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Welcome to A.C.T., San Francisco. This is your theater.

All and any laughter is welcome. Laughter from many that can make a whole room shake. Laughter that is a beacon of any one person’s connection to the story told. And laughter that betrays nerves as a story builds tension. Please laugh and let others around you laugh. It is why we have come together. 

We encourage all response. You, the audience, are part of the storytelling equation. Feel free to express yourself and let those around you express themselves. We are building a community with each performance.

Theater is alive and precious in that aliveness. The stories are honed and rehearsed and told with—not just to—you, the audience. If you miss a phrase or two, please know that the show will take care of you. It’ll come round again to catch you up and pull you forward. You can trust in the craft, so you can enjoy yourselves.

We ask that you turn off your mobile devices during the performance. This is out of respect for us all coming together to be part of a story told in this space and in living time.

Please share the fun. We ask that you save taking photos or video to before and after the performance and during intermission. We love seeing posts on social media: our programs held high among friends, floating before the set or curtain or lobby spaces. Tell folks about your experience. These shows have short runs and then are gone.

We encourage you to be present, mindful, and together in these spaces. Be kind to your neighbor and fellow theater lover. Help nurture and welcome new and young theater goers; for some this is their first time seeing a play. Give each other room, but also smile and say hello, as you pass on the way to your seats, or at intermission standing in a line, or as you walk out into your city. 

Again, welcome to A.C.T. This is your theater.


Pam MacKinnon
Artistic Director 

Jennifer Bielstein
Executive Director

Our intent is to be a truly inclusive theater, welcoming to all. Including these in each program was influenced by artist Dominique Morisseau's Rules of Engagement.

House Rules of Play

This printed handout is included with every program for each performance in the 22/23 season, as we want to build community with every audience.

Read the House Rules of Play