The American Conservatory Theatre was founded in 1965 in Pittsburgh, PA by William Bell, and is a non-profit theatre company that specializes in both classical and contemporary productions. The company relocated to San Francisco after receiving multiple invitations.
ACT’s mission was to be a theatre company as well as an acting school. Ranked in the top five actor training programs by US News and World Report, ACT offers accreditation up to the level of grant Master of Fine Arts for actors. The MFA program is very competitive because only 8 students are accepted out of hundreds of applicants who apply and audition.
Denzel Washington and Nicolas Cage are just two of countless past students who have attained success in the entertainment industry after attending the American Conservatory Theratre. Tuition is approximately $20,000 annually and there is a 475 application fee in order to directly apply to this institution. Criteria include High School GPA and records and letters of recommendation.
The school does not provide on-campus but financial aid options are available and include payment plans for tuition and delayed repayment of loan after completing the course. ACT is the perfect venue for actors to grow personally and professionally so they can achieve their aspirations.