A Conservatory for Emerging Artists


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2017 Conservatory Class Applications

The Warehouse Theatre’s Conservatory Program gives emerging theatre artists (recent college graduates, current college upperclassmen, and young professionals) the opportunity to Bridge the Gap between the educational and professional worlds by helping them build a professional network, gain real professional experience, expand and polish their portfolios, and learn the ins and outs of the business of theatre.

Participants in the Conservatory Program will engage with regional and national guest artists and directors providing a stable beginning to a professional network. They will have opportunities to sink their teeth into substantial roles onstage, backstage or in the booth. These participants will also be provided entrepreneurial cultivation and mentorship to create a business plan to be employed upon completion.

This 21+ week long program will give participants the opportunity to learn at and work for a professional theatre. The Conservatory will offer a rigorous program of activities allowing participants to apply skills acquired in prior endeavors in the crucible of a professional and practical setting. Conservatory participants will work in concert with professionals, through experiential learning on productions, as well as through studio work designed to help participants translate their developing methods and skills from the academic or other environment into the broader world of collaborative process and practice. Further, participants will learn the business of their craft and create their own business plans so that they can present themselves as keen, prepared young theatre artists.

Upon completion, Conservatory Graduates will have:

  • A network of regional and national artists and directors
  • A personal career plan including: 1) short-term and long-term goals 2) financial planning and 3) an audition package / portfolio.
  • Experience with related skills in the area of arts education, administration and community engagement, all of which will diversify their resumes and make them more marketable.
  • For those who choose to join the Equity Membership Candidate Program of Actors’ Equity, credit for time spent in the program.
  • The opportunity to audition for a variety of opportunities in the Southeast.

The 2017 Conservatory Group will be comprised of 4 to 6 participants. Sessions are expected to begin January 3, 2017 and conclude in June, 2017. The cost is $200 which covers classroom materials.

Applications are being accepted through October 31st, 2017 for the 2017 Conservatory. To apply, please send two letters of recommendation, a headshot and theatrical resume, a college or other transcript, a cover letter and a statement of purpose (what sparked your interest in the conservatory, your career goals and areas of special interest, and what you would like to achieve through the Conservatory) to Mallory Pellegrino, Director of Education, The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601. Upon completion of application review, qualified candidates will be invited to audition and interview for acceptance into the program. Final selection will be determined based on application, audition, and interview.

Interested applicants can submit any questions to [email protected].

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