American Conservatory Theater's M.F.A. Program


ACT seeks to develop the artist in every actor. They cultivate educated men and women of the theater with a critical sense who will energize and advance performance in America. Our training prepares actors to succeed in all aspects of the profession, but our primary goal is to prepare artists for a lifelong investment in the theater. Our curriculum combines rigorous training in the practical disciplines of acting with the study, rehearsal and performance of classical and contemporary works drawn from the world repertoire. We believe that actors who have an intellectual and visceral grasp of dramatic literature, who recognize a relationship between new and classical work, are uniquely prepared to collaborate in the development of new dramatic forms. Our association with the ACT mainstage, as well as our location, enriches every aspect of our program, bringing students of many backgrounds into close and regular contact with writers, directors, designers, and actors of many theatrical traditions. It is through this exposure to professionals at work—and to their audience—that our students learn what drama means to the life of a community, and how the life of a community enriches its theater.


Bus Barn Stage Company


The Bus Barn Theater is located in Los Altos. It's a professionally managed, community-based theater company, serving Los Altos and the greater South Bay community.


Playwrights's Center of San Francisco


The Playwrights' Center is open to playwrights, actors, directors, and anyone interested in the creation, development, and production of new stage works before a live audience. It holds an annual "DramaRama," where scripts are read and critiqued by a large audience. It also holds more informal weekly shared readings and critiques as well as a monthly "Scene Night."


Hillbarn Theatre


The Hillbarn Theatre is a 65-year-old community-based company, serving San Mateo and the greater South Bay area. They put on six productions of both dramas and musicals every year.


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Calaveras Repertory Theatre


Calaveras Repertory Theatre puts on professional, language-based productions, and also has an education department that provides touring programs, classroom workshops, and summer conservatories designed to excite young people about live theatre. They have opportunities for actors, designers and teachers. The program is based in Milpitas, CA, and serves the San Francisco South Bay community.


Performing Arts Workshop (P.A.W.)


Performing Arts Workshop (P.A.W.) is a nonprofit arts organization working out of Fort Mason, San Francisco, dedicated to helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts. P.A.W. offers Artists-in-Schools residencies and Professional Development Workshops that serve students and educators in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties. Performing artists interested in teaching creative process to children are encouraged to submit resumes throughout the year.


Theater Bay Area 


At Theatre Bay Area, believes that the arts are essential to a healthy and democratic society. They work to nourish our creative community and expand access to the arts for all. They are the largest arts service organization of our kind, supporting the radical creativity of our members with unparalleled access to educational, financial and professional resources.


 The New Conservatory Theatre Center


 A professional theater arts school, The New Conservatory Theatre Center serves young people ages 6-17.


California Shakespeare Theater



The 52nd Street Project, New York


The 52nd Street Project is a playwriting program for youth in New York. It's dedicated to matching the inner-city children of Hell's Kitchen with professional theater artists to create original theater.


The Virginia Avenue Project


The Virginia Avenue Project in long term partnership with professionalartists, is dedicated to using the performing arts to encourage childrengrowing up under difficult circumstances to achieve their full potential.The Project provides challenges and learning opportunities that encourageits participants to think creatively about their lives while giving them thepractical skills to turn their dreams into reality. The Project'sPlaywriting Program is divided into three levels, Playmaking, Replay andPlayback. Each level teaches children (8-18) how to think creatively abouttheir lives through the discipline of writing plays.


The Unusual Suspects


A Los Angeles play writing and acting program that works with at-risk youth, ages 14-18, in foster homes and placement facilities with the help of the Department of Children and Family Services. The program has branched out to work in Central Juvenile Hall with kids who are awaiting trial for serious crimes such as murder and attempted murder. Volunteers include directors, writers, professional actors and others.