Overview

The acting conservatory began 30 years ago alongside Chautauqua’s first resident theater company. Founded by Michael Kahn, grown by Rebecca Guy and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba, the acting conservatory has emerged as the premiere summer training ensemble in the country.

What roles are available?

Everyone stays busy: we carefully choose the season and the composition of the Conservatory to ensure a challenging and well-rounded summer for everyone. You will be a part of the acting company and work side-by-side with fellow Conservatory members and guest artists on the full season. All Conservatory actors are in the final Shakespeare production. Most will be in at least one other production and/or staged reading.

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 Games, Masks, Shakespeare and Yoga. Audition Workshops with leading casting directors from theater, television and film foster professional growth and connections.

What is a typical day?

Busy. Generally, 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 can be longer. As often as possible, Monday is the day off. Most Conservatory members will have a few lighter weeks when they are not in full time rehearsal in which to enjoy the many cultural, recreational and intellectual activities of the Institution. But again, did we mention you’d be busy?

Who should apply?

The acting conservatory is drawn from a wide pool of applicants, both those who have completed their formal training and those who are currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate training programs. 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.