College Profile: American Conservatory Theater

 
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American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is a large non-profit theater company in San Francisco, California, that offers both classical and contemporary theater productions. A.C.T.was founded in 1965 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by theatre and opera director William Ball. By invitation from San Francisco philanthropists and officials, Ball relocated the company to San Francisco and astonished the theatre world by presenting twenty-seven fully staged productions in rotating repertory, in two different theatres, during the first 40-week season. San Francisco Chronicle critic Paine Knickerbocker acclaimed Ball's opening performance of Molière's Tartuffe as "a screaming, bellowing unbelievable triumph." A.C.T.'s original twenty-seven member acting company featured the talents of Rene Auberjonois, Peter Donat, Richard Dysart, Michael Learned, Ruth Kobart, Paul Shenar, Ken Ruta, Kitty Winn among many others. Ball's mid-1970s productions of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, starring Marc Singer, and Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Peter Donat and Marsha Mason were televised by PBS and are available on video. In the mid-1980s Ball, suffering from exhaustion and under accusations of financial mismanagement, was forced to relinquish his post as artistic director. He was succeeded by A.C.T.founding member and stage director Edward Hastings, who revived the company's fortunes until the Geary Theatre was severely damaged by the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The company continued performing in a variety of San Francisco venues while laying the groundwork for its restoration. Since 1992, Carey Perloff has served as the Artistic Director of A.C.T., and under her leadership the company has regained its prosperity and prominence. It is now financially secure and has achieved continued acclaim for its work. In 2007, A.C.T. released a cast album of Perloff's production of the Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weil musical Happy End, produced and mixed by Lucas Arts studios. It includes the full score and is the first English language recording of this musical. A.C.T.'s founder's vision was for it to be both a theater company and acting school. It currently offers a wide range of classes and is accredited to grant Master of Fine Arts degrees for actors. Among its many notable alumni are Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Bratt, Carlos Bernard, Amy Irving, Wynn Harmon, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Belknap, Marsha Mason, Danny Glover, Milo Ventimiglia, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Tom O'Brien, Anna Deavere Smith, Omar Metwally and Anika Noni Rose. A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory is a theater training program for youth through the ages of 19. It was founded and is currently led by the acclaimed Craig Slaight, whom many young actors who have been in the program credit with igniting a life time passion for all things dramatic. A.C.T.'s home in San Francisco is the eponymous American Conservatory Theater, previously known as the Geary Theater until being renamed in September 2006.
 
30 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA
94108-5834
415-834-3200 (general)
415-439-2411 (financial aid)
415-439-2350 (admissions)
 
 
 

 

General Information
Other Names
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size Under 1,000
Campus Setting City: Large
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
No Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsNo Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
No ROTCNo Distance learning opportunities
No ROTC: ArmyNo Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyYes Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

American Conservatory Theater Website
Wikipedia

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy Not applicable
Admission test scores Not applicable
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Not applicable

Applicants (most recent fall period)
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Admissions (most recent fall period)
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Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
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SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
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Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
161 Student Body SizeNo On-Campus Housing
0 Fall Applicants0 Total Dormitory Capacity
0 Fall Admissions

Gender
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Ethnicity
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College Levels Offered
Yes Less than one year certificateNo One but less than two years certificate
No Associate's degreeYes Two but less than 4 years certificate
No Bachelor's degreeNo Postbaccalaureate certificate
Yes Master's degreeNo Post-master's certificate
No Doctor's degreeNo First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

All Academic Programs
 
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