Applications have closed for the 2020 season.


Founded by Michael Kahn 30 years ago and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba, the Acting Conservatory is comprised of the best young emerging artists from all over the country and is considered one of the premiere summer training ensembles in America.

What roles are available?

Everyone stays busy: Conservatory members may be cast in mainstage productions, the touring Shakespeare production and/or The New Play Workshop series. We carefully choose the season and the composition of the Conservatory to ensure a challenging and well-rounded summer for everyone.

What is the training?

Rehearsal and performance work is supported by highly focused, individual tutorials in voice, text and the Alexander technique. Throughout the summer, guest artists and faculty members offer Master Classes in an array of specialties including Mask/Movement work, Shakespeare, and the profession of acting. Audition Workshops with leading casting directors from theater, television, and film foster professional growth and connections. Training is geared toward supporting production work and bridging the gap between training and the professional world.

What is a typical day?

On a typical day early in the season, there are Master Classes and/or tutorials in the morning between 9-12 and rehearsals from 1-5 in the afternoon and 6:30-10:30 in the evening. During tech and performance weeks, the hours vary and can be longer. Most often Monday is the day off.  Conservatory members will have a few lighter weeks (dependent upon casting) when they are not in full-time rehearsal/performance in which to engage in the vast cultural, recreational and intellectual activities of the Institution.

Who should apply?

The acting conservatory is drawn from a wide pool of applicants, from those who are currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate training programs, to those who have recently graduated.  Past Conservatory companies have run the gamut from undergraduates in their early 20's through graduate and post-graduates in their early 30's. Although exceptions are occasionally made, we ask that you be at least 20 years old at the time of the audition.

What if I'm Equity?

AEA members can obtain waivers if they are enrolled in a conservatory program or have just graduated from one. EMC points are also available.

Does it cost anything? 

No! All conservatory members receive a full scholarship including housing and a stipend.