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Asolo Rep Holds “Ribbon” Cutting for Koski Center Expansion

Posted: June 30 / 2022

(SARASOTA, FLA) — On Thursday, June 23, Asolo Repertory Theatre officially opened the first phase of its Koski Center expansion with the cutting of a red two-by-four “ribbon.”

The festivities included remarks from Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards, Managing Director Linda DiGabriele, Board President Carole Crosby, Campaign Co-chairs Ann Charters and Margaret Wise, and Production and Operations Director Vic Meyrich. Broadway performer Ann Morrison christened the Coville Rehearsal Hall by treating attendees to musical entertainment.

The opening completes the first phase of Asolo Rep’s Staging Our Future Capital/Endowment Campaign, which includes new spaces vital to the organization’s strategic plan for advancing artistic excellence, expanding educational and community enrichment programs, and evolving Asolo Rep revenue streams. The new facility features a super rehearsal hall, lobby, and large conference room, among other spaces.

Fundraising for the final phase of the project is underway. This phase will complete necessary renovations to the existing Koski Center buildings, providing comprehensive creative infrastructure that includes additional rehearsal space, classrooms, studios, physical therapy facilities, artistic offices, and a dedicated on-site suite for costume fitting, construction and storage.

The Koski Center is located on Tallevast Road in Sarasota.

Asolo Rep thanks the following for their major gifts, which have been recognized in the new building:

Margot and Warren Coville Rehearsal Hall

Green Building and Sustainability Initiatives made possible by Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Lee and Bob Peterson Family Lobby

Sharon and Herman Frankel Grand Hallway

Debbie and Larry Haspel Conference Room 

Pat and Bob Baer Flexible Voice Studio

Lobby and Trellis Furnishings made possible by Tom and Ann Charters

Dr. Randell Johnson and Bobby Jensen Education Hallway

Carolyn Keystone and Jim Meekison Catering Kitchen



Having just completed its 63rd season, Asolo Repertory Theatre is recognized as one of the premier professional theatres in America and one of the largest in the Southeastern United States. One of the few select theatres in the nation that performs in true rotating repertory, Asolo Rep’s highly skilled acting company and extensive craftsmanship bring to life this unique performance method that gives audiences the opportunity to see multiple productions in the span of a few days. Asolo Rep presents up to 10 productions each season, including contemporary and classic works and provocative musical theatre experiences. A theatre district in and of itself, Asolo Rep is committed to expanding its reach into the community, furthering its collaboration with the best theatre artists working in the industry today and cultivating new artists through its affiliation with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards and Managing Director Linda DiGabriele, Asolo Rep’s ambitious theatrical offerings and ground-breaking education and community programming engage audiences and ensure its lasting legacy for future generations. Visit asolorep.org to learn more.