The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Awards annually recognizes and honors A.C.T.’s award-winning actor training program’s outstanding alumni and pays tribute to donors and foundations who have provided significant support to the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program Scholarship Fund.
This year, the star-studded event took place at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, where five awards were presented.
The program’s honorary graduate Benjamin Bratt received The Edward Hastings Career Achievement Award; Tony Award–winning actor and A.C.T. M.F.A. Program graduate Anika Noni Rose received the The Rising Star Award; Producing Artistic Director of Round House Theatre, former Producing Director of Marin Theatre Company, and A.C.T. M.F.A. Program graduate Ryan Rilette received the Contribution to the Field Award; celebrated San Francisco philanthropists and longtime A.C.T. supporters Deedee and Burt McMurtry received The Benefactor Award; and The Bernard Osher Foundation, an organization supporting higher education and the arts, received the The Champion Award.
Benjamin Bratt remarked, “I remember [former A.C.T. Artistic Director] Ed Hastings as an artist, a gentleman, and a true champion of diversity in American theater. As a former student of his at A.C.T., receiving this award named for his legacy is a tremendous honor.”