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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Director of Education and Community Programs

Status: Full Time / Regular / Exempt
Reports To: Artistic Director & Executive Director
Salary:
$90,000–$110,000 DOE + benefits

With new executive leadership of the institution, the new Director of Education & Community Programs will be joining A.C.T. at a dynamic time as A.C.T. enters a strategic planning process to shape the organization’s priorities, focus and business model to increase impact and ensure sustainability into the coming decades. The Director of Education & Community Programs is a senior leadership position responsible for successful design and execution, and healthy fiscal management of A.C.T.’s arts education and community engagement programs.  This position provides leadership to a department that currently consists of four full-time and four part-time staff and a robust cohort of teaching artists, and provides oversight of four main areas: ACTsmart School Programs (including teacher training), Community Engagement, Young Conservatory youth artist training, and the Fellowship Program for emerging theater professionals. The Director also works in tandem with other senior staff as well as the Artistic, Marketing, and Development departments to construct, implement, and assess institutional initiatives, fundraising opportunities, and engagement strategies. The Director represents A.C.T. to funders, peer organizations, government agencies, associations, schools, and universities regarding arts education, community engagement, and the mission of A.C.T.

Essential functions include:

  • In partnership with Artistic and Executive leadership, construct the vision, oversee the development, and assess the impact of the theater’s various Education & Community Programs, ensuring alignment with the A.C.T. brand and mission.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to the School and Community Programs staff and teaching artists and the Young Conservatory staff and faculty.
  • Maintain network of external relationships, including area educators and administrators to advise on programs, negotiate program agreements and fee structures for all programs, oversee curriculum, and hire and train staff.
  • Create symbiotic programming with the Artistic, Development, and/or Marketing departments to increase A.C.T.’s fundraising efforts, including overseeing research, assisting with grant proposals and reporting to foundations, and cultivating donors for Education & Community Programs.
  • Oversee the Education & Community Programs revenue and expense budget of $1.4 million through careful management of expenses and work to enhance contributed and earned income.
  • Serve as the primary A.C.T. representative to arts, government, cultural, and civic organizations and groups such as: San Francisco Unified School District, Jerry Rosenstein Arts Project, Performing Arts Connection, San Francisco Arts Commission, Alameda County Office of Education, Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, Theatre Communications Group Education Directors cohort, Bay Area Theater Education Directors cohort, et al.
  • Serve as lead staff representative on the Education & Community Programs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to and ability to articulate the value and importance of theater education and community engagement that is centered in cultural humility and responsiveness, both in schools and community settings
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Appreciation for the power of theater to effect positive social change
  • Expertise in arts education pedagogy, including critical pedagogy theories, student-centered approaches, inquiry-based methodologies, curriculum development and participatory theater techniques
  • Expertise in community work, methodologies of creating and deepening partnerships for sustained long term connections and collaboration
  • Excellent collaborative management and communication skills
  • Ability to lead a dynamic team of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and needs
  • Experience in developing and managing a budget inclusive of revenues and expenses 
  • Knowledge of best practices and current trends in education, community engagement, and the arts
  • Understanding of theater as an art form and professional discipline
  • Knowledge of local and national cultural, educational, and community organizations
  • Familiarity with government and foundation grant reporting processes and procedures
  • Knowledge of San Francisco school system, state and city-wide educational standards, highly desirable


Additional Requirements:

  • Extensive knowledge and first-hand experience in arts education, ideally but not necessarily, in theater
  • Experience managing and creating youth and adult education programs  
  • Experience working as an arts educator with diverse, underrepresented or marginalized communities
  • Experience working with school districts within a large metropolitan setting
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience required


To Apply:

Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to hr@act-sf.org, with “Director of Education & Community Programs” in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Director of Education & Community Programs Search
A.C.T. - Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

Front of House Manager

Status: Full-Time/Regular/Exempt
Reports to: General Manager
Salary: DOE + Benefits

A.C.T. seeks a dynamic, people-oriented individual to spearhead Front of House (FOH) operations in its multiple performance venues. The Front of House Manager works closely with FOH staff, volunteer groups, A.C.T. patrons and with all departments within A.C.T. The Front of House Manager is responsible for creating a safe, welcoming, and hospitable environment for all A.C.T. patrons.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Hire, train and schedule FOH staff (house managers, ushers, bartenders, security) for all productions across A.C.T.’s multiple performance spaces as needed, including for subscription shows, student productions, donor events, rentals, and special performances and events.
  • Develop and implement FOH policies for all A.C.T. venues, including customer service standards and emergency procedures.
  • Train and fill in as House Manager for shows at all A.C.T. venues.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget for FOH operations; prepare weekly payrolls (union & non-union), deposits, and weekly settlements; process invoices for payment; prepare monthly forecasts.
  • Advise and assist with scheduling and execution of events in the theater.
  • Maintain supply and inventory of necessary stock and supplies, including merchandise for bars.
  • Maintain and develop vendor relations for liquor, concessions and merchandise.
  • Oversee operation of Point of Sales systems for all venues.


The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years of Theater/House management experience or retail and/or hospitality management and must exemplify the highest standards of customer service. The position requires a positive, energetic outlook and the ability to effectively manage and interact with a variety of constituencies, from patrons and donors to staff and trustees. Demonstrated skills in training and leading a team, as well as managing budgets required, as are good computer skills (POS system experience is a plus).  Physical requirements include ability to safely navigate stairs, work in low light environments and lift up to 35 pounds.

Night and weekend hours will be required.

 

To Apply:

Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to hr@act-sf.org, with “Front of House Manager Search” in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Front of House Manager Search
A.C.T. - Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

    Deadline: Open until filled. Position is available immediately.


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Box Office Treasurer

Status: Part-Time/Seasonal/Non-Exempt

Reports to: Director of Ticket Services                   

Salary: I.A.T.S.E. Local B-18

American Conservatory Theater seeks a patient, empathetic and detail-oriented individual to assist patrons with their ticket-related, customer service needs as well as provide general information about A.C.T. programs, products, initiatives and productions.

Job Duties:

  • Provide excellent customer service to all A.C.T. patrons as the public face of the company.
  • Sell and exchange single and subscription tickets to A.C.T. events using the ticketing software.
  • Work in the Ticket Services office as well as our two performance venue box offices, providing ticketing support in-person, over the phone and via email.
  • Provide information to the public about productions, policies, and the logistics of attending A.C.T. events.
  • Package tickets for mail and will-call.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to patrons using the A.C.T. website.
  • Reconcile a cash bank and receipts for daily sales.

 

Requirements:

  • A patient, empathetic, and friendly attitude.
  • Ability to serve the ticketing needs of all patrons (and colleagues) equitably & kindly, regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression.
  • Ability to focus and concentrate in a busy and sometimes noisy environment.
  • A commitment to accuracy, efficiency, and working well with colleagues.
  • Working knowledge of word processing programs (Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience using AudienceView, Tessitura or another ticketing system is a plus.


The Box Office is open 7 days a week. Candidates for this position should have flexible availability.

“Treasurer” is a union position at A.C.T. Regular box office employees are expected to join the union (I.A.T.S.E. Local B-18) within 31 days of hire.


To Apply:

Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to hr@act-sf.orgwith “Box Office Treasurer Search” in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Box Office Treasurer Search
A.C.T. - Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

Conservatory Design & Production Associate

Status: Full Time/Regular/Exempt
Reports to: Conservatory Production Manager
Salary: DOE + Benefits

The Conservatory Design & Production Associate will provide technical support for all Conservatory projects or events. The CSV D&P Associate will work closely with the Conservatory Production Manager and the Conservatory Technical Director to achieve all physical production elements for all productions and projects with a primary focus on designing, installing and maintaining the theatrical lighting. The Conservatory is made up of the MFA program, Young Conservatory and the Education departments.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in tandem with the Conservatory Production Manager to oversee the realization of all physical production elements for the Conservatory, Young Conservatory and Education Departments productions and events on and off A.C.T’s campus.
  • Coordinate and implement all technical needs and schedules for any Conservatory productions and other A.C.T projects and events.
  • Oversee theatrical lighting, from initial design through execution and installation, for Conservatory and other ACT projects or events.
  • Create and distribute lighting design paperwork, including light plots and Lightwright documentation.
  • Lead lighting hang and focus calls.
  • Participate in the load-ins, load-outs, and set-up/tear-down of event and performance spaces, for all departments including scenery, video and audio.
  • Act as liaison with designers to determine, in consultation with the CSV D&P Associate, the technical and budgetary feasibility of all designed aspects of the productions.
  • Hire and supervise of over-hire crews for each show in tandem with Conservatory Production Manager.
  • Act as primary technical and production contact for any A.C.T rentals as assigned.
  • Maintain and enforce schedules for all builds, load-ins and strikes.
  • Maintain lighting inventory under the direct purview of the Conservatory Production Manager.
  • Assist in the recommended maintenance of equipment, tools, facilities and the reporting of necessary repairs.
  • Assist the Conservatory Production Manager in the recommended maintenance of machinery, equipment, tools, facilities and the reporting of necessary repairs. Maintain and organize all Conservatory storage spaces.
  • Manage personnel safety and uphold safety protocols within the department. Participate in all required training.
  • Work with A.C.T shops including but not limited to costume, wigs and prop shops to support Conservatory programs.
  • Participate in Conservatory season planning and programming.
  • Production manage other A.C.T events and rentals when assigned.

 

Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in technical theater or equivalent work experience in university production management or stage management is preferred.
  • Excellent work ethic including but not limited to: time management, work flow management, self-motivation, diplomacy, interpersonal and collaborative communication skills, and management of multiple tasks.
  • Hands on leadership, creative problem solving and critical thinking required.
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal communication skills and writing skills. 
  • Experience managing expenditures, creating schedules and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience reading and interpreting drawings and other technical materials.

 

Necessary Skills

  • Proficiency on PC and OSX including MS Office Suite, VectorWorks, and Lightwright. Proficiency in ETC console programming.
  • Valid Driver’s License and a clean DMV report required.
  • Must be able to lift 75 pounds. Must be able to climb ladders.
  • Must be able to drive large vehicles with scenery and equipment between A.C.T. locations.
  • Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours and weekend as required.
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team.

 

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of Q-Lab.
  • Knowledge of production video/Watchout systems

 

To Apply:

Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to hr@act-sf.org, with “Associate Conservatory Production Manager Search” in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Associate Conservatory Production Manager Search
A.C.T. - Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

    Deadline: Open until filled. Position is available immediately.


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Front Desk Associate

Status: Full Time/Regular/Non-Exempt
Salary: $18.00/hr
Start Date: On or about May 13, 2019
Hours: Monday – Fridays, 10 AM to 6 PM
Reports To: Operations Manager

American Conservatory Theater is seeking a full time Front Desk Associate for the administrative headquarters at 30 Grant Avenue. The position offers medical / dental / vision benefits, paid time off, paid holidays, and access to free theater tickets and free classes.

The Front Desk Associate is the first point of contact for A.C.T. for both visitors and callers, serving as both a communication hub and a primary source of information. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. Specific duties include:

  • Open / close switchboard and reception area daily
  • Answer, screen and route incoming calls
  • Manage general delivery voicemails
  • Maintain and update front desk manual; cross-train other staff for coverage
  • Greet and orient visitors, students, patrons, vendors and other constituents
  • Serve as first point of contact for telephone and in-person inquiries regarding all training programs
  • Sort and disseminate incoming mail, invoices, payments, applications, etc.
  • Accept package deliveries, notify staff as needed
  • Print and disseminate studio schedules, building hour schedules and master/reference studio calendars
  • Maintain internal telephone list on a regular basis and disseminate updated list
  • Monitor postage machine balances / manage BRE accounts
  • Order office supplies
  • Meter and post all mail daily, deliver to nearby post office end of day
  • Ensure functioning of copiers and fax machines, assist when possible
  • Additional duties and special projects as assigned
  • Assist other departments with clerical tasks, as needed

 

By its nature, this position requires contact with the public, board members, vendors and the company at large on a regular basis.  Patience, grace, good humor, and personal warmth are essential to the job. One to two years previous experience in equivalent position, and experience using multi-line phone system desired.  Excellent communication skills, including legible handwriting and accurate spelling, and basic computer skills (Microsoft Office) required.  Excellent attendance record and punctuality required.

 

To Apply:

Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to hr@act-sf.org, with Front Desk Associate in the subject line.

Materials may also be mailed to:

Front Desk Associate
A.C.T. - Human Resources
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108-5834
 

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
   

 

Deadline: Open until filled.

 

 

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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