American Conservatory Theater

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
A Hewlett Foundation grantee since 1983, the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) has positioned itself as a developer of diverse, contemporary works; a leading actor training conservatory; and a provider of education and literary programs. It presents seven main stage productions and fourteen Conservatory productions to more than 250,000 people annually, and its education programs reach almost 10,000 youth onsite and in Bay Area schools. In addition to the 1,000-seat Geary Street Theater that serves as its home, ACT recently opened an intimate, forty-nine-seat venue, The Costume Shop (in the company’s actual costume shop space), and is renovating a new, additional performance venue, the Strand Theater, in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood. As ACT builds its physical presence in an effort to engage community and audience members more deeply, the new executive director (as of 2010) intends to focus on the organization’s capitalization needs to ensure this expansion advances to ACT’s mission and goals.
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415 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
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for general operating support  
American Conservatory Theater (ACT) is a Tony Award-winning theater, accredited acting conservatory, and provider of education and community programs that reach more than 175,000 people each year. Its seven-show season is presented at the iconic 1,040-seat Geary Theater, and its more flexible 283-seat Strand Theater. ACT also offers more than 75 readings, workshops, and performances at locations throughout San Francisco, which provide performance opportunities for its M.F.A. program and Young Conservatory students.

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