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Student Experience

A day in the life of an actor is all about learning by doing. At the Academy, we encourage you to build your own journey. On training days, you will immerse yourself in acting technique and related skills, as well as rehearsals. You will learn about yourself and your range as a performer through personalized Alexander Technique sessions. You will audition until it is second nature to you. You can write, produce, or direct your own work in collaboration with students at our film school. You can choose between classes in makeup, costume design, stunts and fights, improv, voice acting, and comedy and sketch. You can also branch out as an artist or designer by taking classes in any of our other 21 creative schools.

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Acting Facilities
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We have five professional-quality sound stages, a costume shop, a set construction shop, extensive props, furniture, and set dressing materials to support your professional acting experience.
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Our mainstage theater, home to our One Acts Festival, seats an audience of 200 in the heart of San Francisco!s theater district, adjacent to Union Square.
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Our blackbox theater, in the main Schools of Entertainment building South of Market, is used for teaching and incubating one person shows.
Acting Experience

Get Practical Experience

Act in one of the hundreds of projects we shoot each year. Perform in world premieres of One Acts or in one of the many productions staged by local Bay Area Theaters.

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Act in PSAs

Volunteer your talents for projects that are streamed around the world that give exposure to not-for-profit organizations and public agencies. Our PSAs have won national and international film festivals.

Acting in PSAs


NXT Up 2024

Have your work judged by prominent Directors, Casting Directors, Writers and Producers as part of our annual NXTUp Film Festival and win Awards in a show streamed live to audiences around the world

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At my previous school, we got a ton of on-stage experience, so I felt like I was a good stage actress. But I knew I wanted to be in film, and I had no film experience at all. When I came to the Academy, I got to be on the soundstage, I got to deal with microphones, and I got to deal with the prep work that goes into getting ready for the camera. I didn’t understand the complexity of all of that, and now I do. Now I feel confident going into any stage or film environment.
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Samantha Girard

School of Acting

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