American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)
Re: Your experience with Academy of Art Pre-College Program?
I am not familiar with the Academy of Art Pre-College Program, but can highly recommend the acting classes through A.C.T.' Young Conservatory. They have a summer program with more intensive classes, as well as classes throughout the year. Top notch teachers. Very easy to get to via BART. My son took acting classes with them for about 5 years and never had a bad experience. deb
Re: Drama Opportunities for 15 year old?
Our daughter had a good experience, from 6th grade to 11th grade, a few years ago, attending after-school acting classes at ACT in San Francisco. Their classes meet in an ACT building less than 2 blocks from the Powell St. BART station.
Since your student is of high-school age, I would strongly recommend you reconsider ACT. Many East-Bay teenagers attend; they offer financial aid; the classes are located VERY close (3 minute walk) to the BART stop (I forget which one, but I think it is Powell); their class list, schedule, etc. is on internet -- the Young Conservatory section of the ACT web site. The program is nationally acclaimed and has been in business a long time. There are numerous classes, teaching a wide variety of acting skills at increasing levels of difficulty. The class schedule is quite flexible -- after school; Saturdays; or summer. A student can take as few as one class at a time or several. In my mind the classes are not too expensive given the quality of the program and the opportunities that this program presents. I'd encourage you to reconsider ACT and talk with them about financial aid rather than skip this program due to cost. Good luck!