A.C.T.’s award-winning Conservatory presents a wide array of productions each year, featuring some of the brightest and most creative performers in the country. From showcasing the talents of students training in the nationally renowned Master of Fine Arts Program, to unveiling the prodigious skills of young actors (ages 8–19) studying in the Young Conservatory, these productions are a place where students put their skills into practice, engage with enthusiastic audiences, and create some of the most dynamic work you’ll see on stage.

Upcoming Shows from A.C.T.s M.F.A. Program and Young Conservatory

A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts Program presents

Both Your Houses

by Susan Soon He Stanton
Directed by Mina Morita

Feb 21–Mar 2
The Rueff at A.C.T.s Strand Theater

Romances blossom, resentments fester, and rumors spread at the last performance of Theater Right Now’s Romeo and Juliet. And that’s just onstage. Last minute changes and inflated egos—as well as the artistic director’s inappropriate advances—reveal that in the 21st century, accountability and complicity are the two warring factions.

In this co-commission with Crowded Fire Theater that was workshopped at the 2018 New Strands Festival, playwright Susan Soon He Stanton shines a spotlight on life in a regional theater, the #MeToo movement, and how risky it can be to speak up.

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory Actors Ensemble

Twelfth Night


Sat, Apr 6 at 2 p.m.
The Garret at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

Join the YC Actors Ensemble this spring as they bring to life Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Each semester, the YC Actors Ensemble focuses on a particular genre or playwright under the guidance of a master artist. This spring, we welcome Rebecca Ennals, Artistic Director of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, to lead the ensemble in a condensed 45-minute version of Twelfth Night.

This Shakespeare project will emphasize making story and character choices based on Shakespeare’s language and the wonderful clues embedded in those words. The wonderful verse, balance of humor and tragedy and themes around gender will be investigated and then brought to life in a “bare bones” presentation in the Garret intimate performance space at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater that celebrates the spirit of Shakespeare’s focus on acting and text.  

A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts Program

Sense and Sensibility

by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

May 9–11
The Rueff at A.C.T.s Strand Theater

The Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and starry-eyed Marianne—have very different approaches to finding love. But when their father’s death leaves them penniless, homeless, and vulnerable to gossip, they must rely on each other to discover what it takes to follow their hearts. Playwright Kate Hamill (Vanity Fair) celebrates the power of sisterhood in this joyful, witty adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel.

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory presents

Sharing the Spotlight: Broadway Duets & Trios Take the Stage


Mar 7–10, Apr 5–6
The Garret at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr.: these are just a few of the teams that have stolen our hearts and made musical theater history. One of the most exciting parts of performing on a musical theater stage is collaborating with your fellow co-stars. Join us for three programs of Broadway’s favorite duets and trios as the YC Cabaret Ensembles (High School Cabaret Ensemble, High School Musical Ensemble, and Middle School Cabaret Ensemble) share the spotlight.

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory

The Wolves

by Sarah DeLappe
directed by Jessica Holt

Apr 17–20
The Rueff at A.C.T.s Strand Theater

Try to keep up with teenage soccer team the Wolves as they stretch, run drills, and size up the opposition. But in between their passes are performance anxieties, family tensions, and complex conversations . . . Left lunge. Global genocide. Tampons. Do they have Skype in Cambodia? Right lunge. She got Plan B? There’s the college recruiter! You’re coming to the party this weekend?

For these nine young women, becoming an adult doesn’t always come with a game plan.

A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts Program


By Robinson Jeffers
Freely adapted from Euripides
Directed by Peter J. Kuo

May 8–12
The Costume Shop Theater

Lover. Sorcerer. Kingmaker. Medea left everything behind for Jason, but now he’s jilted her and their children for the king’s daughter. A woman and an immigrant with no means of returning home, Medea knows the system is rigged against her. Does she accept her fate, or fight for vengeance? We all know how her story ends, but it’s time we examine how she gets there. A.C.T. Associate Conservatory Director Peter J. Kuo directs Euripides’s haunting tale of bloodshed and betrayal.

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory

Singer's Choice


May 9–12
The Garret at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

In the final cabaret performance of the 2018-19 season, student performers bring to the stage songs of their own choosing from a variety of musical genres. We look forward to this special night showcasing the enormous talent and uniqueness of our Cabaret and Musical Ensemble members, and celebrating a wonderful season.

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