I am proud that New Conservatory  Theatre Center is a vital part of the cultural life in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We view NCTC as a community asset and a way to build community.  This is true whether our work is in the classroom, rehearsal studio, on stage at our facility or on the road.  The vision of our work is fueled by the needs of education, the creative passion of our staff, the desires of our audiences, social issues and concerns.We look forward to continue making theatre that is filled with passion and imagination.

Ed Decker
Executive and
Artistic Director

In Conversation with KPFA Radio's Richard Wolinsky

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NCTC Strategic Plan

Theatre is a community event
and a way to build community.


The mission of the New Conservatory Theatre Center is to champion innovative, high quality productions & educational theatre experiences for youth, artists, and the queer & allied communities to effect personal & societal growth, enlightenment and change.

Additionally, there are six primary programs at New Conservatory Theatre Center with the following missions and central aims:

Youth Conservatory
To provide theatre training to empower youth to express themselves, celebrate difference, and gain self-esteem.

To develop and produce performances to educate youth and those who guide them with particular focus on challenging issues, new ideas, and making choices that will positively impact their lives.

Family Matinees
To produce plays targeting young audiences ages 4-8 and their families.

Pride Season
To develop & produce queer & allied theatre that gives voice to, entertains, and promotes exploration in order to celebrate diversity and foster communication.

New Plays
To develop world premieres and to produce second and third productions of new work at NCTC.

Emerging Artists
Provide one residency per year at NCTC to support the work of emerging theatre artists.

Organizational History

New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) has been in operation for 30 years. Still led by its Founding Artistic Director, Ed Decker, NCTC provides the San Francisco community with high quality youth education programming, Queer & Allied theatre, children’s theatre, and new play development with emerging artists residencies to support local and national artists. The NCTC’s annual operating budget is approximately 1.3 million.

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