American Conservatory Theater is an essential gathering place that brings artists and communities together to inspire and provoke.
Under the leadership of Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein, A.C.T.’s mission is to engage the spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area, activate stories that resonate, promote a diversity of voices and points of view, and empower theater makers and audiences to celebrate liveness. A.C.T. values inclusion, transformational learning, participation and rigorous fun. A.C.T. is a Tony Award-winning nonprofit theater serving almost 200,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area annually through theater, training, education, and community programs.
Fefu and Her Friends: Preshow Discussion
Before you watched María Irene Fornés's "Fefu and Her Friends" at the Strand Theater, check out this preshow discussion between A.C.T.'s Director of New Works Joy Meads, and artist Lisa Ramirez for some context around the play and a little bit of dramaturgical prepwork.
Fefu and Her Friends: Postshow Discussion
After you've watched María Irene Fornés's "Fefu and Her Friends" at the Strand Theater, check out this postshow discussion between A.C.T.'s Director of New Works Joy Meads, and artist Lisa Ramirez.
A Great Last Minute Deal
Text and narration by Anthony Fusco
Sound Design by James Ard
What if the life you’re living now, is actually your second chance?
Content warnings: this program contains a description of a near-death experience and “Hawaiian” music
For a transcription of this performance, click here:
Place: here. Time: now. Episode 8: It makes the art better
In this episode, Pam talks with Mx Justin Vivian Bond, who made history as the first actor who identifies as transgender to play a trans character on Broadway. They discuss highlights of Vivian’s career as well as the importance of trans representation and diversity in the industry.
Place: here. Time: now. Episode 7: Showing, Not Talking so Much
In episode 7, A.C.T. Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon, set designer Allen Lee Hughes, and sound designer and composer Jake Rodriguez talk about their theater origin stories, and asking the right questions in the rehearsal room.
Place: here. Time: now. Episode 6: Grateful and Inspired
In this episode of Place: Here. Time: Now, Pam MacKinnon talks with Awoye Timpo and Arminda Thomas about their work on A.C.T.'s virtual production of Alice Childress's "Trouble in Mind," as well as their work with CLASSIX, an organization that strives to present more work by Black artists. (See theclassix.org for more information.)