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Access the insight and experience of those who have made theater their life’s work.

With expertise ranging from acting and directing to playwriting and dramaturgy, A.C.T. faculty members are some of the most extraordinary artists—and inspiring educators—in the business.

Instructors for any given term are drawn from this list and are subject to change. 

Core Faculty

Jessica Berman

Voice, Verse, & Character

Julie Douglas

Acting Styles

W. David Keith

Acting Styles

Patrick Russell

Physical Theatre

Mark Jackson

Performance Making, Studio A.C.T. Director

Jack F. Sharrar, PhD

Cultural Landscapes, Director of Academic Affairs

Peter J. Kuo

Head of the San Francisco Semester, Director of the Conservatory


Previous Master Class Faculty Include

Christine Adaire

Voice, MFA Head of Voice

Dinah Berkeley

Movement, MFA 2020

Hannah Clague

Citizen Artistry, School Programs Manager

Rachel Chavkin

Broadway Career: Director, Hadestown

Danyon Davis

Movement, MFA Head of Movement

Andy Chan Donald

Producing, Show Business, A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director

Peter J. Kuo

Power Dynamics, Communication Building, Live Video Theater, Head of SFS

Andrés López-Alicea

Creating Your Own Improv Show, Rybin Talent & Studio of Drama

Pam MacKinnon

Career & Collaboration, A.C.T. Artistic Director

Allie Moss

Audition Preparation, Casting Associate & Literary Manager

Juan Manzo

Citizen Artistry, Director of Education & Community Programs

Ash Malloy

Solo-Performance, Self-Producing, MFA 2019

Joy Meads

Character & Text, Director of Dramaturgy and New Works

Lisa Anne Porter

Text & Dialects, MFA Head of Voice, Dialects, and Acting

Melissa Y. Smith

Acting, Conservatory Director Emerita

Jomar Tagatac

Monologues: Contrast, MFA 2009

Kay Trinidad

Broadway Career: Performance, Hadestown

Stephanie Wilborn

Citizen Artistry, Former Community Programs Manager

Administrative Staff

Peter J. Kuo

Head of the San Francisco Semester, Director of the Conservatory

Jack F. Sharrar, PhD

Director of Academic Affairs

Charlotte Brockman

Conservatory Manager

Alejandra Maria Rivas

Conservatory & School and Community Programs Associate