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Some people crave stage lights like a drink of water in the desert. Others hone their craft behind rehearsal room doors until it’s time to disappear into a character onstage.

Everyone’s path is different, but theatre makers have one thing in common: the desire to connect. Starting with your scene partner, you can affect your audience, your community and the greater world. Live theatre and the craft of acting reaches people where they live.

You know those people who always wanted to run off and join the circus, but didn’t? Life has enough regret-traps built in. If you’re always going to wonder about acting school, then you’ve got your answer right there. Don’t keep your passion waiting in the wings.

Since 1985, The Actors Conservatory (formerly Portland Actors Conservatory) has provided comprehensive actor training taught by professional theatre practitioners in a creative and supportive environment. Our home is one of the most livable cities in the United States, with a thriving and nurturing arts scene.

We offer a variety of programs and classes for adults and children:


Mission Statement


To provide comprehensive and rigorous actor training by engaging the mind, heart and spirit of the artist while cultivating a culture to inspire our students and global audience to make a lifelong commitment to and investment in the living arts.



The Actors Conservatory, now in its 35th year, is dedicated to providing rigorous actor training that engages the mind and heart of the artist, while cultivating a spirit of lifelong investment in the arts. Founded in 1985 as Portland Actors Conservatory, The Actors Conservatory is the premier school of actor training in the Pacific Northwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and licensed by Oregon Higher Education.