Founded in 1965 by William Ball, A.C.T. opened its first season in San Francisco at the Geary Theater in 1967. In the 1970s, A.C.T. solidified its national and international reputation, winning a Tony Award for outstanding theater performance and training in 1979. During the past four decades, more than 300 mainstage productions have been performed to a combined audience of over 7 million people.
Annually, more than 250,000 people participate in A.C.T.'s performance, education and outreach programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recognized the world over for its groundbreaking productions of classical works and bold explorations of contemporary playwriting. The company continues to produce challenging theater in the rich context of symposia, audience discussions and community interaction.