The Actors Conservatory Element (ACE) is a group of teens who are passionate about the performing arts and who wish to grow as both actors and as technical crew members. Youth ages 12 to 18 who are interested in learning more about theatre are invited to join ACE by participating in any or all of our teen programs during the school year. 

What We Offer

tnt youth conference participation

JUNE 12-17, 2018 | IRVING, TEXAS

WHAT IS TNT? Each June, ACE sends a group of teens to the Texas Non-Profit Theatres Youth Conference to learn more about all aspects of theatre.  A four-day event organized exclusively for youth, participants attend improv classes, 6 theatre classes for their age group, shows performed by participating theatres across Texas (including The ACT), and nightly socials with other young people who share a mutual love of theatre.

WHO CAN REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN TNT? Registered conference attendance is open to any ACE member (ages 12-18).  Please contact if an adult is interested in chaperoning.

COST? The cost for the conference varies according to the location, but ranges from $300 - $350, which includes an $80 registration fee per attendee, hotels, gas for transportation to the conference and back, and most meals. 

TNT PERFORMANCES? Some of our TNT attendees perform a 40-minute play or musical at the conference. The ACT will be taking The Importance of Being Earnest (one-act based on the full-length play by Oscar Wilde) to TNT 2018.

 ACE Teens | June 8-11, 2017 (Baytown, Texas)

ACE Teens | June 8-11, 2017 (Baytown, Texas)


TNT Conference play

Performances at The ACT | Sunday, June 3

Directed by Alex Bigus

FUNDRAISING? Interested teens are given many opportunities to do fundraising at the ACT throughout the entire year in order to lessen their costs. Each teen who wishes to reduce their cost for the trip must earn 12 fundraising credits during the season to receive a full portion of fundraising, or at least 6 fundraising credits during the season to receive a half portion. Fundraising opportunities for the TNT conference are year-round. Register for ACE and start receiving TNT Conference Fundraising emails!

CAN PARENTS AND FRIENDS ATTEND THE ACE TEENS PERFORMANCE AT THE TNT CONFERENCE? The most up to date information about TNT Conference policies can be found online at the TNT website. Visit them at

HOW CAN I HELP A TEEN ATTEND THE CONFERENCE? Hardworking ACE Teens engage in fundraising year-round to help offset the cost of their trip and conference fees! Buy from our bake sales, buy specially decorated stars at shows, attend or even host a TNT garage sale, buy tickets to the TNT show, or make a donation. Every little bit helps send a deserving teen to the conference!


IMPROV nights

DROP IN CLASS: $5 | 7:00 - 9:00 Pm

Improv Nights will return in the fall! This sociable, drop-in class meets throughout the fall and spring semesters on various nights with the goal of improving acting skills through improv games, while enjoying fellowship with other ACE teens. No advance reservation is needed!



ACE plans at least one professional theatre field trip each year.  In the past, we have attended improv shows, Scarborough Renaissance Faire, Broadway tours of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Finding Neverland at the Bass Performance Hall, and An American in Paris at Fair Park Music Hall.