Fall Session 2019

September 24–November 16

Enrollment Info

 

  • Young Conservatory classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All Musical Theater classes will be directed by a Musical Theater professional and a full-time accompanist.
  • A minimum number of students is required to run each class. If a class has insufficient enrollment and is cancelled, students can choose to attend another class, or for their money to be refunded.
  • For more information about our refund policy, please refer to our YC FAQ page

 

Scholarships Available

Email youngconservatory@act-sf.org for more information about scholarships and financial aid.

All Students Welcome

Students of all abilities, racial identities, and gender identities are welcome and encouraged to audition for YC programs.

Sign Up Today!


Registration Deadline:
September 14, 2019

Questions?

 Visit our YC FAQ page or email youngconservatory@act-sf.org



Schedule

 

DAY & TIME COURSE TUITION

 

Junior (Grades 3–5)


Tue 4–6 p.m.
Musical Theater Workshop

$385      
Wed 4–6 p.m.
Acting Funny: Creating Physical Character & Improvisation

$335
Thu 4–6 p.m.
(No class 10/31)

Acting Workshop: The World of Harry Potter
 
$335
Sat 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Acting Workshop II
 
$335
Sat 1–3 p.m.
 
Voice and Dialect

$335
 
By Arrangement Private Coaching (hourly)
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)

$115
 

 

Middle School (Grades 6–8)


     
Tue 4–6:30 p.m.
Middle School Cabaret Ensemble
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575      
Wed 4–6 p.m.
 
Acting Workshop I
 
$335

Thu 4–6 p.m.
(No class 10/31)

Acting Workshop: The World of Harry Potter
 
$335
Thu 4–6 p.m.
(No class 10/31)

On-Camera Acting
 
$385
Sat 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Improvisation

$335
Sat 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Musical Theater Workshop

$435
Sat 1:30–4 p.m.
Acting Workshop II

$415
By Arrangement
Private Coaching (hourly)
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)

$115

 

High School (Grades 9–12)


     
Tue 4–6:30 p.m.
Actors Ensemble Fall Project
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575
Thu 4–6 p.m.
(No class 10/31)

On-Camera Acting

$385
Sat 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
High School Musical Ensemble
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575
Sat 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
 
High School Cabaret Ensemble
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)
 
$575
 
Sat 1–3 p.m. Voice and Dialect
 
$335
Sat 1:30–4 p.m.
 
Musical Theater Workshop
 
$435
 
Sat 1:30–4 p.m.
 
Acting Workshop II
 
$415
 
Fri 4–6:30 p.m.
(ONLY 9/20, 9/27,
10/4 & 10/11)


College Prep: Part One
(For grades 11 & 12—see College Prep page for more info)

$550
By Arrangement
September–January
 
College Prep: Part Two
(Individually Scheduled for grade 12—see College Prep page for more info)
 
$550
 
Mon–Sun
Various Times
(September 7–8  and October 13–26)

Student One-Minute Play Festival
—Seeking Actors, Playwrghts, and Actors/Playwrights
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)
$400
By Arrangement
 
Private Coaching (hourly)
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)

$115
 


Course Descriptions

Acting Workshop I (JR, MS, HS)

This workshop is designed to give young actors a foundational knowledge of acting principles - including objective/obstacle/action, given circumstance, ensemble-building, physicality, text analysis and emotional engagement—this workshop may include work with both improvisation and dramatic texts, culminating in the presentation of monologues and/or scenes.  Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate fully in all games and exercises.

Acting Workshop II (JR, MS, HS)

Acting II workshops are more rigorous and intense in nature than Acting I and will require that the actor do additional preparation/rehearsal outside of class time.  In this workshop, students will engage deeply with acting techniques introduced in Acting Workshop I in order to build believable characters and respond truthfully to circumstances, scene partners and text.  Additionally, this workshop will examine rehearsal processes and ensemble created performance.  Coursework may include monologues, scenes and/or devised performance.  Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate fully in all games and exercises.

Acting Funny: Creating Physical Character & Improvisation (JR)

What does it mean to be funny? We’ve rolled all of the gems of the comedic actor’s toolkit: improvisation, clowning, mime, commedia dell’arte, mask work and physical character all into one class. Expect lots of physical and imaginative play that help young actors develop a playful spirit, and learn how to delight an audience.

Acting Workshop: The World of Harry Potter (JR and MS, grades 3–8)

This workshop for students grades 3–8 will feature original scenes and monologues inspired by characters in the world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Young actors will learn acting basics such as objective, obstacle, physicality, improvisation, diction as well as playwriting, costume and prop creation as they enter their world of the play. The course will build to a public studio performance for friends and family in our 30 Grant Studios.

College Prep: Part One (HS–grades 11 & 12)

College Prep: Part One helps high school juniors and seniors navigate the complicated and often intimidating process of applying to a competitive college theater program. Led by Young Conservatory Director Jill MacLean, along with special guest teachers and students who have recently been through the process, this course clarifies the admissions and audition process requirements and discusses the Common Application and how to maximize efficiency. Students will narrow down their top program choices, share résumé and headshots for review, and narrow down their audition material—a key component in successfully showing at auditions—in a supportive environment. This year we are offering two different opportunities to take the Part One course: a one-week intensive in July or sessions on four consecutive Friday evenings in September and October. *Please note: this is the same curriculum. You only need to participate in one of the offerings to qualify for Part Two.

Session 1: Mon–Fri, July 22–26, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Session 2: Fridays, Sep 20–Oct 11, 4–6:30 p.m.
Tuition: $550

See College Prep page for more info.

College Prep: Part Two (HS—grade 12 only)

College Prep: Part Two focuses on audition preparation and technique in three private coaching sessions with senior A.C.T. artistic faculty, a meeting with the YC Director, and a mock audition and interview with a panel of artistic professionals. Preparation and rehearsal of material is crucial to succeeding in the world of competitive auditions. College Prep: Part Two will give students the skills, accountability, and opportunity to finesse their final selection of repertoire, and to audition and run their material (both musical and/or straight plays) with professionals so they can feel that confident when they enter the audition room.

College Prep: Part One is highly recommended as a prerequisite to Part Two.

Fall 2019 / Winter 2020 – individually scheduled sessions
Grade: 12 only
Tuition: $550

See College Prep page for more info.

Improvisation (MS)

Improvisation is a valuable tool for freeing the imagination, gaining confidence in auditions, and deepening emotional connection. Class will also include imaginative and physical character creation. Class exercises focus on spontaneity, remaining present, and the power of positive choice.

This course is a wonderful tool for developing courage and flexibility onstage.

Musical Theater Workshop (JR, MS, HS)

This class introduces students to meaningful song performance. Students will explore vocal production, rhythm, lyric and music interpretation, phrasing, and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session culminates in a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire.

These courses are a foundation for future study and all levels may be repeated.

On-Camera Acting (MS and HS, grades 6–12)

Through simple scenes and exercises, this introductory exploration of acting for the camera will review the fundamentals of acting, provide opportunities to practice techniques needed when acting for camera, and give an overview of the industry of film, television and commercial acting.

Private Coaching (hourly)

Private coaching sessions are available to students grades 3–12 looking for some individual attention from one of our A.C.T. instructors. All of our private coaches are talented theater professionals and are matched up with each of our students based on their specific coaching needs. From resume and headshot advice to monologue coaching to pre-screen video assistance, these one-on-one sessions are a great way for students to accomplish their goals and feel confident in their future auditions and theater work.

Voice and Dialect (JR, HS)

Our Voice and Dialect class is a fun introduction to one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools: the voice! Through exercises, games and scenes, students will explore the many parts of the voice, and get to work on two different dialects. Acting basics will also be introduced in combination with the vocal exercises. This is a great class for students who have previously taken Acting Workshop and would like to discover some new ways of expressing themselves on stage.

Buy Tickets Subscribe Log In Donate Now
© 2019 American Conservatory Theater-a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization. Number 94-6135772.
Privacy Policy | Contact Us