The Course of Study

With a focus on the practical aspects of the craft of acting and life in the professional theater, the San Francisco Semester curriculum will enhance your undergraduate study with rigorous, upper-level classes in acting styles, voice/dialects, physical theater, and devised (student-created) work. 

You’ll also dive into the rich cultural landscape of the Bay Area—home to more than 300 theater companies—with a special course designed to immerse you in this lively arts environment. From opera, dance, and symphony performances, to museum and music club outings, you’ll view and discuss a broad spectrum of cultural experiences. By the end of the semester, you’ll know San Francisco like a local insider—not a tourist. 

In addition, students will participate in master classes with associate artists and guest artists on specialized aspects of theater. Classes could include clown work with Tony Award winner Bill Irwin; Shakespeare with Stratford Festival leading lady Seanna McKenna; auditioning and the business of acting with A.C.T. Casting Director Janet Foster; and the intricacies of planning a season of plays with A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff.

Students also have opportunities to interact with our dynamic Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program, which is consistently ranked as one of the top five training programs in the country. Connect with M.F.A. Program actors while watching performances at A.C.T. and across San Francisco, observing rehearsals and performances, and occasionally participating in workshops and readings.

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