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FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

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.

Graduate Application

Application Process

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. Do not begin a formal application before receiving an offer from the Director of the Conservatory.

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.

Audition Process

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 visit After paying the $50 audition fee, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to submit your headshot and resume. You will receive a final confirmation email from the Conservatory with your audition date and time.

Requests for auditions will be accepted beginning October 1, 2023 and the deadline is January 5, 2024. Thereafter, walk-in audition requests will be accepted as available at all audition city locations.


ONLINE/ZOOM: Saturday, January 6, 2024


PHILADELPHIA: Saturday, January 20, 2024

PHILADELPHIA: Sunday, January 21, 2024


CHICAGO: Sunday, January 28, 2024

CHICAGO: Monday, January 29, 2024


ONLINE/ZOOM: Saturday, February 10. 2024

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 Lisa Beggy. For more information, please visit:

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training will also be attending the URTA auditions. For more information on those, please visit

Lisa Beggy

Recruiting Coordinator
FSU/Asolo Conservatory
5555 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota , Florida 34243
941-351-9010 Ext: 2311