Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, located in Sarasota, Florida, is a three-year graduate program culminating in a Master of Fine Arts degree through the Florida State University School of Theatre. Considered to be one of America’s leading acting schools, the Conservatory trains actors of the highest caliber in a professional theatre environment through classroom work and production experience. The program has been recognized in The New York Times, U.S. News, World Report, and The Princeton Review through their national rankings and articles about top graduate level training programs.
Every Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory MFA candidate receives a full tuition waiver from Florida State University, and an assistantship to help defray living expenses, supported by Asolo Scholarship donors. The Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida State University together fund the second year students study in London. Every student graduates with Equity eligibility, through work with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, as understudies in their first year, and as associate members of the acting company in their third year.
Annually, the Conservatory auditions over 1,000 actors in four locations nationwide from which a maximum of 12 students are chosen.
Prior to beginning the application process, all prospective students must audition for the program. After receiving and accepting an offer from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, you will receive a Conservatory application and instructions for the FSU admissions process.
To be eligible for admission and an assistantship, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of college work or an acceptable score on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last 5 years.
Private auditions are 20 minutes each and guarantee an opportunity to present work (two contrasting monologues: one classical and one contemporary) and interview with our faculty. To arrange a private audition, please send a cover letter indicating city and time preference, headshot, resume and a $50 audition fee to the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, 5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234-2141 Attn: Debi Schalch. The Audition fee may be paid by cash, check, or money order payable to “FSU/Asolo Conservatory” or pay online here: https://FineArtsTicketOffice.formstack.com/forms/asolo_conservatory_audition_fees.
Applicants will receive email confirmation of audition time and location. Please note that private auditions may be scheduled either in Sarasota or in cities where U/RTA auditions are being held. Requests for auditions will be accepted beginning October 1 and the deadline is January 10. Thereafter, walk-in audition requests will be accepted as available at all audition city locations.
After a candidate receives an offer from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, he/she must apply for admission to the FSU Graduate School. Any other questions about the audition/admission process can be answered by calling 941-351-9010 Ext. 2311 or by emailing Debi Schalch. For more information, please visit: https://www.asolorep.org/conservatory