New College is known for its innovative approaches to the arts, and our Theater Area of Concentration (AOC) is no exception. This small, joint disciplinary AOC – meaning that it must be combined with another area of study (e.g., Literature/Theater, Visual Arts/Theater, Psychology/Theater) – allows students hands-on training with faculty from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory of Actor Training, a highly selective graduate acting school located adjacent to our campus. Students can take courses in Introductory and Advanced Acting with faculty from the Conservatory and also have opportunities to do stagecraft and other internships at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.
But don’t be fooled. Our Theater AOC is not a standard conservatory program. Instead, it is designed for students who want to dig deeper and combine their love for the theater with the academically rigorous coursework you would expect at one of the country’s leading liberal arts colleges. Within our program, you will explore dramatic texts and study the broad historical and social contexts of theater, as well as learning the diverse theoretical approaches underlying playwriting, direction and production.
As you might expect from a program that offers as much breadth and academic freedom as our Theater AOC, the career paths chosen by graduates are as varied as the individuals themselves. Some have gone into screenwriting, direction and production, while others have pursued careers in education, social work and even software development. One of them is even an Emmy Award winner, while another received a Best of Actor's Rep Award for her original play.