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Asolo Rep Young Artist Academy

Let’s connect, create, and collaborate.

Asolo Rep Young Artist Academy provides online performance training opportunities for 8th-12th grade theatre makers. These classes aim to bring young artists to the next level while giving them an opportunity to create and perform together.

Sign up for both of our Fall Young Artist Academy Classes:

Callbacks & Classics: Auditioning for Shakespeare

Dates: 11/10-12/15 (no class on 11/24)

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Cost: $125/student

Auditions?! Shakespeare?! Don’t be scared---get prepared! In this 5-session class, young artists will learn more about the work of the Bard and how to bring the best performance into the audition room. Get inspired by the classics while gaining confidence in your skills in this unique and exciting experience.

Young Artists are using online platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom, but will also be challenged to take their work off the screen and into the real world.

Meet the Teaching Artist: Diana Coates

DIANA COATES' HEADSHOT.jpgDiana Coates is a Chicago based actor, director, and teaching artist who received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Regent University. Some of her performance work includes Isabella in Measure for Measure, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony in Julius Caesar, Paulina in Winters Tale, and the titular role in Henry V. She recently made her debut with Asolo Repertory Theatre in last season’s Murder on the Orient Express and Into the Breeches. Passionate about theatre and storytelling for young audiences, Diana has partnered with a number of theatre companies including the Virginia Stage Company bringing summer programming to the Tidewater region and Pegasus Theatre of Chicago’s Young Playwright’s Festival where students explore writing for the stage using their varied experiences and voices. “Everyone’s story is worth telling.”



Becoming a Character

Dates: 11/12-12/17 (no class on 11/26)

Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Cost: $125/student

Create, become, and adapt! Curious about character work? Join us for this dynamic 5-session class where young performers use movement techniques, artistic feedback, improvisational skills, and text analysis to deepen acting choices. All experiences welcome--be ready to move, connect, and discover!

Young Artists are using online platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom, but will also be challenged to take their work off the screen and into the real world

Meet the Teaching Artist: Juan Sebastián Cruz

Juan Sebastian Cruz Ed.jpgJuan Sebastián Cruz resides in Houston, TX and is a teaching artist and performer. He completed his B.A. in Visual and Dramatic Arts from Rice University in 2016 and has been working professionally in Houston ever since. As an actor he has performed with notable companies such as the Alley Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), Stages Repertory Theatre, 4th Wall Theatre Co., and Catastrophic Theatre. He has also had the honor of sharing stages with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony as a supernumerary and host. As an educator Juan has worked primarily with audiences in schools, community centers, and hospitals. His experiences in contemporary dance and circus disciplines have resulted in a very physical approach to his teaching methodology. He loves exploring the ways that humans can connect and grow regardless of language. Juan enjoys being a part of the educational world because it allows him to engage with participants in artistic ways that they might not otherwise have had access to.



Interested in Online Homeschool Classes?

Are you learning from home this year and need to have more theatre in your life?! Check out our Dramatic Writing class. These daytime classes connect core subjects to theatre while creating an environment where everyone from the beginner to the young theater professional can explore and enjoy theatre. 

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Contact Asolo Rep Education & Engagement Department: [email protected]


Online Class Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy


Asolo Rep reserves the right to alter or cancel programs as necessary. If a program is cancelled by Asolo Rep, participants will receive a tuition refund in full. 


    • All withdrawal requests must be sent in writing to [email protected] 
    • If a participant withdraws from a class before the second day of class, the registration cost is refunded, less a $25 administrative fee.
    • Due to the resource scheduling and commitments required to provide the programs, no refunds are given after the second day of class.