Resources in Theater
Sarasota is renowned among Florida cities for its emphasis on arts and culture, and New College Theater students are fortunate to have several of the local treasures literally straddled by our campus.
Located on the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art, the Historic Asolo Theater is a masterpiece in its own right. Constructed in Asolo, Italy, in 1798 to pay tribute to the 15th-century exiled Queen Catherine Cornaro of Cyprus, the theater was shipped piece by piece to Sarasota and reconstructed in the late 1940s. It hosts a variety of theater, music and dance performances throughout the year, as well as films and lectures. New College students receive discounted pricing on a number of these.
Just across the street, the Asolo Rep Theatre is home to the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory of Actor Training and offers a diverse repertoire of newly commissioned plays, bold reinterpretations of contemporary and classical works, and provocative new musical theater experiences. New College Theater students have an opportunity to take classes with faculty from the Conservatory and to attend performances, as well as to participate in internships at the Asolo Rep.
New College Theater students also have free access to the Ringing Museum of Art, which is located next door to campus. The museum offers 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities and Asian, American and contemporary art. The museum's art collection currently consists of more than 10,000 objects that include a variety of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts from ancient through contemporary periods and from around the world.
The Sarasota Ballet, the Gulf Coast of Florida’s first and only professional ballet company, is also located next door to our campus with performances and community classes throughout the year.
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Hamilton Center, New College's student union, is home to a well-equipped, intimate 50-seat Black Box Theater for student performances and productions. Reservations for the space can be made through the Student Affairs Office.
The innovative New Music New College performance series is a treasure for contemporary arts enthusiasts and features outstanding musicians from around the country. For more than a decade, New Music New College has included a number of free artist conversations that allow audience members to get to know the musicians and what's behind their music. Guest artists for the season have included Third Coast Percussion, pianist Marilyn Lerner and vocalist/composer Toby Twining with his jazz ensemble. The vision for New Music New College lies with its director, music professor Stephen Miles. The events are free for New College students.