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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

American Conservatory Theater

Nurturing the art of live theater

three stars

81.10

415 Geary Street San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 834-3200   Web Site
EIN: 94-6135772

Board Leadership
David Riemer
Chair

CEO
Jennifer Bielstein
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.10 three stars
  Financial 75.64 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1965, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training in its conservatory, and an ongoing dialogue with its community. During the past three decades, more than 300 A.C.T. productions have been performed to a combined audience of seven million people; today, A.C.T.'s performance, education, and outreach programs annually reach more than 250,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area. The conservatory, now serving 3,000 students every year, was the first training program in the United States not affiliated with a college or university accredited to award a master of fine arts degree.

Founded in 1965, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training in its conservatory, and an ongoing dialogue with its community. During the past three decades, more than 300 A.C.T. productions have been performed to a combined audience of seven million people; today, A.C.T.'s performance, education, and outreach programs annually reach more than 250,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area. The conservatory, now serving 3,000 students every year, was the first training program in the United States not affiliated with a college or university accredited to award a master of fine arts degree.

Financial

two stars

75.64

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
75.9%
  Administrative Expenses 17.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.06
  Program Expenses Growth -2.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 45.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Conservatory Theater on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Conservatory Theater on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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American Conservatory Theater (CA) 81.10 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,284,428
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,155,173
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,179,675
Total Contributions $8,619,276
   Program Service Revenue $10,186,882
Total Primary Revenue $18,806,158
   Other Revenue $1,365,631
TOTAL REVENUE $20,171,789
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,405,661
   Administrative Expenses $5,342,509
   Fundraising Expenses $2,261,256
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $26,009,426
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-5,837,637
   
Net Assets $52,193,914

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Productions $14,410,477 78.3%
Actor Training $3,995,184 21.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 81.10 three stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 89.19 three stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 89.42 three stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 89.41 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 88.33 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.20 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 88.46 three stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 85.72 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 88.08 three stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 80.17 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 77.27 two stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 81.48 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 73.65 two stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 86.46 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 80.53 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 90.57 four stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 80.64 three stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 83.66 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 94-6135772
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATRE FOUNDATION
NTEE Code A65
NTEE Classification Theater
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1966
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$151,621 0.58% Jennifer Bielstein Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$674,922 2.59% Carey Perloff Former Artistic Director
$194,995 0.74% Peter Pastreich Former Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Conservatory Theater (CA) 81.10 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

American Conservatory Theater
415 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 834-3200
EIN: 94-6135772

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Board Leadership

David Riemer
Chair

CEO

Jennifer Bielstein
Executive Director

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