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Endowment

Your Gift, Our Future.Your endowment gift can protect Asolo Rep's legacy for future generations, building on the six decades of accomplishments in our community and on the national theatre scene. 

Asolo Rep has proudly shared theatrical experiences and educational programs of the highest quality since our founding. With your support, we've become an essential part of our area's cultural fabric, serving over 115,000 people each year with hundreds of performances and programs.

Unrestricted endowment gifts support the spectrum of Asolo Rep's needs and allow for growth and flexibility over time. Gifts of $100,000 or more may be restricted to a specific aspect of the theatre's operations.

 

Production

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Asolo Rep is one of the country's most prominent regional theatres and a cultural anchor of the Sarasota community. Working in a unique style of rotating repertory, Asolo Rep produces eight shows over the course of each season, ranging from world premiere musicals to contemporary new works, to fresh takes on the classics

"The beautiful harmony of Music and Theatre ignites in the Orchestra Pit. To honor my mother's legacy and my personal connection with music-making, I have funded an endowment to annually support the Ruby E. and Carole Crosby Foundation musical artist. Each year a guest musician or music director will represent our commitment to Asolo Rep, and their artistry will be a tribute we can share with every audience."

- Carole Crosby

Education

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Asolo Rep makes it affordable for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience live theatre. This includes our mainstage shows, touring productions that reach over 15,000 students and school communities throughout Florida, and innovative programs that explore timely social issues, often in partnership with community organizations.

"For theatre to thrive, we must fill our houses with young patrons. We established the M. Beverly and Robert G. Bartner Fund for Future Young Audiences to ensure that Asolo Rep would forever have the resources to offer its world-class productions to all young theatre-goers, whose early exposure to performing arts will promote creative thinking, empathy, and improved communication skills."

-Beverly & Bob Bartner

Facilities and Capital Investments

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Asolo Rep brings the country's top talent to work with our skilled team in Sarasota to produce Broadway-quality theatre. With state-of-the-art production and costume facilities, as well as passionate audiences, we've become one of the most desirable venues nationwide to develop new works. World Class Theatre, Made in Sarasota!

Asolo Rep's owned facilities include the Robert and Beverly Koski Production Center, which encompasses the Joan Armour Mendell Scenic Studio and the Ted Weiller Rehearsal Hall; thirteen condominiums that comprise the Margot and Warren Coville Guest Artist Housing;The Herman and Sharon Frankel Asolo Rep Annex and a timeshare residence for the Producing Artistic Director to conduct essential theatre business in New York City.

Asolo Rep also makes capital investments in our production equipment, staging elements, and administrative infrastructure to keep pace with technological advancements.

"Many thanks to those who contributed to the acquisition and renovation of the Robert and Beverly Koski Production Center. Bob would be so proud of this facility that continues to meet the needs of the Asolo Repertory Theatre for scenery building, costume storage, and rehearsal space. I established an endowment fund at Asolo Rep to support the future operations and maintenance of this valuable capital asset and to guarantee that the theatre's infrastructure can keep pace with its ambitious artistic plans."

- Beverly L. Koski

Conservatory Partnership

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Asolo Rep partners with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training to prepare the next generation of actors for the American stage. The Theatre is the campus for FSU's world-renowned three-year MFA actor training program, which culminates in a season with the Rep company on the Mertz Stage. Your endowment gift to Asolo Rep can support the theatre's investment in this extraordinary partnership, by funding fellowship stipends and expenses for the London summer program.

You may also make an endowment gift directly to the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, either as an outright contribution or as a planned gift, in order to provide perpetual support for the Conservatory's annual needs and to guarantee the program's sustainability. Areas of need include workshops, productions, capital improvements, and tuition support.

"As a family, we have enjoyed sponsoring FSU/Asolo Conservatory students for over ten years; helping a young artist at the start of their career is a privilege we treasure! We wanted to make sure that we could support this program in perpetuity, so we established the Baer Family Student Fellowship, an endowment fund at Asolo Rep. Distributions from the fund are already being used today to support our current student Jenny."

- Pat & Bob Baer