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High School Classes (Grades 9–12)

Jun 7– Aug 8

Sorry there is limited availability. For more information please call our team on 415.749.2228.

A.C.T. occasionally photographs and/or records portions of YC classes, online sessions, performances, and rehearsals for use in promotional, archival, or or fundraising purposes, and for use in social media and/or website without student compensation.
Think back to when you signed up for your very first YC experience. How did you first find out about A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory?

Spend your summer with the Young Conservatory! 

All Classes are currently ONLINE. 

Information on any in-person offerings at A.C.T’s The Strand theater location (1127 Market Street) will be available in mid-late May.  

CLASS LISTINGS

Intensives

Intensives run M-F for either 1 or 2 weeks.

Whether you are new to the world of acting or looking to revisit the basics, this intensive will give actors the tools to create believable and vibrant characters. Covering the basic principles of acting techniques—including objective/obstacle, given circumstance, physicality, and inner monologue— this intensive will work with both improvisation and dramatic texts, culminating in the presentation of monologues and/or scenes. This intensive will cover:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, dramatic reading, vocal production, and movement
  • Character motivation in goals, obstacles, and actions
  • Scene and monologue performance

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present monologues rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Session Dates: June 7–June 18, Monday through Friday at 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (break from 1–2 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $450

In this intensive, students will bridge the gap between acting and singing to strengthen their musical theater performance. Whether you describe yourself as an “actor who sings” or “singer who acts,” students will practice techniques to strengthen both their acting and vocal skills using scene and song material from Broadway musicals. Students of all levels of experience are welcome. Students will learn:

  • Vocal technique such as breath control, articulation, rhythm, and vocal production
  • Song and scene interpretation and portraying character physically and vocally
  • Transitioning from dialogue to song with ease

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, gather around the computer!) to present projects and songs rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills!

Session Dates: June 21–July 2, Monday through Friday at 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m (break from 1–2 p.m.) via Zoom

Total screen time of 2.5 hours daily, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $450

Using songs from hit musicals like Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land and The Greatest Showman, actors will dive into the world of contemporary musical theater performance through the music of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Using hit solos and group numbers from Pasek and Paul shows and movies, actors will explore:

  • Vocal technique such as breath control, articulation, rhythm, and vocal production
  • Basic movement and an introduction to choreography
  • Song interpretation and phrasing

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, gather around the computer!) to present projects and songs rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills!

Session Dates: July 6-16, Monday through Friday at 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (break from 1–2 p.m.) via Zoom

Total screen time of 2.5 hours daily, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $405

This advanced intensive offers serious high school actors the chance to take their musical theater performance and audition skills to a new level. Through one-on-one, small group, full group and guest panels led by professional theater artists and A.C.T. staff, participants will review foundational knowledge and vocabulary, and understand the techniques professional actors use to prepare a well-rounded song performance. Topics will include: 

  • Vocal technique such as breath control, articulation, rhythm, and vocal production
  • Sight singing or learning music quickly
  • Song interpretation and portraying character physically and vocally
  • Researching specific shows and characters & best resources for musical theater performers
  • Performing over a digital platform and self-tapes

Classes will meet from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. online in 60- or 90-minute blocks, separated by breaks. There will be some assignments and memorization in between sessions. The intensive will culminate in a public sharing of callback audition videos created by the students. 

*Audition video required for admission. Email youngconservatory@act-sf.org to request an audition or learn more. Audition videos will be due by July 2 or when maximum enrollment is filled.

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Session Dates: July 19–July 30 Monday through Friday from 11–4 p.m. (breaks from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2:30–3 p.m.) via Zoom

Tuition: $650

Dive into the world of musical theater performance with the 1-Week Musical Theater Intensive. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamentals of singing such as breath control, articulation, and vocal technique
  • Introduction to dance and improving confidence in movement abilities
  • Song and character interpretation and performance

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects, songs, and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills! 

Session Dates: August 2–August 6, Monday through Friday from 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (break from 1–2 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $225

The 1-Week Acting Intensive  is designed to give young actors a foundational knowledge of acting principles, improvisation, and text performance. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, vocal production, and movement
  • Improvisation games
  • Character development through key tools including objective, obstacle, actions, physicality
  • Scene and monologue performance

Classes will meet online via Zoom in two blocks (one 60-min and one 90-min), separated by an hour lunch break. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects, monologues, and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Session Dates: August 9–August 13, Monday through Friday from 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (break from 1–2 p.m.) via Zoom

Total daily screen time of 2.5 hours, with activities designed to create movement and variety within and between sessions.

Tuition: $225

"Á la Carte" Classes

These classes meet either M/W/F or Tu/Thu for four weeks from June 7-July 2, giving students the ability to build their own schedule.

This course offers a guide to entering the professional world of acting. In addition to covering the basic principles of acting technique—including objective/obstacle, circumstance, inner monologue, sense memory, and improvisation—this course explores the world of auditioning and industry professionalism. From preparing a dynamic presentation of contrasting monologues to compiling headshots, resumes, and other auditioning materials, students will gain the skills to be comfortable in a variety of audition settings and learn how to develop techniques to sustain their place in a competitive arts world.

This course is designed to be a counterpart to the Young Conservatory’s College Prep program. It is highly recommended that those who enroll in College Prep also take Audition Technique & Repertoire Selection.

Class Dates: June 7–July 2, Mon/Wed/Fri from 10–11:30 a.m. via Zoom
Tuition: $375

This intensive introduces students to vocal production, rhythm, and movement, focusing on the interpretation and phrasing of the song and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. Students will develop fundamentals of the singing instrument—including breath, alignment, resonance, and articulation—to enhance their musical performance. The course will give students a solid foundation in musical theater choreography and embodying a character through movement. The session culminates in a Zoom presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire. 

Intensive Dates: June 7–July 2, Mon/Wed/Fri from 4–5:30 p.m. via Zoom
Tuition: $325

As Netflix, HBO, and other media channels revolutionize the television and film industry with increasingly complex and riveting scripts, we are seeing more crossover than ever between stage and tv/film actors, making it necessary for young actors to have training in the unique protocols of the on-camera industry. Through scenes and exercises, this exploratory course of acting for the camera will explore/review fundamental acting vocabulary, teach practicable on-camera technique, and provide students with a practical understanding of this exciting field. This course will culminate in a public online presentation featuring on-camera work performed by students and a Q&A.

Intensive:  June 7–July 2, Mon/Wed/Fri from 3–4:30 p.m. via Zoom
Tuition: $325

The College Prep Intensive is for rising Juniors and Seniors planning to apply to a competitive BA or BFA program in Acting and/or Musical Theater in Fall 2022 or 2023. Applying to a theater program is complicated and time-consuming, and both students (and parents!) need a support team to help navigate the stressful process. 

  • How do you know which programs are the best fit for you?
  • What are best practices for creating a timeline/tracking system to keep up with the multiple requirements involving the Common App, Acceptd, transcripts, test scores, financial aid applications, and more?
  • How do you identify audition material that will highlight your strengths and get you noticed? 
  • How can you prepare a quality pre-screen video by the deadline(s) without losing your mind (or breaking the bank)?
  • How can you empower yourself to battle performance/audition anxiety in order to prepare a professional and confident audition package?

Students will work in pairs and in small or large group configurations throughout the course, and should expect to complete assignments related to their particular program interests in between sessions. Industry guest artists, theater professionals, and parents who have gone through the process will be included in panels. Additionally, students who complete this course will come away with a list of safety, target, and reach schools that are personalized to their needs and interests, and a timeline for meeting deadlines. It is highly recommended that those who enroll in College Prep Nuts and Bolts also take Audition Technique & Repertoire Selection.

Limited to 12 students.

Intensive Dates: June 8–July 1, Tues/Thurs from 10–11:30 a.m. via Zoom
Tuition: $395

Focusing on one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools, this class is designed to shape and expand voice and speech techniques, as well as introduce the fundamentals of working on a dialect. With a foundation of breath, relaxation, and alignment, students will explore pitch, volume, articulation, and resonance to expand the freedom and flexibility of the voice. Students will learn to develop an ear to distinguish dialect sounds, and work on one to two dialects in class. These components will be applied to contemporary scene work. A “must” for all serious young actors.

Class Dates: June 8–July 1, Tues/Thurs at 3–4:30 p.m. via Zoom
Tuition: $225