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Read on to learn more about A.C.T.—and for tips on planning your ultimate theater adventure.
The A.C.T. mainstage
With its stunning, Beaux Arts–style design, the 100-year-old Geary Theater is one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. Check out dazzling photos celebrating the history of this magnificent structure, and browse through this fascinating timeline showcasing A.C.T.'s connection to the history of San Francisco.
A dynamic and intimate performance complex filled with the creative energy of the most exciting artists of the Bay Area and beyond, The Strand Theater had its much-anticipated opening in late spring 2015. Located directly across from Civic Center’s lively UN Plaza, The Strand boasts a 283-seat theater, a 120-seat event and performance space, and a welcoming lobby and cafe that is open to city residents seeking a new destination in the Central Market neighborhood.
Getting here/other venues
Most productions take place at The Geary Theater at 415 Geary Street, San Francisco or The Strand Theater at 1127 Market Street, San Francisco. The Geary Theater is located near the Powell Street BART station and is easily accessible by bus or car. Easy parking is available at nearby Mason O'Farrell Garage. The Strand Theater is located steps away from the Civic Center BART station with parking available at the Soma Grand Parking Garage, directly behind The Strand. Second stage productions often take place at The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum, located at 221 4th Street, or at The Costume Shop, an intimate black-box theater located at 1117 Market Street. Please visit our parking and directions page for more information.
Soak up the ambience
The theater opens one hour before curtain, and we invite you to visit one of our bars (located on the third floor and in the lower-level lobby) to enjoy a cocktail and conversation before the performance. Pre-order your intermission treats and skip the line between acts!
Check out our favorite neighborhood restaurants for special theater discounts.
Wondering what to wear?
Dress up or down—come as you are!
Loved the show? Learn more!
Want to know even more about what happens at A.C.T.? Can't wait to discover more about the production? Grab the latest copy of Words on Plays, our in-depth theater guide, for fascinating background information, interviews, and articles about each show. Want the behind-the-scenes scoop? Check out our blog.
Plays and performances
In addition to the full season of mainstage productions we typically produce each season, we also offer an extraordinary array of performances featuring thrilling new works and the talents of students from our conservatory programs.
Bring a group—save a bundle!
Bring a group of 15 or more, and you'll enjoy a free ticket for the group leader and amazing savings. Call 415.439.2388 for details.
Don't just sit there . . . InterACT!
Join us for fabulous parties, exhilarating talkbacks, and thrilling events—all for free with your ticket. Check out the InterACT calendar for upcoming events.
Come back for more—for less!
Access your backstage pass
Did you know that your ticket covers only 60% of the cost of each production? As a nonprofit theater, we rely on you to help bring world-class productions to life. Make a tax-deductible donation to support future productions and actor training—as well as vital arts education programs that bring theater to students at underserved schools across the Bay Area. You'll also enjoy a glimpse of A.C.T. from an exciting new perspective at exclusive behind-the-scenes events.
Play a key role
A.C.T. volunteers provide an invaluable service with their time, enthusiasm, and love of theater. Help out at our vast performing arts library—or usher at an A.C.T. production.
Get into the act!
At A.C.T. we don't just make theater—we train actors. Each year, the award-winning A.C.T. Conservatory teaches hundreds of students at all ages and levels in a vast array of classes, from acting technique and improv to on-camera work and musical theater.
Late Seating Policy
Performances begin promptly, and late seating is at the House Manager’s discretion. Latecomers may have to watch the performance on a video monitor in the lobby until intermission. Latecomers and those who leave the theater during the performance may be seated in alternate seats (especially if they were in the first few rows) and may take their assigned seats at intermission.
A.C.T. Standby Information
We offer a limited number of Standby seats at sold-out performances. Standby patrons will be assigned an empty seat by the House Manager a few minutes before the performance begins. This seat may be located anywhere in the theater and may not be with the rest of your party.
If a person holding the original ticket for your seat arrives during the show, you will be relocated. If there are no seats available, you will be offered a refund. Please call the box office at 415.749.2228 to purchase Standby tickets. If you buy a Standby ticket, but do not show up for the performance, your ticket will not be refunded.
Did you know?
Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Elizabeth Banks, and Benjamin Bratt are just a few notable alumni of the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program.
A.C.T. launched its Student Matinee (SMAT) program in 1968. Since then, more than half a million students have seen A.C.T. productions.
A.C.T. won the 1979 Regional Theatre Tony Award for theatrical achievement and excellence in repertory performance and actor training. Look for it in a case on the house left stairs leading up to the balcony.
Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize–winning Angels in America, which played in 1994–95, was the longest-running and most successful production in A.C.T. history.
Molière's comedy Tartuffe was the first show performed on the A.C.T. mainstage in 1967.
The lower-level lobby of the American Conservatory Theater, Fred's Columbia Room, is named for Fred Geick, A.C.T.'s late, beloved doorman, who greeted patrons for more than 30 years with a cheerful "Hello, governor" or "Good evening, madame."
The chandelier inside the theater is the original fixture from 1910. It contains 400 forty-watt bulbs, each of which must be replaced by hand.
A.C.T.'s annual production of A Christmas Carol features a multigenerational cast, including almost two dozen Young Conservatory students and the entire third-year class of the Master of Fine Arts Program.
Prominent alumni of the A.C.T. Young Conservatory include Milo Ventimiglia, Wynona Ryder, Nicolas Cage, and Darren Criss, who currently has a recurring role on the hit television series Glee.
OUT with A.C.T., celebrating its tenth anniversary this season, was the first dedicated LGBT night at a Bay Area arts organization.
A.C.T.'s popular Audience Exchange series began in 1994 when David Mamet's Oleanna sparked animated audience discussions after the show.
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