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.

Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.


Students in New College's Theater AOC benefit from a unique collaboration we enjoy with the highly respected Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory of Actor Training.

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