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Dear Prospective Conservatory Student:
Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory actor training program is unique in the country. Each year, a select group of approximately 12 young actors is culled from an exhaustive round of auditions and invited to become immersed in a professional training program that combines intense classroom work with a broad range of performance opportunities. A small but intensely dedicated faculty of professional artists is devoted to developing within each of our students the emotional and technical skills that are essential to the successful actor. Over the course of three years, our students are given the opportunity to hone their vocal, physical and emotional instruments in a balanced curriculum of study. Equally important to this training, however, is a performance component which gives our students the opportunity to test their developing technique in front of a live audience, first in a fully produced professional season of student performances on the Cook Stage in the second year of study, and finally, in the third year of their training, in key roles with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, one of the most important regional theatres in the region, and indeed, in the country.
There are many complex relationships at the heart of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training: the intensely personal and supportive relationships between a devoted faculty and supremely talented student body; the high caliber, professional artists who are brought in from around the country to provide workshops for our students and direct them in our Cook Stage season; and the unique relationships that are fostered between professional actors and directors working with Asolo Rep and the third year students who perform with them. These are the key elements that make this training program one of the most exciting and valuable programs in the country. But even more important than these relationships are those that have developed between our students and the Sarasota and Western Florida audiences. Not only do members of the Sarasota community provide the economic support that allows so many gifted young artists from around the country to train here, they also make up the audience that supports our students in their second year in our Cook Stage season, where our students perform in fully produced productions of classical and contemporary plays under the direction of some of the best professional artists in this country. There is no substitute for this relationship between these young artists and the sophisticated and supportive Sarasota audiences. It is one of the most exciting elements of our program, and one of the keys to our enormous success.
I’m very pleased that you are considering the Florida Stage University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. As you look through our material, I think you will find our program provides an enormous range of training, resulting in graduates who are capable of entering productive and fulfilling careers in the theatre. All of us at the Conservatory look forward to meeting you and working with you in the future.
Director, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory