American Conservatory Theater has believed in community engagement since we opened our doors in 1967, creating performances and workshops in theater and dance throughout the Bay Area. Over the last five years, A.C.T. has drawn energy from the amazing work of small arts groups around the Bay Area by launching ArtShare: A.C.T.'s Community Space-Sharing Initiative. ArtShare aims to provide space for small and mid-sized companies as well as independent artists without a home who would benefit from being in residence at one of A.C.T.’s spaces in the Central Market area.


The Selection Process:

Space will be awarded to individuals or companies for up to two weeks each (the length of each space awarded may vary and will be determined based on the needs of the project). In addition to their need for space, recipients will be selected based on the project’s readiness for the program, the project’s capacity for success in A.C.T.’s spaces, and the diversity of the communities served by the artists.

Recipients will receive:

  • Complimentary performance space
  • House management and security personnel for all performances
  • A technical orientation at load-in
  • 15 hours of complimentary rehearsal space (subject to availability)
  • Stipend for photographer or videographer
  • Complimentary tickets to ArtShare cohort shows (subsidized by A.C.T.)
  • Listing of project on A.C.T.’s website
  • Access to free tickets for A.C.T. subscription shows

ArtShare Spaces:

For more information, read our FAQ.

Previous ArtShare partners include:

6NewPlays Alter Theater Ensemble · BAYCAT · Campo Santo · Caterina Dance · Sammay DizonCommunity Works West • Do It Live · Fools Fury · Goat Hall · Imaginists · Jump! Theatre · Just Theater · Kearny Street Workshop · Kevin Rolsten · lxalt · Magic Theatre · MFR Productions · Marga Gomez · Mugwumpin · Orchestra Collective · Playwrights Foundation · ReACT · SF Playhouse · The Posse Foundation · Theater Rhino · Nadhi Thekkek • Under the Table Ensemble Theater · Yes All Women

Announcing the 2019–20 ArtShare Recipients!


Through generous support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, A.C.T. has
been able to grant space
to the following artists and companies for the 2019–20 Season:

Regan Linton and M. Graham Smith

Sep 23–29, 2019
The Costume Shop

Epic Party Theatre

Jun 1–7, 2020
The Costume Shop


2018–19 ArtShare Performances

Through generous support from the Hearst Foundations, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and
the Zellerbach Family Foundation, A.C.T. has
been able to grant space
to the following artists and companies for the 2018–19 Season:

Alter Theater

Jun 3–16, 2019
The Costume Shop

Faultline Theater

Aug 6–19, 2018
The Rueff

Dahlak Brathwaite

Nov 26–Dec 2, 2018
The Rueff

Campo Santo

Jan 23–Feb 4, 2019
The Costume Shop

Preethi Ramaprasad

Mar 18–24, 2019
The Costume Shop

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