Summer Training Congress—Intensive, Comprehensive Actor Training.

World-Class Training

This summer, transform your talent as an actor by training at our world-renowned, Tony Award–winning theater company and actor training institution, located right in the heart of San Francisco's theater district. Ideal for anyone serious about acting, the Summer Training Congress (STC), now in its 48th season, attracts a distinguished and diverse group of students, including STC alumni Teri HatcherCamryn ManheimDon JohnsonJennifer Grey, and Omar Metwally. Gain an experience that is uniquely A.C.T. with master classes taught by A.C.T. core company actors, seminars with A.C.T.'s artistic team, and personalized instruction with A.C.T.'s faculty of working artists.

The A.C.T. Experience

Our newly renovated studios and black box studio theater provide the perfect training ground for burgeoning acting careers. At the STC, you'll share rehearsal spaces with A.C.T.'s mainstage productions, a unique opportunity that offers students the chance to interact with professional actors, ask questions, and observe rehearsals. A few blocks away is our magnificent Beaux Arts–style theater—one of San Francisco's most popular cultural destinations. In addition, students can attend workshops and staged readings of new works at A.C.T., as well as Conservatory Hours—exclusive Q&A sessions with successful actors, directors, producers, writers, and alumni. After intense hours in the studio or on the stage, we also encourage STC students to enjoy San Francisco's vibrant neighborhoods, parks, museums, and more than 300 resident theater companies with a special package of discounts.

The Training Program

Five-Week Program: Core Skills Intensive

Students develop a broad range of acting skills in classes taught by A.C.T.'s core acting company, conservatory faculty, and distinguished guest artists. Training is centered on core skills classes, including acting, speech and voice, text, movement, improvisation, and audition technique. The five-week session will culminate in a performance project.    

Two-Week Program: Shakespeare Intensive

This session focuses on the specific craft of performing Shakespeare and other classical texts. Training includes classical acting, speaking classical text, physicalizing classical text, and soliloquy.    

The Total Actor Package

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!

STC Students

The STC 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 be 19 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent. If you are a theater educator, please check out our Back to the Source training program.

About A.C.T.

A.C.T. was the first theater to win a Tony Award for the quality of its training program 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.

"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, 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

Application Info

Applications for STC 2020 will open in January. Check back soon for more info.


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

2018–19 Conservatory Bulletin

Detailed Information about 2018–19 Academic Programs: Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Semester, Summer Training Congress

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