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

Comedy Tonight

May 12–15

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


The A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program presents


by Lachlan Philpott
Directed by Becca Wolff

May 10–13

Welcome to San Francisco, the most networked city in the world, and tonight, maybe the loneliest. From a marijuana dispensary to the Mission, from the back seat of a cab to the back room of a Folsom Street frolic club, twentysomethings reach out for a connection. A lesbian stood up on Tinder. An Uber driver working late nights. Expectant parents considering how to raise a child in the city. A homeless girl dancing in the street. A Mormon tech worker fresh from Utah. Guys on Grindr hoping for a hookup. Explore the dark underside of San Francisco’s high-tech dream in this vibrant new production.

promiscuous/cities by Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott, was presented as a staged reading at the 2016’s New Strands Festival in collaboration with A.C.T.’s M.F.A. Program actors.

Performances take place in A.C.T.’s Costume Shop Theater, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco


The A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program presents

The Good Woman of Setzuan

Written by Bertolt Brecht
English Version by Eric Bentley
Directed by Domenique Lozano

May 10–13

The gods reward kindhearted prostitute Shen Te with the money to buy a tobacco store. But when her greedy neighbors take advantage of her, she is forced to adopt the disguise of her ruthless male cousin Shui Ta. Bertolt Brecht’s parable draws on provocative issues about good versus evil, forced displacement, and economic oppression: issues which resonate as much with audiences today as they did in 1941 (when Brecht completed the play in America as a fugitive from Nazi Germany). Brecht weighs kindness against cold-bloodedness without judgment, asking whether it is possible to be successful and still lead a virtuous life.

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


The A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program presents

Las Meninas

by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Nicole A. Watson

May 10–14

In the gilded French palace of Louis XIV, two outsiders begin a hesitant friendship. Nabo, a tiny African from Dahomey, is delivered in a box to entertain spoiled Queen Marie-Thérèse. She is the queen only in title. In reality, she is derided for her Spanish-accented French, mocked for her bad teeth, and ignored by her cheating husband. In the lethal hierarchy of Versailles, where dangerous liaisons or bad jokes can end in exile or execution, Marie-Thérèse recognizes in diminutive Nabo a fellow foreigner. But as the pair forge a tentative relationship, he starts to realize both the draw and the danger of intimacy with the queen. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage uses the lens of 17th-century Versailles to examine contemporary ideas about race and tolerance, crafting a play about loneliness and understanding, love and power.

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


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