The A.C.T. Conservatory

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The award-winning A.C.T. Conservatory offers dynamic acting classes and performance opportunities for students of all ages and levels throughout the year.

The A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program in Acting is for individuals who, after serious consideration and self-evaluation, have chosen acting as a profession. This highly competitive graduate program offers a rigorous three-year course of training designed to educate and stimulate the most creative, promising young actors, who are selected through nationwide auditions. The top-ranked A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program has produced such celebrated alumni as Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Christopher Fitzgerald, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Deavere Smith, and Denzel Washington.

Explore your creativity in ways you never thought possible at one of the best acting schools in the country. Studio A.C.T. offers exciting, rewarding classes for adults at all levels—all taught by some of the finest theater artists in the industry. Our course schedules include acting and improvisation classes, dialect and movement intensives, musical theater master classes, cabaret performance projects, and much more.

Serious about acting? Join us for our intensive 5- and 2-week summer sessions. Transform your talent as an actor by training at our world-renowned Summer Training Congress. The STC attracts a distinguished and diverse group of students, including STC alumni Camryn Manheim, Jennifer Grey, and Omar Metwally. Gain an experience that is uniquely A.C.T. with master classes taught by A.C.T. core company actors, seminars with A.C.T.'s artistic team, and personalized instruction with A.C.T.'s faculty of working artists.

Act out and dream big! At our award-winning conservatory, students ages 8 to 19 develop their talents, perform in professional-caliber productions, and gain the confidence to succeed—all in a creative, fun, and encouraging environment. From musical theater and auditioning, to improvisation and physical comedy, our dynamic classes meet during convenient spring, summer, fall, and winter sessions. Celebrated alumni include Darren Criss, Milo Ventimiglia, Winona Ryder, and Nicolas Cage.

Embark on a study away program at one of the country’s most acclaimed professional theater companies—located in the heart of one of the world’s most culturally vibrant and diverse cities. Grounded in a rich academic curriculum, the San Francisco Semester brings young theater artists into an active, ongoing engagement with the eclectic and energetic arts community of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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