Conservatory Performances

A.C.T.'s award-winning conservatory presents a wide array of productions each year, featuring some of the brightest and most creative performers in the country. From showcasing the talents of students training in the nationally renowned Master of Fine Arts Program, to unveiling the prodigious skills of young actors (ages 8–19) studying in the Young Conservatory, these productions are a place where students put their skills into practice, engage with enthusiastic audiences, and create some of the most dynamic work you'll see onstage.

Upcoming M.F.A. Program and YC Shows

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory presents

The Life to Come

by Timothy Mason
Directed by Domenique Lozano

February 7–11, 2017

As World War I engulfs Europe, a school in small-town America presents its senior play—Macbeth. Timothy Mason’s play, The Life to Come, follows eight young students and their teacher as they shift from the rehearsal room to the trenches of the Western Front. Unwittingly, these young students’ lives—their aspirations, ambitions, first love, first betrayal—begin to reflect the actions of the war’s darker drama.
 
The Life to Come is a co-commission with His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland and American Conservatory Theater.

Performances take place in The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market Street, San Francisco


 

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory presents

Singer's Choice

February 17–20, 2017

In this eclectic program, the members of the ensemble select music that they find a particular closeness to, offering a very personal journey communing with the composer, lyricist, and audience.

Performances take place in The Garret at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco


 

A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts Program presents

The Lady Vanishes

Adapted by Morris Panych and Brenda Robins
Based on the novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White
Directed by Morris Panych

February 22–25, 2017

Eastern Europe, 1930s. Returning by train from a holiday in Croatia, English socialite Iris Carr befriends a peculiar nanny. But when Iris wakes from a nap, the nanny has disappeared . . . and all the other passengers deny ever seeing her. As party girl Iris discovers an unexpected knack for sleuthing, the quirky collection of passengers—a baroness, a snooty professor, a pair of adventurous sisters—all become suspects in this rollicking, steam-powered Hitchcockian thriller.

Performances take place in The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market Street, San Francisco


 

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory presents

Keep the Home Fires Burning

March 31–April 3, 2017

In the two great wars of the twentieth century, composers and lyricists embraced the brave souls and fragile hearts of the nation with songs to inspire, reflect, and comfort. As we head in to centenary of the Great War (WWI) this program consists of memorable songs from both World Wars, songs that have lasted for decades.

Performances take place in The Garret at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco


 

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and Master of Fine Arts Program present

Tomorrow

Two One-Act Plays

by Horton Foote
Directed by Craig Slaight

April 18–22

From one of America’s greatest theatrical storytellers, these two short plays by Horton Foote see the world through youthful eyes. Blind Date imagines a meeting of two fragile teens manipulated by adults with personal agendas. Hilarious and unflinchingly honest, Blind Date offers a world where teenagers are wiser and more grounded than adults.

The Actor, commissioned by the A.C.T. Young Conservatory, is an autobiographical play that tells the story of Foote’s own reckoning as a teenager. Growing up in Depression-era Texas with the dream of becoming an actor, Horace must stick to his convictions amidst ridicule from his peers and fear of failure from his parents. 

Performances take place in The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market Street, San Francisco


 

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory presents

Comedy Tonight

May 12–15, 2017

A highlight each year for both performers and audiences, Comedy Tonight features an array of hilarious songs in a number of styles from throughout the years.

Performances take place in The Garret at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco


 

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