Read on to learn more about A.C.T.—and for tips on planning your ultimate theater adventure.
With its stunning, Beaux Arts–style design, the 100-year-old Geary Theater is one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. Check out dazzling photos celebrating the history of this magnificent structure, and browse through this fascinating timeline showcasing A.C.T.'s connection to the history of San Francisco.
A dynamic and intimate performance complex filled with the creative energy of the most exciting artists of the Bay Area and beyond, The Strand Theater had its much-anticipated opening in late spring 2015. Located directly across from Civic Center’s lively UN Plaza, The Strand boasts a 283-seat theater, a 120-seat event and performance space, and a welcoming lobby and cafe that is open to city residents seeking a new destination in the Central Market neighborhood.
Getting here/other venues
Most productions take place at The Geary Theater at 415 Geary Street, San Francisco or The Strand Theater at 1127 Market Street, San Francisco. The Geary Theater is located near the Powell Street BART station and is easily accessible by bus or car. Easy parking is available at nearby Mason O'Farrell Garage. The Strand Theater is located steps away from the Civic Center BART station with parking available at the Soma Grand Parking Garage, directly behind The Strand. Second stage productions often take place at The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum, located at 221 4th Street, or at The Costume Shop, an intimate black-box theater located at 1117 Market Street. Please visit our parking and directions page for more information.
Soak up the ambience
The theater opens one hour before curtain, and we invite you to visit one of our bars (located on the third floor and in the lower-level lobby) to enjoy a cocktail and conversation before the performance. Pre-order your intermission treats and skip the line between acts!
Check out our favorite neighborhood restaurants for special theater discounts.
Wondering what to wear?
Dress up or down—come as you are!
Gender diversity is welcome at A.C.T.
We invite audience members to use the restroom that best fits your gender identity or expression. If preferred, a single-user restroom can be found on the 5th floor at The Geary, and at the rear of the lobby at The Strand.
Loved the show? Learn more!
Want to know even more about what happens at A.C.T.? Can't wait to discover more about the production? Grab the latest copy of Words on Plays, our in-depth theater guide, for fascinating background information, interviews, and articles about each show. Want the behind-the-scenes scoop? Check out our blog.
Plays and performances
In addition to the full season of mainstage productions we typically produce each season, we also offer an extraordinary array of performances featuring thrilling new works and the talents of students from our conservatory programs.
Bring a group—save a bundle!
Bring a group of 15 or more, and you'll enjoy a free ticket for the group leader and amazing savings. Call 415.439.2388 for details.
Bringing Children to the Theater
We welcome children age 5 and over into the theater. If you have questions, please contact the Box Office at 415.749.2228. All patrons must have a ticket—no babes in arms.
Don't just sit there . . . InterACT!
Join us for fabulous parties, exhilarating talkbacks, and thrilling events—all for free with your ticket. Check out the InterACT calendar for upcoming events.
Come back for more—for less!
Access your backstage pass
Did you know that your ticket covers only 60% of the cost of each production? As a nonprofit theater, we rely on you to help bring world-class productions to life. Make a tax-deductible donation to support future productions and actor training—as well as vital arts education programs that bring theater to students at underserved schools across the Bay Area. You'll also enjoy a glimpse of A.C.T. from an exciting new perspective at exclusive behind-the-scenes events.
Play a key role
A.C.T. volunteers provide an invaluable service with their time, enthusiasm, and love of theater. Help out at our vast performing arts library—or usher at an A.C.T. production.
Get into the act!
At A.C.T. we don't just make theater—we train actors. Each year, the award-winning A.C.T. Conservatory teaches hundreds of students at all ages and levels in a vast array of classes, from acting technique and improv to on-camera work and musical theater.
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