Young Conservatory Actors Ensemble

This new ensemble company offers young actors ages 14–18 an opportunity to rehearse and perform a play under the guidance of senior master artists and faculty.

As members of the YC Actors Ensemble, actors will be encouraged to make mistakes, accept risks, and allow room in their work for more spontaneity, honesty, and personal connection.

We are looking for a company of dedicated, committed, adventurous actors who are committed to a rigorous experimental time frame for this project.

We will expect that you have already gained some experience onstage and acquired some basic skills, as the playwrights and texts that we choose to work with are challenging. Under consideration are works by playwrights ranging from classical to contemporary, including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Caryl Churchill, Mac Wellman and Chuck Mee.

Acceptance into the Ensemble is by audition only and actors will be expected to attend every rehearsal. The Actors Ensemble will culminate in a public matinee performance for family and friends in The Garret, the intimate fifth-floor space at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater.

Spring 2019 Project: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Spring 2019 Actors Ensemble Calendar

2018–19 Ensemble

Auditions for this season have now passed. For information about other performance opportunities with the Young Conservatory, click here.

Questions? Please email


Rebecca Ennals has been on the staff of the Shakespeare Festival since 2002 and Artistic Director since 2012. She has extensive directing, acting, and teaching experience, and holds an MFA in performance from U.C. Davis. She has taught and written curriculum at the elementary through college levels. As an actor and director, she has worked locally with Marin Theatre Company, PlayGround, Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival, Pear Theatre, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Los Altos Youth Theatre and Shakespeare at Stinson. Ms. Ennals has directed eight productions for the Festival's Shakespeare On Tour in-school touring program, six productions for the Civic Arts Stage Company program in Pleasanton, and three productions for Free Shakespeare in the Park. She also regularly writes the Festival’s Green Shows and conceived and executed the 2012 pop-up Shakespeare project “30 Days of Free Shakespeare in the Parklet.” Her blog can be found at


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