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Real Theater Classes for Real People

Spring Session: March 25 to May 19 – currently open for enrollment

Summer Session #1: June 10 to July 14 – currently open for enrollment

Summer Session #2: July 15 to August 11 – currently open for enrollment

Fall Session: September 16 to November 10 - opens for enrollement in June

About Studio A.C.T.

 Expand your creativity in ways you never thought possible at Studio A.C.T., the Tony Award-winning American Conservatory Theater’s adult (19+) part-time acting school.

Whether you're new to acting, a working professional looking to polish certain skills, or a theater lover hungry to learn more about the art, Studio A.C.T. offers a wide range of dynamic classes designed to meet your needs and goals.

Classes cover a variety of subjects related to acting, theater, and film—all taught by some of the finest local professional artists in the industry—as well as specialty one-time-only classes with local, national and international guests. We also offer private, one-on-one coaching for your next big audition or presentation.


You’ve sought out this webpage. You’re curious. Curiosity is the first step of each day in a creative life. The next step is to actually, physically, take a step toward your creative goals. Studio A.C.T. is here to help you on that journey.

Studio A.C.T. offers real theater classes for real people. Why real? Because theater and acting happen in real time. You’re really there. A real audience is watching and listening to you with baited breath. And then? Anything you can imagine really happens! The characters and the story, even the walls, might be pretend. But you—and your experience—are real.

People join Studio A.C.T. for many reasons. Some start their journey as actors here, and go on to perform with local Bay Area theaters. Some come on a whim, get the acting bug through Studio A.C.T., then go on to a master of fine arts program and a professional acting career. Some people might not wish to make acting their profession, but are looking for a fun, creative, stimulating, and interactive social experience. And some people come to Studio A.C.T. to come out of their shell, to grow, to stretch, to play again, to reconnect with their creativity and their joy.

I invite you to take your next creative step with us. Even better: your next creative leap! Come for an eight-week course, a one-week intensive, or even a one-day class. You’ll be so glad you did.

I look forward to welcoming you to Studio A.C.T.

Very best regards,

Mark Jackson
Director of Studio A.C.T.

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Studio A.C.T. Course Overview

  • Our courses are scheduled for nights and weekends to accommodate work and home commitments.
  • Most classes are limited to 10 to 12 students in order to guarantee personal attention from instructors.
  • Instructors are working theater artists who are dedicated to sharing their craft and experience in helping you reach your goals.
  • Classes are offered online using the Zoom platform, and in-person at 30 Grant Avenue.
  • A.C.T. has an extensive script and theater reference library that is available to all students. Learn more about the Melissa Smith Library and online and in-person access.

For general Studio A.C.T. news, follow @StudioACTSF on Instagram and the A.C.T. Conservatory on Facebook.

Current or past Studio A.C.T. students can also join the Studio A.C.T. Facebook Group for news, insights, and community!

All Students Welcome

Students of all abilities, racial identities, and gender identities are welcome and encouraged to sign up for Studio A.C.T. theater classes.


For additional questions/concerns, including any issues regarding access to technology for Zoom/online classes, visit our Studio FAQ page or email studio@act-sf.org