Auditions and Casting Policy

A.C.T. holds local general auditions for AEA actors annually, usually in the spring. In seasons when we are producing a musical or a show with music, A.C.T. also holds separate musical auditions for AEA actors. In addition, we attend both the AEA and non-AEA portions of the Theatre Bay Area (TBA) general auditions, which are held yearly in the Bay Area during the winter. For more information about TBA’s auditions, please call 415.430.1140 or visit

A.C.T. also holds out-of-town AEA general auditions in various locations, including New York and Los Angeles, in accordance with LORT/AEA rules.

Due to A.C.T.’s LORT status, there are very few openings for non-Equity actors.

Audition announcements are listed here on the A.C.T. website and on the AEA website. Local auditions are also listed in Theatre Bay Area magazine and on the local AEA hotline; out-of-town auditions are listed in publications like Back Stage and Back Stage West.

Casting of actors 18 years old and under is coordinated through the A.C.T. Young Conservatory, which can be reached at 415.439.2444.

A.C.T. accepts submissions of headshots and resumes. They can be mailed to:

Casting Office
American Conservatory Theater
30 Grant Avenue, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108-5800

For questions or inquiries related to general casting at A.C.T., please contact our casting department at

A.C.T. is also very interested in becoming acquainted with trained, Equity actors who are relocating to the Bay Area. If you are relocating, please submit your headshot and resume to


A.C.T. will be hosting auditions for AEA and non-AEA actors on Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. This audition day will be for understudies for the following roles:

: Asian, male, 20s–40s. Headstrong and charismatic, with a quick wit and wicked sense of humor, slightly bellicose. He’s been separated from his home and family in Vietnam and disguises a deep well of pain. Often raps.

: Asian, female, 20s–40s. Smart, vivacious, a straight talker, deadpan, resourceful. Displaced and longing for real company. Also raps.

(ASIAN GUY / AMERICAN GUY / NHAN / KHUE): Transformational Asian male actor in his 30s, able to play many characters populating Quang’s journey. A developed sense of comedic timing and ability with delicate moments from a grounded place.

(ASIAN GIRL / AMERICAN GIRL / THU / HUONG / TRANSLATOR / FLOWER GIRL): Transformational Asian female actor in her 30s, able to play a variety of roles with humor as well as seriousness and depth in choices.

(PLAYWRIGHT / GIAI / BOBBY / CAPTAIN CHAMBERS / REDNECK BIKER / HIPPIE DUDE): Asian male actor in his 30s, able to play many characters, including Giai, who is Quang’s sidekick. A developed sense of comedic timing as well as ability to bring seriousness and depth to moments and characters.


Those interested should prepare a 2-minute monologue and email to schedule an audition time.

Rehearsals begin:
January 23, 2018
First preview: February 21, 2018
: March 7, 2018
: April 22, 2018

Understudies will start their contract on February 13, the week before tech



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