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


Are you ready for three years of actor training that will change your life?

Consistently ranked as one of the top five Master of Fine Arts programs in the nation, A.C.T.’s rigorous three-year course of training is designed for the most promising young actors. Notable alumni include Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt, Anika Noni Rose, and Denzel Washington.

Located in the heart of San Francisco, one of the most artistically vibrant and diverse cities in the world, A.C.T. students will enter into the life of a flagship professional regional theater.

Not only will you study and perform your craft, you will connect with the eclectic Bay Area community and train with some of the best theater artists in the business. From veteran professionals to the youngest acting students, we are all constantly learning at A.C.T.

At A.C.T., we believe that great art can change the world, and we aim to cultivate true “citizen artists”—a group of individuals who share a passion for theater, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a deep commitment to society. We’ll train you to take the stage or screen with confidence, and we’ll also open doors to community engagement that will make you a more socially aware and transformative theater artist. When you leave A.C.T., you will have the tools to unleash your art as a force for change—wherever you are.

Join us to stretch your creative muscles, fuel your artistic enterprise, and invigorate this powerful art form with your unique energy and imagination.


Support MFA Showcase

Donate to support production costs for A.C.T.'s MFA class of 2020 Showcase performances.

Download more information about A.C.T.'s MFA Program,
San Francisco Semester, and
Summer Training Congress.

Application Info

Class of 2023

Applications due:
January 17, 2020—extended!


New York, NY

Jan 17–19, 2020—passed

Chicago, IL

Feb 4–5, 2020
—Walk-up applications
open on Feb 4

San Francisco, CA

Feb 8–10, 2020
—Walk-up applications
open on Feb 8


Feb 28–Mar 1, 2020 (SF)

Classes Begin:
September 2020

3-year Program Ends:
May 2023


Visit our MFA FAQ page or email conservatory@act-sf.org

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