Schedule an Audition & Interview

We are currently holding auditions and interviews for Fall 2022


New Artistic Director, Michael Mendelson

Attend an Open House

First admissions Open House on January 15

Studio Classes

Studio Classes are open for registration.

The Actors Conservatory is

a Resident Company at Portland Center Stage

Viewpoints Class

at the Annex Studio

See our Plans for 2021-22 page for COVID-19 related updates

Check out this VIDEO of the Retirement Celebration Honoring Beth Harper

We create artists.

Artists create art.

Art changes the world.

Become the artist, change the world.

Welcome to The Actors Conservatory, where we celebrate the process of discovering the actor in every person and the artist in every actor.

By becoming a serious student of acting, you are choosing a life in the living arts that will thrill, challenge and possibly even frighten you. At The Actors Conservatory, we surround you with mentors who will inspire you to rely on your impulses; challenge you to open your mind, heart and inner spirit; and explore with you what it means to be human.

Together we will take a journey that will give you the tools you need to excel as a professional actor. You will learn theory but more importantly, you will learn to transform theory into practice. This is the heart of all great actor training.

Michael Mendelson
Artistic Director

Studio Classes Announced

Whether you’re new to acting, a working professional, a playwright, patron, or theater lover, the Studio Program offers a wide range of dynamic classes designed to meet your interests and needs.

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We are holding interviews and auditions for the Two Year Conservatory program.

Because performance opportunities have dwindled for so many artists, there has never been a better time to focus on your training! We will have partial or full tuition relief grants available for all eligible students.

Equity and Inclusion Values Statement

July 1, 2022

Theatre is one of our culture’s most ancient and foundational art forms because of its unique ability to hold a mirror up to humanity and engage audiences in an intimate and personal way. As our society undertakes a widespread collective reckoning on social justice, we are looking back at how far we’ve come while honestly confronting how far we have to go. We believe that the arts deserve a place at the forefront of that conversation – both to address our industry’s own systemic inequities, and because we believe in the power of theatre as a force for social change.

As a community of theatre educators and practitioners and a flagship institution of Portland’s performing arts community since 1985, The Actors Conservatory is committed to living our equity commitment from the office to the classroom to the stage. As a training ground for emerging artists, our mission is to develop future generations of actors, in Portland and beyond, who truly represent the diverse world we live in. Our equity and inclusion values are essential as an active, daily practice on every level of our recruitment, hiring, staffing, teaching, and production. We are committed as individuals and as an organization to being lifelong learners in this work, and to sharing our experiences, actions and best practices with others in our field.

The Actors Conservatory is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). When you enroll in a NAST-accredited program you are assured that your tuition is an investment that meets nationally academic, financial and administrative standards. By attending a nationally accredited institution eligible students may receive federal financial aid funds including grants, student loans and work study.