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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

Michael Mohammed


Patrick Russell

Physical Theatre

Dee Dee Stephens

Acting Styles

Mia Tagano

Acting Styles

Mark Jackson

Performance Making, Studio A.C.T. Director

Dr. Jack Sharrar

Director of Academic Affairs, WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer

Peter J. Kuo

Director of the Conservatory, Head of the San Francisco Semester


Previous Master Class Faculty Include

Christine Adaire

MFA Head of Voice

Dinah Berkeley

Movement, MFA Class of 2020

Andy Chan Donald

A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director, Guest Artist

Rachel Chavkin

Broadway Career: Director, Hadestown

Hannah Clague

Citizen Artistry, School Programs Manager

Danyon Davis

MFA Program Director, MFA Head of Movement

Lauren English


Natalie Greene

Citizen Artistry, School Programs Manager

Ashley J. Hicks

Solo Performance, MFA Class of 2021

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

Joy Meads

Director of Dramaturgy and New Works

Pam MacKinnon

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

Lisa Anne Porter

MFA Head of Acting & Text and Dialects

Allie Moss

Audition Preparation, Literary Manager and Casting Associate

Juan Manzo

Citizen Artistry, Director of Education & Community Programs

Ash Malloy

Solo-Performance, Self-Producing, MFA 2019

Alejandra Maria Rivas

Citizen Artistry, Conservatory & School and Community Programs Associate

Radhika Rao

Improv, Teaching Artist & Performer

Sydney Schwindt

Armed Stage Combat

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

Director of Conservatory, Director of San Francisco Semester Program

Charlotte Brockman

Conservatory Manager

Alejandra Maria Rivas

Conservatory and School & Community Programs Associate

Joseph Tally

Head Librarian

Dr. Jack Sharrar

Director of Academic Affairs

Jerry Lopez

Director of Financial Aid