A performance based training program for committed, early career actors who have a passion for Shakespeare and want to develop the skills necessary to create innovative, collaborative theater in extraordinary spaces.
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Conservatory Company is an artistic home to train and take risks. Working alongside our nationally recognized acting company on and off stage, the 6 to 8 actors we invite into the program each season are offered an unmatched opportunity to transition from students to professionals. Our specialty is practical experience that provides our alumnae with a competitive edge.
The program runs from:
April 13 - September 4, 2017 | with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Fall 2017 (Dates TBA) | transfer to The Acting Company in New York City for seasonal tour
Applicants who are not available for the full duration of the program, including the tour with The Acting Company, will not be considered. For more detailed information, please download our Conservatory Company FAQ.
Beginning in April in New York City, this immersive program combines rehearsal with deep physical, vocal, and imaginative exploration of Shakespeare’s text before moving to Garrison in June, where Conservatory Company members understudy and perform supporting roles in HVSF’s main stage productions under the Theater Tent at Boscobel House and Gardens. Conservatory Company members will then rehearse their own production in July, debut it under HVSF’s Tent in August, and tour the production to venues throughout the region before the close of our Summer Season. This year's Conservatory Company production will be co-produced with The Acting Company. Once the Summer Season ends, the production will transfer to The Acting Company in New York City and tour underserved schools in Fall 2017.
HVSF is passionate about training, and believes it should be affordable. There is no fee to apply and, if invited into the program, a small weekly stipend is provided to each Conservatory Company member.
Participants are selected through auditions AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO JOIN ACTOR’S EQUITY ASSOCIATION upon transfer from HVSF to The Acting Company.
The HVSF Conservatory Company is an educational program with professional expectations. It requires young artists who are eager to learn, motivated to work, and dedicated fully to the art.
THE BOOK OF WILL
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Davis McCallum
Rolling World Premiere
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Adapted by Kate Hamill
Director to be announced
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel
THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA
By Richard Nelson
Directed by Penny Metropulos
The first in HVSF's new series, HVStories
Conservatory Company Production:
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ian Belknap
Co-production with The Acting Company
All interested candidates should mail TWO copies of:
Your cover letter MUST address the following questions and should be no longer than a single page, double spaced:
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
143 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
For more detailed information, please download our Conservatory Company FAQ.
For more information on any of our Education programs, please email Nora Rosoff, Associate Director of Education: firstname.lastname@example.org