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 A.C.T. Conservatory Performances

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

Passage


by Christopher Chen
Directed by Victor Malana Maog

When it comes to patriotism, neutrality isn’t an option. You’re either for Country X or Country Y. Journey into the heart of the xenophobic rhetoric and immigration debate that dominates our newsfeeds. Drawing from E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, Obie Award–winning local playwright Christopher Chen explores biases, blurred lines, and bigotry—issues affecting communities right here in the Bay Area and across the world—and asks if friendships can survive in this imbalanced world.

 

This play contains gunshots, loud noises, occasional strong language, and themes of xenophobia. If you would like additional information about the content of this play, you may reach a member of our audience services staff by calling 415.749.2228 or emailing tickets@act-sf.org.


 

A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory presents

Miscast

a YC Cabaret Program performance

Directed by Kimberly Braun, Jill MacLean and Ken Savage
High School Cabaret vocal direction by Krista Wigle
Accompanied by Joel Chapman and Thaddeus Pinkston

Join us as we have a blast singing songs from roles in which we would never get cast! Age, gender, character type—it’s all up for grabs as our Middle School Cabaret Ensemble, High School Musical Ensemble, and Cabaret Ensemble take the stage and break the rules.

Featuring

Middle School Cabaret Ensemble—MARY SUNSHINE

Apr 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Apr 4 at 5 p.m.

High School Cabaret Ensemble—BILLY

Mar 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Mar 7 at 5 p.m.

High School Musical Ensemble—ROXIE

Mar 7 at 12 p.m.

Mar 8 at 5 p.m.

High School Musical Ensemble—VELMA

Mar 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Mar 8 at 2 p.m.


 

SOLD OUT

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

Romeo and Juliet

a Will on Wheels touring production

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Wayne Rice

Star-cross’d lovers. Feuding families. You know the story. But have you seen it hip hop–style? This fresh take on the Bard’s timeless tale serves up teenage angst, insta-love, and epic rivalries with a side of historical beef.

For more information about how to sign up your school for A.C.T.'s annual Will on Wheels tour, visit our Education & Community Programs page.

SOLD OUT!
MAR 6–13

Will on Wheels Tour


 

A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory presents

Singer's Choice

a YC Cabaret Program performance

Directed by Kimberly Braun, Jill MacLean, and Ken Savage
High School Cabaret Vocal Direction by Krista Wigle
Accompanied by Thaddeus Pinkston

In this cabaret performance, student performers bring to the stage songs of their own choosing from a variety of musical genres. We look forward to this special night that celebrates the enormous talent and uniqueness of our cabaret ensemble members.

Featuring

High School Cabaret Ensemble—BILLY

May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

May 2 at 5 p.m.

High School Musical Ensemble—ROXIE

May 2 at 12 p.m.

May 3 at 5 p.m.

High School Musical Ensemble—VELMA

Apr 30 at 5:30 p.m.

May 3 at 12 p.m.


 

A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory presents

Get Real(ism): Exploring Chekhov


Performed by YC Spring 2020 Actors Ensemble
Directed by Domenique Lozano

What’s so “real” about Chekhov? He’s been called a saint, a sinner; a writer of true drama, and one of real comedy. Come see the rising stars of A.C.T.’s YC High School Actors Ensemble, as they present an original devised piece, and explore a slice of human life through through the lens of one the most influential writers since Shakespeare.


 

A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory presents

The Glass Menagerie Project


by Tennessee Williams
Adapted and performed by YC Spring 2020 Actors Ensemble
Directed by
Andy Alabran

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory announces its inaugural Actors Ensemble for Middle School students with an examination of the work of Tennessee Williams, which will culminate in an adapted performance of The Glass Menagerie. As the text follows the trials and tribulations of the Wingfield family and a matriarch who desperately tries to carve out a future for her children, this cast of young artists will explore conflict between personal dreams and familial duties, made more resonant by their own lives offstage, as future theater- and change-makers in the world.


 

A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory presents

an adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey

Anon(ymous)

by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Bob Shryock

Begin in the middle. On the border. On the crossing. Begin in the place in between. In this adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey, newly arrived refugee Anon fights to hold onto his identity in the vast melting pot of contemporary America. As he journeys across the country in search of his mother, he confronts today’s gods and monsters: exploitative businessmen, clueless government officials, and fellow refugees clamoring to not be forgotten. Anon(ymous) is playwright Naomi Iizuka’s poetic tale of borders and biases.


 

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

Rough Magic


by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by M. Graham Smith

Melanie can bring fictional characters to life. When she comes home to her apartment to find the monstrous (though hunky) Caliban from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, fantasy bleeds into reality. With the help of a lifeguard and a Fury from Greek tragedies, Melanie must embrace her power before evil magician Prospero destroys the world. Shakespeare meets superheroes in this whirlwind action comedy from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, chief creative officer of Archie Comics and the mastermind behind CW’s Riverdale and Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.


 

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

The Moors


by Jen Silverman
Directed by Paige Rogers

The English moors are bleak—a fertile ground for the stewing desires of two sisters longing for power, visibility, and love. When a guileless governess arrives at their estate, hidden desires come to light. In this Gothic dark comedy, the characters grapple with love, jealousy, and control—and those standing in the way of desire succumb to the ruthless landscape of the moors. Jen Silverman subverts Brontë-style Victoriana with a wickedly comic queer twist.


 

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

In Love and Warcraft


by Madhuri Shekar
Directed by Peter J. Kuo

College senior Evie prefers the online role-playing game World of Warcraft to real life. In the game, she’s a fearless warrior with a boyfriend. In real life, she ghostwrites love letters for people, even though she’s never been in love. When Evie becomes attracted to her client Raul, she must decide whether or not to let her powerful and sexy warrior character out in the real world. Playwright Madhuri Shekar (House of Joy, HBO’s upcoming The Nevers) conjures a cosplay-loving romantic comedy about intimacy and love in the digital age.


 

A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory presents

Best of the Best

a YC Cabaret Program performance

Directed by Kimberly Braun, Jill MacLean, and Ken Savage
High School Cabaret Vocal Direction by Krista Wigle
Accompanied by Thaddeus Pinkston

Back by popular demand, our one-night-only musical extravaganza features all four ensembles in our YC cabaret program on the Strand Theater stage to highlight the best numbers from our 2019–20 season. Come share in the joy as over 40 talented middle school and high school performers combine their talents, hard work, and artistry to show you what they’ve accomplished this year.

JUN 1—one night only!

A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Ticket info coming soon...


 

A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory presents

The Code

a new pop-rock musical by The Kilbanes

Music, lyrics, and book by The Kilbanes
Directed by Jessica Holt

Libraries, they’re full of secrets. All seven members of Valhalla Academy’s Senior Seminar are sequestered in the library, waiting to discover which one of them stole the final exam and must face expulsion. When they find a secret stash of school memorabilia, mysteries emerge and history comes alive as the past and present intertwine. Commissioned for A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory, this new pop-rock musical by The Kilbanes (Weightless) makes its world premiere at the Strand.

Ticket info coming soon...

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