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Applications are currently not being accepted for American Conservatory Theater’s MFA in Acting program. To be notified about our next application cycle, please contact conservatory@act-sf.org.

We encourage people to consider A.C.T.’s other actor training programs; some which are being temporarily offered entirely online, including the 15-week San Francisco Semester.

Set the stage for your career.

Are you ready for three years of actor training that will change your life?

Consistently ranked as one of the top Master of Fine Arts programs in the nation, A.C.T.’s rigorous three-year course of training is designed for the most promising young actors. Notable alumni include Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt, Anika Noni Rose, and Denzel Washington.

Located in the heart of San Francisco, one of the most artistically vibrant and diverse cities in the world, A.C.T. students will enter into the life of a flagship professional regional theater.

Not only will you study and perform your craft, you will connect with the eclectic Bay Area community and train with some of the best theater artists in the business. From veteran professionals to the youngest acting students, we are all constantly learning at A.C.T.

At A.C.T., we believe that great art can change the world, and we aim to cultivate true “citizen artists”—a group of individuals who share a passion for theater, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a deep commitment to society. We’ll train you to take the stage or screen with confidence, and we’ll also open doors to community engagement that will make you a more socially aware and transformative theater artist. When you leave A.C.T., you will have the tools to unleash your art as a force for change—wherever you are.

Join us to stretch your creative muscles, fuel your artistic enterprise, and invigorate this powerful art form with your unique energy and imagination.

Request a Free Master Class

Would you like an alum from A.C.T.'s MFA program to visit (virtually or in-person) your college or university campus and share more about our Tony Award–winning Conservatory? Click here to request a free master class!