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 on core skills, including acting, movement, voice, speech, text, improvisation, clowning, and audition technique. The five-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.


Choose both intensives and maximize your summer training experience at a special discount. Enroll in the five-week intensive and save 50% off the two-week course!

"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

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

Application Info

5-Week / 7-Week
Core Skills Intensive

Financial Aid Deadline: 
April 17, 2020

International Student Deadline:
May 1, 2020

For most serious consideration, apply by: May 8, 2020

Final Application Deadline:
May 29, 2020

Registration and Orientation: 
June 8–12, 2020

Classes Begin:
June 15, 2020

Classes End:
July 17, 2020

Shakespeare Intensive

Financial Aid Deadline: 
April 17, 2020

International Student Deadline:
May 29, 2020

For most serious consideration, apply by: June 26, 2020

Final Application Deadline:
July 10, 2020

Registration and Orientation:
July 17, 2020

Classes Begin:
July 20, 2020

Classes End:
July 31, 2020


Visit our STC FAQ page. Still have more questions? Call 415.439.2426 or email

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