SAC nurtures acting talent through intensive training that is accessible to all, regardless of their socioeconomic background. For 45 years, it has helped actors grow their craft by focusing on process. Adult students explore acting, voice, and movement, pursuing SAC's multiyear curriculum at their own pace. Additional classes and workshops bolster essential skills while growing new ones in specialized subjects like improvisation and musical theater. A Young Actors' Program exposes students ages 1017 to an age-appropriate curriculum modeled after the adult program. Some 600+ students enroll annually, many through scholarship and work-study opportunities that keep cost from becoming a barrier. SAC has supported students in becoming professional performing artists in over 30 top local theaters. The confidence that SAC builds changes people's lives and, as parents of a young student shared, gives them "a sense of purpose."

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