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American Conservatory Theatre

(ACT) Founded in 1965 in Pittsburgh by director William Ball, it moved the following year to Stanford University before finding a permanent home at San Francisco's Geary Theater ...

American Conservatory Theater

American Conservatory Theater   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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144 words

... Conservatory Theater ( ACT ) Founded in 1965 in Pittsburgh by director William Ball , it moved the following year to Stanford University before finding a permanent home at San Francisco's Geary Theater in 1967 and adding a second, smaller house, the Marine's Memorial Theater, in 1968 . Known popularly as ACT, its company is the only major American theatrical troupe to operate in traditional repertory fashion, rotating its programme every night or two. The repertory ranges from classics to modern European successes, but only since Ball's...

American Conservatory Theatre

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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237 words

... Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco). Popularly known as ACT, the company was founded in Pittsburgh in 1964 by William Ball , who remained its general director until 1986 . The company moved in 1965 to Stanford University, then a year later took up residence at the 1,040‐seat Geary Theatre in San Francisco, its home ever since. For a time, beginning in 1968 , it added a second San Francisco house, the small Marines' Memorial Theatre. After the 1990 earthquake, which severely damaged the Geary, the company performed in the nearby Palace of Fine...

American Conservatory Theatre

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Scott T. Cummings

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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208 words

... Conservatory Theatre US regional theatre . Founded by William Ball in 1965 , ACT spent six months in Pittsburgh and a year as a touring company before settling in San Francisco in 1967 at the Geary Theatre. Early successes included Ball's productions of Tartuffe and Six Characters in Search of an Author . In leading the company to national prominence, Ball became as well known for his difficult personality, fiscal irresponsibility, and autocratic control as for his exuberant productions and his commitment to a resident ensemble performing in...

American Conservatory Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
254 words

... Conservatory Theatre (ACT) , San Francisco, California, company founded in Pittsburgh in 1965 , which was invited to play in San Francisco. It settled in a theatre opened as the Columbia in 1910 , one of eight theatres built to replace those destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906 , and now the only one still in professional full-time operation. Seating 1,456, it was known in the 1920s as the Wilkes, the Lurie, and finally the Geary. Opening with Molière 's Tartuffe in 1967 , the company became the largest and most active regional theatre...

American Conservatory Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre  

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(ACT)Founded in 1965 in Pittsburgh by director William Ball, it moved the following year to Stanford University before finding a permanent home at San Francisco's Geary Theater in 1967 ...
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Repertory Theater  

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Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1954 by Mary John as the Fred Miller Theater to produce commercial plays, it joined the nonprofit movement in 1961. Tuns Yalman (1966–71) was followed ...
Pamela Knowles

Pamela Knowles  

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B. c.1950, Australia. After studying drama at the American Conservatory Theater and at London’s Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Knowles spent some time working in the theatre in New ...
American Shakespeare Theatre

American Shakespeare Theatre  

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Founded in 1951 in Stratford, Connecticut by Lawrence Langner as the American Shakespeare Festival Theater and Academy, it built its own theatre, loosely based externally on drawings of London's ...
Robert Woodruff

Robert Woodruff  

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(1947– )American director. A native of Brooklyn, Woodruff's career began in San Francisco, where he was co-founder and artistic director of the Eureka Theatre (1973–8) and the Bay Area Playwrights ...
Repertory Theatres

Repertory Theatres  

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After the disappearance in the late 19th century of the old stock companies in England and Scotland, a movement was set on foot to bring back the ‘true’ repertory system ...
Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith  

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(b. 1950), actress and playwright.The African‐American performer was born in Baltimore and educated at Beaver College and American Conservatory Theatre, where she became a member of the acting ...
Asian-American theatre

Asian-American theatre  

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In the late eighteenth century representations of Asia could be found on the American stage, usually offered or performed by non-Asians using racialized make-up, settings, and costumes to denote the ...
Karl Hoschna

Karl Hoschna  

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(1877–1911), composer.Born in Kushchwarda, Bohemia, he graduated with honors from the Vienna Conservatory and accepted a post as oboist in the Austrian army band. Hoschna came to America in ...
William Ball

William Ball  

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(1931–91)American director. In 1965 Ball abandoned a successful Off-Broadway directing career in order to create the American Conservatory Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, relocated in 1967 to ...
Kalish, Bertha

Kalish, Bertha  

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(1874–1939), actress.Born in Galicia, when it was part of the Austro‐Hungarian Empire, she studied at the Lemberg Conservatory and appeared in Yiddish productions before moving to Romania to become ...
Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald  

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(b. 1971), actress and singer.The African‐American performer, with an opera‐quality voice and a passionate stage presence, has found success with each of her New York appearances to date. She ...
Martha Clarke

Martha Clarke  

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(b Baltimore, 3 Jun. 1944)US dancer, choreographer, and theatre director, renowned for her multi-disciplinary approach. She studied at the Peabody Conservatory and at the Juilliard School with Tudor ...
American Academy of Dramatic Arts

American Academy of Dramatic Arts  

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Founded in 1884 in New York, the Academy was the first acting conservatory in the English-speaking world. Its founding purpose was ‘to provide a broad and practical education to those ...
Ron Holgate

Ron Holgate  

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(b. 1937), actor and singer.The rich‐voiced baritone was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and educated at Northwestern before studying for an opera career at the New England Conservatory and ...
Mark Godden

Mark Godden  

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(b Dallas, 1958)American dancer and choreographer. He studied drama before taking up ballet at the age of 20, training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and graduating into the company in 1984 ...

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