assignments.
- Remain current on significant gifts, events, etc., in the community to identify new prospects not necessarily within A.C.T.’s database.
- Ensure effective integration of prospect screening data as appropriate.
- Pull targeted lists to support special events, major and mid-level gifts, planned giving, in-kind donations and other development outreach efforts.
- Conduct biographical and financial research using recognized prospect research procedures, electronic databases, on-line reference resources, and printed resources.
- Create reports on prospect information and collect research, integrating information from a variety of sources into a format designed for efficient review. Reports include full bios, thumbnails for special events, short summaries for board members and other formats as requested.
- Create prospect-related materials for Development and COTG committee meetings.
- Prepare prospect-related materials for all special events, including cultivation assignments and seating notes.
- Oversee and maintain the organization’s moves management system in Tessitura, ensuring all pipelines are moving forward on time and solicitation and biographical information is consistently updated.
- Train and oversee Development staff on the utilization of the prospect management system.
- Actively participate in cultivation/solicitation planning meetings, including direct mail campaign solicitations
- Work with Individual Giving staff, Institutional staff, Development Assistant and others to track moves/management of corporate, foundation, board and individual giving prospects.
- Manage and maintain movement through pipeline for use as a visual representation of forward movement of prospects.
- Ensure gift officers and other front-line fundraisers participate in and adhere to the moves management system.
- Enter data and pull/edit reports.
- Track and updated financial projections and forecasts for all major donor campaigns.
- Maintain integrity of donor data, including creating protocols for team to follow.
- Schedule database record merges.
- Join database User Group and work on projects for the database in accordance with technology updates and changing best practices.
- Two to three years of development research experience
- Strong project management skillset
- Strong computer and database management skills; familiarity with the Tessitura database is highly desired.
- Superior oral, written communication and presentation skills
- Regularly problem solve and negotiate with tact and diplomacy
- Successful candidate will be expected to adhere to the Code of Ethics of APRA, the professional association related to prospect research and fundraising
- A researcher’s innate drive to “dig deeper”
- Personable, positive and diplomatic individual with integrity and a sense of humor, who works effectively with Board, donors, volunteers and staff
- Strong initiative, self-confidence, creativity, and entrepreneurial skills, who enjoys working as a team player but also has the capability to work independently and as a self-starter
- Well-organized, able to plan and manage strategically yet have sufficient focus on details to assure effective implementation and follow through
- Genuine interest in the arts who understands and supports A.C.T.’s mission with natural ability to articulate this mission and role to others
- An innate ability to inspire those working with him/her toward accomplishing common objectives and goals
This is a full-time exempt position with benefits. This position works normal business hours with periodic evenings and weekends required.
Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Development Research and Prospect Manager Search” in the subject line.
Deadline: Open until filled. Position is available immediately.
Reports to: Front of House Manager
The House Manager is Supervisor to all Front of House staff for each performance and responsible for providing guests with impeccable Front of House experiences. Performances are at the Geary, Strand and Costume Shop Theaters as well as several smaller performance spaces. The House Manager is an informed liaison to FOH staff, box office, stage crew and patrons, offering warm and welcoming customer service to all who enter our theater spaces. The House Manager is also charged with overseeing patron (and staff) safety, and is the point person in the event of emergencies.
- Is able to address unique or special situations quickly and efficiently such as special events around a performance or a patron requiring special attention.
- Is able to provide guests and staff with a welcoming, warm and supportive demeanor.
- Solves problems efficiently and appropriately.
- Oversees that all spaces (theater, lobbies, bars, etc) are maintained in a clean, comfortable, safe state.
- Prepare nightly deposit from the bars and distributes bartender tips.
- Prepare nightly sales and house management reports.
- Work with stage management to ensure the performance starts on time and runs smoothly.
- Current training in First Aid, CPR and AED knowledge are a plus. Training will be provided to appropriate candidates.
- Evening and weekend availability.
Must be able to respond quickly both mentally and physically in order to handle competing requests, complaints, emergencies and other high pressure situations that might arise. Agile up and down staircases. Able to lift at least 35 lbs (stanchions, program boxes, ticket stands, etc.). Ability to see well while moving in a darkened theater.
House manager must be able to solve problems, deal with emergencies and handle personnel issues immediately and equitably. Communication must be clear, open and consistent.
Experience working in a theater or audience management setting. Positive customer service experience is required, verbal and listening skills, patient, warm and calm demeanor. Must have experience managing diverse audiences. Basic computer skills and accounting required for accurate preparation and maintenance of financial records and daily reports.
ACT: Work with other FOH staff, security, box office, stage management and stage crew as well as various other ACT personnel such as development and marketing.
Non-ACT: Work with patrons, students, caterers and other groups renting theater spaces, or participating in industry and community sharing programs. Constant contact and interaction with patrons, students, donors, board members, VIP’s, and others.
Additional Data/Notable Information
A.C.T. enjoys serving audiences across a wide spectrum of cultural backgrounds – the general public, VIPs, visiting students, organizations and groups - this position requires a friendly, helpful, and warm person who takes great pride in providing stellar experiences to all who enter A.C.T.’s spaces.
Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to email@example.com, with “House Manager” in the subject line.
Deadline: Open until filled. Position is available immediately.
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
- 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.
Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Non Union Stage Crew Search” in the subject line.
Status: Seasonal/Non-Exempt/Production Based
Reports To: Wig Supervisor
Salary: $18 - $21 (Not benefit eligible)
A.C.T is looking for seasonal overhire wigs run crew for its upcoming 2019/2020 productions. 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.
- 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 character’s 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.
- 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
- 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
Local Hire/No Housing or Travel Stipend is Provided
Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to email@example.com, with “Wigs Run Crew Search” in the subject line.
Deadline: Open until filled.
Reports to: Education & Community Programs
A.C.T. nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training, and ongoing engagement with our community. Through a variety of initiatives, A.C.T. educates students of all ages, from backgrounds throughout the Bay Area’s diverse communities. The Education and Community Programs Department aims provide access to theater for historically under-resourced schools and communities. We are seeking teaching artists of diverse backgrounds skilled in a variety of theater disciplines, especially artists who are interested in working with diverse communities, are multilingual, and believe in theater’s power to effect social change.
- Plan and implement program content in collaboration with K-12 educators, as guided by the department's residency frameworks; including unit/lesson planning, evaluation, and documentation
- Participate in our learning community by being an active participant in ongoing professional development
- Participate in administrative work including attending Department school program meetings, representing the Department in school administration meetings and events, and updating school program documents
- Collaborate and communicate effectively with department administrative staff and fellow teaching artists; develop and maintain relationships with external partners and stakeholders including, but not limited to: other arts organizations and school district administrators and educators
Qualifications, Education, & Experience
- Minimum of 2 years’ teaching experience working with students and educators in Kindergarten through Grade 12; experience working with transitional age youth, university students and faculty, families, or adult learners
- Strong classroom management skills while working with diverse students of varying degrees of experience levels
- Experience in creating culturally responsive lesson plans with the ability to adapt lesson plans based on the needs of the classroom and individual students
- Ability to travel to schools sites spread throughout the city of San Francisco
- Experience creating and implementing process-based lessons built on the new California Visual and Performing Arts Learning Standards preferred
- Experience working with students in a public school setting (SFUSD or equivalent), from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds preferred
- Experienced with high school and middle school aged youth preferred
- Experience working with English Language Learners, students with special needs, and youth enrolled in continuation schools preferred
- Ability to communicate in multiple languages; particularly Spanish, preferred
Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Teaching Artist Search” in the subject line.
Deadline: Open until filled. Position is available immediately.
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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