Spring Session 2017


March 21–May 13


4–6:30 p.m.
Voice and Diction
6–8 $425

4–6 p.m.
Creating Physical Character 6–8 $345

4–6 p.m. Junior Acting Workshop
4–6:30 p.m. Acting Workshop 6–8 $425

10 a.m.–noon Junior Acting Workshop II 3–5 $345
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Preparing for Auditions 6–8 $425
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Musical Theater Workshop 6–8 $425
1–3 p.m.
Creating Physical Character 9–12 $345
1:30–4 p.m. Acting Workshop 6–8 $425
1:30–4 p.m. Acting Workshop 9–12 $425


*Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The schedule is dependent upon the enrollment of a sufficient number of students in each class and subject to change.  

Refund Policy: If there is insufficient enrollment, the class will be cancelled and your money refunded. Refund requests must be made by the end of the first week, and the cost of any classes attended will be added to the drop fee. No refunds will be made after the end of the first week. Please allow 10 working days to process your refund.

Questions? Please email youngconservatory@act-sf.org or call the Young Conservatory Office at 415.439.2441.

Performance Opportunity


Two One-Act Plays
by Horton Foote

Directed by Craig Slaight

April 18–23
The Rueff at The Strand Theater

More Information

Grades 9–12. To schedule an audition, email youngconservatory@act-sf.org or called 415.439.2446.

Course Descriptions

Acting Shakespeare

Limited to a select group of advanced acting students, this class is an opportunity to deepen skills and techniques in character creation by working on material by the great William Shakespeare. An A.C.T. master acting teacher brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in acting and directing Shakespeare. The class immerses students in the creative process, analyzing the text, and developing the technical elements of voice and physical technique. Admission is by permission of the Young Conservatory director only.

Acting Workshops

These courses are designed to give young actors the tools to create believable and vibrant characters. Covering the basic principles of acting techniques—including objective/obstacle, given circumstance, inner monologue, sense memory, emotional recall, and improvisation—these courses include both work with dramatic texts and improvisational work, culminating in the presentation of monologues and/or scenes. These courses are a foundation for future study and may be repeated.

Creating Physical Character

The two elements in the actor’s tool kit that remain the most essential to good character communication are the actor’s voice and the actor’s body. These are also the two areas that need the most development in young actors. This class is designed to address the power of creating physical character, identifying obstacles, and working to overcome them. Instructors will use a variety of approaches to enhance the young actor’s physical work, including mime, clowning, masks, commedia dell’arte, and physical improvisation. A must for all serious young actors.

Junior Acting Workshop

This class is designed to extend the creative drama experience by expanding the imagination, building confidence, developing sensitivity to the processes of creating and working with others, and strengthening the actor’s voice and body. Students will experience a combination of theater exercises and basic script work.

Junior Acting Workshop II

For young actors (grades 3–5) who have already taken Junior Acting Workshop, this new class will focus on digging deeper into the young actor’s character creation with more emphasis in scene work. Good reading skills are important.

Junior Musical Theater

This class introduces students (grades 3–5) to vocal production, rhythm, and movement, focusing on the interpretation and phrasing of the song and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session culminates in a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire.

Musical Theater Workshop

This class introduces students (grades 6–8 and 9–12) to vocal production, rhythm, and movement, focusing on the interpretation and phrasing of the song and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session culminates in a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire.

On-Camera Acting Workshop

This introductory exploration of acting for the camera  features an examination of the camera space itself—how to comprehend it, how to visualize oneself in it, and how to energize the space and relate to other actors in the absence of a live audience.

Preparing for Auditions                      

This course offers a guide to entering the professional world of acting. In addition to covering the basics of auditioning—from preparing a dynamic presentation of contrasting monologues to compiling photos and resumes to becoming comfortable in a variety of audition settings—this class will explore such invaluable topics as professionalism, rehearsal decorum, cold readings, prepared readings, and developing techniques to sustain your place in a competitive arts world. Only the most serious actors should select this class.

Voice and Diction

Focusing on one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools, this class is designed to shape and expand the actor’s technique for using voice and speech. With a foundation of breath, relaxation, and alignment, students will explore pitch, volume, articulation, and resonance to expand the freedom and flexibility of the voice. This class emphasizes finding and valuing the individual’s own vocal mechanism. A must for all serious young actors.


See the Performance Opportunities page for information about the YC production of Tomorrow by Horton Foote

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