M.F.A. Program

M.F.A. Program
Application Materials

Download the 2018–19 Policies and Procedures (PDF)

Acting Professionally
A note from Conservatory Director Melissa Smith

M.F.A. Program Handbooks
2017–18 M.F.A. Program Student Handbook (PDF)

2017–18 M.F.A. Program Faculty Handbook (PDF)

Apply for the M.F.A. Program

Applications will be available at the end of August.

Click here for the 2018–19 A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Bulletin.


Welcome! We invite you to leap into three years of theater immersion that will change your life.

Consistently ranked as one of the top five master of fine arts programs in the country, the A.C.T. M.F.A. Program offers a rigorous three-year course of training designed for the most promising young actors. Prominent alumni include Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt, Anika Noni Rose, and Denzel Washington.

Located in the heart of San Francisco, one of the most artistically vibrant and diverse cultural destinations in the world, A.C.T. offers student actors the opportunity to enter into the life of a flagship professional regional theater. Not only will you study and perform your craft, but you will also connect with the eclectic Bay Area community and train with some of the best theater artists—and inspired teachers—in the business. From veteran professionals to the youngest acting students, we are all constantly learning at A.C.T.

At A.C.T., we believe that great art CAN change the world, and we aim to cultivate true "citizen artists"—a group of individuals who share a passion for theater, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a deep commitment to society. We'll train you to take the stage (or screen) with confidence, but we'll also open doors to community engagement that will make you a more socially aware and transformative theater artist. When you leave A.C.T., you'll have the tools to unleash your art as a force for change wherever you are.

Change your life and change the world. Join us to stretch your creative muscles, fuel your artistic enterprise, and invigorate this powerful art form with your unique energy and imagination.

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