A.C.T.'s Summer Training Congress

Intensive, Comprehensive Actor Training

World-Class Training

This summer, join an international community of students as you train at our world-renowned, Tony Award–winning theater company and conservatory. Ideal for anyone serious about acting, the Summer Training Congress (STC) offers intensive, comprehensive training in classes taught by a distinguished faculty of teaching artists.

The A.C.T. Experience

A.C.T. was the first theater to win a Tony Award for the quality of its training programs as well as its performances. A.C.T. was also the first independent theater in the nation to win academic accreditation and the authority to grant a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting. Because A.C.T. is accredited, you can earn undergraduate academic credit upon satisfactory completion of the STC.

Located in the heart of the one of the world’s most vibrant and beautiful cities, our light-filled studios provide the perfect training space for actors. A few blocks away are our magnificent Beaux Arts–style theater and the modern Strand Theater, two of San Francisco's most popular cultural destinations. Students attend A.C.T. productions, as well as Conservatory Hours—exclusive Q&A sessions with prominent actors, directors, producers, writers, and alumni. After intense hours in the studio, STC students can enjoy San Francisco's colorful neighborhoods, theaters, parks, museums, cafes, and restaurants.

STC Students

The STC attracts an exciting and diverse group of students, many of whom appear in films and on stages across the world, and also hold places in prestigious MFA programs. The program is ideal for students considering a graduate degree in theater or a performance career, and for professional actors who want exposure to new methods or to brush up on skills. STC participants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. If you are a theater educator, please check out our Back to the Source training program.

The Training Program


Students develop a broad range of acting skills in classes taught by A.C.T.'s distinguished faculty. Training is centered around core skills including acting, movement, voice, speech, text, improvisation, clowning, and audition technique. The 5-week session culminates in a showcase attended by A.C.T. faculty and staff.


This session focuses on the specific craft of performing Shakespeare. Training includes classical acting, speaking classical text, physicalizing classical text, and soliloquy. The 2-week session culminates in a showcase attended by A.C.T. faculty and staff.


Combine both intensives and maximize your summer training experiene at a special discount. Enroll in the 5-week intensive and save 50% off the 2-week course!

A COVID-19 Update from A.C.T.

A.C.T. is a nonprofit theater that relies heavily on the support of our patrons. A.C.T. and other arts organizations are realizing significant losses due to the impact of COVID-19. Consider making a tax-deductible gift today.

Application Info

Summer Training Congress 2020 has been canceled. Click here for the most updated information from A.C.T. about COVID-19.

Applications for STC 2021 will open early next year.

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


Visit our STC FAQ page. Still have more questions? Call 415.439.2426 or email conservatory@act-sf.org

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"Immerse yourself in the craft of acting. The STC gives you a peak experience that not only deepens your love of theater but can change your life."
Melissa Smith 
A.C.T. Conservatory Director

"At A.C.T. you'll work with extraordinary teachers, visionary artists, and actors who are as passionate about the craft as you are. Come and connect."
Christopher Herold
STC Director